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The Eternal Problem: A Meditation on Mortality in Sherlock S4

When asked about S4 during the promotional lead-up, Moftiss repeatedly said this new series would be about one thing: consequences.  Now that we stand on the other side of S4, what do we think they meant?  It obviously wasn’t legal consequences for shooting Magnussen, or physical consequences of overdosing on drugs.   

In this meta, I argue that TAB and S4 are above all about the moral, metaphysical, and narrative consequences of Sherlock faking his death during the Reichenbach Fall—an act which continues to reverberate through the story two series later, both for the characters and, significantly, for the writers.

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Warning: this post started off as something different, and ended up as a long analysis, which contains mentions of abuse.

I spend a lot of time thinking about how quiet it is in Ben Solo’s head now that Snoke is dead. I imagine it was like having an unbearable migraine every day for decades to being suddenly pain free. Going from having such pervasive evil, determined to destroy you from the inside out, to a quiet must be unsettling for Ben. The last time I his thoughts were his own, he was a child. Now there is no one to manipulate his thoughts.

I just hope he’s able to cope with the terrors he was forced to inflict at the hands of Snoke. I also hope he’s able to realize that the things he was forced to do by the manipulative and abusive child predator are not his fault, even though they were done by his hands. I know he isn’t the type to seek out someone to talk to, I wasn’t, but if it’s true that BB droids are supposed to help with PTSD, then I hope he gets one that can help him (and not the evil one that turned in BB8).

Sometimes the hardest thing for abuse survivors is the blame we put on ourselves for the things that happened to us. To others, it doesn’t seem rational to blame ourselves and they assure us it’s not our fault. Yes, the people killed by Ben Solo at Snoke’s requests were victims, but Ben Solo is a victim as well and that is something that you cannot deny. Victim blaming him for being forced to carry out orders under the threat of being killed himself is problematic. Accusing Ben of gaslighting Rey is gaslighting itself (and fuck you for doing that or trying to cast doubt on the shit he went through by believing your ‘hero’ that tried to kill a child).

This movie is bringing to the forefront so many problems that arise when abuse victims speak our or stand up to their abusers. We can see it right now in Hollywood when women speak out against the men that have assaulted them. There is so much backlash against the victims: ‘she just wants to be famous’ or ‘she’s making it up for attention’ or ‘if it really happened, why didn’t she speak up back when it happened’. As a society, rather than realizing that people we like have fucked up and have done terrible things, we find a way to blame the person who is harmed. ‘If she didn’t wear a short skirt she wouldn’t have been raped’.

Ben Solo was violated by a predator who rather than penetrating his body, penetrated his mind and tried to destroy him. Like many victims, he created for himself an identity to try disassociate, therefore protecting himself. Ben Solo was attacked by his uncle and mentor who tried to kill him because he saw the things that his abuser did to him. Rather than talk to Ben or try to help him, he tried to kill him. He didn’t even ASK him about what he saw, he just assumed the dark thoughts belonged to Ben.

So Ben manages to fight off his uncle and escape, I would hazard a guess that when he was trying to escape, some of the other students tried to stop him thinking he was just full on dark side and killed Luke. A few of the students (The Knights?) helped Ben escape. Since he didn’t know who else to turn to, Ben turned to the voice he had been hearing in his head- his abuser.

See, the thing you have to realize about abusers is some of them like to play the long game. They’ll start off slowly, chipping away at you because they find pleasure in torturing and destroying. Snoke has spent years filling Ben’s head with propaganda: the Jedi are evil, the dark side is strong, and I wouldn’t be surprised ‘Luke Skywalker hates you, he thinks your weak, he’s going to kill you because you’re powerful’. When Luke turns on Ben, it reinforces what Snoke says and pushes Ben to him, which is exactly what Snoke wanted, even if it took awhile.

Ben will see him as a protector, this hero who watched over him and saved him. To him, Snoke is the one who wanted the best for him and always had praise. Snoke has him in a snare and Ben doesn’t even realize it. This powerful being wants to make Ben his APPRENTICE, he believes in Ben SO MUCH. He probably doesn’t even realize at first how wrong he is because Snoke has him wrapped around his finger. Ben is just eager to please this person who sees potential and strength, things he hasn’t heard from Luke who told him his emotions made him weak.

It will go slowly, Snoke builds him up, and Ben eagerly laps up the praise. And then he’ll make a mistake. Snoke probably intentionally sets up this mistake to take Ben down a peg and assert his dominance. Ben is so eager to please Snoke that he’ll do whatever he is told. He doesn’t want to disappoint his ‘new master’ because he’s the only one that has shown him attention. And on it goes. Each time Snoke asks something of him, it gets darker and darker. Ben gets weaker and the personality he created to protect himself, Kylo Ren, gets stronger. He just keeps burying his conscious about the horrors he’s being told to commit because he’s so desperate for someone to show him affection and praise.

And then Snoke crosses a line: he tells Ben to kill his father. The long buried spark of Ben Solo starts to fight back against Kylo Ren. The spark only gains strength as Ben meets Rey. This girl who is able to see through his defenses as no one else had, not even his uncle and mentor, who can identify his greatest fear and stands up to him unafraid. The only person who was unafraid of him before her was Snoke. And something about this girl awakens something inside him. He’s not sure what it is at first. Then he confronts his father and kills him, hoping to squash that last sliver of light that’s holding back his power. But the reverse happens. You can see it as Han’s hand slides down Ben’s face, as if Han is transferring his love into Ben with a touch.

You can see the exact moments when Ben realizes what it is he felt towards Rey- attraction and possibly a touch of protectiveness and affection- the first time is when he tries to stop her from shooting him. The camera unfocuses on him quickly to focus on Finn, but you can see the look of shock and slight panic on his face as she crumpled to the ground. Even with the camera unfocused, you can see that look. But you see it most when Rey takes the saber and ignites it, staring him down. She’s literally igniting his feelings for her.

Thus is the beginning of his fall from grace where his ‘master’ is concerned. This girl is his weakness, but she’s also his strength. He relates to her in a way he’s never related to anyone before. They share loneliness, they have both been victims of abuse (although the extent of Rey’s abuse on Jakku isn’t fully known yet), and there is this magnetic pull that draws them together, bringing out the best and worst in each other.

When Ben meets with Snoke the next time, he is physically and emotionally weakened, but he’s also started down the path to breaking Snoke’s hold over him. Only Ben doesn’t realize it. Snoke does however, so he decides to stick to Abuser 101: humiliate and embarrass until you manipulate them into subservience. It works and Ben leaves him, enraged at his perceived failures and shortcomings, and decides to unleash his rage on the Resistance. Which is exactly what Snoke wanted. He knows Ben will be eager to prove himself.

So Ben launches an attack on his mothers ship, but when it comes time to actually firing on her bridge, he can’t take the shot. Two of the other fighters didn’t hesitate and you can see the devestation on his face when he realizes his mother is going to die. You can see Ben Solo fighting his way out, only to be forced behind the mask of Kylo when Hux orders him to return. But he doesn’t force Ben deep enough and he shoots down the two fighters that fired the shot on the bridge.

Next time we see him, he’s getting his stitches removed, deep in thought after seeing someone kill his mother (I’m not sure if he realizes she’s alive at this point). This isn’t Kylo, his alternative persona, it is Ben and he’s thinking about the night he got the stitches and who caused them. Then the force connects him to her, to Rey, the scavenger who bested him but he can’t stop thinking about. He doesn’t even realize it, but the spark of light is becoming a flame that burns brighter each time he is with her. By the time Snoke orders Ben to kill Rey in the Throne Room, the light inside him has broken the last of the chains that tied him to Snoke. Ben could take this abuse, he could handle whatever Snoke made him do, but to see the person he loved being tossed around like a rag doll, to see her mind being penetrated like his was. He snaps. Watching Snoke force himself upon Rey, raping her mind as she screamed for help, Ben made the decision he was going to kill Snoke or at least try to. If he didn’t succeed, Rey would be killed and he didn’t want to live in a universe where she was dead.

When the lightsaber pierces Snoke and his life force dies, Rey drops to her knees with a gasp, but Ben also gasps. Because for the first time, there is no screaming inside his head. Just the plan of what he needed to do to get them out of the room alive. He doesn’t even have time to process everything until the last Guard is dead. Then he walks to the throne and looks at his abuser. The person who had destroyed his spirit, poisoned his mind, and shattered his soul. Then he hears Rey speak his name and his attention goes to the person he’s foresaken everything for. Not even his parents were able to get him to do that. It was her.

He loved her and he wanted to run away with her. He didn’t want to fight anymore. He wanted to let this past, this pain inside him go. His parents are dead, there’s no point in saving the Resistance because those people meant nothing to him now that his parents are gone. (Again, I don’t think he knew Leia was alive yet). So he holds out his hand to Rey, offering her his heart. But there’s still a sliver of Kylo, he doesn’t want to save anyone other then himself and the woman he loved. Even in his unselfish moment, he’s being selfish. He only cared about them. Meanwhile Rey needs to save her friends. She is so desperate for family and belonging that she’s afraid to give into Ben.

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, Ben is clad in armor. His mask, his gloves, his very clothes, are his armor against the world. When he wears them, he’s playing the part of Kylo Ren to protect the fragile Ben Solo. Rey realizes this as well, it’s obvious when her eyes linger on his gloved hand. She knows, even in their short time together, that he’s still closing a part of himself off from her. She cannot accept that. Which causes her to leave him.

This betrayal strikes him deeply. But this is a good thing for Ben. He needs to take time to discover who he is when there is no one controlling or manipulating him. When no one is vying to use his powers to suit their needs. He needs to heal and go through the emotions he’s been suppressing. He needs to MOURN. Not only his parents, but he needs to mourn for himself and the life he was robbed of because of his abuser.

I am certain EpIX will end with Rey and Ben together. But I am happy they ended EpXIII apart. Ben needs to heal without someone trying to mold him into yet another ideal that isn’t his own. He needs time to process everything that happened. I personally want to see him leaving the First Order early on in the movie. I feel like the middle would be a good time to start fattening up the love story with Rey and redemption of Ben Solo as he comes to terms with everything that happened. Honestly, I want him to see in person the effects that the First Order has on people. I want him to see the people who hurt because of Snoke and Hux so he can start getting in touch with the feelings he has buried.

I don’t think people who haven’t experienced child abuse understand how much it fucks you up. Ben is emotionally stunted. Most feelings are foreign to him unless it’s anger, rage, hatred, and other strong negative emotions. With Rey he was starting to learn love and compassion. But for around 15-20 years he has buried the feelings his master thought were weak. He will probably struggle with personal connection, which is something I still struggle with. So many people joke about how awkward his is, but when you consider he’s been groomed and conditioned by an alien since he was a child, it makes sense. Same thing with how he lashes out at his surroundings when he is upset. He doesn’t know how else to deal with his emotions. But that sliver of Ben Solo makes sure he doesn’t take it out on people.

As a comparison to another character in pop culture, Kylo Ren reminds me of River Song’s astronaut suit in Doctor Who. At first you cannot see who is behind the mask, all you know is this person ‘kills’ the Doctor. Then you find out there is a child inside the suit. A child that has been conditioned its entire life to kill the person they loved. Kylo Ren is the persona/astronaut suit that Ben Solo has lived most of his life inside to protect that scared child that just wants to be loved. But unlike River, people don’t think Ben can be redeemed or saved. To which I say, fuck that noise, he’s already been saved. Now he just has to deal with the aftermath of being saved- healing.

In conclusion, whether you like it or not, Ben Solo is a victim and people need to stop pretending he’s not. People need to realize he is a character that has been abused and manipulated and forced to commit horrors lest he be killed. To deny that is to cheapen the story of all abuse victims. Just because you don’t want to believe it happened, doesn’t negate the fact that it did happen.

Stop👏saying👏Ben👏Solo👏is👏gaslighting👏 because👏his👏abuse👏makes👏you👏uncomfortable

Stop👏trying👏to👏deny👏he👏was👏abused

That is all. Save Ben Solo 2017.

bananannabeth  asked:

hey fee, what's going on?? i havent properly been on tumblr in like a week and a half or read tdp because uni is taking up all my time but i just saw your post and??? omg??? what??? im really sorry and i hope youre okay (i know that sounds shallow but like.. as okay as you can be when people are obviously being idiots)

usually i wouldn’t answer this publicly but like i am genuinely shocked by the vitriol being targeted at lesbians right now and like it’s the most thinly veiled attacks i’ve ever seen, people are barely even bothering to try and disguise what this is really about (read: “shut up you evil dykes we’re sick of listening to you complain about lesbian issues and we want to be left alone”). it’s gone like way beyond the realm of fandom discourse at this point.

an overview of what happened:

  • the dark prophecy was released a few weeks ago (so, spoilers for that, but it’s really not a big spoiler and i kept it quite vague and tbh y’all should probably read this anyway because like i said, it’s gone way beyond the realm of fandom discourse at this point).
  • it contains an older lesbian couple, who had to leave the hunters of artemis because they fell in love and wanted to be together. upon meeting them, one of the characters mentions that they thought it was only men the hunters of artemis swore off of, but the apollo corrects them and says it’s actually all romance.
  • (it’s worth mentioning that apollo says this bitterly. as in: he doesn’t approve or agree. and not for nothing, i might be projecting, but it sounds a lot less like “i’m a god with an overactive sex drive and my sister’s such a PRUDE” and a lot more like “i’m bisexual and i feel uncomfortable with this rule”)
  • this lesbian couple is upset about leaving the hunters. they wouldn’t have done so if they hadn’t had to, they say it was their family, but they had to leave because they loved each other more.
  • apollo mentions that they parted on good terms with artemis, because “she let you live” (good terms, those). the hunters visit them sometimes. artemis does not.
  • so, it is now canon that the hunters of artemis do not condone love between lesbian couples, and lesbian and bi girls who fall in love are no longer welcome in the hunt.
this doesn’t sit well with me, or several other lesbians and bi girls (or apollo, or the lesbian couple themselves, it seems like).
for several reasons:
  • grouping in heterosexual love in the exact same category as lesbian love is homophobic. it’s not a discussion of “equality” but rather an acknowledgement that lesbian love as it exists in the world today is socially taboo and forbidden, and thus banning lesbian love has the potential to do much, much more damage than banning heterosexual love.
  • implying that all romance, and in this case specifically lesbian romance, is against a code of honor, is homophobic. there’s just no way around this. actively being uncomfortable with lesbians in love for no other reason than the fact that they’re in love carries massively homophobic connotations with it. it just does. sneering at all romance doesn’t negate this problem. lesbians can be hurt in ways that straight girls cannot. sneering at their romance is homophobic, because as much as we all might hate it, the world is homophobic and banning lesbian romance absolutely does reinforce this system of homophobia. it does. (this is like, oppression basics, u guys. if u pretend oppression isn’t there, ur siding with the oppressor. “i don’t see differences in sexuality and hate all romance equally” = “i do not acknowledge that some of you need different precautions and protections because you are systematically oppressed in ways that others are not”). we are not all socially equal. we’re not starting on the same playing field. heterosexual love is not a social taboo, lesbian love is, case in point: it hurts lesbians much worse to ban their love than it does straight people. not to mention that it’s triggering for people who have been in spaces that actually did ban lesbianism (hi, me, it wasn’t a fun time, and i don’t appreciate the hunters having any resemblance to my hellish private school experience).
  • artemis is evidently quite hostile towards lesbians..for being lesbians. like, loving women is what makes you a lesbian, and if that bothers her so much that they can’t even be around her and be together…i mean, what can we conclude about her? shunning all love, in this case, specifically lesbian love, and apparently not even having it off the table that she might decide to kill them, is homophobic. it doesn’t work like “oh well she’s uncomfortable with all love in general.” you can’t hide bigotry by widening the radius of people you hate. you will never be able to disguise homophobia by also hating straight people. if anything, that’s even more homophobic, because it lumps us right in under a massive group of “people who fall in love” which…includes straight people, who systematically oppress us. not a fan of being compared to my oppressors. certainly not a fan of being banished alongside them.
  • it’s very important to note that plenty of lesbians feel this is a complete misrepresentation of artemis and the hunt, and are quite upset that someone they identified with apparently hates them. (and she does. artemis wants nothing to do with lesbians who are in love, refuses to allow them to be in love and also in her hunt, gave them an ultimatum between her and each other, would consider murdering them).
  • like, we’re not working off nothing, here. artemis has ABSOLUTELY historically been associated with lesbianism. i’m not pulling this out of my ass, okay. lesbian themes are present in tons of artemis’ myths, her “loving women” is mentioned in virtually everything ever written about her. granted, it’s never specified to be romantic or sexual, but keep in mind the time that these myths were being recorded and who was doing the recording (read: men who thought lesbianism wasn’t real). many hellenic wlw follow artemis today precisely for this reason. separating artemis from lesbianism is Not The Best Move rick’s ever had lmao.
  • the oath specifically says no men in titan’s curse. it absolutely does. if you assumed this also meant no romance at all, that’s on you and your heteronormative thinking, bud. but it reads “I, [name], pledge myself to the goddess Artemis. I turn my back on the company of men, accept eternal maidenhood, and join the hunt.”
  • pledging “eternal maidenhood” means “i’ll be a virgin” in children’s book speak. if you don’t believe me, notice how they refer to athena as a “maiden” goddess, but really mean “she can’t naturally conceive children [because she’s celibate].” they don’t mean “she’s single,” they mean “she doesn’t have sex.” maiden is a nicer term, but it means virgin: [adjective 1. (of a woman, especially an older one) unmarried. synonyms: unmarried, spinster, unwed, unwedded, single, husbandless, celibate.] we’re all familiar with the concept that you’re only allowed to have sex after you’re married to a man, right? well, that’s the assumptions this word was created under. don’t play dumb and try and say maidenhood means being eternally single; we all know what it really means and why the term exists. it doesn’t say wifeless, or even spouseless, it says husbandless. nobody was thinking about lesbians when they defined that word and rick wasn’t thinking about lesbians when he wrote the oath. thus: artemis is a virgin goddess who accepts virgins who pledge a vow of eternal virginity. that makes sense, because atemis is indeed a virgin goddess (literally the goddess of virginity) and some of her worst myths involve her kicking out hunters for “losing their virginity.” that’s got it’s own set of problems.
  • and yes, i am aware that artemis also explains the hunters “foreswear romantic love forever.” yeah, i got it. but she says this sentence in clarification to percy’s question—artemis says they’re immortal unless they break their oath. percy asks what oath. artemis says “to foreswear romantic love forever.” and as i just explained, the oath does not say that. she might’ve specified romantic love, but like, can we not play dumb here? it’s heteronormative. nuns also take a chastity pledge, but do we expect that this applies to gay nuns? no, we really don’t. like, don’t lie and say you were some enlightened ten year old being who read this line and thought “oh, thanks for clarifying artemis, i was wondering about lesbians.”
  • there’s like, an actual reason that artemis and her hunters swear off men: they’re dangerous. when she initially began her hunt, her mission was to rescue girls from being sold off to husbands they didn’t want to marry, or escaping abusive situations with their betrotheds and fathers (zoe nightshade, anyone?). i don’t see….when or why that turned into “all romance is distracting and inherently bad.” it’s not really very sensical. romance and sex were never the evils facing the hunt, it was the patriarchy.
  • in short: the hunt has become a hot fucking mess and lesbians (and bi girls but seeing as we’re specifically talking within the context of lesbian love it’s really implied that anyone who has the potential to experience that is part of the discussion) are upset. rick deserves a certain amount of blame for this.

now, see, the problem here that people can’t seem to get through their heads is that we’ve got a right to be upset about this. we are allowed to be upset about confronting homophobia in a character most of us liked and identified with.

  • and us complaining about that, explaining it, and pointing it out is…not “starting discourse”, however much you may think we’re crazy sjw dykes. i’m really not here in general for how any time someone is critical of a piece of media for valid reasons they’re immediately starting “wank” and “discourse.” it’s a misuse of the terms. discourse doesn’t mean “people have an opinion on why their marginalized group was represented badly” and wank doesn’t mean “we think this is homophobic” and you calling it that is a pathetic excuse to ignore what we’re saying. which is not to mention how incredibly transparent it is—discourse goes on in this fandom all the time. literally all the time. i’ve never seen anyone complain half as much about “fandom discourse” before as i have this past week.
  • and then there’s people derailing the conversation by making it about aroace erasure. first of all, it’s possible to like, talk about multiple things at the same time and there’s no reason why us discussing lesbians should have any bearing on aroace representation. second of all…. the hunters are like, not… technically even aroace? taking a vow of chastity and swearing off men is now equivalent to being aroace? does nobody see a problem with that? i’m stunned that people weren’t angry about that, to be honest, since it’s not exactly Controversial or New to say that asexuality does not equal celibacy and aromanticism does not equal an… eternal no romance pledge or whatever the fuck the oath even means anymore. like, cool, i understand you might be more inclined to take the oath if you didn’t experience sexual or romantic attraction, but that’s still a far cry from saying all of the hunters are aro and ace (and that’s. clearly not true. because some of them break their oaths. or join because they’ve been scorned by men they’ve fallen in love with).
  • which like, not to mention that they’re pretty hideous representation for you in general if they literally kill people who wind up falling in love? like, that’s your holy grail of representation? “you must have parted on good terms, she let you live” like okayyyy so you mean artemis’ typical course of action in dealing with girls who fall in love is to murder them? the fuck is wrong with yall 
  • people are actually offering this up as a benchmark for why artemis isn’t homophobic. she murders hunters who fall in love with men, but she let the lesbians live. like. this is the benchmark for lesbian allyship now, apparently. holy hell, people.
  • but sure, yeah, artemis, aroace patron goddess, who murders hunters that fall in love and refuses to offer protection to lesbians because they also fall in love, and calls love a “distraction” and thus pretends she’s the Enlightened One who isn’t sullied by romance. good one, guys. if that’s what you’re celebrating, and furthermore, if that’s the representation i’m “erasing” by talking about lesphobic issues, not only are you homophobic but like you’re just a plain old misogynist lmao. i don’t condone literally killing girls for falling in love and i certainly fucking thought it would go without saying that you people don’t condone that either, but apparently not! fucking hell.
  • which, anyway, even working under the assumption that it was good aroace representation, to accuse lesbians of erasure for being critical of how lesbianism is portrayed in a book? as if we were the ones who decided to include an ex-hunters lesbian couple? but we’re the ones who are guilty of the erasure for..what..talking about it? being angry? saying it’s homophobic? being upset that lesbians aren’t allowed in the hunt?
  • like, look, if artemis was presented in canon as someone who doesn’t experience attraction and started a convent for other girls who don’t, well that would be different, wouldn’t it? but she’s not presented that way. she’s apparently the patron to all women, so long as they don’t date men. zoe nightshade says she’ll accept anyone who takes the oath, no matter their species, and definitely regardless of their sexuality as well (because at the very least, zoe, the literal lieutenant, most definitely had other reasons for joining than being aroace, as did thalia, the current lieutenant, and emmie and jo are obviously not aroace yet still took the oath once, and annabeth even thought about taking the oath). it’s not, and never has been, about lack of romantic attraction. it’s about eternally swearing off all romance and banning love because love is bad.
  • i guess we all should’ve known this considering silena is all up in arms about the hunters telling her “love is worthless” in ttc, but damn call me stupid for daring to hope that as rick began to confront the rampant heteronormativity in his books we might have this patched up, too.
  • pro tip for like literally anything ever: if a marginalized group speaks up and says “hey that’s hurting us” you change your goddamn rules so it’s not anymore. like, for fucks sake, think about this in literally any other context but “lesbians are infiltrating artemis’ precious aroace safe space with their romance” and you’ll realize what condescending, homophobic fucks y’all are behaving like right now.
  • on another note: i have expressly explained this before, many times (there’s a link to one of them earlier in this post, and here’s another one), but it apparently bears repeating because nobody seems to understand: virginity is bullshit. it’s bullshit. it’s oppressive, invasive, creepy, misogynistic bullshit. will you stop pulling out this tired old argument that lesbians being allowed in the hunt somehow makes them invalidated? the idea that romance is distracting is stupid and ridiculous and condescending as fuck. the idea that your sexual history is anybody’s business but your own is disgusting. there’s no reason lesbians shouldn’t be able to be together in the hunters. there’s really not. there is a reason men are not allowed, and the reason is it’s a women’s space, to literally protect women from men.
  • this new information about the hunters cheapens the whole goddamn thing. like aside from being homophobic, it’s just plain sexist, now, too—we don’t swear off men because we’re making a statement about our lives in relation to the patriarchy, oh no!! we’re making a statement against romance. romance is bad. that’s the problem. who cares about protecting women from men? certainly not us, because we’ll kill you if you get abused by them! better keep your v card honey, or i’ll turn you into a bear!
  • and that brings me to the whole other subset of people trying to derail the conversation by making it about..rick hate? lol what? that rick is our ally and we should be grateful and he’s not perfect and he’s learning??? yeah, okay, i’m sure the answer to this is for all of us to just never talk about it at all? we’re not allowed to critique our own goddamn representation? how the fuck is he supposed to learn if you just try and smother everyone who tries to critique him by saying “HE’S A GOOD ALLY WHO IS STILL LEARNING!” like…cool? and i’m teaching him that i don’t approve of any of this, and i think it was a really underhanded way to represent us, not to mention still has gaping flaws in it?
  • like, yeah, whatever, i get it, artemis has her hideous flaws in greek myths as well. poseidon’s a rapist, hades’ is an abusive stalker, zeus is a megalomaniac serial rapist, but it’s not as though those were the characters rick chose to make look this bad, now was it? nope, it was artemis. he didn’t have to do that.
  • and even if he did, honestly, at the end of the day…who cares? it doesn’t matter who first created artemis this way. the fact of the matter is that in the series, she is, and that’s homophobic. it doesn’t negate the fact that we’re reeling from encountering homophobia from the hunters. it certainly doesn’t give anyone a license to tell us to shut up and get over it and stop talking and stop blaming rick. it’s homophobic. we’re allowed to talk about it, and be upset about it. let us fucking be.
  • of course the most hilarious thing is that this wouldn’t have even turned into “discourse” in the first place if y’all had just shut your fucking mouths and listened to us. instead, you started arguing, spreading around passive aggressive posts calling us too angry and telling us to chill out, sent us anon hate, blocked us, unfollowed us, and started complaining about all the other things i listed that are just fundamentally missing the point.
OK! So.

Due to popular demand, I have broken down the most egregious parts of Stefan’s bullshit speeches to Elena about Delena. I’ve said this all before in different ways so this might be repetitive but you guys asked for it so, lol.

So this is the speech from 5x13

Truth is, ever since the first time I know you’re falling for my brother. I’ve been awaiting for him to screw something up so badly, that you hate him. So I’ve been waiting, and watching him do all these horrible things. And every single time I think that he’s going too far, he’s there for you. Sometimes in ways better than I ever was. So the truth is, after a while I just stopped waiting for him to fail because I liked the person he’d become. And I don’t wanna lose that person.

And every single time I think that he’s going too far, he’s there for you. Sometimes in ways better than I ever was.

OK but where though?

The issue with this quote is that the show doesn’t take into account who the show says Elena is supposed to be.

Because, how is it that Damon is “there” for Elena?

He threatens people she loves to get to her or he explains that he would kill those people to save her, the way he’s there for her is always at the expense of people she cares about and Elena is meant to be a person who loves her friends and family recklessly and passionately, their well-being is supposed to be the most important thing to her

and when she is faced with their deaths or the potential of their deaths, this is what happens:

It’s emotionally traumatizing, it’s emotionally crippling, it’s emotionally scarring, being alive is just one part of an equation, it’s not the entire equation.

The way to be there for Elena is to be there for her loved ones, it’s to make sure that everyone else is safe because then she can be at peace. It‘s clear. When Stefan chooses to save Matt because she told him to

she’s at peace even though she’s dying

she’s supposed to love opportunities to comfort her friends

Stefan facilitating those opportunities and understanding the emotional nourishment they provide is being there for her

Not to mention there are direct instances in which Stefan is there for Elena more than Damon because Damon just doesn’t know what to do.

When Jeremy dies, Damon’s course of action is to turn off her humanity

which leads to Elena killing a waitress, attacking Liz, trying to kill Bonnie and Caroline and Damon can’t clean up his mess

but Stefan can

So the truth is, after a while I just stopped waiting for him to fail because I liked the person he’d become. And I don’t wanna lose that person.

How. Is. Damon. Any. Different. Loving. Elena. Than. When. He. Loved. Katherine?

In fact, in this very episode, Stefan points out that Damon is repeating old behaviour

I mean in this entire episode he is working overtime to make sure that Damon doesn’t do anything stupid because Elena broke up with him

and he FAILS. Damon kidnaps her brother

after he killed her friend

How has he changed exactly? What exactly is so different about him being with Elena than when he was pining for Katherine? In this season we find out he was systemically killing generations of an entire family behind Elena’s back and Elena even says it

And even if Damon did change when he was with Elena (which he didn’t) I don’t think people realize that if Damon actually became a better person because of Elena then he would just BE a better person, like Elena wouldn’t have to be in his life, he would’ve been irrevocably bettered, 5x13 is an entire episode full of contradictions.

The next speech in 6x04:

Believe me, I asked myself that for a very long time. And eventually, I saw it. Damon inspired you. He pushed you to own the darkest parts of yourself. And, when you died, he was the only one that could made you feel alive again. And you made him feel human. You loved Damon for the same reasons that I love Damon. Because in spite of every single thing that he did, we couldn’t live without him. And now, you don’t have to, but I do. So, I’m gonna do it my way. You do it yours.

I’m just going to go straight to the most offensive part of this offensive and idiotic speech.

And, when you died, he was the only one that could made you feel alive again.

Once again, the show is ignoring its own narrative, which it also did in season 4.

That looks pretty alive to me! Not to mention that save for actually having sex, Stefan is really the one who stimulates her in her newfound vampirism, it’s with him that she realizes what she can do and where you actually see physical intimacy enliven her

What do Damon and Elena really do in season 4 for “he makes me feel alive” to become their theme? The sire bond creates all of Elena’s problems, it actually, literally drives her crazy since Elena has to kill Connor because Damon told her to:

and even though Stefan and Jeremy actually got to the root of the problem and stopped the curse, because the sire bond means she is emotionally enslaved to Damon, yes, let’s look at that receipt one more time

he gets most of the credit for doing the least work, she is beholden to him even though that feeling isn’t in her control.

It’s the same thing as Damon saying that Elena has to drink human blood

and then her starving and spiralling because she can’t do anything else

and then telling her she doesn’t have to and she’s excited and grateful to him because that means she doesn’t have to “hurt people anymore”

That feeling of “alive” is manufactured because it’s the sire bond that makes her vampirism a living hell and it’s the sire bond that takes away the situations that make her vampirism a living hell, like someone who starts a fire and then puts the fire out, so Damon essentially controls her experience as a vampire, all the dialogue in the world doesn’t change that, it’s manufactured and contrived which makes that line in Stefan’s speech bullshit.

And eventually, I saw it. Damon inspired you. He pushed you to own the darkest parts of yourself.

This pretty much relates to what I just mentioned above because when did Damon did push Elena to own the darkest parts of herself?

Are we meant to believe that one night of raunchy dancing on a blood high is what got Elena to own the darkest parts of herself? Why. How does that help her grow, how does that help her own anything, all it actually does is reinforce how much she doesn’t want to be that person

If anything, it’s Stefan who helps Elena push her limits and take risks, to do things that require guts

and to confront the darkness of being a vampire and own it by not letting it consume you, that’s what owning something is and Stefan has been helping Elena do that from the jump

what Damon actually does is push Elena to admit she feels something for him

and the show wants to say that’s pushing her to accept darkness since he’s pushing her to realize she cares for a morally questionable man but that isn’t about Elena growing or being inspired, that’s about Damon being loved.

It’s Stefan who inspires Elena because she actually grows from the experiences he provides her

So basically Stefan was talking out of his ass.

anonymous asked:

Who are your favorite minor characters from all the four nations?

Good question!

Water

Hama. What a powerful character this was for someone we only got to see in one episode! We get to see her rise and fall, from a powerful and dignified waterbending master, to a corrupted and hateful old crone who tortures her own tribeswoman in order to “teach” her. She invented her own technique and is a deadly force to be reckoned with. Hama also gave more depth to the Southern Water Tribe, presenting a dark side to waterbending that had been hitherto unknown, as well as harkening back to a time when the tribe was strong and waterbenders were numerous. Both her strength and her hatred left a permanent mark on Katara—and a reminder for us that water is everywhere.

Earth

Avatar Kyoshi. This Avatar literally left some big shoes to fill, as she is the longest-lived of any known Avatar and cemented a legacy that is still carried on in her island and her warriors. She saved her people by breaking off a piece of the mainland Earth Kingdom, a tectonic (and titanic) feat that was as awe-inspiring as it was deadly.

One of the things that I like about how she is remembered and presented is that she is a tough lady who does not deride femininity. Her technique, for example, is about using an opponent’s force against them, a skill tailored for female use. Toph, while a tremendous earthbender, prefers her part being played by a big, strong man, teases Aang about his delicate footsteps and “feminine side”, and takes a long time to appreciate the value of doing chores and being a team mom. Kyoshi has big feet AND wears makeup, fights in a dress with fans AND stops tyranny in its tracks, and doesn’t disparage traditionally female attributes while showing off her strength.

Like most earthbenders, Kyoshi doesn’t beat around the bush with regards to her business; when Aang tries to tell her that she didn’t really kill Chin the Conqueror, Kyoshi replies:

Personally, I don’t really see the difference. But I assure you, I would have done whatever it took to stop Chin.

I would have taken that advice to heart, Aang. Just sayin’.

Fire

Piandao. Just because you’re a nonbender doesn’t mean you are any less a member of your nation, and Master Piandao exemplifies this at a time when firebending is the most prized ability in the Fire Nation. Piandao is coveted as a teacher and easily could have gotten filthy rich on war profits, considering how highly militarized the Fire Nation becomes during the war. Instead, he will only accept students that can be taught, not only how to fight, but how to achieve their potential as human beings. He prizes humility in an era of arrogance and combines the artistry of the sword with the strokes of calligraphy. He encourages creativity and bravery, as we can see in Sokka’s training. As a White Lotus member, he is instrumental in freeing Ba Sing Se from the Fire Nation’s yoke, and is a role model for personal as well as professional achievement.

Air

Guru Pathik. Yes, technically he is not an airbender, but this guru embodies all of the best qualities of the Air Nomads: friendliness toward living things, a carefree nature, sense of humor, and a high level of spirituality. Monk Gyatso would have been a more conventional choice, but I’m putting Guru Pathik first, not only because we see more of him, but because through him we learn about the tenets of interconnectedness and enlightenment that underpin the Avatar world. He teaches Aang, but doesn’t coddle him, and lets him know in no uncertain terms what will happen if Aang interrupts his training. Aang has had masters of air, water, earth, and fire, but Guru Pathik is the only one who helps Aang master the Avatar State—the most powerful technique he has apart from energybending.

So, I’ve ranted a lot about T/ony recruiting a 14 year old Peter Parker to fight in his personal war with Steve, and how in the process he literally kidnapped said 14 year old (because yes that is absolutely what taking a minor to another fucking country without his legal guardian’s knowledge or permission is, like lol, there are no extenuating circumstances which make that okay, if she wanted to May Parker could press criminal freaking charges against Tony for that and she’d be one hundred percent in the right and warranted for that).

And how since then, T/ony has not only enabled Peter’s crime-fighting and the amount of physical danger it puts him in (at least when it suits T/ony’s mood), but has also enabled Peter keeping this a secret from his legal guardian, up to and including giving him a cover story of having an internship to explain his absences. Again, this is only for when it suits T/ony’s personal agenda and moods to do so, as we all know at other times he’s perfectly willing to play the “I’ll tell your aunt” card to get Peter to fall in line or do what he’s told. The spokesperson for oversight and accountability has actively and with deliberate intent circumvented the legal guardian of a 14-15 year old boy and made it physically impossible for her to fulfill her moral and legal responsibilities to her nephew and make decisions about his physical safety.

I mean, I’ve ranted about all that before, yeah?

But you know what I personally haven’t seen anyone talk about in regards to Spiderman: Homecoming yet?

Peter’s suit.

I want to talk about the suit T/ony designed for Peter and gave to him, without any kind of official overview of the suit’s capabilities or you know, an instruction manual. I want to talk about how Homecoming showed that the suit had built in LETHAL CAPABILITIES that Peter had absolutely no knowledge of, whatsoever. T/ony designed a suit that could literally kill people, and then gave it to a teenage prodigy with no warning. For as long as Peter’s had that suit, he’s been walking around with the equivalent of a loaded gun, and absolutely ZERO idea he was doing so. Not to mention, he also had no idea that along with all the tracking and surveillance capabilities S/tark had built into it to let him know where Peter was and what he was doing, there was an AI built into it as well. The very same technology that has in the past massively backfired and either been hacked by villains or hell, evolved to BECOME the villain, was literally laced into the very fiber of Peter’s suit without his knowledge. His suit could have been hacked, its weapons capabilities subverted and used to harm someone without Peter having any way to prevent it, because Peter didn’t even know TO prevent it.

But that didn’t happen, you might say. Just hypotheticals, you can do that with anything. Of course T/ony installed safeguards, took preventative measures to make sure no one could do that, because he’s learned from his mistakes, its not like he was going to make something that could evolve into Ultron again, that someone could hijack again like any of his own villains. You just hate T/ony, you might say, and so you’re coming up with imaginary worst cast scenarios to vilify him. Sure, that COULD have happened, but it didn’t. Right?

Umm.

Except, y’see.

It DID happen.

PETER hacked his own suit. Peter undid the safeguards T/ony installed, found a way around them, because not unreasonably, once he knew there was more to the thing he was literally wearing on his body, he wanted to know what the fuck it was. T/ony’s own fifteen year old protege hacked through his safeguards and unlocked his suit’s deadly capabilities because it never occurred to him to let him know why that might possibly be a terrible idea.

And sure, if you were really determined, you could argue Peter shouldn’t have done that. That he should have trusted that those safeguards were there for a reason and left them alone until T/ony saw fit to tell him about them. I mean, I personally think that’s a completely fucking stupid argument, because if you’re going to give someone a suit you wear like a literal second skin and make it capable of killing people, that’s absolutely something the person wearing it has a right to know, so he can like, decide if he even fucking WANTS it at that point.

But all that aside, even with you making that argument about how Peter was wrong to hack it or whatever, it still misses the point. That point being, that if Peter hacked it, then ipso facto….IT COULD BE HACKED. T/ony’s vaunted safeguards were once again not up to the task, just like they haven’t been each and every time before when his technology has been turned to criminal enterprises. And this is why some of us say he hasn’t evolved at all, has never learned a damn thing. Because he’s still making the exact same mistakes he made in his first solo movie. He’s still utterly convinced of his own genius to the point where he’s confident he has accounted for the various possibilities and made sure they won’t be an issue. He decides what he wants to do without informing others, even when they have a personal stake in whatever it is he’s doing, and then rests confident in his own plans and countermeasures despite the fact that they have been proven insufficient in literally every single one of his previous experiences. 

T/ony designed a suit with lethal weapons capabilities and put it in the hands of an underage teenager who had absolutely ZERO idea he had lethal ordinance literally at his fingertips. He designed his own safeguards to keep those capabilities from being unlocked until he decided Peter was ready to access them - when Peter hadn’t even expressed that he wanted them in the first place - and then relied on Peter’s ignorance of his own suit’s potential to keep him from messing with it. His entire ‘make sure this lethal suit doesn’t accidentally kill people’ stratagem was based on the idea that no one, let alone Peter himself, could find a way around his safeguards - even though that was proven untrue, just as anyone whose seen every I/ron M/an movie ever could have predicted.

It never occurred to T/ony to use the actual superhero-in-training’s own morality as a safeguard to keep its harmful potential locked for the time being. Like, maybe if he’d ever actually told Peter what the suit was potentially capable of, Peter, being a pretty fucking brilliant kid and someone who absolutely does not want to hurt people, could’ve been trusted not to mess with it. He was extremely quick to shut down any chance of his suit killing someone once he knew that capability was there, after all. And yeah, granted, its not like Peter is a mindless automaton who blindly does everything T/ony tells him to throughout the movie, so maybe you could argue that there was no guarantee that if T/ony told him about the suit’s potential, he wouldn’t still try and hack it out of curiosity.

But again, that misses the point by a mile. Because hey, thought - but if I’m T/ony S/tark, super genius, and I don’t completely, one hundred percent trust that this superhero in training is up to the responsibility of respecting this suit’s awesome deadly potential….MAYBE I SHOULDN’T FUCKING GIVE IT TO HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE. If he’s not ready for some of its capabilities yet, here’s an idea….don’t build them into the suit, just upgrade the suit once he IS ready. 

But there’s absolutely no justification for sending a fifteen year old out onto the streets with an actual arsenal of deadly weaponry at his disposal, when he has zero idea he’s toting around that arsenal at all. It was only Peter’s own quick thinking and reflexes that kept him from accidentally killing someone with his suit once he unlocked features he had no way of being prepared for. Again, if you’re like, SUPER DETERMINED to hold a fifteen year old more accountable than a forty something billionaire super genius with actual experience, then you could potentially argue that if Peter had accidentally killed one of the robbers at the gas station, it would have been his fault for hacking the suit.

But even with that, the majority of the responsibility must still lie with the dude who put a loaded gun in the hands of a minor and then essentially told him ‘oh by the way, that’s a water pistol’.

Like, imagine if the worst had happened there. If Peter had (in his eyes) found himself responsible for killing a man by virtue of technology he didn’t even know he had. What do you think that would have done to him?

And that is why all of T/ony’s extended introspective mea culpa scenes in AoU, CW, and any other movie mean jackshit to me, because he never learns. He’s still doing the same thing, making the exact same mistake, making decisions for other people he has no right to be making for them, and refusing to acknowledge that even when he is willing to admit some small measure of responsibility after things go wrong, that isn’t exactly a big fucking comfort to the people who are made unwitting accomplices to his ego and end up shouldering a hell of a lot more of the burden when all’s said and done.

anonymous asked:

Hey, can I ask a favour? I'm writing a book, and I wonder if you can tell me some plants that would act as good poisons? Both fatal and not. And something that could be used in torture. (I promise this is for a book!) Thanks.

Ah, going Tory-hunting, are we? Good good. “For a book”, got it.

Okay! So, yes, is the answer. I don’t know how broadly you want to go into the World Of Plants, in terms of global distribution? But since you’re asking me, I’m guessing you want some UKvian/north west European answers. I also don’t know how historical you need me to be, so I’ll stick to natives where I can.

Also, it should be noted that pretty much any plant can kill you if you eat enough of it? But I’m assuming you want something a bit more ‘contained in a mysterious phial’ or ‘chopped into a soup’ rather than ‘six tonnes of common daisy, eat up, Your Majesty’.

Fatal Shit

The foxglove (Digitalis purpurea). Very pretty plant that loves hedges and forests and occasionally comes in white:

You know that scene in Casino Royale where Bond is poisoned and has to shoot himself up in his car to not die? That was digitalis, i.e. the active compound in these things. It fucks up your heart and that. In fact, the medicinal compound that has been scientifically extracted from digitalis - digoxin - is used in modern medicine, but straight from the plant is toxic.

It’s possible to simply really fuck someone up with these, but very easy to outright kill them, and a fine line to walk. It wouldn’t be easy to intentionally give them just a low dose. 

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Deadly Nightshade, (Atropa belladonna). I like this one! In extremely low doses it’s a herb, actually, so there’s even narrative Plausible Deniability for it being in a kitchen/people getting overdosed.

This is it:

This, on the other hand, is not:

That’s Woody Nightshade, or Solarum dulcamara, which is also poisonous but rarely fatally so, and seems to be plastered throughout the internet on primarily USian sites labelled as Deadly Nightshade. 

Anyway. The berries and leaves are the deadly bits, and cause delirium and hallucinations. And, you know, death. This one is easier to control for effect than digitalis, mind, so you can poison or kill here. It’s also been used as a cosmetic, because it can make the pupils dilate, which as we all know, is the sexiest part of the human body.

It’s antidote is physostigmine, found naturally in the Calabar bean from Nigeria, although it is itself pretty poisonous. Or I think pilocarpine works, which is found in a South American plant, but I don’t know which.

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The Yew Tree, (Taxus baccata). A particularly great entrant to any list, frankly. Love me a yew.

LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL anyway, yew trees were worshipped by Celtic peoples as representing a Cult of Immortality, because they live for literally thousands of years. They are also almost entirely poisonous. Like… leaves, bark, wood seeds, everything. The only thing that isn’t, ironically, is the flesh of the berries, and as long as you didn’t chew - and therefore break - the seeds, they’d probably pass right through you and be fine. But as few as three seeds would poison you.

Also, most plants lose their toxins after pruning. Not yew. Cut branches are just as dangerous.

The fun bit is the symptoms, because most times, there aren’t any. You just die a few hours after eating. Some indigestion, like. That’s it. If there are, we’re looking at shaking, coldness, and falling over a lot. 

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Hellebore (Helleborus spp). Pretty plants that flower in winter, so people like them.

The roots are toxic, causing wicked D and V and also death if you eat too much. People used to give them to kids to try to de-worm them, and a lot of kids died that way.

Interestingly, though, the seeds in particular cause skin problems after contact - burning and itching, usually. Potentially a good Clue for who the poisoner is, if their hands are all itchy and that.

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Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea). So, in the Real World there are precious few examples of people being poisoned by ragwort, though plenty of it happening to horses; but that’s because we’re generally pretty careful with the stuff, and also it’s not fatal to most.

The exception is people with liver problems.

Someone with any sort of liver condition could be killed by this stuff, because at high enough levels it will cause complete liver failure. But, you’d have to either make them eat about 14lbs of the plant in one go (unlikely), or you’d have to make them drink it as a herbal tea over a long period (more likely). The toxins don’t accumulate in the body, but the liver damage does. It was for a while considered to be a cough remedy, too, so it’s a good one for plausible deniability.

Symptoms include lethargy, staggering, walking around like a zombie, and sometimes blindness.

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Hemlock Water-Dropwort (Oenanthe crocata). Yeah, this is hemlock, Famous Poison of Antiquity. They killed many a Greek philosopher with this stuff. 

Great for plausible deniabilty - the full plant is almost identical to the fully-edible cow parsley, the stems can look like celery when chopped, and the roots look like wild parsnips. But, the toxins are quite unstable. Cooking can break them down - if not completely, then at least to survivable levels. But you’d still be sick as a dog from it, and you would need hospitalisation. 

Vomiting and nausea are the main symptoms, but convulsions and seizures are also up there. And, of course, death. There’s also some suggestion that it’s more potent in winter, and less so from April onwards? It’s unproven as of yet, but it is an interesting pattern in toxicity levels.

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Non-Fatal

Lords and Ladies/Cuckoopint (Arum maculatum). It has approximately 8003 common names, this one, but Lords and Ladies is poetic, and cuckoopint is an old word meaning a cuckoo’s dick, so those are the ones I’ve included.

Some people apparently mistake it for wild garlic, since they grow in the same places and times? i don’t see it myself, but I’m told it’s a common mistake.

It is poisonous, but you’d have a job eating enough to kill yourself - it induces vomiting fast, and a prickly burning in the mouth even faster, so you wouldn’t be able to ingest more. This is true of both the leaves and the berries. So a good one to make someone ill, and they’d be sore for days, but very unlikely to kill someone.

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Greater Celandine (Chelidonium majus). No relation to lesser celandine. Botany is wild.

Anyway, the juice in the stem is bright yellow and can cause nausea if ingested, and burning on the skin; historically, it was used to remove warts. But it tastes disgusting, as so many of these do, so it would have to be masked somehow. 

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Spindle (Euonymous europaeus). Beautiful tree, five stars out of three.

Those are the berries! SO PRETTY but eating the berries will fuck you up nicely - D and V, heart palpitations, hallucinations and symptoms akin to meningitis. Unlikely to be fatal to a healthy person, mind. 

Again, though, tastes like arse.

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‘Orrible Tortury Things

Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium). Nawr te. Here we get nasty.

This is hogweed. Tip to tip it can be about 6 feet of chlorophylled malice, but usually it’s around the four-to-five mark. The reason for it’s inclusion here lies in the sap, which contains, essentially, a compound that turns you into a fucking vampire.

How? you may be asking. Well - through a condition called phytophotodermatitis, which is where the sap basically strips out your skin’s ability to slather on the melanin and so the moment UV light hits the spot it burns. And I mean burns. Literal burns. Want to see a gross picture?

Yeah. And it’s not a one-off burn - you have to keep the skin out of the sun for a year or so before it stops reacting, even after the burn is healed. I work with people who have had hogweed burns (in my line of work it’s a professional hazard), and even mild ones will still suddenly show up again in the shower six months later.

It’s not as bad as one of our new Invasive Species, though - Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum). That one burns. Google ‘giant hogweed burns’ for the grossest google session of your life. That causes literal third degree burns, and it’s a good six years before you’re back to normal. That’s only been about in UKvia for about 200 years, though.

In conclusion, you don’t fuck about with hogweed.

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Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica). What list of Nast Plants would be complete without the humble stingy, eh?

We’ve all done our time with this bastard. Very common, touching the edges of the leaves produces a strong sting, a bit like mild bees. It’s entirely bearable, like, and actually, there are some people who whip their arthritic joints with nettles and report that it makes the swelling go down. But it’s not enjoyable, and being whipped with these would fucking hurt. Plus, it takes a while for the rash to fuck off.

It’s also highly nutritious and edible, though, and you can spin it into cloth. Non-stingy cloth, I might add. Go figure.

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Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). A wonderful tree that gives us sloes which give us delicious sloe gin.

But it also has thorns. Now - professional tree knowledge coming in here - in fact, in the moment it hurts more to be bitten by a hawthorn. But, hawthorns will merely bite, and are non-venomous.

Blackthorns are venomous. As long as you clean the cuts and, crucially, don’t leave thorns in you, you’re fine. But if you leave a thorn in you, it will give you septicemia, which can be extremely nasty. Potentially fatal, actually, so possibly this could go further up the page? Dunno how you’d manage that, though.

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Anyway, that’s all I can think of offhand. I hope this is useful knowledge for your “book”.

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You’re startled awake by a muffled shout.  Immediately, you throw off the blanket and sit up on your couch.  Your dog, Biscuit, runs over and starts barking at the ceiling.

“Same, Biscuit,” you mutter, reaching for the phone.  “I should probably call-“

It’s at that moment that a blur of motion catches your eyes and you look out your window to see what looks suspiciously like a body, falling to the ground.

“What the hell?” you shriek, which startles Biscuit, who starts howling.  You race to the window to peek your head out, but you can’t see the ground from the window, which is bolted shut.  You dial the three numbers and press the phone to your ear.

“911, what is your emergency?”  You struggle to incoherently tell the operator about the sounds you saw and the potential body.  The operator sounds remarkably calm and promises that they’ll look into it.

“Actually, what’s the address?” she asks and you tell her.  “Oh, don’t worry.  Looks like that situation’s actually been handled.”

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D.Va & Mercy: I am SO Bitter

They took my two mains and have made them both completely and utterly useless.

I was hopeful when I heard about these changes, but now I am fuming. And it doesn’t seem like the devs are listening to anybody who shares my opinions. Despite being a console player, I HAVE played them both for a couple of hours on the PTR.

I’m going to put my full points (I’m trying to be more rational than rant-y but I’m still incredibly bitter lol) under a cut, so that I don’t crowd people’s dashboards, but because of that, I’ll give a tl;dr right here.
- D.Va has been nerfed so hard that she is in the same position now as Roadhog and doesn’t have a defined role in the game, nor will she be viable in upcoming seasons.
- Mercy has been put into a spot where she can no longer fulfill her role adequately when compared to other supports or even characters with a blended role, making her worse even than Sombra, a DPS, and Orisa, a tank. Picking her is ultimately almost pointless.
- OW is becoming a game catered solely to DPS characters, and protecting your team is a thing of the past.

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anonymous asked:

I'm really curious about your thoughts regarding the influence of deans fear of intimacy on his relationship with cas. when cas killed belly and dean gave him the silent treatment i felt there is something more to it. dean was not just worried or mad i think when he realizes how cas loves him he gets afraid and become a bit detached even if he appreciates it

Yeah, this is my impression too. It all comes back to the performing!dean side of things and why he has this.

I said in this post that I feel that the repressed side of Dean is mostly to do with what Dean wants and desires and rather than being truly worried what other people think (I mean, that does come into it with the shame thing, but really it’s mainly for me about not feeling he deserves nice things).

For me this season and, well, since um forever, he has struggled with his feelings for Cas because not only *shit, I didn’t think I’d ever get a happy ending, plus he’s not even human, plus he’s a dude* but really because he didn’t ever really feel like he deserved or would get his own happy ending, because his life has always been about Sammy and other people, he’s never focused on what HE wants, even when he went to Lisa and Ben it was Sam’s ideal life for Dean, not Dean’s own.

@super-sootica led me to this fantastic easy-to-read quick psychological piece about the super-ego and we discussed how this fits for Dean. It is easy to see.

Superego:

“the socialized part of one’s psyche, according to Freud, that develops through interactions with society, especially one’s parents. It represents the internalization of the “rules” of society. When we follow the rules we feel pride in ourselves for doing what is “right.” When we break the rules, we feel guilt and/or shame for falling short of perceived expectations. The superego is your conscience, constantly berating and correcting or patting on the back. Some individuals have an over-developed superego, often as a result of strict parenting or literal internalization of the “Dos and Don'ts” they encountered as children. Some people have a very underdeveloped superego, resulting in a very self individual who tends to not worry about the consequences of their actions, so long as their needs and desires are met.”

I was reading this like…

Originally posted by sooper-dee-dooper-natural

I mean - this it is blatantly obvious to me that this is Dean. 

Dean who had a lack of interactions with society and was “raised” as a loner with his father and as a parent to Sam. When he broke the rules and left Sammy alone for a minute, Sam ran away and Dean was accordingly punished. The idea that the under-developed super ego leads to someone not worrying about the consequences of their actions and being self centred, thinking only about their desires and needs is fantastic for me as I’ve been talking about Dean precisely being the OPPOSITE of this with these exact words, having the super ego therefore makes massive sense because it is about him REPRESSING his needs and desires…

Until NOW, until 12x22 when he finally comes to the climax of his arc on this. I’ve been saying all season that Mary was going to be the catalyst to Dean’s self acceptance arc and in this way she absolutely was. I was so excited in 12x15 when Dean stood up to her and basically said that HE DESERVED MORE. This was the turning point for me, to knowing rather than speculating that this is exactly where we would end up by the season finale and that is exactly what it led to.

So yes, before 12x22 Dean was getting better, he was climbing up to the climax, feeling more like he deserved something good, e.g. nice fluffy pillows, a swim in a nice pool, CAS. But he wasn’t all the way baked yet, @elizabethrobertajones made an amazing analogy that Dean has cooked now in 12x22 but his buns still need to be iced, I love this :) It’s exactly what I think s13 will be about - icing his buns *no pun, well, maybe some pun intended*.

In 12x10 Dean is closer to accepting that he loves Cas and he might actually deserve it back, by 12x12 he then is sent backwards because Cas is broken and dying because of HIM *insert all the Dean is angry at himself meta from 12x12 and all the guilt*, by 12x19 it’s shown though that he gave Cas a mixtape, he is starting to reach out, to address him in a more romantic manner… I mean if things hadn’t ended up with the separation in 12x23 after Dean’s climactic moment in 12x22 I imagine we could have seen some hilariously awkward Dean trying to be romantic gestures… The separation was what was needed though so… there you have it.

Dean is no longer afraid of his emotions and addressing his wants and needs, or, well, he is certainly much more OK with them. He no longer thinks he doesn’t deserve a happy ending (10x16 was the beginning of this later part of this story and 12x22 the climax, the true beginning is, well, since he was a kid but also the moment that Cas himself told him that he felt he didn’t deserve to be saved… hmm. Interesting). 

When he gets Cas back he will be much less repressed in his actions and his love for Cas because of his feelings of not deserving them, though there may be others (the homo/bisexual shame potentially might play a small part, but I don’t think this will be a huge ongoing issue), this main one of not feeling he deserves the things he wants and desires is now not such a big issue and that was the big thing. The only other really big issue left is whether Cas loves him back…

And we all know the answer to that.

Originally posted by clvirenovak

And whether Cas can love him back, which raises the question of Cas’ Humanity arc, which somehow I think may be important next season anyway…

Teen Wolf x Reader x Supernatural

(Y/N) = Your Name (H/C) = Hair Color (E/C) = Eye Color (S/C) = Skin Color

Stiles wanted a normal life. Well, as normal as you could get with a werewolf best friend, a crush on a girl who was a banshee and being basically the only human out of all of your friends. But hey, he wasn’t one to complain. Well, he was. Sometimes. That’s not the point. The point is he wants one day where he can go to school, plan excuses for not having tomorrows homework in because of some pack crap (so he says yet he stays up late doing it), hate on every happy go lucky couple making out, then go home, read some comics, force his dad to eat healthy then sleep. In his life that’s a long shot but he can dream big. He huffed, shutting his locker harder than needed, poor thing wasn’t at fault.

“Honestly I will be fine.” He turned his attention, as did a few others in the hall, seeing a shorter girl sandwiched between two giants. Just looking at them freaked Stiles out a bit, they were huge. “It’s high school.”

“Exactly. Hell.” The shorter of the two men, which wasn’t short mind you, spoke, huffing and Stiles took note at how deep his voice was. A few of the popular beauty queens were checking them out, gossiping and giggling already.

“Dude,” The taller one groaned, “She’s a big girl she can handle it.”

The girl nodded at the freckled man who groaned at the double bitch face he was receiving. “Fine, but if remember the basic rules. No smoking pot, no underage drinking, if you want to party you can but be back by midnight and - ”

“And if a guy or girl tries to touch me fighting is self defense, blah blah blah you had explained this to me literally eleven times the way here.” She pulled the two to a stop a few feet from Stiles’ locker. “I get it, I love you guys. Now leave. I can handle myself.”

“(Y/N) - ”

“Now!” She rolled her (E/C) eyes, pushing the two lightly. The nodded, the taller one kissing her forehead before they walked out of the school, leaving the girl standing alone, holding a brown side bag. She looked around, locking eyes with Stiles and sending him a small smile. “Brothers right?”

He nodded mutely, not really knowing what to say when a pretty girl talked to him. She looked him over once and he was not ashamed to admit he was then very nervous of his last minute outfit throw together. “I like your shirt.” His shirt? What shirt? He looked down. Oh! Batman shirt.

“You like batman?”

“Is DC not one of, if not the best, comics I’ve read?”

“You’ve read comics?”

She scoffed. “A bit too much really. My brothers say I’m 45% comics 55% sarcasm.” She smirked slightly, “They forgot the 100% perfection but, I let by-gones be by-gones.” She looked down, “I’ve gotta get to the office. Nice meeting you - ?”

He was supposed to say something right? “Oh uh - S-Stiles.” He coughed, “Stilinski, Stiles Stilinski.”

She laughed a bit and holy shit did he hear a choir of Angels? “Nice to meet you 007. I’m (Y/N)…(L/N).” She waved, heading to the direction of the office.

He continued to stare after her, mesmerized by, not only by her features (he thought no one had clearer skin than Lydia Martin), but the outfit style, what he’s seen of her personality and -

“Stiles!”

He let out a screech, a manly one too, arms flailing a bit, hitting Scott, which hurt his hand, and clutched his chest, making eye contact with the puppy eyed were.

“The hell Scott you nearly killed me!”

“What were you staring at?”

He looked back to where he was looking. “I think I’m in love.”

Scott rolled his eyes playfully. “Everyone knows you’re a love sick puppy around Lydia buddy.” He pat his back, eyes furrowing in confusion when Stiles shook his head. “We’re not…talking about…Lydia? Strawberry blonde you’ve loved since third grade?” Stiles shook his head again, smiling sideways at his friend, saying nothing as he headed to class. “Wha - Stiles no! Don’t leave me hanging bro!”

~~

“Alright class we have a new student, this is (Y/N) (L/N). She just moved here from Virginia Beach so let’s make her feel welcome.” Stiles could have laughed at the annoyed face (Y/N) was making behind the teachers back, stopping when he turned around. “You can pick an empty seat Ms. (L/N).”

She thanked him, making her way towards the back row where Stiles was sat near his little friend group - pack - clique, whatever it was called. “Hey 007.” She said, sitting herself down beside Stiles with a smile.

“Hello Ms. Perfection.” Did that sound too flirty? Oh God he bet it did. He was trying to be funny from earlier and oh God that look Scott and the others were giving him yup him and his big mouth and -

Was she laughing? Head fallen back laughing? “Glad someone seemed to have caught on to my full potential.” He smiled, relaxing a big back in his chair.

“So, you two know each other?” Bad puppy, no interrupting flirty time where Stiles made a pretty girl laugh.

Said pretty girl smiled brightly, looking back to him. “Yes, 007 here had to witness my overprotective brothers lecturing me about high school. And who might you be puppy?” She tilted her head, (H/C) hair falling onto her left shoulder.

“Oh uh - I’m Scott McCall.”

“Nice to meet you Scott.” She smiled, turning back around. Stiles and Scott made eye contact, Stiles smiling widely, tongue sticking out of the side of his mouth as he nodded a little, Scott rolling his eyes yet smiling at his friends antics.

~~

“So how do you like Beacon Hills so far?” Honestly Stiles might be dreaming. A pretty girl, no scratch that, a gorgeous girl with (H/C) hair, big beautiful (E/C) eyes and flawless (S/C) skin was handing out with him at some little park, eating ice cream after school. Pinch him.

“It’s nice. Cute town, almost everyone I’ve met is nice. Though Lydia seems to hate me.”

“It’s just cause you’re really pretty I guess she feels threatened.” Did that come out of Stile’s mouth? Seriously? Pinch him. Please.

She laughed again, oh thank God she’s not giving him annoyed or creeped out looks. His phone beeps right as he goes to take a bite of his fudgcicle. Pulling it out, he sees a text from Derek.

‘Pack meeting. Be here. Now.’

He looked back up at (Y/N) who was attempting to walk across on old piece of wood, arms out at her sides. Of course the supernatural had to come ruin his…his… was this a date or hanging out? What was this?

“You look constipated. Are you lactose tolerant?” If he wasn’t so used to getting snuck up on he would have jumped. But he wasn’t used to being snuck up on yet so he did jump.

He shook his head laughing a bit. “No uh, my friend has an emergency and he needs me to come to his place so I uh, I gotta get going.” She nodded in understanding, hopping down from the wood to stand next to him, hand resting palm up as she stared at him. He raised an eyebrow, receiving an eye roll. “Give me your phone dumbass.”

Oh. “Oh!” He went to contacts and handed her his phone, she typed quickly before handing it back. ’(Y/N) The Bestest ;) ;)’ He laughed, stuffing in into his back pocket. “We should hang out again some time.”

“Tomorrow?”

“Tomorrow?”

“Yeah. Is that okay? After school? We could binge watch all the DC movies at your place.”

“I uh - yeah yeah!” His phone beeped again.

‘Stiles! Get your ass here now! - Derek’

'Derek seems super pissed dude hurry up - Scott’

“I gotta go. I’ll uh, see you tomorrow then!”

“See ya 007.”

(((1/10)))

Next Part : Part Two

“Dear Diary,

We’ve been in college for almost two years now and things are going great! Brittany made me get the lyrics to Fergalicious tattooed on my back. Love it.”

“Jojo is challenging himself both intellectually-”

-HA. Another win for me, Jojo the Great.

-Ugh can I go now? You said 5 bucks for one game.

“And emotionally.”

-How could you not like my apology gift?

-A GUTTED FROG IS NOT A GIFT, FREAKSHOW.

-But I stole it from the lab just for you!

“And Gunther.. Well, we don’t see him that much ever since he accidentally entered into a committed relationship with Blue Meatballs. Another person we don’t see often.. Purple-Shirt-Braids. No one knows what happened to her.”

“At first I didn’t really care about that man-whore’s fate, since a) he’s the worst and b) with him out of the picture Jojo would be all mine. But then I witnessed something that shocked me more than my mother acknowledging my existence…Gunther.. TURNING DOWN A GIRL.”

“Sometimes we face challenges so grave that no earthly means will do. That’s when we turn to the skies and wonder..”

“..who will save us?”

Welcome to the Unions, Post-Finals-Breakdown Edition! Well, it’s about to get real. We’ve fucked around long enough and it’s time to get to work, finding spouses, getting into the secret society, and most importantly-

GETTING RID OF THIS BITCH. That’s right, Blue Meatballs has managed to completely take over Gunther’s life and the results are deeply concerning. I had the dramatic realization that she’s the same girl from this post that Gunther was previously disgusted by. How the fuck we ended up here I don’t even know. Meatballs wormed her way to Gunther’s slutty heart by letting him woohoo other girls in front of her and somehow this has resulted in him.. autonomously being loyal? A genius play tbh but THIS ENDS NOW. 

WELCOME TO COLLEGE MELODY.

-I’m here to chew gum and win back Gunther.. and I’m all out of gum.

Work. it. With 3 bolts and your hot new look, fucking Hot-Topic-reject Meatballs doesn’t stand a chance! Let’s get you registered, what do you wanna be when you grow up?

-A mad scientist!

Lmao, I know who you might hit it off with..

-Sooo this is kinda awkward..

-Awkward? Why?

-Well, because of me and your father.. And our torrid romantic history.

-I don’t want you to think of me as a regular dad. I’m like a cool dad. The kind you can get a beer with. Well, not actually beer because it’s disgusting, but you know, some other drink. A non-prole drink. 

-There’s a penis next to my food and somehow that’s not the grossest thing in this cafeteria. 

Welcome to the Unions, baby!

-SO as I was saying, Empty Chair, the first time I woohooed Gunther was A-MA-ZING. We went at it for like 2 hours and he said I was the best he ever EVER had, especially compared to girls in high school! He was all like, “Melody who?”

Stfu Blue Meatballs, your days are numbered. Is Gunther’s class ever gonna end?

OH he’s back but now Melody has to go to class! The game making a real meal out of this. They look so good together <3

And Melody stops to heartfart over him! TRUE LOVE.

Also heartfarting over him and ruining the moment, Gross Hippy Dude. 

And, of course, Blue Meatballs! Jfc this kid can’t take 5 steps without spreading boners. 

Once Gunther steps inside, the predictable unthinkable happens, aka Wyatt ALSO HAS THE HOTS FOR HIM. This is the 3rd time that someone Jojo has his sights on is into Gunther, I’m surprised it hasn’t lead to some trust issues-

-Oh my, Wyatt, what a beautiful neck you have. It’d be a shame if I had to [redacted] it.

-Did you just say “redacted”?

-Yes.

-Well what does it mean?

-Fuck my brother and find out.

IT’S GOING DOWN. Everyone is here and Meatballs is perfectly positioned to catch Gunther cheating!! MAKE YOUR MOVE MEL

WHAT THE. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK

WHAT

………………………………………………………………….WHAT DID JUST HAPPEN.

-I DON’T KNOW </3

I’m gonna jump out the fucking window, how is this possible YOU HAVE 3 BOLTS + ARE BFFS

- :((((((((((

GOD.

AND IT HAPPENS AGAIN. OMFG. This is not me btw, this is fucking ACR breaking Mel’s heart </3

-Ugh please, she broke her own heart the minute she decided to go up against ME. This is it, bitch, it’s done. Just accept me as Gunther’s bride and let’s move on with our lives.

NEVER. I hate you and Komei has fucked our genetics enough without your toad-mug chiming in. 

-Whatever, it’s your funeral then.

FINE, I’D LITERALLY RATHER DIE

GOD. I legit cannot with this, let’s focus on something else..

..like crazy-in-love Wyatt here who spends his days thinking about Jojo/ following Jojo around/ waiting for Jojo to return from class. Depicted here is the happy couple after Wyatt literally ran to the door to kiss Jojo as soon as he got back. Just as I was warming up to this pairing I took a look at Jojo’s panel and saw that cold-ass bitch doesn’t even have a crush on Wyatt, JFC.

-I don’t care, I will melt Jojό’s tiny, frozen heart! 

Lol, good luck with that!

Meanwhile we have the important business of harassing the secret society members to attend to. Shockingly, my cunning plan of basing this entire enterprise solely on Jojo’s social abilities is not going well. We finally befriended the blond after hanging out with her 200 times-

-and moved on the redhead, aka girl who slapped Gunther. This girl is almost as big of a bitch as Jojo, I mean seasons literally change outside the window and we’re still stuck at 40 points. Thankfully their rooms are tiny so they can’t escape!

Meanwhile, walls down reveal that Gunther and Meatballs are literally GOING AROUND THE ROOM HOLDING HANDS. GODFUCKINGDAMMIT WILL THIS NIGHTMARE EVER END

Finally, demeaning ourselves enough to do a school cheer does the trick and we never have to talk to those assholes again! Let’s gtfo, time for drinks, the 3rd society member and -super hopefully- Jojo’s potential spouse, that we can’t seem to meet to save our lives.

We go to our beloved Wasteland and are faced with the most useless assortment of people ever. First up, Ti-Ning!

-Whaddup.

Get out so someone that doesn’t live with us can get in, that’s whaddup.

Secondly, crazy redhead slapper!

-Back off bitch, I saw him first.

-LOL whatever girl, I’m his first love, I have seniority.

-God he sucks at drumming.

-Tell me about it.

And thirdly… FUCKING MAX FLEXOR. I was legit thinking ‘the only person missing now is Max’ and WHAT DO YOU KNOW. God.

Mel is getting desperate and I share her sentiments. I don’t know who I hate more at this point, Meatballs or Gunther? It’s a coin toss.

We gtfo, Beatles style, in search of non-lame pastures. I want Jojo to meet the 3rd member asap because his friendships with the other two are at a dangerous 52 points threshold and the thought of befriending them again gives me hives.

IMMEDIATE SCORE. THANK YOU CACTI CAFE. But the real revelation is about to happen outside…

HELLO FRANCES J, LOOKING CREEPY AS SHIT. I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR YOU EVERYWHERE

-Ugh, are you that charity person that keeps pestering me? I don’t owe you anything, my parents worked HARD for our money-

Yea yea whatever. Are you ready to meet your maybe-soulmate??

-No.

Great!

-Frances J. Worthington III. My name isn’t the longest thing about me.

-Are you talking about the line of zeroes in your trust fund?

-I am.

-Jojo Union, charmed. I love your sweater.

-Ah, thank you, I knitted it myself.

-Oh really, you knit?

-I’m just pulling your leg dear chap, what am I, a serf?

-HAHA.

YES. MAN I LOVE BEING RIGHT. Can this night get any better????

YES IT CAN. GOD IS REAL. Meet my new favorite pic of all time. I don’t think I have related to anything in my life more than I do to Dan’s face here.

And at last I see the light,
and it’s like the fog has lifted,
and at last I see the light,
and it’s like the sky is new,
and it’s warm and real and bright,
and the world has somehow shifted 💕

IM COMING FOR YOU MEATBALLS

And look who’s here now LMAO. I would love nothing more than watch Wyatt and Frances try to strangle each other with their silk ties over Jojo, but tragically we have to leave..

..because thanks to someone the lot is lagging like crazy. Literally whenever we’re on a community lot and things get interesting you can count on this sparkly cockblock to show up. Anyway, let’s get down to business..

..TO DEFEAT THE HUNS.

MUAHAHA. Not so cool now, ARE YOU MEATBALLS

-GUNTHER HOW COULD YOU?? WE WERE PRE-ENGAGED YOU BASTARD

-We were what?

-EVERYONE WARNED ME ABOUT YOU BUT I DIDN’T LISTEN. I THOUGHT I COULD CHANGE YOU ONCE WE WERE MARRIED

-Once we were what?

-Ugh, this is hilarious but highly uncomfortable.

Don’t worry Mel, you CAN change him once you’re married. I think.

-But goddamn if you’re still not hot as fuck!!

……………………Meatballs seriously. Get help.

-Is it still a break-up if you don’t acknowledge it whatsoever? 

Wtf is this, the new ‘if a tree falls in a forest’? GTFO

Jfc, Gunther’s dick is tearing this dorm apart.

Not gonna lie, I’m very worried that Gunther is gonna cheat on Mel and just the thought of going on an apology tour is killing me. After this close call with first-woohoo-girl I have to place him under constant surveillance- 

-aka chained to the easel! If he’s drawing he’s not cheating. What a lucky girl Mel is.

-This is a forest.. representing what I’m missing by looking at the tree.

Is the tree..Mel?

-Yes.

And the forest is other chicks? 

-Yes.

Drop out.

That scary little window appears and I’m like NOOOO CAUGHT CHEATING but turns out it’s the opposite! Gunther is saved from aspiration failure and will hopefully shut up for now. OR ELSE

Meanwhile Jojo almost misses his fucking finals because he’s on his 10thousandth call with the 3rd society girl- the final frontier. The clock is ticking, Jo’s relationships with the other 2 are falling and we have no time to let this friendship develop naturally, so harassment it is!

-A restraining order?? HA, get in line bitch. 

-No, I’m being literal, there’s an actual line in the court for orders against me. Bring a sandwich.

Daniel heads to his finals in this amazing ensemble, I assume from the Stalin line of outwear.

-Correct! He was buried in this. 

And the semester is over with a bang! Not to brag but the kids are killing it in academia, talk about laser-sharp focus..

..I mean last semester has barely ended before Gunther sits down, rolls up his sleeves and saddles his ex with his term paper. 

-I know it’s early in the semester but I’m so worried about my grade, babe, do you think you could you get started now?

-Oh Gunther, you’re so diligent! 

ABOUT TIME. Dorian wtf are you doing here?

-What do you mean, I’m a college student, I just have a mature look. 

Yeah well Jojo likes them middle-aged so STAY AWAY

-Jojo Union, you’re under arrest-

-I’m innocent! It wasn’t me who stole the frogs! His name is Ti-Ning Trimble, he’s a monster, officer, he said he hates frogs and won’t rest till they’re extinct-

-SHUT UP AND GET IN THOSE HANDCUFFS

-These are not the circumstances under which I want to hear that! DANIEL

-Fuck the police. 

-I’LL TRY

-WOOOOO WELCOME TO THE SOCIETY JOJO

-ONE OF US, ONE OF US

-AH it was you guys, wow! I’m deeply honored to be here- wait, where did that cop go? Did he leave? Goddammit, I wanted him to see how cool I’d look killing you all and stealing your possessions, can something work out for once..Oh well, no use crying over spilled cop I guess.. Let’s spill some blood.

-Man, I am loving the view from up here.. All that’s missing is someone to share it with.. Someone to be my co-king.. No, that’s actually too much power. Someone to be my steward. 

CAN YOU JUST PICK ONE ALREADY

-What’s the rush? They can compete to win my heart, winner takes all. Losers.. well, I didn’t kill 14 people to get this thing just to lounge on it.

Did you kill 14 people to find God anytime soon cause that’s what you need to do.

-That doesn’t even make sense.

WHAT DOES

Bad Blood (1)

Originally posted by fy-sexo-exo

Pairings : Oh Sehun x Kwon Nara (OC)

Oh Sehun and Kwon Nara are born to be mortal enemies given the rivalry between their blue blood families but would that status stay until the end?

Enemies.

That is what my relationship with him is based on.From studies, sports, and legacy, our families are mortal enemies for generations from the days of our ancestors.

“We are here,miss.” Mr Kim, our family driver informs me that wakes me up from my monologue. “Thank you.”

Right as soon as I close the door, I hear the sound of a car engine nearing me. I look behind and when I thought I could skip on this part without being miserable, luck just didn’t find me.

great,of course I have to arrive on school the same time as the devil,Oh Sehun.

Our eyes met and if you think that this will be the time for a cliche scene in the Korean dramas; where the both of us fall in love and have visions of the both of us getting married and growing old together, let me stop you right there because what is about to happen next will be the total opposite of what you expect and will contradicts all of the odds.

“What the hell you are looking at,Kwon?” Sehun smirks while walking towards me. “Stunned by my looks?” I roll my eyes and eye him from head to toe. “You wish, my expression is more to shocked I am on how ugly your face is getting day by day.” I begin to move away from him and make my way towards the school hallway just to get  block by him. “Move,Oh Sehun.” I try to not be annoyed this early morning just to protect my sanity but Oh Sehun decides to be an ass.”Nope.Over my dead body.” He crouch down to my level just to point out my height. “Oh believe me, killing you is a top one in my bucket list but I don’t want to waste my entire life in the prison because of you,so move.” I push him aside and make my way to my lockers without even giving him another look. I can feel his eyes on my back like holes burning.

Bad blood between our families is an obvious reason why I hate Sehun. It’s a given fact that we have to hate each other’s guts and surpass each other achievements in academics, social and sports. As for the second reason, that will remain a secret until the right time.

A reason that no one else know and no one can know about it.I will carry this secret until the day that I die.

I am in love with Oh Sehun.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

According to the history, the Oh family and the Kwon family have been mortal enemies for a long time and we are the fifth generation.Even our fathers are still competing against each other until now.The both of them are the candidates for the next congressman for upcoming election.As for Sehun and me, we have always been competing against each other ever since I can remember.They would always put us against each other in any competition like tennis,ballet and polo racing.

Our next face off?

The president of the school representative council .Ironically, the both of us are running for the position of the president,just like how our fathers are.

“I am one of the most potential candidate and if I win,I’ll treat all of you exclusively.” I can hear Sehun’s annoying voice from the hallway as I walk down the stairs from my class. I walk down the hallway and passing him while still ignoring him as usual but he just wouldn’t let me have my peace. “It looks like someone will get the punishment.” I can even hear his smirk in his voice. How can I even like this guy? Of course, Sehun is attracting a lot of attention which are mostly junior girls who are screaming for him and promising to vote for him. I am totally not jealous as I attract boys attentions as well on my own. 

I turn around and smile before attacking him with my own words. “Right,Should I start calling you slave now?“

It has been a known tradition that whoever loses between Oh Sehun and Kwon Nara in every competition that they compete against,will get punished by the person who wins and the defeated can’t even deny the order that have been given by the person who wins.

“We’ll see,Kwon.Don’t let you eat up your own words,sweetheart.” Sehun walks to me majestically  handsomely  annoyingly just to show off how tall he is and crouch down to my level just to ruffle my hair. I puff in annoyance meanwhile he smirks that made my heart skip a beat.

Oh Sehun, you brat.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

“Nara! There is something wrong with your poster!” Soojung walks into the classroom after lunch. Soojung have been my best friend since we are in diapers and she basically know everything about me (literally everything including my tiny weeny crush on Sehun) (shit I said no one knew)

 “What? What happened to my poster?” I hurry my way out of the class and make my way to the notice board outside of our class. People are making a commotion in front of my poster and move away  as they made a way for me. I feel a surge of rage as soon as I see my poster.

“WHO THE HELL DID THIS TO MY POSTER?” My poster that actually came up really well now looks like it has been doodled by a bunch of 5 years old. I tear my poster down and I hear a devil’s laugh.

“Oh Sehun,I should have known that it is you who is behind all of these barbaric actions!” I come to him with rage clearly on my face.”I swear it is not me.” Yes,maybe he was not behind it personally but I am sure that he ordered his minions to do it. “Yeah right.” I roll my eye and point his chest with my fingers. “Don’t act like you didn’t order your minions to actually vandalise my poster. I can’t believe you actually took the effort to do that kind of dirty trick. What are you? 5?” I poke his chest harder and speak my words menacingly. Sehun just raise his eyebrows and his two hands at his sides. “Nara, I didn’t do it and why should I ruin your pretty face?Your face is the only thing that can help you win. Besides,you have no proof. Well,I better get going.Bye Kwon.”

Wait, did he just say that I’m pretty? He also said that my face is the only that can help me win? Oh Sehun is the only guy who can compliment you at the same time, use those words to attack you. 

You will never understand my feelings,Oh Sehun and I will never understand you.

“I AM ACTUALLY THIS ONE STEP AWAY INTO DROWNING YOU INTO THE HAN RIVER.” I shout after him before stalking him into the hall but he seems to just keep on ignoring me and walk ahead. This is the time to actually bust his actions. I follow him into the another part of the school which is his block that I don’t usually hang around since his block belongs to the chaebol sons who are following their father’s footsteps ie; business studies, business management etc etc. As for me, my block is the art block where we learn ballet and paintings and even opera music.Classic.

“We will be voting you,Sehun!” Some junior girls giggle loudly at Sehun. “Thank you girls.” Sehun gives them love arrow. You make me sick,Oh Sehun. Suddenly he stops. Wait! He stops by my poster! I knew it! You are dead,Sehun.

He leans in to my poster slowly

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and kiss my poster! Right on the lips!

What the hell just happened?

Single - Dick Grayson x Reader

Anon asks: “Could you do an officer Grayson x reader where the reader is a forensic scientist and like has a huge crush on him but is super shy and nerdy and just lots of fluff please”

Warnings: I think some swearing

a/n: I had so much fun with this, and my love for Dickiebird has grown exponentially. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did, anon :)


The Blüdhaven Police Department was currently running at a very, very slow pace. You hadn’t had to do lab work all day, you hadn’t even gotten any paperwork! And, I mean Blüdhaven isn’t Gotham in terms of crime, but it comes somewhat close. You guys wouldn’t exactly have Nightwing hanging around if Blüdhaven didn’t have its fair share of crime. Boredom was consuming you, as you tapped a navy-blue ink pencil against the desk you sat at in the forensics lab. Navy-blue, god you loved that color, for so many reasons. Mainly your love of the color developed when you met Officer Grayson, who’s eyes happened to be the exact shade of navy-blue you had always somewhat liked. You still remember the day you met him, Dick Grayson. You had made a damn idiot of yourself, really.


Flashback…

You were new to Blüdhaven, you were 21, had just gotten out of college and already landed a job working at Blüdhaven’s police department. You’d been working for about a week at this point, and it was all going well, you really loved your job.

“Hey Y/N, you haven’t met the whole team yet, kid. You missed one of our guys, he left the day you got here. Come on up and say hello.” The commissioner speaks through the speaker system down in the lab. You turned about 500 different shades of red, because now everyone knew that you were the new kid, those speaker systems travel throughout the entire police department. You were also extremely shy, so meeting new people wasn’t exactly your specialty. The first day you got here was terrible, being introduced to everyone one by one. ‘Maybe this’ll be better’ you think to yourself, as you head upstairs to meet whoever decided to go missing for a week.

“Um, I, ah, you said you wanted me to meet…” You begin to speak to the commissioner, but fall short of words as your eyes land on a man you had definitely not seen before. Beautiful was an understatement, handsome didn’t even come close, and gorgeous was just too far away from what this man was to even use. Ethereal maybe? Absolute perfection? A literal god? All of those crossed your mind, before you realized you had been staring.

“Don’t mind the kid, Grayson. They’re a little shy, but they’ll warm up to you.” The commissioner tells the man. The actual god just nods and smiles, before walking over to you, shaking your hand and introducing himself.

“I’m Dick Grayson, well, Officer Dick Grayson if you want specifics.” He tells you, gorgeous navy-blue eyes staring into your e/c ones. “I, um, yeah specifics are good. I like specifics.” You mumble out, shifting your weight in-between your feet. “In your field, yes specifics are fantastic.” Dick says, voice bubbly and joyous. Was he always like this? Cause if he was then you were screwed, may as well just quit now, folks. You wouldn’t be able to survive more than three seconds around this man without melting and just generally making a fool of yourself, you already knew it.

Proof of this theory developed seconds after, when as you headed back to your lab, you managed to trip over your own feet. Luckily, or unluckily, you didn’t fall and break your face, because your friendly neighborhood Officer Dick Grayson just so happened to be there to catch you. Yeah this was the exact moment you contemplated quitting, because holy hell his arms felt nice wrapped around you. You just really wanted to hug him. And kiss him. And do many other unspeakable things to him. God, you hoped he was single.

“Thanks for um, stopping me from falling on my face. You’re great, wait no I mean your face is great, wait fuck, no I mean your save was great. Saving me was great. Oh god, um, I’ll just be going back to my lab Officer.” You ramble, embarrassment taking over your entire body as you dart back to your lab before Dick could even say anything…


“Y/N, hey Y/N. Sweetie, are you listening to me? Y/N? Don’t make me arrest you for not obeying law enforcement.” Speak of the devil. Well, think of the devil in this case. If Dick Grayson happened to be the devil. You ponder that maybe that’s how he’s so gorgeous, he could’ve literally made a pact with Satan. Nah, that’d be kind of a strange thing for a cop to do.

“I, ah, what? What did you need, Officer?” You respond, your mind was a bit clustered from your previous thoughts. “First off, I need you to stop calling me Officer. It’s Dick, really I don’t mind, you don’t have to be so formal. And secondly, Nightwing brought down Cobblepot, and the guys and I went to analyze his hideout-”

“Cobblepot’s or Nightwing’s?” You question, wanting to die inside when you realize that you interrupted him. He didn’t seem to notice though.

“Cobblepot’s. If we found Nightwing’s hideout don’t you think this entire department would be celebrating?” Dick asks, sarcasm in his voice, but his face maintaining the sweet smile you adored so much. “I guess so, I don’t really get a lot of notice down here. It’s kinda lonely, really.” You confess without thinking.

“Lonely huh? I understand that.” Dick comments, as he pulls up a chair and sits down next to you. “You? Lonely? No, you’re one of the most well-liked guys here. You have tons of friends and I’m sure you have a lovely partner you go home to every night.” You blurt out, cursing yourself because you rambled and embarrassed yourself…again.

“I do have some friends, but most of these guys I just work with. We have…conflicting views on certain things. And no, I don’t have a ‘lovely partner’ to go home to every night. I’d like one, but I don’t have one. Never been real good at the whole relationship thing.” Dick tells you, spinning your pen around his fingers while he does.

Without even thinking twice about how bad it sounded, you blurted out “Not good at getting people, or not good at commitment?” When you realized what you said, something above and beyond embarrassment took over you. Was it guilt? Was it shame? Was it the chances of this man ever liking you going down the drain? Yeah, okay it was probably all of them.

“I am so, so sor-” You start to apologize, but get cut off by Mr. Supposedly Lonely. “Don’t…don’t apologize. You actually hit the nail on the head with that.” He chuckles, somehow maintaining that happy-go-lucky demeanor, even after being somewhat blatantly insulted. “So what about you? There’s no way you’re single, right?” Dick inquires, now drumming his fingers against the table. The man couldn’t seem to sit still.

“Who? Me? No, no I um, I’m very single. Also not good at the relationship thing. Good at commitment, not good at getting people. I’m kinda, um, shy.” You explain, cheeks turning red as you just stare down at the table, avoiding eye contact like it was poisonous.

“Really? I never noticed that you were shy! It’s not like you literally ran back here the first day we met.” He replies, voice sarcastic and joking. “Hey, I made a fool out of myself okay? I ran back here to cry into my DNA analyzer.” You chuckle, still avoiding his eyes. “Yeah, if I recall correctly, you said I was great, then you said I had a great face.” He laughs, while you feel the need to run away again. What he does next just nearly kills you.

Leaning in close to you, so close you can feel his breath on the side of your face, he mumbles out “Really good approach at flirting, if I say so myself.” You swear that the oxygen leaves the room entirely, and you heart shouldn’t be beating as fast as it is. That’s it. You have to quit. This man has become a full-blown health hazard. You could have a heart attack around him. In reality, you were probably going to get fired, whenever you were around him he got all your attention. There could be a tornado and you wouldn’t notice if he was in the room. Really, you shouldn’t be around him for multiple reasons, potential heart attack included.

“W-what was the second reason you came d-down here?” You stutter out, trying to get back to the task at hand. “Oh yeah,” he says, as it’s just magically occurred to him that he didn’t come down there to take your breath away, “we found evidence in Cobblepot’s hideout, DNA to be specific, and I know you love specifics. He was running an arms deal with someone when Nightwing stopped them, whoever it was got away before Nightwing or us could find him. I need you to analyze the DNA, find out who it belongs to.”

He seemed slightly disgruntled at this fact, as if he was the one who couldn’t catch the bad guy on time. Simply nodding in confirmation, you take the source of the DNA, observing that it was a cup. “Should be easy, saliva’s always easy to track’ you think, as you dive head on into your work.

“Well, I guess I’ll leave you to it. Wait, there was one more thing…” Dick says, waiting for you to respond. “What else can I do for you?” You ask, turning away from your machine that was now analyzing the saliva from the cup. The smirk on his face shows no good, and his words reflect it.

“Last thing I needed from down here was your number. Maybe a time we could meet for dinner?” He bargains, charm radiating off him. And there goes the last of your composure. You feel like screaming, crying, dropping to your knees and screaming out to the heavens a thanks. But you don’t do that, not immediately anyways.

“I, yeah. Yes. Absolutely. Here.” You murmur more to yourself than him, as you write down your number and the date of tomorrow at 7pm on a piece of spare paper. Folding the paper and handing it to him, you finally make eye contact, getting a glance at those navy-blue eyes that you now had a date scheduled with.

“Alright, I’ll leave you to your work now.” He says, departing from the lab with a huge smile on his face. That same smile took over your face, as you waited until he was out of earshot to scream and jump around.


“YES!” Both of your screams can be heard through the Blüdhaven Police Department, as the rookie hands the $20 he had bet on whether Grayson would actually ask the forensic scientist out, to the commissioner.

I did a post on the FenHawke power dynamic and I’ve gotten a bunch of asks from ppl wanting some clarification. The askers requested that I reply privately (which I do anyway) but if anyone’s interested, here’s the response:

Fenris is probably the most vulnerable character in the entire game. At the most fundamental level, he is an elf from Tevinter. Elves inThedas already have a crappy time of it, but being from Tevinteris that much worse, because his people are by default seen asslaves. They can literally be killed for entertainment purposes without anyonegetting into trouble over it. This is the kind of fear that Tevinter slaves live with every day.

Because of his memory loss, Fenris has less than a decade of life experience to fall back on and the experience he DOES have involved being completely under another person’s control – i.e. Danarius, who used Fenris as both his hired killer and sex toy (as stated by the author and heavily suggested by in-game narrative…and seriously, LOOK at him. If all Danarius wanted was a “bodyguard” he’d get an 8 foot IB type who could swat his enemies with a closed fist, not the “pretty anime elf”).

This means that when Fenris meets Hawke, the vast bulk of his life experience is based on exploitation, fear and abuse which is not great for one’s mental health. Fenris basically says in-game that the decision to run from Danarius was the first autonomous choice he could remember making.

He is not used to thinking for himself, but suddenly he is thrust into a situation where every decision he makes has potential life-or-death consequences. Everything he knows has been pulled out from under him. He is illiterate, so the only way for him to get any sort of information is by word of mouth. This exposes him to further exploitation and also means that he ends up leaving a trail of witnesses in his wake for the hunters to interrogate. He has no money, no support system, and only the clothes on his back and a sword with which to survive.

He carries on this way for 3 years, which is guaranteed to exacerbate any existing PTSD he has, of which he shows several symptoms in the game. When he meets Hawke, he is at his low point. Contrary to what ppl claim, Fenris never lies to Hawke. Not even once. Anso deceived Hawke, but the very first words out of Fenris’ mouth is an apology and a confession. Unlike Anders, Fenris has no leverage whatsoever. He is completely alone. There are no Ferelden refugees that’ll get mad if he disappears. He doesn’t have a Deep Roads map to use to get Hawke’s help. If Hawke wants to, they can kill him there in the alienage without any adverse consequences – and that remains true for the entirety of the game. All Fenris can do is beg, and if that fails then he’s left to slink away and probably get devoured by demons, which brings me to Hawke…

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anonymous asked:

I was wondering - you've mentioned before that your blog isn't Moffat friendly, and I've seen a lot of DW fans that haven't liked him much. What are some examples of him writing sexist episodes/badly developed characters? Or do you have other issues with him? Sorry, I'm just curious as to how you feel (I'm just starting season 6 now, but I couldn't tell why he's so hated, although I wasn't really looking out for it)

*deep breath* Oh boy it’s been a LONG time since someone gave me permission to go on a Moffat rant.

I’m sure it goes without saying that this is going to be extremely anti Moffat. Avert your eyes.

There are a lot of reasons I don’t like Moffat, tbh. I’m going to start with the simplest one – you could drive a truck through some of the plot holes in his episodes. The most obvious one is The Angels Take Manhattan. Okay, fine. The Doctor couldn’t go back to that specific date to save Rory and Amy. Fine. Go to the day after. Or the day after that. Instead of, you know, leaving them trapped in the past.

“But Sam, they needed to leave!”

They’re are at least five ways it would have been better to write them off without leaving the question of “why can’t the Doctor just go to New Jersey and pay for them to take a taxi to him?”

Next – Moffat’s episodes are all flash, no substance. They are undeniably pretty – he reaps the benefits of four seasons of excellent writing and got a bigger budget than RTD in return. But the writing is shallow af and is almost impossible to get emotionally invested in. His Doctors are selfish children who mistake being rude assholes for being “edgy,” and his “emotional” scenes fall flat.

“But Sam he won awards for his writing!”

Yeah, well. Donald Trump is president. People make bad choices sometimes.

Now on to his sexism. I did a huge post about this a while back, which I’ll link at the end of this, but the tl;dr version is:

Moffat’s women have almost no character. I mean, okay, okay, okay, Clara was bossy, River was “strong,” Amy was sassy, whatever. But it’s so two-dimensional. When the characters were written by other people they were fantastic – one of my favorite Moffat-era eps is Vincent and the Doctor. Amy was fantastic in it. The writing was fantastic. Everything about it was fantastic. I cried. Unashamedly.

But the way Moffat set the characters up…they had no lives outside the Doctor. They weren’t characters, and their entire lives revolved around the Doctor.

“But Sam the show is called Doctor Who! What’s wrong with their lives revolving around him? RTD’s companions’ lives did too. And besides they did have lives!”

Rose, Martha, and Donna, all had characters outside of the Doctor. They had families, jobs (okay, Rose didn’t because the Doctor blew it up and Donna didn’t because life sucked but at one time they had jobs!). They had friends, and families, they had pasts that were completely separate from the Doctor.

Amy – met the Doctor when she was…I’m not quite sure tbh. Six? Seven? Young. Spent the rest of her life obsessed with him, to the point where it actually effected her quality of life (four therapists in ten (or so) years is a lot).

Clara – The impossible girl, born to save the Doctor. Her entire existence was solely for saving the Doctor.

River – *pause*; *deep breath* I will never stop being angry about the potential River had that was wasted. She was literally raised to be obsessed with and eventually kill the Doctor. She translated that obsession into “loving” him, and tied herself to him in a different way. She literally said once that she lived for the times when she could see the Doctor. That’s not normal. That’s not healthy. And don’t even get me started on their sham of a “marriage” (HIDE YOUR DAMAGE IS NOT THE SIGN OF A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP RIVER).

*grits teeth*; *moves on*

Moffat himself is a grade-A dick, which makes it pretty hard to watch his shows anyways. He’s been quoted as saying bisexuals are too busy having sex to watch his shows, that all bi people are just waiting for someone to make them straight, that asexuals are “boring” to write, he has literally insulted his wife before while she was pregnant (wondering when she would get back to her normal size), he renamed the Master as Missy because apparently Master is strictly a masculine term (never mind the sexual connotations that go with the term Mistress), the list goes on and on and on and on and on.

He queerbaits like nobody’s business – a perfect example being having Clara twice mention a relationship with a girl (once calling it “a phase”) but never showing it on screen, or having River reference relationships with girls but again never showing it on screen. And I know there’s a common misconception going around that Moffat created Jack Harkness so he can’t be homophobic, but…no, he didn’t create Jack. And yes, he is homophobic. He’s proven that multiple times.

And that’s about all I have time for right now. I’ll link some of my other rants below for you to peruse. If you enjoy his Doctor Who, that’s perfectly fine, and I am under no misconceptions that I’m going to change your mind. These are just my opinions.

My anti Moffat Tag (to see things I’ve reblogged and agreed with or added to)

Lack of emotional impact in Moffat writing

My BIG Moffat rant

Widowtracer family AU

Because I briefly talked about this AU but never really disclosed specs? There’s probably holes everywhere but anyway.

  • Amélie is Gérard’s younger sister, instead of them being a couple. Also the age gap between her and Lena is significantly smaller than in canon (a year, two at most).
  • So when Tracer first joins Overwatch, she and Gérard get along very well and become friends quite fast. One day during a conversation, Gérard mentions that he has a little sister about Lena’s age and he’s like “I think she’d be your type.”
  • Tracer gets really flustered at the remark. She’d never explicitly told anyone that she was gay…but was the fact that obvious that everyone could guess?
  • Spoiler alert: the answer is yes.
  • Sometime later, Gérard convinces Amélie to come over at the Overwatch HQ even though she doesn’t really have the time because she’s quite busy with her studies, ballet classes (she aims to become a professional dancer), and everything.
  • Lena wouldn’t say that when she met her, it was love at first sight (but it totally was). Meanwhile Amélie thought she was a bit too hyper and kinda awkward, albeit really cute.
  •  They kinda become friends after that, like they send each other texts message and shit.
  • Gérard ships it so hard. Amélie insists that they’re just friends (sure Amé, keep lying to yourself, but you know you like her).
  • Then there’s the Splitstream incident. Amélie had promised Lena she’d come to see the takeoff, though she had to cancel their plan last minute because she had an important exam to study for.
  • Gérard was there to see it happen, however, and he has no idea how to break the news to her. Seriously, how do you tell your sister that her girlfriend (though not actually girlfriend but yeah) has been lost through space-time continuum?
  • Eventually, it’s Amélie that asks about it because she’s worried since Lena hasn’t been returning her texts.
  • She’s heartbroken to hear about what happened, and starts to realize that her affection for Tracer might not have been so platonic after all.
  • Real depression hours™
  • No like seriously, she’s more affected that she thought she would be. Hell she’s even thinking about giving up ballet, which has been her passion since she was like 4, because she can’t focus anymore.
  • Gérard convinces her not to do so, and promises that they’ll somehow find a way to bring Lena back.
  • It takes a while, but they finally do bring her back.
  • The first time she saw Lena after the incident, Amélie couldn’t resist and kissed her. Tiny gay Lena was really surprised but she didn’t complain. After all the stuff she’d gone through, she needed it.
  • Anyway, real depression hours™ part 2, aka Lena comes out of the whole time travel experience really messed up.
  • Though that doesn’t bother Amélie; she loves her regardless and wants to help her get better. Sure, it takes a while for Lena to recover parts of her former self, but she eventually does – though she knows that she can never truly be the same as before.
  •  It’s fine though; she has a really hot French girlfriend to turn to when she needs comfort.
  •  Yeah they’ve become a thing, and when they officially come out to others with their relationship everyone’s reaction is the same: “What, like you weren’t together already?”
  • They’ve been dating for a few years when Lena decides to propose. It’s not the most romantic thing: they’re literally lying in bed at 2 am unable to fall asleep when she asks “So, how about we get married?”
  •  Amélie chuckles. That sure is an odd way to say things, but she loves Lena regardless so she says yes.
  •  Don’t try and tell me that Winston wasn’t the best man (…gorilla?) at their wedding.
  • Also Mercy got unbelievably drunk at the reception. She stood up on the table, started giving what sounded like a heartfelt speech on whatever (no one really understood because it was actually more like drunk ramblings), and passed out halfway through.
  • She also beat everyone at limbo. How did they end up playing that in the first place? No one’s quite sure…
  • All in all everyone had a good time.
  • So after getting married they move in together. Go figures why they hadn’t done that earlier.
  • They get a small house in London.
  •  And a dog. Lena insisted that they adopt a dog, and Amélie somewhat reluctantly agreed.
  • Though they end up getting two because Lena can’t be stopped; a golden retriever that they named Sonny and a german shepherd, Laika.
  •  Amélie finds a job as a ballet instructor at a dance school not far from where they live. Sure she’s not exactly what she dreamt of her whole life, she’s not under the spotlight, but she still enjoys it. Plus, all of her students are really nice,
  • Being an Overwatch agent means that Lena’s often away from home. Amélie gets lonely sometimes but she has the dogs to keep her company (they’re not that bad, after all).
  • Then things get messy at Overwatch and they’re forced to disband.
  • Also Gérard was at the Swiss HQ when the explosion that supposedly killed Morrison and Reyes happened. Unlike them, he wasn’t so lucky. Aka he’s dead now.
  • Real depression hours™ part 3. Y’know, five stages of grief, yadda, yadda life continues.
  • Just like she randomly brought up the topic of marriage, Lena brings up the idea of having kids.
  • Amélie doesn’t immediately get on board with the idea. Though they discuss it thoroughly and in the end come to the conclusion that having a kid or two might not be so bad.
  • They decided to go with artificial insemination as conception method. Initially, Lena intended on being the one to carry their child, however, there were some concerns regarding her chronal dissociation and the possibility that it might mess something up during the fetus’ development.
  • So Amélie had to carry, and was honestly insecure about the idea. Lena assured her that if it made her too uncomfortable, they could still back off and resort to adoption.
  • “No, I want to do this.” “You sure, love?” “Yes.”
  •  They go through with the procedure. They’re lucky as it works on the first try.
  • Upon learning about Amélie’s pregnancy, Lena was so overjoyed that she posted a status on Facebook (or whichever social media is in the OW universe) saying; “We’re poppin’ the biggest bottles ‘cause I’m gonna be a mom!”
  • Mercy saw the status and had to bring the sass, replying “Not exactly the best choice of words…I mean considering it’s unsafe to drink while pregnant.” followed by “congrats btw”
  • Anyway Lena’s notification feed blew up with congratulation messages from everyone (listen even if Overwatch was disbanded I like to think that they still kept in touch somehow). Shenanigans ensued.
  • Btw McCree probably replied something like “Chill Angela, you should never pass up an occasion to get wasted.”
  • Past the initial excitement, Lena turned into a nervous wreck. She literally asks her wife if she’s okay or needs anything every ten minutes.
  • Amélie isn’t quite sure if it’s sweet or annoying. She settled on both.
  • If Lena’s a nervous wreck most of the time, then Amélie’s an emotional one. That’s what you’d expect from raging hormones.
  • Also morning sickness is a bitch.
  • Though it gives her a reason to stay in bed and cuddle with Lena and the dogs.
  • But that usually makes Lena worry even more, even though she’s been reading up on the subject and knows that it’s normal.
  • They totally both cried upon seeing their child’s first ultrasound.
  • They have this list of potential names on the fridge to which Lena loves adding silly names. “Alright, chérie, we’re certainly not naming our child Megatron.”
  • No but globally things go smoothly all the way through Amélie’s pregnancy.
  • And Lena reading stories to her unborn child is adorable. The kid usually kicks in response.
  • They decided not to learn the baby’s gender until the day they’re born so when they put together the baby room they opted to a somewhat neutral decor.
  • Anyway
  • I’m not saying that Lena nearly passed out when Amélie went into labour but yeah she did.
  • She pulled her shit together eventually though.
  • They got stuck in traffic on the way to the hospital.
  • Not getting into all the childbirth details because it kinda grosses me out. But I’ll add that Amélie nearly broke Lena’s hand by squeezing it too tight.
  • Raphaëlle Catherine Oxton was born on August 27 at 10:39 PM, weighing 5 pounds.
  • Strangely, with her scruffy brown hair, she resembled Lena, to whom she had no biological ties, more than she did Amélie, who was slightly offended.
  • Regardless both her mom thought she was the perfect child.
  • Introducing the kid to the dogs once they got back home went smoothly. Hell, Sonny and Laika immediately became very protective of her.
  • Lena occasionally calls her daughter “Kitty”, which is a shortened form of “Catherine”, her middle name. Meanwhile Amélie calls her “chaton”, which literally means “kitten” in French.
  • Raph is prone to crying when someone other than either of her moms is holding her.
  • She also has an odd fascination with Lena’s chronal accelerator…it’s probably because of the glow. Also, Raphloves when she uses her time blink while holding her.
  • And Amélie thinks doing this while holding a baby is unsafe.
  • They’re the kind of parents who take lots of picture and tell everyone about how amazing their kid is.
  • Raph is a clingy and spoiled brat.
  • She’s also incredibly witty. They noticed that early on.
  • Raph is about 3 or 4 when the Overwatch recall happens and she won’t let her mom leave. Amélie had to pry her away from Lena’s leg to which she was clinging.
  • Amélie tried to get her daughter to do ballet. It didn’t work: she would just sit in the corner of the studio and play with her Rubik’s cube.
  • Raph knows both French and English. She may or may not insult people in French when she’s upset.
  • She’s a nerd, okay?
  •  Also this family is dramatic as hell.
Unknown Number: Ft Got7 JB & You

A/N:
Hello my beautiful readers <3 I have decided to start a mini series featuring the infamous leader of Got7 (JB) and you (the reader). The story will hold a mix of romance, mystery, and thrill. I hope you enjoy it and please let me know what you think of each chapter as i release them! I plan to release one every Saturday&Sunday so be on the look out ;) 
Plot: You’ve been single for almost over a year now, not by choice but because of fear. Ever since you became somewhat serious about your relationship with your boyfriend things began to change and not in a pleasant way. Mysterious phone calls and text messages began to shape the way you lived. You were in constant fear all the time and you felt like the only way to escape it all would be to cut all ties with everyone you loved…. no one could be trusted anymore. 
….. A year has passed, you’re single and your best friend is getting married. You go to a party her and her fiancé are hosting only because she forces you to come. But things change the second your eyes meet an unfamiliar face. He’s the literal definition of handsome. He watches you from afar, admiring you admiring him. His eyes look at you with curiosity and desire while his perfect body teases you as you try not to gaze at him for too long. The new found tension between you and him grows as he decides to make his way towards you. And as soon as he speaks you know he has no flaws. He knows exactly what to say and when to say it to get you to fall for him. 

But…. everything changes when you get your first unexpected text message.

Chapters:
[Ch 2] [Ch 3] [Ch 4] [Ch 5] [Ch 6] [Ch 7] [Ch 8] [Ch 9] [Ch 10] [Ch 11] [Ch12] [Ch13] [Ch14] [Ch15] [Ch16] [Epilogue]


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Lets talk about Ezria, shall we?

I openly ship Spoby and Emison and I’m still crying inside because Toby’s getting married and Sabrina is still here, but, I have always shipped Ezria and Haleb too, (PSA: I ship every one so don’t start that ship wars shit with me) so, let me tell you why the Ezria proposal was romantic, beautiful, and the right choice.

Reason 1: They’ve literally been together since day one.

I mean, granted Ezra knew who Aria was when they met, but their chemistry in a bad bar bathroom makes up for it.

Reason 2: They fought for each other for so long.

These two sacrificed everything just to have each other. Ezra risked his career, his entire life just to stay with Aria, Aria snuck around, kept him a secret from everyone, just so she wouldn’t ever lose him.

Reason 3: Aria gave herself to him, full and completely.

Aria chose to show Ezra how much she loved him, She didn’t have to, Ezra wouldn’t have made her, but she let him, she let him take her, she gave him her innocence and virginity.

Reason 4: Their first date is everything.

Ezra took Aria out for the first time and wasn’t going to let anything ruin the magic, He did it for her, someone may have recognized him, but he risked it because he loves her.

Reason 5: He was there for her after Shauna was killed. 

He could have gone to the police about Shauna because he knows she’s dead, but he didn’t he stayed for Aria, he knew Aria needed him and he stayed. And, speaking of New York….

Reason 6: He almost died for her

He literally took a bullet for her. He lost her, but he wasn’t going to let her walk away, he followed her to NYC and chased down the creep who was hurting her and her friends. He risked his life to save hers.

Reason 7: He never expected to fall in love with her

At the time he wrote that book, he never once considered the possibility that he might actually fall for Aria, but he did and proved it by destroying the book.

Reason 8: She saved his ass. (Again)

When Aria saw that Ezra’s future was in danger, she flung herself head first into the project without thinking about the potential consequences, like losing her job or her (Gag) Boyfriend Liam. All she saw was the love her life, and that she had to help him.

Reason 9: He always knew that she was one.

I couldn’t find the exact screencap for this but that’s not the point, the point is, ever since he saw her for the first time in years in 6x11 he’s known that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.

Reason 10: Ezra’s Proposal was so emotional.

Enough said.

I think the writers made the best choice with this one, Ezria has the most chemistry so far in the season and an Ezria wedding would never happen off screen, as Marlene said. I just want to know if she says yes though, damn.