you are the best i don't understand how such a perfect person exists

What’s Love Got to Do With it?

Your opinions are so interesting… So I ask you, what you think about Furuta’s love for Rize? What was revealed recently with Mutsuki makes me think they are same in a some way, I mean a twisted love and unhealthy obsession in a one-sided.
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An interesting question posed to me in an ask that I’ve decided to turn into a full meta because I think the asker is missing that Furuta and Mutsuki are not the only ones with unrequited love this arc. Luckily I’ve drawn up a chart.

Why all of this unrequited love all of a sudden? Is it because Ishida wishes to write a Shoujo manga with corpses, and has decided to convert the last arc into one? It goes deeper than that, so let’s analyze it under the cut. 

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anonymous asked:

Hi there! I understand that you already wrote something similar to this so it's ok if you don't write this, but can you do a Lucifer x reader where reader is just an ordinary day-to-day human who is aware of how painfully average she is and has low self-esteem. She's attracted to Lucifer, but doesn't think he'd ever feel the same bc she's plain and boring so she distances herself from him. Lucifer of course notices and gets fed up with her constantly avoiding him and and confronts her about it.

A/N: I’m super sorry this took awhile! I wrote a couple of drafts up as I decided which way I wanted to go with this. Finally I liked this outcome the most. I always entertain the idea that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ we may think ourselves average/boring/etc, but to others, we’re everything they could want or hope to be. ♥ You’re a beautiful person regardless of what you think of yourself

Beauty


He visits you in your dreams at first, curious as to why you hadn’t come home, concerned even. You laugh the thought off because Lucifer being worried for you was more than any dream could actually give you. Squashing down the longing and guilt because what could you offer Lucifer? Nothing. You had nothing to give him, except allowing him to stay in your house - but that wasn’t worth noting because he could have just taken it.

You had nothing interesting to give, nothing special and nothing unique about you to offer up to someone like him. He was an Angel and you.. You were average at best, average grades in college, average family, friends. Nothing really stuck out and screamed this separates me from the rest and that was something you struggled with, daily. Overlooked in class, teachers forgetting your name while they remembered others, you blended in with the background and that wasn’t even a talent. You didn’t want to be another piece in the background, you wanted to be special - stand out, but God had dealt you an average life and no matter how much you tried to change it never made a difference.

You were destined to be the background character for someone else’s story, never the lead of your own.

It hurt to think about sometimes, especially the more you thought about how delusional you had been in thinking that Lucifer would want something like you. You, who had only recently learned that Angels and Demons actually existed, that God was very much alive and Lucifer was very real, and just as beautiful as all the scriptures made him out to be. He had only come to your house because you were average at best, easily overlooked and the perfect place to hide away from prying ‘hunters’ who were on the look out for him.

You had indulged in the idea that you had stood out to him, but the longer time went on and the more you had stood beside him the more you realized how wrong you were. He chose you because of how easily forgotten you were, it was hard to suspect someone who blended in so easily to the background. Even in dreams the thoughts bring the sting of tears to your eyes, and you press the palms of your hands up against your eyes with a shuddering breath.

You know he arrives when the hard concrete beneath you changes into grass, and the cold air turns into a warm summer breeze. The warmth of the sun against your back and you peel your hands away from your face, ignoring the fact that your eyes are probably red along with your nose. You had never been a elegant or attractive crier.

“You’re avoiding me, and starting to hurt my feelings.” He says quietly, his fingers pressed together as he slowly makes his way up the hill he had placed you on. The blue sky casts a halo of bright white clouds around his head as he stands at the edge of your hill he’s placed you on and a forced laugh crosses your lips.

Drawing your knees up to your chest you wrap your arms around your legs, curling into yourself as if hiding your vulnerability. But that was a laughable thought, if he really wanted to know, no amount of curling into yourself would stop him.

“I am not, I’ve been busy with classes and exams.” You lie smoothly, a lie you’ve told your parents when you didn’t want to come home or a lie you’ve told friends when you didn’t want to hang out.

“I haven’t been alive longer than the entire human race to fall for such a lie,” He says casually and you skirt your eyes away from him, lacing your fingers together tightly until your knuckles are white.

“It’s not polite to invade my dreams,” You try to change the subject and Lucifer only stares at you with a bemused expression on his face.

“I wouldn’t have to if you weren’t avoiding me.”

You didn’t want to argue that you weren’t avoiding him because you were and he was right, you couldn’t lie to him and get away with it. But you didn’t want to face the truth, because you were still trying to come to terms with it - that you weren’t anything special to him. You were the average girl he’d leave behind once he no longer needed a spot to hide away in, not that he needed to hide.

A frustrated groan mixed with another sting of tears against your eyes and you untangle your fingers and thread them through your hair, tugging on the strands. It hurt to think about and you didn’t want to deal with your feelings - your inability to cope with the fact that Lucifer would never care about you, you were too average for that.

“[Name],” His voice is quiet, tilting his head down a fraction to look at you but you’re unwilling to meet his gaze.

This was still your dream and his visits had made you aware of how easy it was to manipulate them to get away. You didn’t want to face the truth, not right now.

“I have to go.” Your voice cracks, and Lucifer twitches, ready to stop you but the dream melts away and you wake up on the floor in your friend’s bedroom. A shuddering breath as you wipe away the stray tears with the palms of your hands, hoping you hadn’t made any noise in your sleep. Lucifer commented once or twice that occasionally you would mutter in your sleep, incoherent but things that bothered you that you were trying to work out.

The morning goes by quickly, quizzing yourself on the way to campus for the exams you have. The pencil feels heavy and so do your eyelids, the words on the test fill your head with cotton and you’re frustrated and exhausted all at the same time. So when the letters on your exam paper start to move around you blame it on your exhaustion and rub at your eyes, but they’re still moving.

Look up.

Your gaze slowly drags up and it’s only then that you notice the entire room is completely silent, no one is moving and your gaze falls on Lucifer standing in the front of the room. He doesn’t look pleased to say the least, and your stomach clenches and there’s a thousand lies on your tongue that you swallow down.

“What are you doing here?”

“Well you don’t give me any time to talk anywhere else.” He’s pressing his fingers together in the familiar fashion as he slowly makes his way up the aisle of desks toward yours. “Are you going to tell me why you are avoiding me?”

You didn’t want to deal with this, not now, not today but he wasn’t giving you an option. The familiar sting against your eyes lets you know that they’re slowly turning red and you drop your pencil to rub at your face stubbornly. Your nose burns, your eyes burn, your chest hurts and the anxious butterflies manage to tie down your tongue.

But he waits.

“I-I don’t,” Your voice and lips tremble, and you fight back the tears that threaten to spill as you try to get how you feel out. But it’s not something you do, not something you’re used to. You’re the one in the background, keeping everything to yourself because you just didn’t quite fit in anywhere enough to express them. “Why do you even care?” You finally turn to look at him, the corners of your lips twitching down against your will.

It’s easier to just ask him, to accuse him, to throw the blame all at his face and though he knows that’s exactly what you’re doing he takes a seat on the edge of your desk. There’s no anger on his face, nothing like you were expecting - after all why would he give someone as average as you the time of day? Or allow you to accuse him?

“Why do you even want me around? I’m- I’m-” You inhale sharply and look away, glaring at the front of the room. “I’m just.. A nobody, nothing special. Not some.. Some.. hunter or demon, or angel. I’m one of the things you hate so- I don’t. Why?”

It spills past your lips and the tears make their way down your cheeks and you rub them away furiously. Clenching your teeth together because goddammit why did he have to come around and make everything complicated? Why did he come into your life if all he was going to do was make you aware of how small you were, insignificant and how much you felt you didn’t fit in.

He sighs and shifts on your desk, you glance up at him and he’s looking up at the ceiling with his hands folded in his lap.

“You humans are so emotional.”

If he was going to berate you, then you didn’t want to hear it. You had enough torture of being in love with him and knowing he didn’t love you back, but to hear him berate you? It would hurt a little too much, but your body won’t respond when you want to get up and you shoot him a pained glare.

“You’ve done enough running away from me,” He keeps you rooted to your seat and your face scrunches up as you look away.

“If you’re just going to make fun of me I don’t want to hear it,” Your voice cracks and the tears drip down but you can’t move your hands to wipe them away, he’s got you frozen in place.

“You’re avoiding me because you think I care that you’re not something else?”

Your lips tremble and you bite down on your lower one, furrowing your eyebrows and looking away from him. The only comfort you have since you can’t escape the situation, he was kind enough to allow you to look away from him, it was something at least.

“I’m nothing.. I’m, I’m human. I’m not- I’m not even a good one,” You laugh bitterly and you desperately want to rub at your face but he’s still got you frozen. “I’m nobody special, I’m.. I’m average in life. I don’t, I can’t understand why you are hanging around. Why do you even care?”

“Who says you’re average?”

Your eyebrows furrow, and you grit your teeth.

“I am average, I have nothing unique-”

“Says who?”

You floundered for words, why did it matter who said it?

“It doesn’t matter-”

“Says who?”

“Me!” You ground out, frustrated because why did it matter who said it? It was the truth and it didn’t explain anything you wanted- no, needed to know.

His hands gently press up against your cheeks and you flinch but he’s careful, making you look up at him as his thumbs brush against the stray tears.

“You’re not average, you are humble. You don’t think you’re special but you’re modest. You don’t look down on others, you don’t get angry when you think someone else is prettier or better than you. You are what God created perfectly.”

A sob makes its way out and you clench your eyes tightly because you can’t bring yourself to look at him, because he’s lying and it hurts in the worst way. He hated humans, so why was he being so kind?

“You are not how you see yourself, how I see you. You think you’re average, the sidelines - I’ve heard how you think of yourself. You are the only thing holding yourself back of being the star of your story, you are not forcibly on the sidelines watching. You are waiting until you are strong enough to take the lead, and that in itself is beautiful.”

“You hate humans,” You blurt out, opening your eyes to see his amused expression.

“No, I hate that I was to love them more- to bow to them instead of my father. You are his creations, and you are his perfect one.”

You were always an ugly crier, the tears and snot threatening to slip out and he releases the hold on you. Allowing you to furiously wipe away at your face and curl into yourself, his hand brushing against the back of your neck as you bury your face into your hands. Soothing circles rubbed against the skin there as you hiccup into your hands.

“Are you going to keep avoiding me?”

You can’t bring yourself to look up at him so instead you shake your head back and forth and hear him sigh softly. His hands slipping beneath your chin to lift your head up and leave you stunned as his lips gently press against your own for the briefest of seconds.

“I’ll see you at home?” His forehead is against yours and you give a weak nod, sniffing once and he smiles softly. A beautiful smile that melts your heart before the rustle of feathers and he’s gone - the entire room moving once more and you look down at your exam. Too exhausted emotionally to really want to continue it - maybe you can feign illness and take a makeup later. To your surprise the answers are all filled out, and at the bottom the small moving text catches your eye.

You’re welcome.

A laugh slips past your lips and you quickly cover your mouth, standing up to hand in your completed exam.

You had someone waiting at home, after all.


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anonymous asked:

I still don't understand why people hate Gency so much, let shippers ship unless it's incest or pedophilia.

I’m not going to try to explain the specifics of why people hate Gency. That’s not the point of this blog. The point of this blog is to promote positive experiences, fan collaboration, and discussion about the Gency pairing.

What I will say is that in general, shipping is fraught with emotion. To go off of my previous shipping experiences in other fandoms, sometimes we do see aspects of ourselves in the characters we want to see come together. This speaks to how important representation is in popular culture. Seeing characters overcome obstacles or undergo emotional development in different ways appeals to us. So, as I said, shipping thus becomes fraught with emotion. We become very attached to the characters; this isn’t to say that we have to identify with our favorite characters at every level. Sometimes a pairing can just be aesthetically pleasing, personalities can mesh, or there can be some other personal reason for it.

What’s important is overcoming our differences in points of view and coming together as a fandom. I probably sound like a broken record, but if we want to have a positive experience in fandom, we need to focus less on why the hate exists and just create stuff, period. Ignore it. Block it. Move on. This isn’t to say there aren’t legitimate, constructive conversations that should be taking place in fandom spaces. The key word is constructive.

Move above the knee-jerk response. Take a breather, step away from the computer, and come back later with a clearer head. If seeing tagged hate or seeing it on tumblr mobile upsets you, stick with the many wonderful Gency centered blogs us and others have made. Stick to the Gency discord server managed by @dovesandsparrows. Create your own discord server and invite those who love the same pairings as you.

It’s not a perfect situation, but it’s up to us fans to take an active role in the curation of the media we consume. That’s why I try to manage this blog to the best of my ability so that fans receive prompt OW news updates, art, fics, and more.

I hope that helps answer your question and helps ease your frustration.

The beginning of the first session of our sophomore year (is basically new PC introductions, so this is very long):
  • DM: Wind whips the sharp rain across your bodies, soaking its cold into you even further. A wave that dwarfs the three-masted ship you're on crashes over you, washing men and wreckage into the ichor-black water. All you can do is cling to whatever railing or rigging you've found and endure the raw fury of the ocean. There was no time for preparation or even to flee belowdeck, azure sky eclipsed by the roaring tempest in a matter of heartbeats. The water and the wind leaves you deafened and near-blind as your very existence seems to tear itself apart around you. The ship crests a wave and you see before you a swirling maw in the sea that holds only blackness. Your course is inevitable. The crew has been lost, and no feats of strength or of seamanship can counter the force that has driven the weather against you. Demented laughter booms like thunder as you are swept into the hungry ocean. The boards beneath you crack and splinter, the icy water freezes your muscles and fills your lungs. The singular chaos of sound grows silent, and you sink into the void.
  • Party: *silence*
  • Logan: Alright, good campaign guys!
  • Alice: You win!
  • DM: Ahem. But we get ahead of ourselves, for this is not how your story begins. There are many types of beginnings: fairy tales often begin with "Once upon a time..."; Great epics with the heraldry of the hero or of his people. Some stories start with a far-off land, a god, and their timeless homes. The best stories, though, the ones dearest to my heart, well. They begin in a tavern.
  • Logan: TAVEEERN!
  • *shire music begins playing*
  • DM: This particular tavern is the Enchanted Beaver -
  • *party snickers*
  • DM: -located along the main docks of the city of Aowen, capital of Meroweth and the jeweled city of Silver Bay. There, an unsettlingly tall sorcerer is conducting interviews.
  • Logan: Perfect. Next!
  • DM: Alright. Who shall we start with?
  • Michaela: Not it. Nose goes.
  • Logan: Next!
  • Me: Thym, I think you're actually scaring people away.
  • John: Hello.
  • Logan: Hi! How are you?
  • John: I don't do interviews.
  • Logan: It's... more of a job application.
  • John: I don't want a jo-
  • Logan: HI. How are you?
  • John: *something inaudible*
  • Logan: Listen, sassiness will get you nowhere. I'm Thym.
  • John: Howser.
  • Logan: Howser?
  • John: Colonel Howser.
  • Logan: Colonel Howser. Colonel of what?
  • John, OOC: Fuck, I keep doing this. It's Cardinal.
  • Michaela: Cardinal of what?
  • Logan, laughing: No, kerdinal of what!
  • John: *again inaudible*
  • Logan: I understand. How can I help you?
  • John: I have learned that you are intending to travel to The Islands.
  • Logan: Yes, I am.
  • John: *something vaguely audible about an evil sorcerer and it being his prerogative to kill tyrants or something like that*
  • Logan: I do like prerogatives.
  • John: *inaudible*
  • Logan: What can you add to the effectiveness of this Grade-A team? (OOC) I point to no one behind me.
  • John: Well, for starters, I'm not stationary.
  • Logan: Excellent! Question One: Are you an asshole who will leave halfway through an adventure?
  • John: If there are monsters to be slain, I will be-
  • Logan: You're in! NEXT.
  • Alice, muffled: Hold on, I've got something in my mouth.
  • Logan: Speak!
  • Alice, in character: Agh! Oh my G0d, what, what, I'm-
  • Logan: This guy's got a deep and commanding voice. What do you have?
  • Alice: Hi, hi! OhmyG0d, hi!
  • Logan: Hi.
  • Alice: OhmyG0dOhmyG0dOhmyG0dOHMYG0D! You're Thym! THE Thym The Sorcerer! Known throughout many dimensions - and I have traveled through many dimensions, planes, and crazy planes and opposite worlds and that one world that's made of croissants - and I've found YOU.
  • Logan: Yeah, I blew a plane up with a crystal. It was pretty terrifying.
  • Alice: .......
  • Logan: .....
  • Alice: You're amazing.
  • Logan: What are you?
  • Alice: I'm a... person! Man! Person-man! Persimmon, yes, Norman Persimmon NogginNoodle, at your service, sorcerer extraordinaire of the aberrant planes and -
  • Logan: Norman. Cool arms.
  • Alice: Wow, thanks!
  • Logan, sarcastically: What can you add to THIS A-Grade squad?
  • Alice: Oh, wow, a tall guy! You look cool.
  • Logan: I'm sitting. How can you tell?
  • Alice: No, he's tall. *gestures to John* Though, everyone's tall. I'm a gnome. I am a gnome. That is it. That is all.
  • Logan: Okay, well, you can sit up on the desk if you want.
  • Alice: I specialize in invocation, and transmutation! If you don't like something, I can change it! If you don't like me, I can change it. *giggles nervously* Please like me.
  • Logan: I'll keep that in mind. Go stand by that guy. *gestures to John* Next!
  • Party: *silence*
  • Emily: *raises hand*
  • Logan: Okay. Hi. You have a cool axe.
  • Emily: Thanks.
  • Logan: Name?
  • Emily: Sheeela.
  • Logan: Sheila. Okay. Where are you from?
  • Emily: The Dirt.
  • Logan: The dirt?
  • Emily: Yeah.
  • Logan: Interesting. A woman of the earth. So you're a druid?
  • Emily: No, I'm... *trails off uncertainly* (she's a first-time player)
  • Logan: I can see you're new to this world. Um, what can you do to benefit our party?
  • Emily: *long pause* Um. I have a spyglass.
  • Logan: Excellent! What would you say is your biggest disadvantage in the workplace?
  • Emily: *longer pause* Color-coordinating. I have color-coordinating problems.
  • Logan: Okay. Now, say you were staring down three teleporting blink-dogs (he's actually referring to the hounds of tindwylos the DM kept siccing on us in the last story arc) in an aberrant plane and all you had was a crystal that could possibly destroy it but maybe kill you, sending you back in time. What would you do?
  • Whole party: *silence*
  • John: What?
  • *Whole party bursts out laughing*
  • Emily: Can I call a family member?
  • Logan: That was close to the right answer, which was: Ask Thym what to do! Go stand over there. Next!
  • Michaela, playing an 11 year old fetchling fresh from the Shadow Plane: Hi.
  • Logan: Hi!
  • Michaela: Hi.
  • Logan: Hi! *pause* So, you talk first.
  • Michaela: I talk first?
  • Logan: Well, now I did, so you kinda screwed it up.
  • Michaela: I said "hi" firs-
  • Logan, demandingly: Who are you?
  • Michaela: My name's Leilani, so yeah.
  • Logan: Interesting... What would you say your favorite color was?
  • Michaela: I don't know, I come from a place where there isn't any color. It's actually kind of scary to be here.
  • Logan: *pause* Uh, two horses leave a town, traveling in opposite directions. One travels at 50/mph, the other dies instantly. Which horse is best?
  • Michaela: Is this... a trick question?
  • Logan, seriously: No. I am asking you which horse is best: the one that dies instantly, or the one that can successfully travel at fifty miles an hour, an exceptional speed for a horse.
  • Michaela: Well, you didn't tell me where we were. In a desert, the one that is dead would probably be of more use to me.
  • Logan: Explain how.
  • Michaela: You cut open its belly and crawl inside so you don't freeze to death.
  • Logan: It's a desert. You're in a town. It died in a town. Why don't you stay at an inn? What if its blood freezes, giving you hypothermia in the night?
  • Alice: I have been to a dimension that is nothing but dead horses. It was terrifying.
  • Logan: Alright, what's your name?
  • Michaela: My name's Leilani.
  • Logan: Leilani? Alright, I'm gonna write these down. *to John* So, your name is Hector...
  • John: Howser.
  • Logan: Howser...
  • Me: Hector.
  • Michaela: Hector-Howser?
  • Alice: I'm gonna go sit over with Trillani.
  • Michaela: Leilani.
  • Logan, to Alice: Uh, okay, I know it, but it's something weird... *points to Alice* Name!
  • Alice: Uh, oh, you can call me that, but my name is Norman.
  • Logan: Norman... *turns to Emily* Sheila...
  • Emily: Yeah.
  • Logan: Sheeelaaaaaaa. Aaaand... *turns back to Michaela* Ilani?
  • Michaela: Leilani.
  • Logan, nodding: Leilani. Layla.
  • Michaela: Uh... Layla! That's not me.
  • Logan: Your name sounds like Layla. Excellent!

anonymous asked:

do you think jess knows rory best?

Short answer: Absolutely not. The long answer is multifaceted. So, here goes nothing. 

1. At the very least, Lorelai exists. The idea that Jess knows Rory better than her mother and best friend is absurd. I don’t think I really have to say anything else here. This point speaks for itself.

2. Jess and Rory knew each other as teenagers. They dated for a few months and then Jess basically disappeared from her life for years. Adult Rory is not the same as teenage Rory. By the time Jess sees her again, she’s not the same person she used to be. She’s grown. She’s changed. Of course she has. Nobody is the same person as a teenager as they are in their 20s, and they shouldn’t be. I absolutely hate when I see people criticize her for changing. When Jess sees her as an almost 21-year-old woman and says he knows her better than anyone, it’s honestly ridiculous. He hasn’t seen her in years. He doesn’t know anything about her. He knows what he wants her to be and he knows what he expects her to be, but he doesn’t know who she actually is. Listen, Jess knew Rory as a naive teenager, this sweet and “perfect” girl. That’s how he saw her and that’s how he’ll always see her. It’s not by any fault of his own. He just doesn’t know the other parts of her because he’s not in her life. She’s not a person to him. She’s an idea. Rory developed so much throughout the series. College/adult Rory is miles away from high school Rory. She’s been through a lot and those experiences have changed and shaped her. That’s how life works. Jess is not the same person as an adult as he was as a teenager, so how could he possibly expect Rory to be? We never see Rory assert that she knows Jess better than anyone when they are in their 20s and beyond because it would be just as incorrect coming from her. 

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prince-leorio  asked:

i loved your fic!! please tell me more klance things that make you weak 👀. if you don't mind of course!

ahhhhh okay my dude i’m sorry this took me a while 2 answer - it’s not bc i didn’t see it, it’s bc i wanted to give it the Meticulous Consideration™ it deserved jkgddsgjg ANYWAY here’s my attempt at sharing things that are My Jam  👀 👀 👀

  • ok so like the #1 Best Klance Thing imo is their relationship progressing from Just Physical to being full of E M O T I O N S, this is in both the fics i have written bc i just LOVE IT SO MUCH.
    • the tension of the rivalry develops into “oh shit he’s hot” unresolved sexual tension, so they start messing around, almost pissed at the other for being so fucking pretty and putting me through this hell – it’s a bit rough, a bit messy, all that good stuff. they look at each other and just want to s c r e a m, because why is my heart exploding from seeing this loser and his stupid perfect face and gorgeous eyes and–
    • –and then the gay feelings start hitting them both in earnest. none of them want to say anything because they are both insecure about themselves and where they stand, so they just… pine and pine after one another, trying to express what they feel in the moments when they get to have the other in their arms
    • keith kissing lance uncharacteristically soft, so he can breathe him in a few seconds longer; lance running his fingers through keith’s hair or over his skin, just marveling at him, at every detail; those small, tender moments that they think is all they’re ever going to get.
    • but then, eventually, one of them won’t be able to take it anymore and a confession will just slip
    • if it’s lance it will be soft and gentle and earnest, because he thinks about things, turning every scenario over in his mind ahead of time, and finally decides he just has to say what he feels even though he’s so nervous he thinks he’s about to faint. if it’s keith it’ll be more impulsive: it’ll come out when he least expects it, whenever he starts getting emotional, because eventually all the feelings he’s bottled up will come spilling out of him all at once
    • of course its mutual. this is where it REALLY gets soft and gay, and lance will inevitably say something dumb and keith will hit him and then kiss the stupid smile off his adorable face
    • (sdjglksjdg i feel like i just summarized my multichap fic but i mean… i wrote it like that for a reason :’’)))) )
  • insecurity & jealousy that get resolved in the end have always been a lovely trope and it works so well for klance i just… its truly amazing
    • lance, of course, has this inferiority complex toward keith because keith is just Good At Everything, and he has this cool aloof vibe that lance envies – he’s always been the goofy class-clown type, and lowkey wished he could be the Hero from all the dorky movies we all know he definitely watches, and keith just embodies all of this to him.
    • keith meanwhile thinks lance is absolutely radiant. it’s not necessarily that he wishes he could be like him, because keith has his own way of understanding the world and doesn’t feel the need to change that. but he wonders how a person can have such a glow, making everyone around them laugh, enrapturing the room, existing so naturally, so easily. it’s the opposite of everything keith is, and it blows him away, it makes his heart Ache.
    • and when they come together, they start to realize that they can both be so much more that way. lance is keith’s #1 fan and supporter, bc he admires him so much and believes in him no matter what, even after discovering that he is a Known Dork and awkward cutie. meanwhile keith will hold lance up whenever he starts feeling insecure, or like he’s not enough, because he’s seen lance from the outside: he’s seen that light he has, and it never fails to make him feel warm, and he is going to make sure lance knows just how wonderful he is.
  • and then, as boyfriends, still being able to compete about everything because it’s in both their personalities – but it’s Good and Playful and tbh they probably end up competing to see who is the better kisser bc they both have poorly veiled ulterior motives and, well, it is up 2 u from there  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

this got really long and i’m tired so it’s probably incoherent,,, but i hope it’s what u wanted!! and thank u for reading my fic and sending me a message, it truly made my day <3

One of the most legitimately interesting traits about Nate Heywood, in my opinion, is that he actually is a pretty callous guy.

This isn’t to say that he isn’t charming or likable.  But there’s an actual disconnect that I find really kind of fascinating when it comes to dealing with someone else in danger or in pain.

The best example of this is how he was grinning and playing with his powers while Jonah was hanging from his noose.  And it is pretty understandable that Nate was having fun with his powers, having, presumably, spent so long living with hemophilia.

But still, when a man hangs from a noose next to you, and you are too busy having fun to react to it?  That’s pretty callous.

Another example of Nate’s callousness was in Compromised: when he figures out that Amaya and Rex were in love.  He is so very gleeful about solving the mystery, and completely forgets, or ignores, that he’s talking about a dead man to the woman who loved him and a close friend/teammate.

It’s not that Nate is a bad guy, but that’s twice now that Nate’s gone beyond oblivious to actual insensitivity and lack of empathy/feeling for others.  Which makes me think, it might well be a deliberate character trait.

Possibly a third time: when Ollie and Nate stumble onto Mick and start thawing him out, Nate seems to wander off for a bit.  Most of the other characters would have stuck around to see if this stranger recovered.

It’s also a perfect illustration as to why I get so frustrated when people call Rip Hunter callous.  Because he absolutely is NOT.  Ever.  He IS undeniably an asshole sometimes.  But there is a clear difference between someone who is an asshole because of grief/anger/pain and someone who is an asshole because they just don’t seem to care.

Rip’s explosion at Mick is a completely different kettle of fish than the laughing glee Nate showed when he announced that Amaya loved Rex.

And it’s the sort of thing that makes me wonder a bit about Nate.  His backstory really doesn’t seem to add up.  His behavior doesn’t suit his profession.  He seems oddly okay with witnessing violence and dealing with death for someone who spent most of his life sheltered and protected from injury.  He’s more callous than he ought to be. 

He knew about timeline changes before he went to Ollie, and in fact, he’d started studying them because of a “Quantum Physicist” friend.  And when I think about it, that line was a really weird dialogue drop.  Like, usually, when a named character uses a vague descriptor like that, there’s one of two meanings.

The first is that the description is an easter egg that references something from the character’s comic book existence (or sometimes an actor’s other role, such as when the President in Supergirl tells her that she should see her “other plane”.)  But there are no quantum physicists connected to Nathan Heywood’s comic book backstory.  Nor does it seem to be a reference to any famous role of Nick Zano’s.

Which brings us to the second meaning: it might be a clue as to something going on in the DCTVU.

How many quantum physicists do we know of on Earth 1?  Martin…who doesn’t seem to have a previous acquaintance with Nate.  Wells?  Maybe Cisco or Ray Palmer could count, in that way that all comic book scientists and inventors seem to cross fields. But Oliver knows Cisco and Ray, so why not name them?

But there’s another option.  There’s one guy who the arrow wiki lists as a physicist, who is in this season of Legends of Tomorrow even…

Eobard Thawne. 

And isn’t it kind of interesting that, except for Abominations, NATE has been the reason that the team has gone to various locations:

It was Nate’s missing dogtags that led the team to go back to the JSA (where Nate ends up with powers, indirectly due to Eobard Thawne’s serum.  Also where the team picks up a stowaway with clear historical significance to the timeline.)

It was Nate’s training session with Ray that caused them to fall out into Edo Japan, and promptly kill a shogun ten years early.

It was Nate’s invention (presumably with Ray and Martin, but isn’t it kind of interesting that neither Ray nor Martin have claimed a role in creating that thing?  Wasn’t Ray busy learning to use the cold gun during that time?) that led them to the Reagan administration: where Eobard promptly gets a new recruit and Martin screws up his own personal timeline), and it also got them back to Turnbull County, where the team picks up a lot of dwarf star alloy.

I’m not necessarily saying that I think Nate is a villain or anything.  But we know how Eobard likes to use unwitting dupes.  And so far, he does seem to be coming out of his encounters with the team having gained something.

(And isn’t it an interesting bit of timing that Gideon, who shares a name and graphic with Eobard’s old AI, has suddenly become very quiet and locked down since Rip left.  Since Nate joined.)

I might be reading way too much into this, but I could really get into Nate’s story if he turned out to be Eobard’s unwitting dupe, or even a minor henchman.  There would be so much potential there.  His story might actually make sense.  And then there would be investment in whether or not he chose to join the team for good, or if he decided not to.

Either way, it would be a lot more interesting to me than just a callous, bad historian version of Ray Palmer…

2

I’m still trying to unpack all of my thoughts and feelings and various interpretations from the finale, and also reconcile those with what Bryan has said to be his intent with how this all played out. Some of those interpretations match up with the word of god, some of them do not at all, but I think all of them are equally valid and can coexist alongside one another at once. Mostly I think it’s clear that even Will wasn’t entirely sure what he wanted or what he was doing, and I feel just as conflicted about what the one “true story” is as he likely did.

One thing is for certain though, even if Will’s plan in the beginning was to kill Hannibal, or to watch Dolarhyde kill Hannibal, once the moment came he simply couldn’t do it. He said these words to Reba earlier in the episode about her relationship with Dolarhyde, and he understood more than anyone precisely what it meant to be in love with a man with a freak on his back. And I think somewhere along the way Will realized there was nothing he could do about it. There was nothing he could do to make himself stop loving Hannibal.

Maybe he wanted him to die, maybe he wanted to run away with him from the beginning and was playing everyone including Hannibal himself, maybe he simply wanted to have just one more moment with him and whatever happened after would be just fine. Maybe he knew they would kill Dolarhyde together and it would be everything Hannibal ever wanted. Maybe Will wanted to give that to him. Wanted to give that to them. Maybe it was all of these at once. I think that is far more likely. Nothing with Will Graham is ever simple or straightforward. Nothing is ever always right or always wrong.

It’s not easy when you know the one person who understands you – every part of you, all your light and dark, all your good and bad, all your best and worst – is someone commonly referred to as a monster. It’s not easy when you see him and he sees you and you’re both laid bare before each other and you know that you will never connect with another person ever again in the way you have with him. You tried to live without him, you really, truly did, but you discovered that you were only lying to yourself. There was never any living without him. Only standing still. Waiting.

And you fear that it will ruin all your good, that his dark will sap your light, but he is magnetic and you are both somehow just alike and you look into his eyes and you know everything he wants to say to you, and he knows everything you want to say to him. He sees right through you. You see right through him.

It’s not easy, but that’s love for you. More often than not it is illogical and stubbornly devoted despite all your knowledge and foresight. You know it’s going to hurt. You know it’s going to ruin you. You want it anyways. And sometimes you want nothing more than to purge yourself of it desperately. Can’t live with them. Can’t live without them. Can’t conceive of an existence where you exist and they do not. After a while mutual destruction seems to be the only option.

Whatever Will was thinking when he sent them tumbling into the Atlantic, I don’t think it can ever be entirely narrowed down to one thing. Maybe he was terrified of how peaceful he felt, bathed in the blood of their slaughter, knowing he would always want for it to be that way, the two of them and their beautiful chaos. Maybe he couldn’t picture a more perfect end for the two of them, clinging to one another in the night. Or maybe he wasn’t thinking at all. Maybe he just simply let go and hoped for the best. Or the worst. Or whatever.

He couldn’t kill him, and he couldn’t watch him die, but maybe if they only tumbled into a new life – or a certain death – together, anything that came after would be just fine.

anonymous asked:

lol you translated the good reactions to chanyeol's rap but left out the bad ones even tho there were A LOT of them .. chanyeol will not improve if we don't show him that he was bad, he thinks that the rap he did on the show was awesome and continue doing it and embarrassing himself

With all due respect, we don’t think that you understand why we exist, we are here to complete the full image and show the flip side to what gets fed to the fans by other translation sites. Don’t you think you should direct the question to these translation sites over why do they not post any positive comments?
But If it’s difficult to understand, we will simplify it for you.

These sites opened for no other reasons but to profit out of k-pop fans, they translate negative articles most of the time from questionable and negligible sources like pann, to relay a false image about how someone is seen, this way they are brainwashing you into thinking that this person is hated, and since negativity always gets people talking, they are assuring that you enter their site, entering their sites results into them gaining traffic they get paid over for all the ads that are available on their sites. In other words, K-pop international fans are no other than a tool to gain money for these sites, and to do so, they encourage witch hunts and spread a false image. Otherwise, why do you think they keep releasing post after post? To gain more visitors and more money, because when you are a popular celebrity and every single thing you do gets interest, you are bound to be used and taken advantage of by greedy people with no morals.

Now to answer the second part of your ask,

Do you know what’s the saddest thing a person can do? It’s to hold themselves from doing something they are passionate about just because they fear the thought that they may embarrass themselves because of a set prejudice, and that’s not Chanyeol.

Chanyeol deserves respect for having the courage to go after a dream many before him hesitated to do so, he has a goal that he yearns to achieve and he’s working hard towards it, Chanyeol is our pride, he’s an inspiration to all his fans to wake up every morning with determination to be better people at the end of every day, because successful people are not born, they are made.

Change doesn’t come over night, and the road to the top is not easy, but if Chanyeol is anything, he’s not a quitter, he feeds off his fans energy and praise, he listens to their constructive criticism in a respectful and rational way because they are not the ones who send him hate disguised as criticism, and he’s humble and understands that we weren’t born perfect, that’s why and as he said, he is always ready to take on challenges with a brave heart and open ears and a flexible attitude, to absorb what will help him. There is no other way to say this but to quote his own mannerful and wise response towards malicious comments:

Trans: I don’t know what action of me that made you not like me. But if you have criticized me this way, I will work harder.
It would be great though if you refrain from using very harsh words here in this place where many young people can see.
Moreover, I seriously created an instagram account to not only be closer to our fans but to everyone else too!
So it would be nice if everyone thinks of this lightly!
I will also listen to the comments that should be listened to and ignore what should be ignored, so don’t feel worried! I’m also an adult
So, everyone please have a good day!

And to our fellow Chanyeol fans:

A person with a dream and who has the courage to pursue that dream should never be discouraged or ashamed, a person who lives with a meaning is worth looking up to.
Chanyeol never held back from showering us with his love and care even in his busiest and most tiring days, he stays up working in his own studio that he personally built to create new sounds he can excitedly share with us later on his soundcloud. Our days feel brighter and better thanks to the happiness he gives us.
We, the  people who know him the best, should always keep our heads high and support him fully, because just like he nurtures us with love, he strives on our positive energy too.

Chanyeol said because of the prejudice, he learnt how to look beyond and it stimulates him to work harder and show a better image of him, “I really liked how I’m praised for doing good, I started working hard when I get praised”( Jonghyun’s Blue night radio)

We are finishing this note with more heart warming words from him
“Chanyeol: Everyone be happy, don’t be sick, see only good things, make only good things, while believing in each other.
Let’s all be happy.”

Thank you Chanyeol, we feel always blessed to know you.
And Thank you to every proud Chanyeol fan standing strong behind him.

anonymous asked:

Can you write please a Percabeth soulmate au, I feel like there isn't enough of them out there. (If you don't want to, it's cool. No pressure, you just do your thing dude.)

Author’s Note: Title credits to Jamie Lawson. All mistakes are mine. Sorry that it’s been a while, but I hope you all enjoy!


SOMEONE FOR EVERYONE

The first day of kindergarten doesn’t really scare Annabeth. She’s prepared, after all.

All her pencils are in their pencil case— freshly sharped with full, pink erasers. She has a sharpener just in case, some new colored pencils, and two folders so that she can keep her schoolwork and her homework separate.

Plus, she figures that she’s ahead of all her classmates. She knows every single letter in the alphabet, can write her first and last name, and her handwriting is impeccable.

As she trudges up to the front door, carrying a backpack that’s nearly as big as herself, her dad gives her a kiss on the cheek and calls her his ‘little overachiever’. Annabeth isn’t quite sure what an overachiever is, but she assumes it’s a good thing because everyone seems to call her that.

And her first day is great—she gets a sticker for being able to recite the alphabet and her teacher is really nice. Her dad picks her up after school with her favorite snack, and she thinks nothing could be better.

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Advice For the Signs (From a Gemini’s Perspective)

Aries: Not everything is a competition, dude. You need to CALM IT DOWN BRO. The things I say to you is CONSTRUCTIVE criticism, no need to see everything as a threat to your pride. Rude comments get you nowhere, stop being so damn salty. You’re always on “fight me” mode, learn to relax and let loose a little, apologizing for your mistakes never hurt anybody. 

Taurus: You need to learn to see things from both perspectives. You’re so so stubborn to the point of becoming inflexible. When someone points out a flaw in your argument, just accept that you’re wrong and move on. Take advice from others for a change, sometimes you really don’t know what’s best for you. Learn how to compromise or you’re gonna end up pushing everyone away. 

Gemini: You’re such a gossipy person and you don’t even realize it. Stop putting up the “I don’t care” front because everyone sees through it. There’s a reason people don’t trust you, because you cannot keep a secret to save a life, even if you’ve sworn not to. All you do is pretend you’re happy when you clearly are not. Reaching out for help from family and friends is not the end of the world. Get rid of the mask and show your true colors. 

Cancer: Is there nothing you’re ever happy about? Every time I talk to you, I swear it’s one complaint after another, and after a while, listening to you drone on and on gets so draining. You hold on to your pain so much, you have to learn to let things go, and stop living in the past. You have so many regrets and so much anger which is why you act so moody. You need to let things roll off your back, and stop sulking over what someone says. Stop being so bitter and resentful, it’s not good for your health. 

Leo: Get that ego in check, you are not the best thing that has happened to mankind. Stop bashing those you believe are “lesser” than you, you are not in a place to judge others. I know you eat up praise but learn to see the difference between actual admiration and manipulation. People can manipulate you so easy once they stroke your ego. Let others have the spotlight for once, instead of having everyone stand in your shadow. 

Virgo: You act so callous and unfeeling that you chase people away. I know you view things from a logical perspective, but learn to think from your heart versus your head. Emotions are a part of who we are, stop ignoring them. You’re an opinionated person, yes, but judging others so harshly won’t help either. Sometimes you don’t know what’s best for you and that’s okay, because nobody is PERFECT! Admitting your mistakes is not a bad thing, and letting loose once in a while will definitely help you in the long run. 

Libra: You’re so passive aggressive, stop playing the victim so much. I know you want everyone to be happy and getting along, but beating around the bush or running away from confrontation really doesn’t help the situation. You’re so unreliable at times, learn to keep your promises and go through with them. Laziness and procrastination will not get you far in life, stop putting off everything until the last minute. 

Scorpio: You’re so untrustworthy and suspicious of everyone, yet you want everyone to open up to you. How can others trust you when you obviously don’t trust them? Don’t resent others for what they’ve done to you in the past, learn to move on and forgive. You get so jealous and possessive so easily, just because your best friend is talking to someone else doesn’t mean you should get so worked up about it. Letting others in is not a sign of vulnerability. 

Sagittarius: Have a goddamn filter, it’s good to say what you believe but not to the point of hurting others. Your bluntness comes off as rude and crass, honesty is not always the best policy at certain times. No one can keep you grounded, you’re so flighty that you have no respect for the rules or anyone. Don’t take people or things for granted, your carelessness will end up harming you. Also let your emotions free and don’t keep them bottled up so much. 

Capricorn: You’re so reserved and guarded, no one truly knows who you are, not even yourself. You are not a failure whatsoever, stop being so pessimistic whenever something goes wrong in life. All you do is criticize, others and mainly yourself, learn to love yourself and embrace the bad habits that make you, you. You want to have control on every situation, but it’s also okay to not be so cautious and let loose. You matured so quickly, you don’t understand how to have fun and let go of all the worries. Live a little, okay?

Aquarius: You’re so out of touch with everyone, even those closest to you. You push people away the moment they crack open your shell, and you’re so judgmental of everyone without knowing the big picture. You have complaints about every single person, stop bitching about others when you aren’t even that great yourself. You are extremely arrogant, in the way that you believe you are above others, stop thinking that you’re so unique.

Pisces: Stop burying your head in the sand every time confrontation comes your way. You pretend and dream that your problems don’t exist, but sitting there and doing nothing won’t solve anything. You’re overly sensitive, and people can’t even say the slightest thing without you shutting them down because they hurt your feelings. Listen to the constructive criticism others have for you, and learn from your mistakes. Everything is a crisis to you, stop pitying yourself and stop playing the victim. If you keep avoiding reality, you’re only hurting yourself. 

Don’t be butthurt, guys, I’m just telling it as I see it! 😁

(This is a joke please don't take it seriously you guys lmao. Everything is greatly exaggerated in this and made to parody certain things. Also since chat posts don't give sources for some reason and I spent a bit too much time on this I'll say it's made by me Hunnidpisanenchilada pfft lol)
  • New Sonic 2017 character: Aw man it's so cool I've befriended the famous hero Sonic the Hedgehog and I get to meet his friends and join them on adventures this'll be so great..!
  • Amy: Hi! Nice to meetcha! I'm Amy Rose and I'll cheer you on and believe in you and support you like no one else can, but if you touch my Sonic I'll fucking cut you, ok? :)
  • Tails: Hello, I'm Miles Prower, but you can call me Tails! I'm Sonic's best buddy and if you try to get between him and I or steal my role in the series like that rich piece of shit, Sora rip-off, Chris Thorndyke tried to, you'll go for a visit to my lab one day and get electrocuted/go missing from an unfortunate lab accident :) btw if Eggman says he's smarter than me he's a liar. I'm the fucking smartest around here,,,ok??? :))
  • Knuckles: I'm Knuckles the Echidna, sole guardian of the Master Emerald. My entire race is dead, I don't know what happened to my parents but I have vague memories of my dad jumping into a wall of fire and killing himself for no reason. Ken Penders took everything from me..!! He took the love of my life and now all I have is this damn rock--! I love that rock like She is my own but because of Her I have to spend my whole life wasting away on this floating rock with no family and only the occasional visits from my asshole friends and occasional participation in Air Board Races to keep me going. I've devolved into a complete joke to this series---!
  • Vector: Hi, I like money! I'd sell my soul for money! :)
  • Charmy: I'm Charmy Bee! BEE BEE BEE BEEE BEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :))))
  • Espio: I am Espio the Chameleon, trained ninja assassin from the Naruto Academy of Ninja Assassin Arts. Naruto is a filthy orange casual compared to me. Beware my Ninja Power or die a lonely death! Evil must die!
  • Blaze: Hello. I am Blaze the Cat, princess of the Sol Dimension and protector of the Sol Emeralds. I burn things and because of that I have spent my life in solitude. I now know what it is like to have friends. Friendship is beautiful!! I was killed once.
  • Silver: My name is Silver the Hedgehog! I was born in a barren wasteland, filled with lava and flames. Everything burning--! All alone my entire life with only Blaze to keep me company, and even she may be just a hallucination created from my mind to keep me sane. Every day feels like a repeat of the last one--I fight the god that puts my world in eternal flames, but it returns every time I defeat it!! How do I stop it?! How do I save my world?!? Is it even worth it if I stop Iblis, it seems like everyone in my world is dead besides me and Blaze...
  • Rouge: Ah, so you're the new kid around here is that right, hun? Beware of rule 34.
  • Shadow: I am Shadow, Shadow the Hedgehog. The Ultimate Lifeform. Do you ever question your existence? I am darkness and darkness is me. My life is a black abyss. I blew up the moon and threatened to kill all life on Earth. Silver the Hedgehog has bigger chest fur than me, why? I love Black, the only time I'd ever wear a color other than black is when they invent a darker color,,, the only color that is an exception to this rule is Red because that is the color of blood and reminds me of all the people I have killed. I dye my quills with my own blood and with the blood of people that I have murdered. I was made in a test tube and I'm a alien/hedgehog hybrid created by a human government. I am immortal, ageless and immune to all. Rouge is my best friend but I'm also her only friend besides Omega and she doesn't have any girl friends to hang out with so I am her substitute and she makes me go shopping, have sleepovers and do other various womanly things with her that I do not want to participate in. I love flowers, good interior design, nice smelling cologne, green apple scented shampoo, hot pockets, motorcycles, guns, My Damn 4th Emerald, jewelry, and corpses. My sister is a corpse. Bracelets aren't girly they are manly and fashionable and if you disagree with my opinions I will kill you. My dad is an alien who hates me and my other dad is an 80 year old man who went insane and tried to kill all of humanity, my nephew is Eggman, why are all of my family members villains. I have depression, PTSD and I hallucinate and hear voices. I don't understand why I don't have friends cause I'm the fucking nicest person ever. I'm a fucking disgrace I hate myself but I also love myself because I Am fucking all powerful and perfect and I look great and I have the best taste in style (fuck Rouge) and I Am so much better than that idiot Sonic and I should be main character as I Am the best and most popular Sonic character fuck Sonic if Sonic is so great, then why can't I, Shadow the Hedgehog,,,
On the XY&Z Finale

So… XY&Z finally comes to an end…

In all honesty, especially all the hype and anticipation of the ending that I’d been giving it, I found myself worried that it wouldn’t meet my expectations.

How wrong I was.

This is pretty close to the perfect ending for this series as I could’ve hoped for, at least in my opinion. While I wish we had a bit more on the Bonnie-Ash and Clemont-Serena fronts, that seems to go hand in hand with the rest of the series lack of focus, but for all that, I’m thankful for the time spent on what we had, even giving Mairin and Alain a proper sendoff.

The flashbacks, while I know a few might critique the re-use of old footage in such an important episode, felt well placed. Each character got focus, had their most promiment, emotional, or stand-out moments given a last hurrah. It was a great way to help encapsulate the breadth of their journey in the time they had to show it, and it was certainly a fond look back for me.

We had all the pokemon saying their goodbyes. Chespin and Pancham, Sylveon and Bunnelby, Pikachu and Bunnelby, Hawlucha and Luxray, and so much more. Even at that point I was starting to feel emotional over it. And then we came to Bonnie and Dedenne, and as I’m told, Bonnie swearing to become a trainer, to earn a badge from Clemont, to compete against Serena in a showcase, and to even beat Ash and Pikachu one day. While I couldn’t understand most of it, the emotional sentiment was powerful enough to move me to tears, the first of many times in the episode.

And even though Bonnie is herself a child, she knows that this is all for the best, and even she’s growing up, and is helping to care for something akin to another child’s sorrow in the process: That of Dedenne. My darling lemon child is going to make a great trainer, and more, one day.

Then we came to Serena’s goodbye. And gosh, how much I love her in this, and the series as a whole. I’ll admit that early on in the series, I felt some form of discontentment about how long it was taking her to decide on a goal, but in retrospect, given the build-up, the expositions of the various facets of Showcases before they were even shown to exist, was actually fairly well done. And it was paired with her uncertainty, her wrestling with her path forward, and what that would actually come to be.

Fast-forward through the series. Her growing resolve, conviction, skills, and self-confidence, and we arrive at this final crucial moment. Her riding down that escalator…

Only to run back up and finally give that kiss that she’d probably been wanting to give him for a good part of their journey together. In my mind, that scene was so tastefully done. I know there are some wondering why it wasn’t shown on screen, but then I love that it’s left to our imagination. Because in fact, Serena probably could’ve only imagined what it felt like for the longest time, and then she got to know it first hand. Conversely, we knew about this desire, but then, we’re left to imagine the payoff. The inversion feels not only incredibly well executed, but doesn’t overglamourize the gesture itself.

This whole act isn’t just to show the intensity of Serena’s affection for Ash. This was to also contrast the growth of her courage and personality over the course of the series. The girl who went from being unable to hold his hand, to launching into a quick kiss of her own accord. I’m proud of Serena, and her development stands alongside that of characters like May and Dawn for me. She’s going places, and I for one would love to hear about her exploits in Hoenn and how she’ll continue to reach for her dreams with the new resolve she’s found.

And finally, we end where we started:

Ash versus Clemont.

A battle between Bunnelby and Pikachu is the perfect way to book-end the series. And while it may parallel the way they start, the battle’s progression is certainly no copy of their battles before. They bring all their new strategies, moves, and lessons learned to the table. They’re doing what they do best for each other: Driving each other to greater heights, to bring out their best, whether it be through planning, tactics, or instincts. They’re so engrossed in it, making it a final great farewell between the two of them, that they’re sweating from the intensity. Only these two share such a love of battle that they’ll make the meeting and farewell in this manner. We may not get to see all of it, but we know that regardless of who won, or who lost, they both gained something from their meeting and from their journey together.

Clemont’s emotional, if grateful, look as Ash’s plan flew off in the end only cemented that in his and my mind as Ash’s final moments in Kalos came to a close.

And with that, my family has parted. And now Ash is left with memories of a great journey, and so are we. Coupled with an iconic song for the series, we had a chance to relive them once again, and while I’ve been vocal of my misgivings of the ways that the writers, handled certain characters, relationships, and what have you, I can honestly say that I loved this series. And as the first series I’ve watched air live in my adulthood, I feel like it was fantastic, exciting, and invigorating. And further, this finale capped it off in a spectacular way.  Neither the series, nor the episode were perfect, nor will anything in the pokemon anime ever be, but I will carry fond memories of this series forward in my life, and I know that coming back to it, its characters, its battles, its journey, will help me through tough times ahead.

Thank you, Pokemon XY&Z, for a great three years that have allowed me to become a part of a fandom, a part of the fic-writers community, a part of the RP community, a part of a group of friends, and even now, a part of a relationship.

I will carry the memories onward in my heart with great fondness and appreciation, just like Serena, Clemont, Bonnie and Ash will.

jaydragonmite  asked:

I noticed that someone is bringing up the "Remembrances" episode, trying to say Korrasami is bad writing; about how most of the episode is focused on Mako and should've ended with Mako and Korra together. It really bothers me because the person clearly didn't pay attention to the previous episode (AND BOOK 3) which was Korrasami heavy and I don't want to bring this person into the crapper, so I'd figure I'd get your opinion. What do you think of Mako's part in that episode?

This is a really good question, and I’m glad you asked because I wanted to gush about Mako for a little bit. I was never his biggest fan, and BOY did he shock me in the best way possible in the finale. Who’s ready for another novel? Gah.

Mako’s Character Arc & Role in Remembrances

I think saying “Korrasami” is bad writing is kind of like saying “I don’t enjoy romances.” Which is fine, that’s valid, that’s totally valid. I’m not a huge romantic myself, and there’s certain romance tropes that make me gag. But my intense Korrasami analyses are a testament to how strong I personally find this narrative. It’s not a typical romance trope, and it’s one that is entirely built upon character’s emotional needs and balance. I think it’s really well-scripted, and going back and watching S3/S4 with it in mind (S1 didn’t have the end game in sight, and S2 had a hilariously side-lined Asami) really lets it shine.

No no, back to the compound for you, Asami.

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anonymous asked:

In 3a, watching Clarke speak and act on behalf of Arkadia, when she had zero clue as to what her people felt and what was going on really rubbed me the wrong way. Because I don't think her behaving that way was ever really addressed, as in, she STOPPED doing it. Bellamy certainly called her out on it (quite viciously) & she obviously had an "oh" moment about it but she still went back and acted like an ambassador when she had no right to be. Why did the writers do it this way, do you think?

Great question. I think the writers wanted to show that Clarke was still running away from her home, her people, and herself (the source of her pain), that’s why. 

I think one of the reasons Clarke seemed to have forgotten her confrontation with Bellamy in 3x05 was because their fight devastated her, and after this confrontation, she decided to run away even harder from her problems: thus she allowed herself to 100% fall in love with L.exa and we see her drawing again while the world was fallling into chaos outside of her pretty, fantasy tower. Bellamy (in confronting her) forced her to acknowledge all her mistakes, and up till that point, Clarke had been in self-denial about her mistakes. She needed to be confronted with her poor choices (TonDC, L.exa, Mt. Weather, etc) in order to realize that she hadn’t truly confronted the source of her pain yet: hating herself and the choices she made in season 2. Bellamy was the perfect person for this job. She didn’t trust L.exa because L.exa was one of her mistakes, so when L.exa “tried” to also call Clarke out on her self-hatred, Clarke blew her off (Le.xa had no right to call her out on that either since L.exa refused to really acknowledge her own part in that fiasco). L.exa wasn’t a reliable person in that situation, however, Bellamy, the person Clarke trusts the most, WAS someone that could call out Clarke and make her realize her mistakes. She trusted the truth he rained down on her head, and thus, for the first time since she ran away in 2x16, she began to realize what she was really running away from: herself (“Seeing their faces every day is just going to remind me what I did to get them here”). As much as L.exa sucked and was a huge factor in Clarke’s pain, the real problem was the Clarke hadn’t acknowledged that SHE (Clarke) had made the mistakes. She trusted L.exa when she shouldn’t have. She allowed TonDC to happen when she shouldn’t have. She shot Dante and pulled that lever. etc… 

Did you read the screen-to-script for that scene in 3x05 between Bellarke, by the way? Here’s a shot of it that I want to talk about:

“A moment she’ll never forget …off her utter despair” - Wow, that’s strong. Honestly, I think this fight with Bellamy seriously broke her heart a bit, so she pushed Bellamy and home even further away to avoid the pain because who knows Clarke and her weaknesses better than Bellamy Blake, right? That’s why I think Clarke doesn’t mention Bellamy in episodes 3x06-3x09 and why she stays in Polis even though there isn’t really a reason for her to do that (p.s. yes, she stays for L.exa too because she feels like L.exa is the only that understands her and won’t judge her at that point and time–L.exa was a temporary home). 

That’s also why the writers had Octavia (little Blake ;-) ) confront her again in 3x07. Octavia reminded Clarke that she was running away, that Polis wasn’t really her home ( “Wow, no wonder you wanted to stay”), and that L.exa wasn’t her real home or a real balm to her problems/pain (“That’s the second time L.exa has left us to die… Why am I not surprised that you’re still defending her”). Octavia reminded Clarke that she needed to come home, that staying in Polis wasn’t helping, and that Clarke needed to stop thinking that it was. Clarke had 100% lost herself, and Octavia was calling her out for running away:

Octavia was the voice of reason in 3A. She WAS the writers. She was the writers “addressing” Clarke’s mistakes in 3A. Whatever Octavia says to Bellamy and Clarke in 3A is the “truth” we’re suppose to take away from how we should really feel about each of Bellamy’s and Clarke’s choices in 3A: 1. Bellamy was an idiot and made a huge mistake in trusting Pike. 2. Clarke was a fool to believe L.exa could solve her problems and that Clarke needed to finally come home in order to truly fix things. 

Octavia calling her out: 

In summary, the writers had Clarke go back to Polis and act like an ambassador in order to show that Clarke 1. was running away (again) from her problems and her pain, thus pretending that her fight with Bellamy never existed. 2. I also think they wanted to show that Clarke believed (incorrectly) that L.exa was the best way to protect her people (b/c she still didn’t trust L.exa to fulfill her promise and thought her presence meant that L.exa wouldn’t go back on her vow), while also showing that Clarke was falling for L.exa. 

Excuse the roughness of this post. These posts are a lot of work, anons. 

Thanks for the ask, anon. I really enjoyed this one. 

anonymous asked:

Hi I have a question. I am studying for JLPT N3 and I wonder about some stuff. I'm getting quite bored by what I'm doing now since I've learnt everything for it. But still some kanjis are on practice exams I don't know and this pisses me off. Also I got about 60% on every quiz right but on grammar and vocab I had about 80%. I feel like I'm doing not enough and I am so confused if I should go on to JLPT N2 and study vocab from there or just stay where I am. Do you have listening exercises? Thx

Hey, thanks for your question. I’m sorry you’re feeling frustrated at the moment. Remember that if the tests you’re taking are like the real thing and you get your current scores in the exam then you will definitely pass :D

JLPT N3 is supposed to cover approximately 650 kanj in totali. There are no official lists, but an approximate guide is to learn from years 1-4 of Japanese Elementary school kanji (kyouiku kanji), which would be 640 kanji. Obviously you’ll already know some from N5 (100 kanji) and N4 (200 new kanji plus the 100 from N5) if you’ve taken the JLPT before (leaving around 350 new kanji to master for N3).

If you’re using just one book or series to study kanji, then it may be worth researching online resources to see what they’ve got as N3. I know that my textbook, Try!N3 had 113 grammar points, but I used another which had 168 grammar points and then I found some grammar that was appearing in N3 textbooks in some places and N4 textbooks in others, I found it annoying and confusing, but limited the likelihood of me walking in to the exam unprepared by comparing a few resources and working on the grammar, vocab and kanji that appeared in all of them, as I felt these must be fundamental somehow.

If it’s just the occasional unknown kanji that you’re encountering, then skip over it and try your best to infer meaning. If this is something that’s happening regularly then you may want to go over the kyouiku kanji list and see if you have gaps in your knowledge to fill in before exam day. Make a note of kanji you don’t understand on practise exams and try to add them to your study lists.

There will always be some random grammar/kanji/vocab that the examiners throw into the real test, especially in the reading section- they want to see how you can work around a text where you do not have perfect comprehension, as this more realistically emulates real life. Sometimes they put in a key term in kanji and have a little definition after the body of text in the reading section, make sure you check to see if there are any bits like that you’re missing before you begin to answer.

As I live in Japan and have done for many years now, listening is my strongest skill. This meant I practised listening much less than many other JLPT candidates, but I did use Nihongonomori videos on youtube every day for several months to learn vocabulary and improve my listening. I used a bit of Nihongo Soumatome N3 too, though if I did N3 again I would definitely use Shin Kanzen Master N3 listening, because this range of books is the toughest and, according to my Japanese teacher, who helps write the JLPT each year, they are the most closely representative of the real exam.



There are many free online N3 listening tests at Japanesetest4you too.

The main thing I can sense in your message is your boredom and frustration, which leads me to suggest that perhaps you need to be kind to yourself, recognise that your motivation is waning and work to address that, rather than just drill harder, which seems to be what a lot of people do. You might just be in a momentary slump, so forgive me if I go off on a total tangent for a few paragraphs about the importance of motivation, fun and learning here…

It’s worth noting I’ve had studyblrs send me messages telling me off for being so upfront about the fact that I think forcing yourself to learn and ignoring how you feel about the process is not ‘what winners do’ because they ‘want it more’, but is, in fact, a dangerous game to play with your mental health and hazardous to your relationship to studying, especially if you are self studying.

And you know what? The research agrees with me:

‘Optimal brain activation occurs when students are in positive emotional states. Attention is also prompted when the material holds personal meaning, connects to their interests, is presented with elements of surprise, and/or when it provokes wonder. This is why attentiveness is so closely linked to positive emotional cueing and personal meaning. When there is connection to prior knowledge or positive emotional experience, new information passage through the information filters (limbic system) is faster and more extensive. If this system of filters is positively stimulated to pay attention to the information, the new material is linked onto existing brain cell networks. If there are no emotional or intellectual connections with the new information, as is often the case in streamlined curriculum geared to teach the students facts to regurgitate on tests, their brains are less successful at developing the meaningful connections that create efficient memory circuits. When information is not presented in a way that sparks attention, it may be discarded, and attention withdrawn.‘Attention: To Have and to Hold Add the Science of Learning to the Art of Teaching to Enrich Classroom Instruction, Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed.


Does that sound like a JLPT practise test? Thought not.

For what it’s worth there’s only 7 weeks to go to the test. I certainly experienced a slump about 2 months before I took N3- there was still a long slog to go, but I wasn’t close enough to the end to have the adrenaline pushing me through the study hours. Just be kind to yourself, forcing yourself is unlikely to yield productive results in my experience.

Please feel free to unfollow me if the next paragraph seems mumsy and condescending:
I doubt you would have asked me this question if you had a teacher around to ask and so, based on the assumption that you’re studying alone, it may be worthwhile to think about where you’re getting your encouragement and praise from at the moment. If you find those things are lacking then I think that would go a long way to explaining your current frustration. When I need to feel more like a success and less of a failure it has helped me to look over old notes, think back to a year ago, or 6 months ago and think how far I’ve come and then remember that in the future I will feel the same way about now if I continue to study. I asked what my aim was in studying for the JLPT- was it being able to communicate with some fluency in Japanese or was it just passing the test? When I asked myself this question I realised I had already reached my goal by studying for the test and that the exam itself was far less relevant than the symbolic benchmark it had acted as for the months preceding the test. I thought about all the things I can do easily now that seemed so impossible before, the small goals I’d achieved to reach this point. Then I thought about all the frustrating stuff I can’t do now and realised that it is only a matter of time and being persistent.

On a practical level maybe you could refine your skills through reading texts you’re interested in and listening to podcasts you’re interested in too, rather than focusing just on exam drilling (maybe you’re doing this already, but it’s worth noting). I’m not saying don’t practise for the test, this is a necessary evil, I’m suggesting that you supplement your learning with 3-4 hours a week of more fun stuff.

I like this podcast and think it’s perfect for my level (I passed N3 this summer and have not gone up in any significant way in ability since then).

Watching Vs嵐 is also good for me, it’s fast but accessible Japanese.

しろくまカフェ is also easy to understand.

Reading helps me to pick up new words, get my speed up (key for the exam) and consolidate new kanji. Reading is a weakness for me, so I’m behind the level most N3 candidates are at, so some of these resources are a little too advanced for me, but I can still get the gist of what’s going on in most instances:

                                                                                ^me when reading Japanese.

よつばと! just read it, there’s a reason why everybody loves it, it’s great.
魔女の宅急便 This is the book that Kiki’s Delivery Service is based on.
少年たんていブラウン Encyclopedia Brown (detective stories).
日本人の知らないの日本語 seems very popular, there’s a manga and TV series.

If you need free reading resources then try ehonnavi (sign up walkthrough here), or The Great Library.

Best of luck with your JLPT. I hope that you find some ways to supplement your current learning routine that help you to enjoy the whole process more.

The Theory of Reincarnation (2/3)

At last. The second part of the Reincarnation!AU vaguely inspired by Cloud Atlas (though it’s really vague). 

[first part: Inception AU] - [second part: Ghost AU] - [third part (TBW)]
I will post it on AO3 once it’s finished.
NB: you don’t really need to have read the first part to understand what’s going on. The italics parts are L’s writings in the first universe and the story takes place in another one. Here is the ghost!AU!

For danathelaugh​, I am sorry I took so long darling! I hope you enjoy it.


Light loved the ghost; it was weird and did not belong in this world. It was everything they accused him to be in secret.

Light chose the career, honestly. It was one of these conscious, yet forced choice. But he did choose, at some point, to be a detective. The path seemed natural to him, not well-lit or pleasant, but natural.

He was taught the virtues of duty by his father’s lack of presence at home – duty calls, he’d say at dinner time and that made his wife smile softly. Little Light used to think: duty is the powerful force that pulls dad away. Duty… he had a sour and clear taste of it. The rest, all the principles of law and the conduct of an investigation, Light could learn. He was one of these students who doesn’t need passion to set his mind in motion. He let the words of his teachers seep into him, his head against the windowpane and in his eyes, a sorrow they all preferred to call nonchalance.

If life is a game, then how do you win it? By achieving new records, beating the odds. You must do better than your father before you.

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Heartbeats

thank you to bobandsmallbob for spectacular betaing. 

February brought pale light and a slow melting of the snow that blanketed the grounds of Hogwarts. The buds of flowers were just beginning to raise their heads on the frail branches of winter-shaken trees, and the ground didn’t freeze your bum when you’d been sitting on it for the first time since the end of October.

Lily liked February. It was never that unbearable scorching hot like it was in June and July. She liked that the sunlight was still weak enough so that she didn’t feel it beating down on her relentlessly when she stepped out from under the shade. She liked that there was still a touch of frost on the air, that kept her cool and alert. She liked to sit outside during the month of February. She liked to watch things come back to life after a lazy, slow slumber during the winter months. More than anything, she liked to watch the blossoming of new flowers, baby leaves and trees. They often replaced old flowers, and she liked to quietly observe the new life, often something more beautiful than what had been there before.

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Delena Meta: Sex, Friendship, and Other Things

In 5x02, Damon implied that Elena was basically just with him because he’s good in bed. Yeah, it’s a joke, but it masks a bunch of insecurities Damon had. Jokes are usually a way to tell painful truths with some emotional distance. Damon had no idea why Elena loved him. How she could. Which is why things got screwed up between DE later in the season. It was all brewing underneath.

This is very, very obvious, but I’m gonna say it anyway. DE is not in any way based around sex. Its foundation is not in any way based in sex. Is sex a component of their relationship? Yes. Just like any healthy relationship. Their sex is about connection. That’s why almost every freaking time they do the deed or kiss, the writers have them break to look at each other in awe or after that first one in 3x10 Elena just looks stunned. Not a coincidence. Conscious choice by the crew. I don’t know if many people in this fandom have had sex, but…yeah…that’s not what you do when you’re having a one night stand or when the relationship is just about sex. That’s what you do when you’re in love…

Elena pulls Damon’s face away from her in 3x19. Because she wants to take the moment in and just takes a second to look in his eyes. And a moment to look at his lips. There’s history with that. History of wanting to kiss him. She’s looked at Damon’s lips 12,000 times in the series lol It’s even there in the first shot with DE in 1x02. And in this shot? She can finally kiss him. It’s a release of all those seasons of wanting to. Does that make their relationship only about sex? No. Their build up allowed them to have a solid foundation. Sexual attraction is a part of a relationship.

Season 6? Oh, it’s the exact same. What do you know. The crew make it a point to have them break from kissing and do this a whole lot in the series.

It took them over three seasons to get to sex. It’s a foundation based around friendship. A really, really awesome friendship that beat all odds.

Damon called Elena out on her suicidal tendencies and desire to give up: “All you’ve done is give up” (2x12) and helped her find a way out of that hole by accepting her. All of her. Not pretending she was the anti-Katherine when she showed Petrova qualities since day one. Not acting like she’s perfect so she needed to hide the darker parts of her. “Maybe I’m better off dead.” “Don’t you think like that.” With Damon, Elena could say gross, ugly things like that. She didn’t need to pretend she was perfect or happy. There’s no place for ugly statements like that in an epic love, in a perfect love. With Damon the “ass,” she didn’t feel the need to keep to some romantic script. She could just show how broken she was. And, she was. All through the early seasons. Especially in these moments in early Season 4. She expressed suicidal tendencies in the episode before, as well. “I was supposed to die.” :/ Damon helped Elena heal and feel “alive” (repeated throughout the series) even though for a really long time she felt she should have died with her parents. 

For a few seasons, she kept trying to fix the glitch that was her survival. I mean, come on, really obvious example: what was the point of her going in to the tomb where Stefan was in 2x10? She couldn’t fight off Katherine. She was ready to be a martyr for her boyfriend. She felt responsible for all those deaths that continued to happen in the series. And, that sucks. Elena played the role of the good girl as best she could in the early seasons because she wanted to do everything in her power to be someone who deserved to live, that wouldn’t disgrace the memory of her parents. She was overcompensating and hid the ugly bits as best she could. Except around Damon. Which we’ve seen since like day one. We see her anger. We see her “fun” (1x11). He saw right through her when they first met (3x22) and she didn’t feel the need to play a role with him. Someone who finds his/her way to deal with that level of survivor guilt and suicidal tendencies? Badass mofo in my book. The fact that Damon helped her? Incredibly important friendship that’s been integral to her growth. 

Elena became Damon’s “only friend.” Enzo’s friendship was based more around hate and revenge. I’m not sure if Damon ever had someone a) call him out on his shit constantly but b) not dismiss him just because he’s done bad things. You know what I think’s the most awesome part of this? She had a gazillion reasons not to become his friend. Her boyfriend that she trusted gave her 12,000 reasons to just dismiss Damon as the evil villain. He’s done despicable, inexcusable acts. But, she saw past that and saw Damon’s point of view right away. Didn’t idealize it. It was “twisted.” Which is good and an important part of their relationship. She sees him and his flaws and all of him pretty clearly. She knows he lashes out and even why (4x13) and tries to help him heal in all the ways he needs. 

She validates him in a gazillion different ways that he needs, one being that she’s constantly the one proposing/talking about their forever. Her proposals show how she wants a future that is real and possible as opposed to thinking she should die and not look for something that could really exist or last long term (SE’s “always” could never exist unless she died ASAP which I’m thinking she was hoping for. I think she was hoping to keep her promise with her “always.” I just don’t see how it’s possible long term. Elena would be arrested at a certain point for dating a 17 year old. This kind of sums up their relationship for me and why I find it unhealthy for both characters–they’re complicit in deluding each other as opposed to helping each other grow by accepting each other’s flaws and calling each other on their shit, etc.). Huge for Elena to point a real future with a dude who always chooses her life above all else. By asking for a forever with him, she’s indirectly and pretty actively saying she wants to live. And, Damon gets to feel validated often with this. Which he needs because he’s majorly insecure. Huge for him. For both of them.

“Some things could matter again.” “Maybe but it seems a little unrealistic to me.” 

“It matters and you know it!” 

In 1x07, she pushed him to be more because she saw he was. Because it matters. It relates to that 1x03 conversation. They helped each other figure out a way to have a healthier relationship to the past, figure out what to let go of (e.g. cheerleading) and what to hold onto/could matter again (e.g. the Damon underneath his mask). So, Damon and Elena are both right and wrong in the 1x03 conversation. Some thing could matter again. Sometimes, it’s better to let go.

She apologized about Katherine (1x03) when I doubt anyone said anything like that to him. Maybe ever. The look on Damon’s face says it all. That tells you how long that dude’s been alone wearing his evil monster mask. She saw the good in him and slowly helped him to admit he feels (2x12), hugged him when his heart broke (1x14), jumped over fire to save his life the day after JNSI (2x02), which is just crazy town and just shows how much she believed in Damon. 

She helped him go from Damon’s “only friend” to the Damon of Season 6. Who’s largely repaired his relationship with Stefan and is friends with a bunch of people in the crazy world of TVD. She’s even tried to repair his other friendships like Dalaric. She helped him reconnect with the world around him and validated him not just by loving him, but also by validating the way he loves. He never loved “too much.” Just the wrong girl. When Elena told Damon she couldn’t stop loving him in 5x16? Yeah, that’s a big moment. First time in Damon’s life where someone’s expressing unconditional love. A couple episodes earlier, Stefan was telling Damon not to show his face again. Damon thought he had no one. He thought he was just a glitch like Elena, just by existing and being himself. And, finally, by 5x22, he had someone who was “all in” with him. He didn’t have to go it alone. Those insecurities in 5x02? Largely repaired. “I’ve been in love. It’s painful and pointless and overrated.” and “I’m a fatalist”? Nah. Damon in Season 1 was a romantic in fatalist’s clothes. (I’d say the opposite for Stefan?) Damon of Season 6 is like girl’s gonna see me and fireworks. That’s what Elena Gilbert’s friendship did for Damon Salvatore.

Elena was there for him since day one in ways Stefan never could be. Stefan and Damon don’t understand each other very well. They love each other, but yeah. I feel like Elena was the first person to ever see Damon, all of Damon, and accept him. Consistently believe in him but also consistently call him out when he does bad things. All of this allowed him to heal from past wounds, wounds that had been there his whole lifetime until then. And, dude’s old. So, that’s a pretty long time and pretty incredible thing for someone to just come along and do what Elena did for Damon. No wonder there’s that line: “You are by far the greatest thing to ever happen to me in my 173 years.” No wonder it’s exactly like the one in 2x22: “It’s okay [that I deserve to die.] ‘cause if I’d have chosen differently, I wouldn’t have met you.” Parallel. With or without sex, their friendship, their relationship is everything Damon Salvatore ever needed. And more.

And, that’s my OTP :)