The fact that the writers even considered having a scene where Shiro and Allura washed the mice together is proof that Shallura is meant to be romantic because you don’t consider some next-level fluff fic domestic bonding scene like “let’s wash your adorable pet mice together” for a pairing you don’t want to be romantic sorry I don’t make the rules
my favorite thing ever is when people send me really long and detailed arguments about why my otp won’t work because they literally have no effect on me. like, honey, i know you’re trying, but there is nothing you can say that i haven’t already heard or that will change my mind. you will have to pry my otps from my cold, dead hands
I realise I’m gonna get hate for this, but at this point I don’t care.
I’m a Shallura shipper, and I only really see Shiro and Keith’s relationship as brotherly, but I personally don’t mind Shaladin.
We all know Shiro’s twenty-five, Pidge is fourteen, and Keith, Lance and Hunk’s ages aren’t specified, but they’re in their “late teens”, which can go from seventeen to TWENTY-ONE, making them legal. Either way, they’re fictional characters, so you can just age them all up and it’s fine.
From what I’ve seen between Shiro and Keith’s canon interactions especially, they have a mutual respect for eachother, and Shiro’s a sensible guy, so if they did get into a relationship, it wouldn’t be an abusive one.
If you still have a problem with it, fine, but you don’t need to go out of your way to call Shaladin shippers disgusting, like how much do you have to hate your own life to spread so much negativity over fictional characters. Block the tags if it makes you that uncomfortable. I hate incest ships, but I don’t go bashing people who like them. Leave the shippers alone. Leave the VAs alone.
Have I mentioned my Beanstalk romance and sexuality headcanons because boy do I have a lot of them. I would apologize for my reprehensible shipping, but I’m not sorry. I’m a little sorry I’m not sorry though, so there’s that.
Jack is bi. Jack is really really bi. Since he grew up with a huge family surrounded by relationships and crushes in every gender combination, Jack tends to just forget that straight is a thing people can be unless he’s explicitly reminded. This makes him terrible to try to confide in about your unrequited crush. He’s very casual about touching if he doesn’t get ‘please back off’ signals, and is not great at recognizing where most people draw the line between platonic and romantic touching. He’s probably left a string of crushes behind him because he didn’t watch where he aimed his carefree grin and really good hugs. (Jack gives fantastic hugs and you can’t tell me otherwise. He’s big and warm and he wraps his arms all the way around you and maybe lifts you up some, and holds you for as long as you want without making it awkward.) Jack had a really big puppy crush on Liam for a while after he arrived, but it faded quickly because 1. Liam did nothing to encourage it and 2. Bea. Jack falls in loyalty much easier than he falls in love.
George is mostly interested in girls but largely uninterested in romance. When she thinks about settling down it’s in a single apartment near a university with books and maybe a cat, and does not necessarily include a significant other although if someone brought it up she’d agree that it probably sounds nice. She had a little on and off thing with May when they crossed paths but it never progressed beyond kissing, and they both knew it couldn’t really be serious or sustainable. Everyone joked that she and Jack were a couple but they never saw each other romantically.
They love each other, but it’s loyal, die for you, slightly too co-dependent, shieldbrother love, not romantic love.
Not that the two of them (and the three of them when they still had Liam) didn’t have some intense platonic cuddlepiles though. It gets cold in the mountains and George simply does not care enough to lose at no romo chicken.
Laney is demi, and was always quietly resistant to the idea of romance. She wasn’t going to go into a diplomatic arranged marriage, and she definitely wasn’t going to waste her time slobbering all over one of her peers. She has trouble relating to other people’s relationships or seeing the attraction in them. She doesn’t have any interest in touching or kissing anyone, unless she knows them very well and is starting to fall for them. The quickest way to completely lose her interest forever is to try to impress her by out-competing her, and she will shoot someone down hard and fast for it. She falls in love slowly and reluctantly, and she doesn’t quite trust the process. It takes her a while to accept it. She doesn’t want to be dramatically wooed or pursued, but she does want the object of her affections to court her and show her they care. Winning Laney’s heart is all about having her back and noticing the small things.
Rupert is bi-romantic ace, and he loves traditional, old-fashioned romance. He’s not one for big, extravagant gestures, but he’s the sort to come home with a bouquet of roses to make them happy, who never forgets anniversaries or their favorite food, who tucks a note and a snack into their pocket where they’ll find it later in the day just when they need it. He has some issues about being touched (which get especially strong post Remember the Dust) and needs partners who are patient and very respectful of his boundaries. He dated a few schoolmates, but they were always casual relationships, without a passionate spark like he secretly hoped for. His shortest relationship was with a boyfriend who didn’t respect his comfort zone about touching and sex, so Rupert ended it. He’s very conscious of what makes a healthy relationship and red flags, and he gives excellent relationship advice.
Grey is aromantic asexual. He caught a mention of it in a book, realized it was relevant, then hunted up the definitive books on the subject of sexuality, read them cover to cover, and quietly concluded that this was what applied to him. Once he had it safely labelled and defined, he got on with the rest of his reading. It’s important to be precise and categorize things properly. If Grey was ever the subject of a quiet crush from a fellow sage, they never confessed, which is good because Grey would have turned them down so bluntly and summarily that it would have been rude, and then he wouldn’t have understood why they started tearing up because he was just being informative. (He would have felt bad though.)
Post Remember the Dust, all four of them live together and they are A Thing. Is it a romantic thing? Is it a platonic thing? Is it a currently platonic but possibly moving towards romantic thing? No one is entirely sure. They’re certainly not, but what is certain is that the four of them are going to spend the rest of their lives together. (I’m not certain either frankly, I am equally happy with either them being poly for each other and Grey is there too because they are his regardless of his romantic disinterest, or being platonic.)
And some bonus reprehensible trash because being a homestuck means never not being able to ruin everything you touch with quadrants:
Jack<>George: Jack and George were moirails. They were textbook moirails, they were the the platonic ideal of moirails. All the places where one fit into the other, where one compensated for the other without thinking, all those co-dependent, fight with you, kill for you, foxhole bond, breathe in sync feelings are the moirailegiance stories are made of. And then, Jack left.
Jack<>Grey: Oops kiddo, you spilled your protective instincts all over the place, now look what you’ve done
Jack<3<The Seeress: Imagine that scene from Mulan where the guard lights the signal pyre, except instead of a pyre it’s a big pile of garbage and instead of a guard it’s me. Now all of China knows I have reprehensible ships. (You will pry this hideous hatemance out of my cold dead hands.)
STORYTELLING TIME (bc the riverdale hiatus is boring): tell me about 2 of your fav riverdale ships, 2 of your fav characters, 2 of your favorite scenes out of all 7 episodes, and tell me about the pairing you last shipped/just started shipping. a detailed analysis, 10 paragraphs, i don't care. just tell me.
HECK YEAH MAN I CAN DO THIS FOR YOU
THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SCREAM
2 fave riverdale ships
let me tell you about BETTY AND VERONICA
l i s t e n
i was not going to watch this show.
(and then i saw josie mccoy’s face and was like BUT BUT BUT and a friend had to tell me she’s barely in the pilot and to calm down, and then i didn’t plan to watch it anymore)
and then i saw it
the world’s fucking tenderest kiss to maybe ever be on television, which is JUST UNFAIR FOR EVERYONE DON’T YOU THINK??
camila mendes has a talent, is what i am saying, and that talent deserves so much appreciation that it actually got me to watch this show
(THOSE LIPS. THAT THUMB. CHRIST.)
anyway. my favorite thing about the beronica kiss is that it has absolutely nothing to do with how much i ship it. it’s just a weird fever dream bonus to everything about them that i love.
VERONICA IS JUST SO INCREDIBLY IN LOVE WITH BETTY. FROM MOMENT ONE. the train to the rest of my life speech is legit some of the gayest shit i have heard in my damn life.
i love how dedicated they are to one another. i love how they balance each other out. i love that riverdale took the classic “naughty and nice” dichotomy they had from the comics and turned it upside down and shook it, and this is what fell out
they just so clearly thrive off of each other’s energy. i love that.
but you know what i also love?
let me tell you about VERONICA AND CHERYL
i honestly thought for a hot minute there that i wouldn’t have interest in this show beyond beronica
and then 1x05 blessed me and watered my crops and cleared my skin and SHOWED ME THE LIGHT
it turns out, veronica directing her attentions at literally anyone is kind of all i need, and cheryl’s my GOTHIC HOT MESS OF PURE EXTRA and i adore her, and i hope one day they move into a new mansion that has a name and adopt war orphans or something.
2 fave characters
obviously you can tell i have a lot of feelings about veronica lodge, so maybe this doesn’t need saying but sorry too bad buckle up because
LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE LOVE OF MY LIFE, VERONICA LODGE
ironically, i spent most of my life solidly team betty.
“but Leah,” you say, “you love poor little rich girls who are POPULAR but SAD ABOUT IT and SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. cordelia chase! quinn fabray! glinda upland! summer roberts! you very clearly Have A Type!”
i know. i know i do. but i was BLINDSIDED man
i would die on a battlefield for veronica lodge.
because not only did this show give me “REGRETS HER MEAN GIRL PAST” veronica lodge. it over corrected so hard it gave me the bounty of MOM FRIEND VERONICA LODGE
MOM FRIEND VERONICA RUBBING CHERYL’S NECK THROUGH A PANIC ATTACK
MOM FRIEND VERONICA WRAPPING ARCHIE’S WRIST AND KISSING HIS BOOBOO
MOM FRIEND VERONICA IS NERVOUS BETTY DOESN’T GET ENOUGH SLEEP
MOM FRIEND VERONICA MAKING KEVIN PUT ARCHIE IN THE VARIETY SHOW BECAUSE JUSTICE FOR HER SMOL STAGE-FRIGHTENED SON
MOM FRIEND VERONICA LIKE “YEAH POLLY CAN LIVE IN MY HOUSE NO BIG”
the one thing i am weaker for than a sad popular girl is a girl who dances on the edge of the selfish/selfless line, who has such a big heart that she loves EVERYONE but maybe not quite as much as she loves herself. the rose tylers and rachel berrys of this world
oh wait there’s another thing i’m weak for and that is TINY BRUNETTES
veronica lodge was engineered in a science lab to hit every single one of my buttons, is what i am saying
now. i want to be very clear. i adore betty cooper, and no one on this show is more entertaining than cheryl blossom, and kevin keller is the most represented i have ever felt on television, but there was really only one other person i could say is my fave:
let me tell you about MY HOMELESS ASEXUAL SON, JUGHEAD JONES
“but Leah,” you say, “Jughead’s not canon ace in this show”
to which i say they can pry jughead’s lack of libido from my cold dead hands, until he says aloud on screen “i, forsythe pendleton jones the third, love doing the sex and it is my preferred method of having intimacy with my romantic partner” he can date whomever the heck he wants because, ASTONISHINGLY, ace people date! and kiss!
besides the point but aNYHOW
this kid is a fucking trainwreck and i love every inch of him
i love his ridiculous dedication to his aesthetic, i love his shitty novel, i love how much he loves his sister, i love his fwoopy bangs, i love how his reaction to being told his best friend is fucking their teacher is “wow dude sounds like you’re the victim of a sexual predator, do you need help?” rather than a high five, i love the way he delivers one-liners like he’s kind of trying not to laugh at his own jokes
riverdale isn’t riverdale without juggie
2 fave scenes out of all seven episodes
let me tell you about THE SCENE CONFIRMING KEVIN AND VERONICA’S QUEERPLATONIC LIFE PARTNERSHIP IN WHICH THEY GO ON MARRIED FRIEND DATES
honestly, and i truly have no excuse for this, you said “what is your favorite scene” and the VERY FIRST THING that popped into my head were these moments with ronnie and kev in the back of his father’s truck, which is ridiculous, mostly because they’re not even really a scene
but it’s just. it is so fucking satisfying, man. look at these precious babies. look at how many blankets they’re under. not only is her head on his shoulder (HERE’S ANOTHER LOOK FROM THAT ANGLE) but EVERY PART OF HER is touching EVERY PART OF HIM. he is SITTING on her CAPE. do you have any idea how much trust that entails?
what strikes me about this moment is that Riverdale is succeeding at convincing me that these kids–any of these kids, really, not just kevin and veronica–are friends. that they all enjoy spending time together, that if there weren’t a murder going on they would still see each other, and that they care about each other. ironically, on a lot of teen soaps the friendships are the first thing to be ignored or cut for time, because they’re not juicy and “don’t lead to conflict” (untrue). kevin isn’t even in the core four, and yet, here he is: taking out his best girl because there’s no other out kids except veronica at his school and this show cares about kevin and what kevin does! they could have had veronica suspiciously follow hermione to the drive in and start her conflict with her mom over fred andrews early, but no. they wanted her to have a night out with her gay husband buddy.
kevin and veronica are the kind of friends who made a marriage pact two days into knowing each other. kevin and veronica are the kinds of friends who meet each other’s eyes when they find the same things funny but it would be impolite to laugh. MY KINGDOM FOR AU WHERE KEVIN AND VERONICA BEARD FOR EACH OTHER BUT THEN, WHILE FAKE DATING, BECOME BEST FRIENDS.
and like yes, unless veronica is actually queer (which she is) her calling kevin her best gay and–more than that–interrupting his interruption to be like “GAY THANK GOD LET’S BE BEST FRIENDS” is a little bit abhorrent. but looking past the ridiculous stereotyping, what strikes me most is that when veronica says let’s be best friends she means it. she’s team kevin now, ride or die.
this moment shows riverdale at its best: taking a shit ton of cliched tropes but blending them in a new way and showing them with a lens of kind of delightfully unexpected compassion.
it occurs to me that, despite finding my way back to it at the end, this is much less a rant about an actual scene and much more a rant about how much i love the friendship between veronica and kevin, but i’m sorry i love it that much.
so i’m gonna try harder now on the next one
there are a lot of one-liners and moments i almost picked, even though, once again, those are not scenes (when jughead narrated that there were really only three kids in that booth and we all went IS JUGHEAD A GHOST, “slut shaming is when SLUTS get SHAMED,” “train to the rest of my life,” veronica’s face when betty comes out in the dominatrix gear, “that doesn’t SOUND like complete freedom,” PUSSYCAT RONNIE, fp jones saying he doesn’t want jughead to look at him like he’s garbage anymore….)
but then a dark horse candidate emerged:
let me tell you about the moment i realized ONE DAY I WILL BE ABLE TO LOVE ARCHIE
this show has an archie problem. so dedicated were they to proving that they weren’t going to do the classic love triangle, they made it so that archie barely interacts with half his friend group at all. isolating archie from everyone else with the grundy plot set this show back ages, and made archie almost totally irrelevant to the ensemble he ostensibly leads
but then we got this moment of hope:
“okay Leah yes we get it you like it when these idiot teens are friends”
DO YOU GET IT THOUGH
this was the first hint that this show would succeed at gaining my love beyond betty and veronica. and i didn’t appreciate it at the time aside from OH LOOK ARCHIE HAS A PERSONALITY I LIKE TODAY, THAT’S NICE, but in hindsight it really is quite significant. archie and jughead are supposed to be the heart of this show; it’s good to see them act like it.
and jughead is also a sarcastic little shit and he’s my son and i love him
A VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:
third place goes to the scene with betty, jughead and kevin rebuilding the murder wall and then trev shows up, which hilariously of all three of these might ACTUALLY be my real favorite scene of the whole show, for all the reasons i listed about a) the other two above and b) what i’m about to say below. sadly, though, this makes my love for it redundant and i’ve already repeated myself so much, so i’ll move on to…
the pairing i last shipped/just started shipping
well, let me tell you about BETTY AND JUGHEAD
i’m gonna be real with you i adore these two. i’m not fandom-y about them at all, because right now what the show is giving me is JUST RIGHT: two kids with chemistry who care about each other! we’re watching them take it slow and feel it out!
i dig the gentle vibe between them, and how they are interested in each other but mostly because they are both interested in JUSTICE and THE TRUTH and MYSTERIES
bless these idiot teen sleuths! i hope they get married and betty becomes a lawyer-slash-journalist and jughead becomes a private-eye-slash-novelist and together they start a firm called COOPER JONES INVESTIGATIONS and they solve crimes and are married, like Hart to Hart
anyway the point of this ask is that a few months ago i made a viral post about hatewatching riverdale because it’s trash but now i’m legitimately in love with it on every level so the joke is on me i guess
Okay but Alexander Hamilton as Jim Hawkins, a boy who grew up reading adventure stories and believing that there is more to his small world and wanting nothing more than to prove himself and become someone that will make his mom proud instead of being a disappointment and constantly getting into trouble and letting his mom down.
Alexander finding the map to treasure planet and knowing this is his shot to be something and promising his mom that this is their chance and that he’ll come back home, unlike his dad, and rebuild their life with the treasure he finds. He’ll finally become someone that people will respect.
And Aaron Burr as a sort of interpretation of Long John Silver, a few years older than Alexander and part cyborg and he’s everything Alexander wants to be; clever, respectable, driven, and well-liked. He’s got knowledge of sailing and has stories of all of his journeys that make Alexander’s eyes go wide when he tells them to Alexander while they clean the deck or make food for the crew or when both of them can’t sleep at night.
Alexander confiding in Aaron about his insecurities and Aaron teaching Alexander everything he knows about sailing or sword fighting. Alexander trusting Aaron despite the weirdness of Aaron’s other crew members and the warnings he’s heard about cyborgs. Both of them growing closer and closer, Aaron boosting Alexander’s confidence and giving him advice, seeming fond of Alexander’s enthusiasm and his passion.
Alexander overhearing Aaron talking to the other crew members about needing to wait to start their mutiny, and hearing Aaron convince the crew, who has grown suspicious, that he doesn’t have any feelings for Alexander, that all the time they’ve spent together was just to make sure Alexander didn’t suspect that they were pirates.
Alexander confronting Aaron afterwards and fighting him while holding back tears because of the betrayal before running to the captain (Theodosia) and warning her about the pirates. All of them fighting and Alexander making sure he keeps the map away from Aaron.
Fast forward to when they find treasure planet, and Aaron and his other crew members surround Alexander. Aaron being the one to go to Alexander to talk to him and try to convince him to give them the map. Aaron telling Alexander that his parents were part of Captain Flint’s (King George?) original crew, and that they were murdered due to Flint’s greed to have the treasure to himself. Aaron saying that he’s been searching for the treasure for years to avenge his parents.
Alexander listening to Aaron and hating that he feels sympathy for him, but he still refuses to give him the map, angry that Aaron tricked him. Aaron losing his temper and threatening to kill Alexander, but even when he points a gun at him, he can’t do it.
Both of them finding the treasure, but triggering the booby traps. Alexander falling and hanging on to the edge of a cliff and Aaron struggling to decide between holding on to the treasure he’s been searching for his whole life (also in danger of falling) or saving Alexander. Aaron choosing Alexander and letting go of the treasure.
Aaron and Alexander working together to get everyone off of treasure planet before it explodes. Both of them making it out and back on their original ship. Alexander searching for Aaron to thank him and finding him getting on a life boat in order to escape imprisonment. Aaron throwing caution to the wind and asking Alexander to come with him, to explore the stars and the galaxies together.
Alexander having to refuse despite the temptation, saying he needs to go back to his mom and help her rebuild their lives. Aaron giving Alexander some of the treasure he managed to grab before saying goodbye.
Alexander returning home and going through the space flight academy so he can have his own ship and his own crew. Alexander exploring the galaxy. Alexander living the life he always wanted and owing so much of it to Aaron.
Alexander tracking down stories and myths about hidden treasure, secretly wanting to find Aaron again, knowing that he’ll be looking too, but always seeming to be one step behind the legendary pirate. Alexander and Aaron meeting again, working together and against each other depending on the situation.
Legends being in the making about Alexander and Aaron, two treasure hunters, one a respectable captain, the other a calculating pirate. Stories being woven about the strange relationship between the two, neither one seeming to be able to win against the other. Tales being told that they had once been in love, and maybe still are.
Alexander and Aaron chasing each other across the stars.
Seafarers have been telling each other stories of monsters of the deep for as long as humanity has been crossing the waves.
Many of these tales can be written off as simply the wondrous work of the human imagination, failing that they could be the eyes of a tired sailor deceiving him or her, perhaps still just mistaken identity. Lord knows humans have coined some truly odd creatures due to mis-remembering appearance in the days before cameras.
She loved him more then anything. He was everything to her, as she was to him. But there was something going on with Anakin. (Y/n) could sense it, there was something he was trying to hide from her.
Finding out that Anakin turned to the dark side was heart breaking. She didn’t understand why. He was the chosen one. He was the best Jedi there was. (Y/n) was in tears and they stood on the fiery planet. Anakin stood feet away from her, having a contradicting conflict.
“Please my love, join me.” He asked her desperately. (Y/n) was all he wanted. He wanted her safe. He wanted her all for himself. He noticed the clear tears slowly ran down her cheeks. It broke his heart to see her cry. It was the one thing he hated most.
“Ani, I can’t. I won’t join the Dark.” She whispered as more tears broke out. Her heart breaking by the second. She could feel the dark consume him.
“If you loved me, you would come with me!” He yelled with betrayal laced in his words. The light was rapidly disappearing from him. He didn’t feel it anymore. All he felt was the heart break. The misery of losing the one you truly and deeply loved.
also??????? lardo x shitty is like. a good ship imo.
because so often when we see heterosexual (or heterosexual-appearing, because you will pry my pansexual lardo headcanons from my cold dead hands) relationships in most media either 1. the characters have absolutely no chemistry whatsoever and are just kind of thrown together because the man and woman have to be together in the end or 2. the female character is completely underdeveloped or 3. there’s very little respect that we’ve seen and/or a power imbalance in the relationship between the two people so the fact that they start dating is really weird and probably not good???
but shitty and lardo are super respectful of each other other, they’re both well-developed characters, their relationship is based on a long friendship (and mutual pining), they have good chemistry, and their relationship is starting on equal ground. so even though their relationship is obviously a smaller side-ship in check, please!, i still appreciate it for…not being another terrible het ship.
“Well… Just the once. Not for any sort of preferential, personal reasons. Romana simply appears to be in some sort of predicament, and some way or another, this seems to be a decent way to help her out of it. I’m not sure why you seem so up in arms about this. I suppose we have done it before… In a cosmic sort of way.”