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cynqell · 2 days ago
inej: where were you???
kaz: doing crime
inej: ... well, dont tell me anything. i dont want to be implicated.
kaz, pulling out the fking mona lisa from his backpack: ok but can you remind me where we store the tape so i can hang this up
inej: im going back to bed
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Alina: Care to sit? I’m sure you’d love to take some weight off your cloven hooves.
Darkling: Calling me the devil? How original, Alina.
Alina: Actually, I was calling you a goat. You goat.
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ztfangirl · 2 days ago
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Only Alina can put a flower in the darklings hair and live to talk about it
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thepoetdraws · a day ago
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This picture wants you to know that you can’t sit with them
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dailyshadowandbone · 2 days ago
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I didn’t understand before, but I do now. You cannot claim what was not given to you. The Stag chose me.
SHADOW AND BONE (1.08) | “No Mourners”
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nihilism-sofia · 2 days ago
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“But every once in a while, we lock in the sky like lovers. Just for a moment I cover up and we're intertwined.”
The eclipse and the lovers romance only last for a moment. Embracing and kissing goodbye. They then go their inevitable separate ways as the chase and cycle begins again.
The White Buffalo - I Am the Moon
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ketterdam-it · a day ago
One frosted, Ketterdam day, as snow fell gently, and flames crackled in the fireplace, Kaz Brekker and Inej Ghafa lay on a sofa, close together under their warmest blanket. Kaz is relaxed, half asleep, and warmed by Inej. It had taken time, but now, under her touch, he was softened wax. For her, his fire, his flame and love, he would be anything she chose. He would let her shape him to whatever she liked, he was no longer cold glass, he would not shatter under her fingertips.
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jossilyn-embereth · a day ago
Smuggler - General Kirigan
Part One
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It had been like any other pick up. The Grisha had paid in full. Now all that was left was to pick them up and deliver them to her allies near The Fold. For years she had smuggled Grisha and Ravkans through the Unsea, without so much as a whisper of her presence coming to light.
Now she was caught. Bound in chains and roped down to a chair. It was infuriating. Not knowing where she had gone wrong. The only people that knew where she would be were the two girls she was meant to be getting out of the Little Palace. She had interviewed them extensively. They hadn’t been the ones to betray her.
Her thoughts are interrupted by the sound of footsteps approaching down the narrow hall. Two faces appear. She recognizes the gloomy man dressed in black.
“General Kirigan.”
He scowls, “You…smuggle Grisha, out of MY PALACE!”
Y/n stares back at him with matching ferocity. She wouldn’t be intimidated by him. She refused.
“You have no right to those Grisha. I have only ever taken Grisha away of their own free will. Something I’m sure you have little experience in.”
“How dare you excuse your actions in such a way. You help soldiers desert their posts!”
“You take children’s from their families. From orphanages. From the streets. You offer them food, clothes, magical powers, and then a military rank. You give them no choice. And you excuse your actions by calling it mercy and loyalty.”
The General waves the woman in blue away. Once they are alone he pulls up a chair and seats himself, putting them at a more even level.
“Where are your associates?”
“I won’t tell you.”
“Then I will find a way to make you.”
Y/n tilts her head in an amused fashion; “You know I won’t talk. It doesn’t matter what you do.”
His face does not change, but y/n sees through his guise; “You’re angry, because you know I’m right.”
He shakes his head; “You’re a disgrace. Ravka needs all the help it can get and you ran away. You left us—you left m…why?”
Y/n wants to snap something back at him. Send him crawling back in his shell…
“I’m sorry no one offered you a choice General.”
They stare at one another for only a moment. She lets him see the pain in her eyes. The guilt she felt for leaving. The sureness in her shoulders. She didn’t retreat what she had done.
His eyes harden, but not before y/n catches a glimmer within them…
“Enjoy rotting in a cell.”
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Well... I guess I'm done trawling the Darklina fanfics on AO3 for a while, until the Second Best mania passes. I'm sure it's very interesting and well written, but the core concept presses on a very not ok button for me and the fact that almost every new update in the tag is a fanfic of the fanfic means I can't just let it pass on to page two and out of my mind. And since no one tags the same way, I can't even exclude them. I'm glad y'all are having fun, but oof! I am out!
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cynqell · a day ago
nina: so, inej tells me you've been ranking the crows on appearance. we wanted to say that it is blantly undermining and-
matthias: calm down, fourteen
nina: you can't— wait out of what
matthias: ten
nina: oh 😊
inej: nina-
nina: its called free speech, inej, look it up.
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Genya: The floor is lava!
Darkling: (helps Alina onto the counter)
Zoya: (pushes Nikolai off the sofa)
Genya: As you can see, there are two types of people
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malsdarkling · 2 days ago
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Mal and Alina in S1 Ep1 — A Searing Burst of Light
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callstolike · 2 days ago
What really baffles me is how LB would defend Alina being stripped from her powers and identity by claiming she’s transformed Keramzin by raising orphans. Like how on Earth does she think this is better and more noble than her helping her fellow Grisha and making changes that would actually mean something in the long run because at the end of the day as hard as B*rdugo can try to romanticise peasant life(in what is supposed to be based on Imperial Russia!)Alina is pretty much a nobody no one at the orphanage likes or distrust her and she has no real power of her own except relying on the new king(Nikolai)and her friends which is pretty much the main reason she and M*l end up being rich(B*rdugo trying so hard to have her cake and eat it).🙄
absolutely. i think it really comes down to an anti-revolutionary bias in her writing, and presumably in her own worldview also. there's a line alina and the other 'good' guys can't cross in order to bring about change because it would make them like the 'bad' guy, and so the only alternative is to lionize a version of the status quo and value peace over justice.
family values (marriage with a husband and adopted children) and support of the general status quo (maintaining a lantsov as king, fighting against the grisha uprising and generally leaving things be) are given precedence over non-traditional ideas about justice and political upheaval (joining aleksander's revolution and leaving all that behind). alina ends up relying on men in power rather than harnessing her own very literal one for her own political emancipation, and the part of her that makes her likely to prefer revolution is cut out and cast aside for an idealised idea of an ordinary life - which, as you say, romanticises peasanthood and a lack of political change by presenting the whole thing as a fairytale, despite the obvious fact that life in ravka rarely allows people happy endings
it's mixing political realism with an ending that refuses that realism completely, and it should be jarring. alina ending up where she began, in a ravka much the same as before, is seen as coming full circle and not some kind of awful groundhog day scenario like it actually is. written with a different tone, it could have been a commentary on the way nothing ever really changes and how all uprisings are quashed by those with power and a desire to keep things as they've always been; it could have been an incisive political commentary. but instead it's presented as positive for some reason i can’t fathom. it could even be about being backed into a corner in which one’s moral integrity stifles the ability to create change - although i would dislike that moral argument myself, i could at least respect it as a narrative choice that framed things with some self-awareness and nuance.
it also bugs me because after all alina has experienced, her complete lack of investment in the plight of grisha - even discounting revolutionary tactics or ideas - is just staggering. she heard anti-grisha slurs in the first army; she felt the fear of realising what she was and what it meant for her; hell, people were willing to help aleksander massacre an entire town if it meant making things better in the long run. like ivan said, everyone is sorry but aleks is the only one willing to do anything about it, and there’s plenty within the narrative that should give alina reason not to relinquish her identity even without her power. it’s a struggle that’s uprooted her life and change her fundamentally, and she shouldn’t be able to be naive and myopic anymore, but she is and it’s celebrated.
the really annoying thing is that the morality inherent in alina’s choice to abandon the grisha is nullified by the overwhelming assumption embedded into the narrative that destroying aleksander is the only way to save ravka, despite plenty of evidence that he is hardly the worst threat to ravka’s wellbeing and that, with him gone, the fundamental machinations causing most problems have not ceased. the creation of the second army was the greatest contribution made in known history to grisha welfare, and the fact that it’s all aleksander’s handiwork is just brushed aside because people decide they don’t like him. but alina’s complete refusal to engage in political reality is treated as positive. it just makes no sense.
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sapphiclightbourne · a day ago
still traumatised over the fact that i started reading shadow and bone for darklina to get over the heartbreak of bellarke only for the female to kill the male at the end once again ?!?!!!
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theescapismproject · a day ago
Okay, so was reading Siege and Storm
and I come across this-
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Context: Mal and Alina are talking to Mal's Zemeni friend named Jes.
You know where I'm going with this.
I'm sure Jesper wasn't in Ketterdam when SaB took place. So, this might be Jesper.
Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.
(Also, I have never seen anyone address this, so idk if y'all already knew it or not)
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