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stromuprisahat · 11 minutes ago
I've just read I'm white, priviliged, ableist, 20/30yrs old pedophilia supporter because I ship Darklina and don't like Malware and his happy ending.
Like: At least I realize my ship is toxic and why. And I would be able to tell my girl to run irl, not set her up with potential home abuser.
I still fail to see what's wrong with wanting her to be at her physical and mental best, but apparently that's making me white powerhungry ableist. Nwm.
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filhadoboto · an hour ago
Chapters: 1/1 (Explicit)
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: The Darkling | Aleksander Morozova/Alina Starkov
Additional Tags: PWP, here there be sex, Losing Control, Multiple Orgasms, Fingering, Cunnilingus, Alina asks for what she wants, she also takes what she wants, seriously theres no plot here, Who even knows where this falls in canon?, First Time
Summary: He kissed her again. His fingers worked quickly down her body, ridding her of her outer layers. He pulled back to look at her and, yes, there it was again. A flicker, a hint. His lips found her collarbone and pressed lightly to her skin. Her hands came up and slid through his hair. She turned her head and sighed loudly into his ear. “Touch me,” she requested.
Or, Aleksander finds out he can make Alina glow during sex. Shenanigans ensue
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filhadoboto · an hour ago
Chapters: 1/1 (Explicit)
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: The Darkling | Aleksander Morozova/Alina Starkov
Characters: The Darkling | Aleksander Morozova, Alina Starkov
Additional Tags: Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot, Clothed Sex, Vaginal Fingering, they're married, And Alina made him wait, Who's mal again, closet, kinda dom aleksander for now
Series: Part 1 of Ten Years Is A Long Time
Summary: Which brings her to this day. A grand feast will be held in the grand palace for some new found alliance she cares little for right now. She has the perfect plan in mind, ten years is a long time but today is the day she breaks him, if she doesn’t break first.
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repeatinglitanies · an hour ago
There is something so sensuous about the way the Darkling says Alina's name. Ben probably deliberately made Aleksander always say it like was the most beautiful word he ever heard. Tbf, it's a lovely name anyway.
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repeatinglitanies · an hour ago
Darklina Feelings anon: My headcanon is that Alina probably had some experience, although, she might still be a virgin/virgin-ish? I don't think she was some innocent little flower since she was a twenty-something orphan in the army. And even though she faced racism because of her Shu features, she was still very pretty, and men are men. I got the impression her nice cartographer friend, Alexie, had a crush on her...I am glad she felt confident with Aleksander and had no problem matching him. 😏
I agree! 😆
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I am trying so hard not to answer a single comment on the story for these two chapters. You do not know how proud I was of myself when I thought of this today as I was writing. I’m ridiculously excited about it. 
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elizaglad · 2 hours ago
I stare at two halves of the same coin. They symbolize the eclipse which is the perfect aligning of the sun and moon. And they are exactly that. But it's so interesting how the moon shines from the light given by the sun and how without it, it would not shine at all. No guide within the dark.
But you see with the Darkling's character is exactly that, without Alina he was not able to take full control of the fold. Its been 400 years since he made it, nothing had stopped him from making his nichevo'ya. Nothing absolutely nothing. But here comes along the light to make him shine, who forces him to be better even if, how he wanted to achieve his goals were wrong. It gave him incentive. He had something aside from power and control he wanted. Her. Alina. Sun Summoner. His light. And he waited for her and you could see it evidently within his eyes. How emotional he is with her.
Now, she had said something along the lines of never needing him, but I beg to differ. I say this by comparing first with how the moon helps life as we know it.
'The moon influences life as we know it on Earth. It influences our oceans, weather, and the hours in our days. Without the moon, tides would fall, nights would be darker, seasons would change, and the length of our days would alter'
I think even if I got this fact from google, its so beautifully said. Because I think we can correlate this with how the Darkling came into Alina's life. He was a catalyst that sparked the adventure, heartbreak, and key to her progress. Because regardless of the Fold or not being created. Alina's parents were star-crossed lovers. She would still be an orphan. A sickly, useless(since there is no need for a cartographer), unknowing girl. She would die not knowing and understanding who she is. She would be detached and Mal would never look her way. He won't have a reason too. He would love her like a sister and continue on.
Her nights would be longer because there is no one to match her, no one who truly knows how it is. I fully accept them as soulmates because if you would take one out of the other it would simply not work. There will not be any balance, equilibrium will be lost.
I think Leigh Bardugo understood that. That's why despite favoring Mal for Alina, when the Darkling died, she lost her powers and immortality. Everything that is a part of who she truly is. Because no one is made grisha. You are born one. The balance was lost not only in terms of power but in terms of being a person in general. Because despite how horrible he is in the books, to actually see him deliver his lines and speak and act. You could finally understand, the intangible connection that even in death. They would not escape. They will be one of the greatest the one that got away. Because it's so evident and clear how well they match each other.
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Things I Wrote Today, Chapter 41, The Tragedy of Dark Hearts and Young Ones
   One day, Baghra was in her hut when she received a knock on the door. The young fox prince, turned King. “What do you want, you brat prince?” she said.
    “King,” he said, “might I remind you that I am your King, you old crone.”
     She smirked and leaned against her cane. “And I am old enough to remember a time before your line even bore the title. What do you want, boy?”
    “What do you know about curses?”
    She laughed. “Curses? Like of your lore and legends?”
      “Yes,” he said.
      “They’re not grisha. We don’t do curses. That’s not how our magic works.”
      “Would the same be said of your son?”
       She frowned. “What do you think is a curse?”
        “The Fold,” he said, “I’ve been working with David. The one that spends all of his time in his workshop?”
       “Yes,” she said, “what about it?”
         “David and I made a trip to The Fold.”
          “As if it’s a vacation.”
            “We ran some tests.”
             “How do you run tests on ancient magic?”
             “It’s a science, is it not? If it’s a science, it can be tested.”
              “What did you do, poke at it with a stick?” Baghra asked.
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tanclybowen · 3 hours ago
so I saved the user @alinadarkov ... thinking about changing to it especially since I plan to start editing shadow and bone very soon
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capriciouswrites · 4 hours ago
Okay so first of all, your header is SO FUNNY after reading your vampire fic, now I’m thinking of shadow and bone as a muppet production jfc
There's like a million questions I have but I can’t think of them now, so how did you get this idea? Also, do the Grisha still have their etherialki etc orders or are their powers too individual to properly sort? In that case, is there something already special about Alina or is her carriage ride just a safety measure for any newly discovered Grisha?
Ahahaha, that’s been my header for so long I didn’t even think about it! I do love Vincent Price a lot. They would be v pretty muppets. But who would be the one human? My inclination is to say the Darkling, but I could be convinced otherwise. And then Miss Piggy is Alina, of course, and Kermit would be Mal...Yeah no, that’s what it has to be. Seeing Miss Piggy as Alina karate chop Ben Barnes when he tries to give her a necklace.
Moving on! Okay, so this ask is in regards to: here comes trouble (i'm out of my cage) (the canon-esque vampire au darklina).
I’m going to answer the first question above the cut, b/c it’s not got any spoilery ness to it, then I’ll answer the others below a readmore. I know sometimes the mobile version has different rules, so I’ll put in a text to indicate when it’s happened, for anyone who wants to avoid any potential spoilers.
So I was trying to make a joke, that wasn’t really a joke, about how when I first go into a fandom I do three things. 1. Soulmate AU. 2. Self Indulgent, Canon Adjacent just playing in the world. 3. Supernatural Creature AU.
I already had the Soulmate au with the Kanej, and the Self indulgent with the Darknej, so obviously the Darklina had to go supernatural, and I’ve done werewolf more often than vampire, ergo, had to be vampire.
I know, my process is awe inspiring.
Alright, now for the cut and more answers. BELOW THERE BE SPOILERS!
There are still orders in the Grisha, but they’re a little less exact. They have to do with what range their specialties fall into. I’m going to be honest, I have not completely decided how they’re divided yet -- if it’s by what you affect (the environment, yourself, others, etc.) or how you affect something (changing it physically, changing it mentally, changing it emotionally) or by elements (and then I’ll have to decide what glamour falls under, and silence, etc.) But yes! There are orders, but they aren’t the same as the book and I haven’t had to figure them out quite yet, so I dunno yet. I know they exist, and I will figure it out! I also have to really cement everyone’s powers. So that first, probably.
Okay, next. There is something already special about Alina. Most Grisha drink otkazat’sya blood -- and that’s how they get discovered. Because even as children it smells like deliciousness. But it never smelled good to Alina, because she’s not a regular Grisha. Of the sane Grisha there are two categories. “Grisha” and “High Grisha”. Aleksander and Alina are High Grisha, the rest are just Grisha. She can’t drink otkazat’sya blood (I mean, she could, if she wanted to, but it would just be blood and she wouldn’t get anything useful from it). She needs the magic in the blood of Grisha b/c she’s going to be capable of so much more. So yeah, the carriage ride is a safety measure for her, specifically. Not that they don’t treat normal discovered Grisha poorly or anything, but they wouldn’t have a specific guard.
Alright, I suspect I’ve made more questions, so feel free to ask more! Thanks for the ask!
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weloveinej · 4 hours ago
an actual darklina tik tok comment i saw:
“the darkling and alina weren’t soulmates. but aleksander and alina were ❤️ ”
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the-darkling · 4 hours ago
just realized "coney island" is a darklina song... going through it.
Break my soul in two
Looking for you but you're right here
If I can't relate to you anymore
Then who am I related to?
And if this is the long haul
How'd we get here so soon?
Did I close my fist around something delicate?
Did I shatter you?
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bluevalntine · 4 hours ago
Alina + Ordinary Life
I think it’s beautiful how Alina ended up having the ordinary life she wanted for herself despite spending most of the trilogy thinking and being told she wouldn’t be able to have those things because of what she is. Because, Alina never wanted to be a saint or a queen (something that people still have trouble accepting), all she wanted was to live a simple life with the boy she loved. Darkling on Book 1 told her she could never have a ordinary life with Mal because he was nothing and that quote haunted her for the remaining books and there's several parragraphs to that on the books:
Some part of me hoped that this had all been a mistake, that the Darkling would realize his error and send me back to the regiment, that Mal would realize how much he’d missed me, that we’d grow old together in our meadow. - Shadow & Bone.
Just what kind of life do you think you could have with him, Alina? He’s otkazat’sya. He can never hope to understand your power, and if he did, he’d only come to fear you. There is no ordinary life for people like you and me. - Shadow & Bone.
There is no ordinary life for people like you and me. No ordinary life. Just battle and fear and mysterious crackling jolts that rocked us back on our heels. I’d spent so many years wishing to be the kind of girl that Mal could want. Maybe that wasn’t possible anymore. - Siege and Storm.
There is no ordinary life for people like you and me. My life would be allegiance instead of love, fealty instead of friendship. I would weigh each decision, consider every action, trust no one. It would be life observed from a distance. - Siege and Storm.
They wanted a Grisha queen. Mal wanted a commoner queen. And what did I want? Peace for Ravka. A chance to sleep easy in my bed without fear. An end to the guilt and dread that I woke to every morning. There were old wants too, to be loved for who I was, not what I could do, to lie in a meadow with a boy’s arms around me and watch the wind move the clouds. - Ruin and Rising.
They had an ordinary life, full of ordinary things—if love can ever be called that. - Ending for Ruin and Rising.
Alina ended up having her ordinary life sorrounded by peace, freedom, her meadow, waking up with the man she loves - and maybe she wakes up with nightmares about all the guilt and torture she endured by the hands of Darkling but at least she has her best friend and love of her life by her side, because she did end up marrying for love and friendship. And that's all she ever wanted and deserves.
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