diavolo is constantly surrounded by others -- by barbatos, by lucifer, by the other brothers.
but even surrounded by them, he is lonely, isolated, distant-- until he meets you.
(even lucifer, despite how many times he has practically begged him not to, keeps his distance, tries to maintain some semblance of professionalism and respect.)
and you... you do not fear him. you are not concerned that some minor transgression will result in swift, violent retribution, nor do you feel it necessary to keep a respectful distance from him.
you treat him like a friend, and it never fails to shock him. your bright, genuine smile as you wave to him from across the hall, or when you sit across from him, chatting idly, is breathtaking.
and when you touch him, it is without hesitation. and whether it is a hand on his arm as you pass him, or a hug goodbye after afternoon tea, diavolo feels as though he might fucking melt.
he wants so badly to hold you there, feel the warmth of your hands, your breath, your chest against his body. he would so willingly take anything you gave him, so long as it is more than in passing. but he knows that anything more is unacceptable, dangerous. so he steels himself, hides the way he deflates every time you step away behind bright smiles and casual, and hopes you do not notice.
(he desperately wants you to notice.)
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Here's the thing I wish people would understand: if you shit on creators too much just for the act of creating, you know what happens?
If you bash everything that doesn't fit with your own personal tastes and comfort levels, those messages of things not being "good enough" or "palatable enough" or even of being "morally wrong" get back to the people who make things. And you know what happens then?
The creators second guess, and their creativity dries up, and they don't feel sharing is worth the effort it takes.
Creativity is a gift and it's a gift many of us like to share so we can collectively have fun playing and making sand castles together.
The more people start saying "well you can't do this" and "you can't do that" and "you can only do that if...", the more you're going to lose anyone who creates anything. Because it's not worth the drama, and it's not worth the draining exhaustion, and it's not worth the time.
And it doesn't matter if you never directly say it to any one person, it doesn't matter if you only generalise. Creators hear it. It seeps in. We're all only here to have fun on our own time, and once that stops being fun, what do you think we'll do?
And some people might think that's fine because it will only weed out the creators they have issue with, but these things have a knock on effect. You get rid of the one you think is a problem, but that creator is a source of inspiration and encouragement to half the creators you do like, and they see the sudden void and wonder if maybe they should be more cautious too. And before you know it the whole domino set up has been knocked down.
You're never going to get an entire platform to change to suit you, you have to change how you interact with the platform to fit with your own wants and needs.
You can have your own comfort levels, and you can have your own likes and dislikes, and curating your own experience is absolutely encouraged and for the best. But if consumers--and fellow creators--of content continue to be belligerent about what and where and how things can be created, even in spaces they don't have any involvement in... there won't be any space left to curate, because all the creators will already be gone.
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