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stormblessed955 months ago
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Vminkook Dynamics Part 3
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The snuggly puppies 馃ズ one of my favorite photos for sure! Ugh! Okay! Finally getting to talk about Jikook. Forwarning, I consider myself a "supporter" not a shipper, but many will classify me as one anyway. I personally believe Jikook are in a romantic relationship based off of the things I see and how they act/what they tell us. These are my personal opinions and you are free to agree/disagree. I will again encourage you to form your own opinions and go watch original content to see everything for yourself before forming any opinions!
Jikook
Again, I will fill this post with Jikook gifs/pics. Unfortunately tumbler only allows 10 per post, but prepare yourself for cute moments! And make sure you are streaming Butter!! Also throw Who ft. Bts into your Playlist as it is the only offical singing unit we have from jikook for now!
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There are many reasons why I think Jikook are more than friends, and a lot of it is smaller things that add up, consistency in behavior, exclusivity in certain areas, their intimacy and chemistry, etc. I know that it's popular among the jikooker side of the fandom to say that "jimin fell first, but jungkook fell harder." I don't necessarily agree with that (opinions), but I can maybe do a different post on that another day and what my opinions on the jikook relationship timeline might be. All I will say for now is that we can all see the start of a shift in their relationship in 2015, an even bigger one in 2016 and then from 2017 on, they were basically inseparable. Flash forward to now and its pure domestic bliss, security in our relationships, comfortable with how it works, happy and content vibes all the time from those 2. Its their emotional dependency on each other, their way of finding each other across the room, the way they are always together, the way they are put into a "unit" together by themselves and all the other members. Its many, many moments put together that speak as something possibly more. Even including the general lack of boundaries the members all have together. Obviously we don't know what their relationship actually is and we won't unless they ever decide to tell us, but we can speak on what we see and what I see is a deep and beautiful romantic type of love between two beautiful people.
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There are absolutely duos that are touchier than jikook in BTS, but when they do engage in meaningful skinship, we see them relax into each other. There are so many clips out there of Jungkook literally melting like butter (pst go stream butter) whenever Jimin caresses his face or hair. All the members have an ease with skinship, but Jikook look like they are at HOME in each others arms the way no one else does. We see every member casually check out and loudly compliment the other members when they are wearing or doing something sexy, but Jimin and Jungkook have been caught literally sweeping their eyes along the others body and/or staring at abs/ass/chest/legs/lips quietly, appreciatively and in the background, not making it big for the cameras, its a personal checkout. Really comes across as a "damn. My boyfriend is so hot" type look to me. The RUN episode where they all had to guess whose lips belonged to who and everyone was running around staring at the other members mouths trying to guess, but Jimin, oh so confident and without hesitation went "well I KNOW that number 2 are Jungkookies" (and he was right), just lives in my head constantly. We see them have an ease in the way they dance together, with choreo, just goofing off, or slow dancing. They click.
We see neck kisses, ear sucking, ass taps/caresses/grabs, we see footsie under the table, we see jimin taking footsies to places that we definitely were not meant to see and I'm amazed (and yet not surprised) that ARMY zoomed and saw it anyway. We see each of them get flustered on occasion by skinship that otherwise wouldn't have made me raise a brow, but the reactions are more than simply friendly. It's the way all the guys (especially Hobi) will kiss on all the members but whenever jikook do it, it causes a reaction of some kind, it flustered them or makes them very happy. And we see reactions from the other members as well. It is almost like their kisses mean something more... We also see jikook on both ends look like they are going to lean in for a kiss (head, hand, arm, mouth) on instinct and then physically pull themselves back. Its the way we saw jikook almost kiss on accident when JK leaned over to what looked like whisper to jimin and yet neither one really reacted to almost bumping mouths, like it was no big deal. And you see the same thing with 2seok accidentally almost kissing with an immediate disguited faces and apologizes to army saying "that was an accident!!" The difference is telling. We also see them make some rather suggestive jokes and reference things that can only be "adult" in nature in terms of each other. We also see the other members tease them similarly as a unit. This implies certain things that I haven't seen implied with anyone else.
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You see them hold back from touching the other sometimes after they check the cameras on them. You see them cozy up in a corner together just to look up surprised and disgruntled when a camera comes up in their faces. You see their physical bond by how easy they naturally get into a spooning position whenever they hug each other from behind on the ground. They just naturally adjust to a comfy spoon position without thinking about it, making it obvious this is probably a very normal sleeping position for the 2 of them. You see them seek each other out for physical proximity back stage whenever they can. JK cramming himself into a tiny ass corner to be near jimin while he naps even though there were 3 other empty seats in more comfy spots is a great example. Lol you have their staff saying that you never see jikook apart back stage. You see Jimin calm JKs nerves with simply his presence and/or a touch. Most often a rub along his chest, which we see JK do himself at times when he is anxious. We see JK rub Jimins back, his neck or hold his waist whenever Jimin is visibly upset, hurting or anxious about something. They soothe each other with their touch whenever its needed. And we can see it in the way that Jimin practically lives on Jungkooks back. And their piggyback rides almost always look way more cozy then when they do the same thing with other members. Not only does Jimin live on his back, but JK always pulls him in as close as possible when he jumps up there, never falters like this is something he expects and how Jimin always burrows his way into JKs neck while he is there too. And Jimin has made it quite well known how much he enjoys it whenever Kookie carries him around. Bridal style, piggyback ride, one arm muscle lift, picking him up with JMs legs wrapped around his waist.... literally all of it and then some. Their physical intimacy is obviously full of ease and comfort and something that comes naturally to them.
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There is also their dance units/covers together. No other duo has opted for so many units together, it usually gets mixed up more. And its telling that even though we have yet to get an official jikook subunit, they pair themselves up together as much as possible. And when they are paired up in offical BTS songs, like their dance bridge in Best Of Me or harmonies in Stay Gold or The Truth Untold, they always create a moment just for them. The way they stared at each other while changing the ending lyrics to the truth untold stays with me in the most beautiful of ways. Jungkook literally said that the moment he feels most connected on stage is when his eyes naturally meet Jimin's. It also is fairly telling that they are always more in sync then anyone else, always know each others solo choreography from start to finish (not just the main parts), always are at each others solo rehearsals, and stay late for extra practice together. Their connection is special. And don't get me started on Own It and Coming of Age ceremony. Good lord.
Own It was not an offical unit for jikook. Jimin did Own It was a solo performance in 2015. Jimin also then later taught the Own It Choreo to RM for his stage performance in 2016. Jungkook literally had nothing to do with either stage. Yet he obviously learned the moves with Jimin anyway. And they went on the film a dance practice video, that started off intense and turned into them giggling and goofing off. And well, if you already seen the videos explaining it and know why halfway through Jimin changed into a longer shirt.... well then you know. But there was nothing friendly about it. The vibes were intense, flirty and fun. Watching Jimin teach the moves and dance it with RM was very different. Not only that, but this video was not done for fans. It was posted sure, but they obviously danced and filmed this mostly for themselves. They wanted to dance to this song together with this choreography, so they did. And it WAS suggestive. It also gives insight into how much they practice together just because they want to.
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Coming of Age Ceramony was another that will forever raise my eyebrows. I get it, it was in celebration of Jungkook "coming of age" and it was the traditional time to celebrate that. But he specifically made Jimin dance with him for this, chose this particular song that is a song about how the singer is finally of age and can now finally lose her virginity to her older lover... which I mean... tell me this doesn't go hand in hand with the video from after Jungkooks graduation, where he sings into Jimins eyes about finally getting to take off his uniform for him... and Jimin responds by offering to buy JK whatever he wants with those flirty tones... ANYWAY the dance is extremely suggestive and during the entire practice video Jimin gets easily shy and flustered and they continually make eyes at each other in the mirror. Just the whole thing was suggestive as hell and feels like a very purposeful choice.
And of course, the now legendary MMA Black Swan dance. There is nothing to say about this other than it shows off their chemistry, the insane amount of trust that dance takes between 2 partners and how they slayed it. There are multiple breakdowns by professional ballerinas of this dance on YouTube that you can and should go watch to fully appreciate it. Not to mention this was typically done as a male/female pairing and it IS a romantic dance dance. Jikook broke heteronormative boundaries and chose to do this together. I love them for it.
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Their emotional bond together is intense and beautiful. They relay on each for basically everything. They are not only always together, but they seek each other out for comfort. Jimin knows what Jungkook needs and vice versa. They take care of each other. If Jungkook is upset with his performance, you see him immediately go and seek out Jimin, who is always waiting for him with open arms. When Jimin makes a mistake, you see him immediately turn and look for Jungkook, for his reaction and reassurance. They learn from each other and grow together. They always let each other know its okay to mess up, to not be perfect. But that they are always number 1 to each other. They are always trying to take care of each other. Making sure they don't diet alone, that they eat enough, sleep enough, don't practice TOO hard. It's the way they always end up in the same rooms together, seek each other out. Its how when they want to cry, they feel safe crying in each others arms. Its the way they are the happiest when they are with each other (and yes, they have said that multiple times). Its the way they stare into each others souls and look at each other like they hung all the stars in the sky... MAMA 2018 is a famous and classic example of this.
You see how deep their emotional bond is when we heard about how they fought too. You see it in whatever was happening in Manila, and how they made up. You see it in the story they told about the Rainy Day Fight. It was kept purposefully vague and yet, we still felt the intensity and depth that was there. It was something big enough for Jimin to essentially say he was done completely with JK, cut him off and storm out. It was big enough for Jungkook to start crying and chase after him into the rain, calling him sobbing and apologizing. It was how the fight ended with an embrace in the rain and them coming back together. We don't know what happened, but it sounds like a big ass fight between a couple. All we know was that it was personal. If it had something to do with choreo or singing or practice or anything with the group, we would have gotten something like the Taejin fight. But we got instead a vague story that sounds like a K-drama breakup/reunion scene.
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They go above and beyond for each other in a way no one else does. These grand gestures are romantic in nature and show how much they care. GCF-Toyko is legendary for a reason. Lets be honest, this video was a love letter. I refuse to devalue the effort and work that went into this or act like JK was too stupid to know what the lyrics and clips he chose to put in imply. He paid for and took Jimin on a trip he has always wanted to go on for his 23rd birthday, used a love song by an artist they love that was a song from that artist TO his lover on his 23rd birthday. Then made a video that was 90% Jimin and 10% Tokyo and made it look like we were on a date with Jimin.... probably because the cameraman (aka Jungkook) was on a date with Jimin! And yes, literally every jikooker will still talk about this almost 4 years later. But can you blame us? Jikook themselves still talk about this whenever they get the chance! And the way they needed this solo trip and were EXTRA touchy and close when they got home. Beautiful.
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And then we also have moments like when Jimin traveled 20+ hours by plane from Paris just to be able to buy a cake and surprise Jungkook for his birthday at home, just to have to turn around and fly out again the next day to go to Hawaii for schedules. Thats only something you do for someone extremely important in your life. The only people who celebrated with JK for that birthday was Hobi and Jimin since everyone had individual travel plans, Jimin still made sure he was there though. Its the way Jungkook wanted to surprise Jimin, so he hiked up an entire mountain side alone just to get a giant chunk of snow and bring it back to the cabin to give to Jimin as soon as he woke up because Jimin thinks snow is pretty and really likes it. Its the way Jimin is always highlighted somehow in the rest of the GCF videos. It's way Jungkook has a JM tattooed on his ring finger or the way he gave Jimin an I Love You sign during a press conference, stepping out of line and holding it until Jimin noticed and smiled at him. Its the way they always take selcas getting as close as they possibly can (they have posted the most selcas together out of any other duo on Twitter, especially in 2018). Its the "you are me, I am you" moments, those are so loud. It's the way love to show off how much they know about the other and look genuinely suprised/shocked if the other says something and they didn't already know about it. The way they say Jimin-ssi or Jungkook-ssi is extra flirty and you can hear the difference in tone from any other member saying jimin-ssi. All these things highlight their bond as something special, exlusive and unique, something that just they have and no one else.
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Now one of the biggest reasons people say they couldn't be in a relationship is that Jimin said (YEARS and years ago) oh, he reminds me of my little brother. Or that he calls him his little brother. Which when they met, sure, it was probably the first connection they had outside of training and bts, they have brothers of the same age. But that is not saying that they think of each other as blood brothers. And when people say it now, it's because they call each other Hyung/Dongseong, which literally just means person older/younger than me that I am close to, which doesn't have a direct translation in english. The closet we get to that is "brother" but that isn't what it actually is. And jikook are the only ones who consistently drop honorifivs with each other. This is a big deal in their culture. Another is that it is all fanservice. Which is bull, but either way, we also know that Jungkook and Jimin spend the most time together off camera and at home. Because they told us. Its the way everyone gets personal time during some trips or tours and jikook always chose to spend theirs together when they can. Its the way fans saw them out bowling or going ice skating together, just them. Or the way they answer the phone together when not at home. Or the "I was with Jungkookie at 4am" on his birthday and when they saw the billboard charts. They are just simply always together. The members all often refer to them as a unit too.
-"Jimin and Jungkook are together right now"
- "jimin and jungkook are napping"
- "jimin and jungkook went to get food"
- "jimin was going to come, but he is hanging out with jungkookie now"
Or the way they mix their names up sometimes. In the end, its obvious that their bond is one the closest and deepest out of anyone else in the group. It doesn't matter if it's romantic or not, it doesn't change that the bond is there and it is strong. If they are not in a romantic relationship, that's okay. I hope that they are happy though. And it changes nothing with how intertwined they are. I personally believe that are in a relationship and are in love. That is just my opinion though!
I have typed so much, I'm so sorry. I could go on for even more. I ramble a lot when it comes to jikook. I'll stop here for now. I will probably make another part on their dynamics as a trio as well at some point. If anyone wants me to make another post on jikook dynamics or what my personal opinions of what their relationship timeline might be, let me know. Or if there are any moments in particular you want my thoughts over or to have me expand on anything in here. This is too long already! Lol thanks again!
See you in part 4!
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yandere-dazea year ago
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This idea came to me in the middle of class and I just had to write it. Sorry about this lol
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T-posing on the dorm leaders to assert your dominance
Riddle
when you initially knocked on his door, he was curious to know what you wanted to talk to him about with a smile on his face
Then when your face slowly morphed into a smirk, he suddenly got a bad feeling about whatever was going to happen
Standing up, he came to a halt when he saw you standing directly in front him with.... your arms outstretched to both sides??
"What is the meaning of this, y/n?"
You just stare him right in the eye as you tell him that you are asserting your dominance
He blinks once, twice, then his face turns red and he gets huffy
"Th-that! Stop this at once!!"
He tries to forbid you from t-posing again but you want to one-up your earlier attempt so you came up with a plan
You asked Deuce and Ace for help, who were more than happy to do so
When the three of you walked up to him excitedly, Riddle once again had a bad feeling
Then Ace and Deuce went down on their knees and proceeded to give you a lift as you shakily stood on their shoulders
Then getting up and somehow all of you managing to keep your balance, you once again stretched out your arms to form the almighty t-pose, now featuring a pyramid formation
Riddle really didn't know what to think at that moment but he was screaming around none the less
Whether because of frustration, anger, confusion or even embarrassment.... that is up to you, just know he was very red in the face and it was definitely not because you towering over him made him feel something
And then Ace tripped and you all fell down, ruining the magical moment
Which just prompted more screaming from Riddle so was it really a failure?
Leona
Leona had once again been lazing around and trying to pull you back into bed with him to use you as his own personal pillow
You decided you had enough of his lazy attitude and had to put your foot down
So you wrestled out of Leona's embrace and stood up, much to your boyfriend's annoyance
"Where are you going herbivore?"
He then got up himself which kind of was a miracle in and of itself
Taking a few steps forward and taking a deep breath, you stood rigidly and stretched out your arms to both sides
Leona tilted his head but you stood your ground
"Oi y/n , just what are you doing? Get back into bed"
"I'm asserting my dominance", you declared
Hearing this, a smirk grew onto your boyfriend's face as he too took a step forward so he was standing right in front of you
Using your current rather vulnerable state to his advantage, he reached out his arms towards you, raising them over your outstretched arms and pushing you against the wall
Yes, Leona just kabedoned you
"My little herbivore wants to be the dominant one? I guess I'll have to prove myself now, don't I?"
Azul
not gonna lie, you probably already are the "dominant one" in the relationship
While Azul puts up a serious and collected act, he secretly deals with a lot of insecurities that you have to comfort him about
But that doesn't mean you're not going to confuse him with your big crackhead energy鈩
Being from another world, you decided to finally put all of that untouched knowledge into good use
So one day you saw Azul once again still working hard even after Mostro Lounge's closing hours
And no matter how much Jade, Floyd or even you asked him to stop for the night and just rest a bit, he insisted on continuing
"I'm almost done with this and then I'll go to bed" , he said for the 6th that evening and you finally had enough of his stubbornness
He WAS going to listen to you
So summoning all if your energy you stood in front of his desk and t-posed in front of him
After hearing Jade make a confused noise and Floyd excitedly whispering about how "Shrimpy was making a funny pose", Azul finally raised his head to look what the commotion was about
And he was confused so say the least
"Y/n why are you in such a strange pose?'
"I'm t-posing to assert my dominance. And as the dominant one in this relationship I'm demanding you to leave your desk and go to bed."
At this, Azul's gaze softened as he let out a quiet sigh before contently shaking his head
"I don't know what's going through your head or why you are making such a strange pose but I appreciate it."
So yes, he was still confused but he gave in and followed you to bed
Mission successful!
Though Azul would soon regret giving in when he saw Floyd t-posing in front of every single person he saw the next day
What have you done to Mostro Lounge, dear reader??
Kalim
You and your boyfriend Kalim where having a great time together, just making jokes and laughing a lot when an idea struck you
You decided to take this easy-going atmosphere as an opportunity to try something out with him
You were sure he could take a small teasing joke
So you stood up and stood your ground
"Eh? Y/n where are you going?"
You didn't say anything as you gloriously performed a magnificent t-pose right in front of your boyfriend
A confused smile appeared on Kalim's face as he cutely tilted his head
Noticing his confusion you decided to clarify what you were trying to do. So with a smile on your face you started " Kalim, I'm asserting my do-"
You couldn't get any farther as Kalim's eyes lit up in supposed understanding as he suddenly charged at you and tackled you in a crushing hug as he wrapped his arms around your stunned form
Laughing and nuzzling his face against you he exclaimed: "Y/n! You could have just told me if you wanted a hug!! I'm more than glad to give you one!"
So he thought by stretching out your arms, you were asking for a hug from him. Huh, you never considered that before.
You mentally shook your head at the misunderstanding but you couldn't find it in yourself to correct him
After all you didn't mind a loving hug from your boyfriend so why should you complain?
But god have mercy on Jamil if you ever tell Kalim what a t-pose actually means because he will from then on use every opportunity he gets to do one as well
Vil
You aren't quite sure what prompted you to do this
You two were just taking pictures with your boyfriend for his Magigram when the sudden urge struck you
So while Vil was switching positions to get a better angle of his face, you took a step forward and summoned all of your courage
Vil's face twitched in both curiosity and slight annoyance as you stood between him and the camera of his phone as you stretched out your arms and stared your boyfriend down
"Potato, why are you standing in the way? I'm trying to take pictures here"
Noticing his irritated tone of voice made you slowly lose confidence to go through with your original plan as he stared at you, you decided to change tactics
"I wanted to help you with your photos!"
At this, Vil tilted his head, not looking convinced at all
"By completely blocking the camera?"
You chuckled nervously before answering
"Yeah! I wanted to show you something! This-" , you looked down at your outstretched arms at both sides, " is actually a very popular pose for taking pictures right now from where I'm from! Everyone does it there, even the most famous of celebrities! I didn't see anyone doing it over here so I thought I could show you!"
Now your boyfriend looked intrigued as his eyes scanned over you as if to contemplate your proposal. After some thinking he nodded to himself before speaking up again
" I can see where you're coming from. This particular pose does give off a rather strikingly... dominant aura."
You couldn't help but internally laugh as he took your advice seriously and also struck a t-pose while taking pictures of himself
Later that day, he posted the pictures on his Magigram where the new trend took off by storm after the famous model Vil had done so as well
You just made t-posing a trend in Twisted Wonderland, congrats!
Idia
Now with how much time Idia spends alone in his room and in the internet, I somehow think that he might actually have some knowledge on what a t-pose is
How does he know about it when it's something right out of your world? Don't ask questions
He might or might not have seen you strike the pose in front of your mirror when you thought no one was watching
You were both spending time in his room, watching anime when you both came onto the topic of memes and internet culture somehow
While Idia was explaining some of the rather... interesting trends here you decided to show him one our of your own world that he most likely won't know about
"Ah wait! Let me show you something!"
Surprised by your sudden outburst, he lightly shrunk back before curiously watching you as you got up from your seat
"This-" , you struck your pose with a grin, " is called a t-pose!!"
Trying to hide the fact that he had already seen you do it before, Idia then further asked what the purpose of the t-pose was
"Well..." now a smug grin stretched across your face as you took a few steps forward so that you were standing so close to him, your noses were almost touching
"You t-pose to assert your dominance over others."
And then, with a whisper
"It's working, isn't it?"
Malleus
I don't know what you were expecting when you t-posed in front of the dark fae but he didn't understand at all
He's not up-to date with current trends so what was his little human trying to accomplish with that weird pose?
So for a minute you two just stood there awkwardly, neither of you saying anything as you stared into each other's eyes
Finally deciding that he had enough he asked the question that was burning on his mind
"Child of man, what is the meaning of this strange pose?"
Letting out a nervous chuckel you decided to explain yourself
"Oh it's just a meme from where I'm from. You t-pose to assert your dominance over another."
Now your explanation just further confused poor Malleus. What was this "meme" you were talking about? Is the strange pose called a "t-pose"? And what did you mean with asserting your dominance?
Then realization came upon him
Was this supposed to be a human courting ritual he hadn't heard of? It wouldn't surprise him if it was, he didn't keep up with the times very well, especially when it concerned humans
So his little human was trying to establish a relationship with him and they want to be the dominant one? Well they could certainly try, but in the end the powerful mage would come out on top
But it was relieving to hear that you felt the same as he did. He tried to hide the feelings that had been slowly forming inside of him but your interest lifted a heavy weight off of his shoulders
He would reciprocate the gesture and court you with his own methods as well
So seeing your efforts, Malleus now also stood up straight and mimicked your pose as a sign that he accepted your feelings, looking at you hopefully
You however just interpreted it as him being awkward once again and just imitating you because he didn't know what to do
So all you said was "Great job, Malleus!", not knowing what you had just unwittingly agreed to
Malleus however looked so happy at your "acceptance" , he could hardly contain himself
He was going to be the best mate you could possibly imagine and court you in whichever way he could come up with
Honey, you've got a big storm coming
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hanyohimea year ago
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Rainbow Pearls & Kagome 馃寛馃寛馃寛馃寛馃寛馃寛馃寛馃寛馃寛馃寛
So I've been reading similar theories on Twitter and I have similar questions about the pearls in the show.
Did Kagome create these pearls all Midoriko style (shit I hope not) or did Root Head make them in an attempt to seal Kagomes powers away? Where are they, how did they get there, what abilities do they have that make them so special?
This is my perspective on the info:
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So there's 7 colours, 7 pearls, and 7 presumably missing characters (Sorry Jaken doesn't make that cut).
I believe each time they (the new crew) find a pearl they find a missing character and or memories that will piece together what happened on the night of the fire, which may also be a key into fixing the past.
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But WHAT about these memories will bring these characters back? What abilities do these pearls have that help this journey along?? That's what I don't get about the show yet. The YouTube channel Axlebeats had some good background knowledge on Japanese themes, as well as a video about the pearls, their colours and colour symbolism. Anywho...
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I think that in an attempt to protect her friends and loved ones from being absorbed by Root Head (Neno Kuni) Kagome sealed herself, Shippo, Miroku, Sango, Rin, Sesshomaru, and Inuyasha into these pearls.
Kagomes's spiritual powers must be stronger now, I bet her years of training has helped her gain interesting miko knowledge and powers. Many of the priestesses in the OG Inuyasha had abilities in sealing living beings or power into objects. I believe Kagome has the power to seal things as well, such as individuals into pearls.
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I also have this idea that the pearls were something that were already in existence. Something not fully created by Kagome, but they became the Rainbow Pearls because they were only objects available for Kagome to bind everyone to. Or maybe they were the Rainbow Pearls before her possessing them? Not sure.
Where did they come from? I have a cute thought about it.
Maybe they were a gift from Inuyasha? A shell with rouge has been seen before in the series. Much like the one his mother Izaioy had passed down to him, the one he had gifted to Kikyo, Inuyasha set out to recreate it. Unfortunately his mother's rouge shell was destroyed by Naraku when he attacked Kikyo before she sealed Inuyasha to the tree.
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To tie in the shell and pearls with Moroha is a theory that Inuyasha brings Moroha along on his little quest to make the shell. Maybe she is the one that picked up or is given the pearls while her father searches for the prefect shell. Perhaps Moroha brings them back with her as her own gift to her mother.
I believe Moroha has a pearl and the rouge now. I have read in some translations of Moroha that: when she puts on her lipstick that is carried in a shell with a red pearl, she turns into the 'Crimson Night Demon of National Destruction' and acts very wildly.
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If the pearls have abilities I think that the one she has pertains to strength. She's so young and only 1/4 demon, to be able to fend for yourself at such a young age without strength would be difficult, but I like to think besides having the pearl, she may have been supported a little by someone. Like maybe Kaede from time to time, or one intriguing theory I read was Koga helping raise Moroha. It was pointed out that her clothes are similar in style to the wolf demon tribe. How amazing would that be for Inuyasha to find out he is now indebted to his sworn rival for helping raise his only daughter.
Anyways... whatever happens at the end of the night of the fire, I strongly feel that Moroha will be left with the robe of the fire rat, the shell and a pearl... the only things left behind of her parents.
What if Moroha is carrying her father around and doesn't even realize it!? So when she uses the rouge it gives her a boost in some kind of power that makes her fight with great strength? Maybe it boosts her demonic energy? So with that I believe Inuyasha is the Red pearl.
At the same time we know that pearls have been used in the show before to seal away secret passages and presumably memories/visions like the black pearl in Inuyasha's eye. Which was created by Hosenki, an oyster demon who had the power to create magical jewels. He has long passed but his son remains, however he is in training and would not reach the level of his father for another 100 years, or so he told the OG crew.
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But that wouldn't mean he wasn't creating pearls for practice! Maybe Hosenki Jr. made the rainbow pearls and they were entrusted or maybe even made for Kagome? For what? I'm not sure. Like always never 100% sold on my own theories but for series continuity this makes sense. Where else would they get magical pearls?
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Something that I noted and alot of others have noticed this too, is that there seems to be a certain color scheme with the show. They're some of the commonly used Japanese main colours, but I'm more so focusing on the colours they pair with characters. The new Inuyasha cafe's that have opened up in Japan have shown particular colours for products that make me feel like they are important and have some kind of meaning behind it.
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These are coasters in the cafe, I know it seems silly but the colours match exactly with the Rainbow Pearls! Look at how they are all within a circle compared to other merchandise photos.
So in going with this color matching theory, what if Hisui has his Father! Miroku's colour is blue on the cafe coaster and the largest bead (or pearl?) on Hisui's left arm appears to be light blue in colour. It would make more sense that, if it is one of the pearls, it'd be Miroku because the prayer beads are more of a symbol for him rather than Sango.
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If I'm going based on the colors of the Final Act intro, Sango's colour are also represented as blue, but I'm pretty sure when it comes to these pearls, her colour is going to be the coral pearl.
I'm just guessing but if I had to match the other colors with characters then it would be Green for Kagome, Orange for Shippo, Yellow for Rin and Grey/Silver? for Sesshomaru.
It's that or Green for Jaken?? I have this other scary theory that Kagome sealed everyone away and then didn't have the energy left to fight of Root Head so her only option was to seal it and herself into the Sacred Tree/Time tunnel. This would make sense why Inuyasha is looking to the tree in the promo poster because she may be trapped in there. Or! Maybe some of the pearls are lost in different times in history and the girls go looking for them, that would correspond with the teaser that they will be time traveling as a group. It would also explain why some characters seem to be completely missing.
Thats all I have for now!
Nov 2020: For those messaging me to debunk these theories, I posted this the day before the first episode aired, chill out...
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A FEW THOUGHTS ON P*ST+ AND FANDOM CULTURE.
I have been a member of this website since practically its inception. At the very least since before the height of Superwholock. And No it wasn't alway on this particular blog. I have seen many, many, many changes implemented and taken away and brought back. I have dabbled in much of fandom culture and sh*tblogging ....although we used to call it night blogging back in the day. ( hey would you look at that I sound old ) I have been in fandom since the time we used to call smut lemons.
With that being said, I feel as if, even though I may post and ghost more often than not, I need to speak up about the new proposed changes and what it will mean for fandom itself. Not just for our kpop corner of the website but for fandom in general. (Also this probably included the aesthetic bloggers too for much of the same reasons. )
Please note that I am referring to Users in the United States as those are the laws I am familiar with. I am also unsure if since Tumblr is based in the US if all users are subject to our laws too as well as thier own.
As many users have stated in the comments of the p*ost+ post the vast majority of users on this site can not legally monetize thier work. This includes the fandom gif makers, the fanfic writers, the fandom photo editors, the fandom video editors, the fanartists, etc. Unless you are the copyright owner of the original unedited material then you can't monetize your work. Everything produced by fandom content creators falls under the fair use act of copyright law. Click the link to read more about it if you wish. But the main take away is the way fandom uses source materials isnt even technically covered under the law. Although loosely what we do could be defined as commentary. (We can discuss the purposely vague terminology later)
Our main defense has always been it is far too time consuming to prosecute and sue us all. It is also extremely alienating to sue what are essentially your consumers. Actions like that result in boycotting and other things that hurt the bottom line. However, a mass migration towards monetization would cause for a major crackdown on fandom usage of materials.
It could very well mean the death knell for fandom.
The following is important so I'm gonna put it in big letters and bright colors.
THIS IS YOUR OWN FAULTS.
Yes. I said what I said and I mean it. Over the years we have seen a shift in the way fandom interacts with each other. Your content creators have been practically begging for years for meaningful interaction and getting nothing but a like in return. THIS HAS CAUSED MANY TO QUIT FANDOM OR TO TURN TO ALTERNATE MEANS OF VALIDATION.
By alternate means of validation I mean money. The ones that move to patreon, or add a ko-fi link to their byline, the fanartists that open an etsy page or redbubble. Or any other of the various means used to loophole around copyright law. Which... in my opinion I'm not sure how much they are actually loopholes and how much is the corporations and copyright holders not wanting to bother with the headache of court cases.
But beyond fiscal gains, many turn to those forms of content creation because fandom has refused to listen.
Content creation is not free. It never has been. It is paid for in time and effort by fandom content creators.
The gifs you save, the edits and fanart you admire, the fanfics you read cost something to the people who create it. Whether that is in fees paid for editing software, in materials used to paint/draw/sketch, to the use of our personal finite time and energy, the content cost SOMETHING. AND MORE OFTEN THAN NOT ITS BEEN PROVIDED TO YOU FOR FREE.
All that content creators have asked in return is feedback and interaction. We just wanted to know that you appreciated our efforts. And you couldn't even do that.
At this point,assuming you haven't stopped reading cause of the guilt you may or may not be feeling, you are probably wondering why I'm bring this up now, yet again.
The people who run Tumblr saw the obvious trend of creators loopholing thier contents into monetary gains and decided that they would cut out the middle man and offer a way to monetize here. Most likely they believe that they can withstand any copyright backlash and place the blame solely on the content creators shoulders.
Which to be fair they might be able to do.
But it could also mean that eventually tumblr gets shut down. Either due to being sued themselves for hosting copyright violation content or due to their user base stopping using. Because the users themselves got sued for content that violates copyright.
To spell it out....
THIS MEANS FANDOM ITSELF AS WE KNOW IT COULD DIE.
Instead of being more or less centrally congregated as we are now we would be spread out even further over various websites. Yes, content creators do post to other sites but they also post here as well. Over the years, Tumblr has become the internet cultural hub. Posts on here make it to the other corners of the internet. It is not unusual to see screenshots of posts on insta or pinterest or Twitter or Facebook. Tumblr has become the origin, the cradle of fandom life.
All of that is being risked because content consumers could not bring themselves to listen to the content creator's requests. It has been said time and time and time again that likes mean Jack sh*t if you don't reblog. The search bar on this site is poorly functional and that's being generous. The best way for things to get around is reblogging. It has always been that way. Tumblr may have changed many things over the years but that is one aspect that has stayed the same.
Hopefully by now you are wondering if anything can be done to prevent the loss of fandom as we know it and I have great news you! It may not work, the mindsets that have permeated through fandom may be too greatly ingrained to change, but we can at least try. Here's how to help!
DO BETTER!!
Interact more with the content you see,reblog,comment send an ask...something! Give your content creators a reason to not contemplate monetizing. GIVE THEM A REASON TO STAY IN THE FIRST PLACE.
Also. Click on the survey on this post by tumblr and answer in the negative for the questions. Let them know we won't let fandom die. Be respectful of course cause they likely take anything less as trolls and dismiss the survey out of hand.
And again.
Listen to your content creators, we love the same things you do. And want to share that with you. Thats all we have ever asked.
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romanticdrift9 months ago
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What Makes a Vmin Moment Significant?
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Thank you for reading 馃挏 It's nice to hear which moments stick out in people's memory.聽
That said, I鈥檒l be honest that the one you shared doesn鈥檛 much resonate with me鈥攚hich is not to say it shouldn鈥檛 for you, people vary! But just in case it鈥檚 interesting, I want to unpack why a little bit, share my personal聽鈥渂ar鈥 for moments that are meaningful/significant, and discuss moments that for me clear that bar (and as you say, made me feel shy/like an intruder).聽
I鈥檝e gotten one or two asks asking me to what I think about this or that Vmin moment, or what I think about this or that other ship鈥檚 moment and if it affects how I view Vmin at all鈥攕o hopefully laying this out will 1) give me a shortcut when I respond to those asks; 2) help you predict my answer, haha, we can do a guessing game; and 3) help you consider and develop your own聽鈥渟ignificance bar.鈥 In a fandom this big, there鈥檚 just so much noise, I find having your own standard helpful for your sanity, else you鈥檒l be yoyoing between 鈥渢hey鈥檙e absolutely in love & making out right now鈥 to聽鈥渢hey're not even friends and xyz is definitely cuddling with xyz this moment.鈥
Here鈥檚 the bar, in short:聽
It would have to be a sustained moment where intent is clear, with a level of intimacy that moves beyond the expected norm of BTS鈥檚 baseline.聽
[The 鈥渂eyond the expected norm of BTS鈥檚 baseline鈥 might still be up for debate, but while there might be some question of what counts, the bar makes pretty clear what doesn鈥檛 count, which I find is the most useful thing about it]聽
As I've talked about in the past, I'm not particularly drawn to physical touch moments with ambiguous intent and/or micro-moments (this is a term I made up, haha, for moments lasting less than 10 secs).聽
I have two reasons for that:聽
1. The first is there's a lot of subjectivity & risk of misinterpretation to such moments, especially when you throw editing into the mix.聽Two other vmin blogs have good posts discussing the pitfalls of physical touch & body language moments I recommend checking out: here from @thoughts-on-bangtan鈥 & here from @lesbian-vmin鈥. In brief here, most of the time, for these moments, we're not so much reading intent as speculating/projecting intent.聽
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Let鈥檚 take the example you cited, which is a good example of the very many common physical touch moments we find between any two members, which analyzers will often zoom in and slow down on, and read a lot of significance into. Generally speaking, unless it鈥檚 fully taken out of context, I consider them all cute. But very few significant.
When I look at the moment above, it's too short for me give any good guess to Tae's intention: Maybe he was just going to tease Jimin good-naturedly by biting his finger; maybe he was going to do something flirtier; maybe he just plain found it uncomfortable to have his mouth open like that and wanted to close it a bit; maybe he was just fidgeting without any particular intention. All these options are likely to me - the moment is too short for me to conclude anything.
2. The second is that short-duration touch moments say very little about how their relationship function, especially in the context of BTS at baseline, who are all extremely physically comfortable with each other聽
Remember, these men lived full-time around each other for at least 5-6 years, several of those in a dorm with one bedroom and one bathroom. They quite literally used to use the bathroom 3 at a time in the morning, in order to make it out on time for their schedules. Personal boundaries tend to fall away quickly when you're brushing your teeth while someone else is showering and another styling their hair next to you.
When you remember that Hobi literally made Tae lick chocolate off his finger聽(3:35) after feeding him birthday cake, seemingly because he was too lazy to wipe it with a napkin instead, even the most extreme interpretation of this moment doesn鈥檛 seem particularly monumental to me. And honestly, few聽鈥渕icro-moments鈥 can, because it鈥檚 hard to judge if it鈥檚 outside the ordinary or just BTS being BTS from a couple of seconds, you know?聽
My rule of thumb is: if you have to put a moment in slow-mo (and often also zoom in) to argue it鈥檚 significant, then鈥攖hough I might personally think it鈥檚 cute and reblog it,聽I don鈥檛 actually think it鈥檚 significant. Think about it, if it was too fast for our eyes to catch in real time, how can we be聽sure聽the members involved were also able to consider it/do it/notice it/react to it etc in an intentional and meaningful way?聽
So, then, for me, what would clear the bar for a 鈥渟ignificant moment鈥 ? The bar I shared above:聽a sustained moment where intent is clear, with a level of intimacy that moves beyond the expected norm of BTS鈥檚 baseline.
And actually, when I implement this bar, basically most聽鈥渟hippy moments鈥 collected in YouTube analysis vids don鈥檛 count鈥攁cross all ships, honestly, including some Vmin moments.聽
But the moments that are left? Almost exclusively Vmin. And those are what made me attach myself to this pair.聽
First, I鈥檒l share with you my gold star 鈥渟ignificant moment鈥 that involves physical touch: BV3, when Jimin comforts Tae.聽
And the first thing to note there is that it鈥檚 not a touch moment, but rather a whole sequence. Those are much better at demonstrating intent. And the intent the sequence demonstrates is: empathy, love, and a bond above and beyond that with others.
Like, the staff seeks聽Jimin specifically out of all the members, knowing in the moment of Tae鈥檚 pain it鈥檚 Jimin he needs (Jimin says 鈥淩eally?鈥 while Hobi says聽鈥淲hat?鈥 which indicates the staff approached Jimin and Hobi might鈥檝e been a bit too far away here to hear). Then Jimin聽runs over there, like Tae is his personal聽responsibility to console (and the gut-punched way he says聽鈥渕y baby鈥 literally breaks my heart and melts my soul). When consoling him, Jimin presses his cheeks/lips so tightly to Tae鈥檚 hair, then wipes his tears with his fingers, two gestures聽I've rarely -ever?- seen any other member do to another. Finally, they聽stand pressed against each other afterwards, looking out at the night sky views we know they both love. All that time, Hobi hangs back, from when he makes his way over to Tae to when he鈥檚 standing to the side as Jimin hugs Tae from behind to when he鈥檚 standing apart from them as they watch the stars, like he wanted to signal his support but also give the two their own little bubble.聽
If we鈥檙e talking about moments that make you feel shy and like you鈥檙e intruding, this one is mine. I assume since it's included in BV3 that Tae cleared the staff to show these moments, so I don鈥檛 actually feel bad for witnessing it (and we clearly didn鈥檛 see other parts that probably were too private, like when Jimin first found Tae). Still, I felt both sort of voyeuristic and weirdly privileged to have such a moment of vulnerability and pure love shared with me, especially since Hobi stood apart, like even he鈥攁 fellow member and their hyung鈥攆elt like he was intruding.
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[By the by, the other tearful moment that clears this bar is when Taehyung seeks comfort from Jimin聽in 5th Muster. You can see the way Tae pushes forward and opens himself up, almost like he鈥檚 demanding a hug. I鈥檝e seen lots of configurations of members consoling members, but never another member seeking comfort from a specific member like that.聽And of course, in a split second, Jimin is up and hugging him. They clearly laugh and cry together often.]
We can also apply this bar to non-physical touch moments too.聽聽
When I do that to ep 106, actually, what stands out to me is not the physical touch moment you referenced, but rather how Tae approached the whole mission of photographing Jimin. They literally light up when they get each other鈥檚 names and have a cute moment together, then Tae puts way more effort into the whole thing than anyone else. He so carefully tries to capture Jimin, seems visibly disappointed when his shots of him don鈥檛 come out like he wants, and is the only one to seriously name his framed photo (of Jimin).聽
And sure, we don鈥檛 have the counterfactual of how Tae would鈥檝e acted if he got assigned another member, maybe he would鈥檝e been just as careful since he is a photographer... but then that just makes me think of how I can only think of a handful of moments when he randomly photographs other members, but can think off the top of my head of nearly a dozen where he photographs Jimin, seemingly just because. So, you know, on balance, I鈥檇 say this is where Tae鈥檚 care and affection are clear and distinct from the BTS norm / how other members approached this episode. And that makes it significant.聽聽
If you want more examples: my most recent favorite moment, from聽ep 125聽when Jimin shepherds Tae through delivering his rice masterpiece; or ep 124 when Jimin nudges BTS away from ice-skating because Tae can鈥檛 skate聽(maybe you can tell I have a bias for soft vmin with bone-deep trust & attunement, haha. That stuff is what lifelong relationships are made out of, for real).
That鈥檚 not to say I don鈥檛 sometimes post about things that don鈥檛 clear the bar - and I don鈥檛 mean to imply that you shouldn鈥檛 love it still, anon! People vary, everyone should engage with fandom in a way that makes them happy, I鈥檓 just sharing this in case it helps organize your thoughts. Personally,聽I fully concur they can be quite cute, like when in ep 122 Jimin pushes his face against Tae鈥檚 neck to annoy him, or say the聽iconic ISAC 2017聽(which I wobble on in terms of whether or not it clears 鈥渢he bar鈥, because we鈥檝e seen Jimin be spanked by others, but not quite like that and for so long) -聽But even as I post them, the bottom line for me is that these are cute but not what I base my long-term feelings for vmin on. The moments that聽鈥渃lear鈥 my bar do. And those moments set a very high standard聽that I鈥檝e not seen other ships reach.
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[While I鈥檓 here, because people keep asking about ji/kook comparisons, to forestall those questions ahead of the curve, lol:
Take my assertion above that the way Jimin consoles Taehyung is聽鈥渂eyond the norm of BTS baseline.鈥 Because I love ya鈥檒l so much,聽I watched compilations of Jimin & JK consoling each other & all BTS members crying as reference lol.聽
My conclusion is that while they clearly all care when each other cry, the closest you get to Jimin & Tae鈥檚 intimacy is Jimin holding JK鈥檚 neck and using sleeve paws to swipe at JK鈥檚 face/tears, and Jimin hugging Hobi from behind while Jin picks tissue lint off his cheek.聽
And yes, the famous聽鈥淛K nibbled Jimin鈥檚 ear!鈥 thing I keep hearing about is part of the compilation. But in fact, it鈥檚 not as intimate or emotionally heavy to me as the sleeve paws moment. It does聽look from the grainy video JK bites his ear, but they鈥檙e on stage and JK is alternating between consoling and teasing Jimin with a big smile on his face, so it鈥檚 probably to make Jimin laugh? (otherwise it鈥檇 be like, very tone-deaf? And I like JK far too much to think that). Anyway, it doesn鈥檛 even clear the 鈥渂eyond the BTS baseline鈥 norm, because we also know JK bites Jin鈥檚 finger and his ankle for funsies. So while both ji/kook moments are cute, the sweater paws moment is more intimate/serious, but on balance neither is as intimate and suggestive of a unique bond as the tearful moments I shared for Vmin]聽聽
And look, I鈥檓 not saying all this to say it鈥檚 a competition. Even if there are one or two moments that are as intimate as the way Jimin consoles Tae, we might still conclude it鈥檚聽generally聽鈥渂eyond the norm.鈥 Or we can conclude someone is equally intimate with multiple members, it鈥檚 not a zero sum game, love is meant to be boundless. And it鈥檚 worth keeping in mind that on a relative scale, all BTS relationships are off-the-rocket intimate anyway (seriously, I have maybe... one friend who I would say I鈥檓 even remotely as close to as any two BTS members are to each other).聽Still, all that being said, on the whole of it, if we鈥檙e setting up and evaluating all "moments鈥 by a consistent bar, we can keep some moments and discard others. And when you look at the ones kept鈥擨 don鈥檛 think any other BTS relationship rival the intimacy of Vmin. Which is probably why the members themselves have at various times expressed envy/admiration/acknowledgment for what Jimin & Tae share between them.聽
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humanuser06134 months ago
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Touching on Matching: A discussion potential
Positing a hypothesis: when the members match accidentally they draw attention to it and provide an explanation.
Examining the evidence:
Here is a post from Namjoon and Yoongi:
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Fans had been talking for some time about their love for FG gear and here they showed up in the same shirt and called it an "interesting" picture. They drew attention to it so the fans would stop joking about them all sharing the same clothes (which we know they already do anyway...and that they stalk stan Twitter 馃憖).
J-Hope posted:
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Hobi posted that he and JM wore the same outfit. He was excited to be on the same wavelength as a team member a year after their debut. He did not have a picture included.
We also have examples of members matching during schedule:
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One exception I would like to point out is that for the BE album the members gave direction for what they wanted for the photos and the music video and we had Jikook in a directly matching outfit and in pj's marketed as "Couple's".
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Is there a difference for Jikook?
Jikook have drawn attention before, purposely posting on Valentine's Day with a laughing face. Does this mean that they matched accidentally (on a couple's holiday)? No explanation was given...
Here's the valentine's day post:
In the post JK was doing a sort of silly dance. And it was unexpected (a nice surprise for ARMY) for him to appear in frame since the video just started with JM.
Another time JK and JM drew attention to matching rings at 4th Muster. JK put his arm around JM and JM brought his hands up to his mic...which brought the rings in close proximity.
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The mic was attached to the opposite side of the hand with the ring, but both hands were brought up to the mic. Did JK bump the mic on the ear when he put his arm around JM's shoulders??? So here is a picture of the same ring on both men on the 4th finger. Of note: in nearly every culture matching rings on the same 4th finger of two people does indicate some sort of commitment.
(They just look so happy in this picture. 馃グ I don't have the 4th muster DVDs and would love to read on someone's take about what happened before and after this moment. Was it a moment where they normally interacted during that song? Did their smiles get bigger? Was anything going on during this particular day?)
Here's a link for what it might mean in Korea. https://www.koreaboo.com/stories/meaning-behind-placement-couple-rings/
Another time we see them matching during schedule, but I think this is sponsored gear. (Correct me if I'm wrong 馃し鈥嶁檧锔)
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We have times where they match outside of schedule and do not draw attention to it themselves. We wouldn't know this happened if not for Big Hit...
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Matching pants (note: the dance practice has JK in different pants and he's the only member to have a different article of clothing on between the practice and this picture.) We don't know why he would put on matching pants before or after the practice when he had a perfectly decent pair already. Was this picture unexpected?
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In Mastermind gear as they're practicing.
Please don't forget about the Niagara Falls jean shirt matching as well - when Namjoon asked if they were a couple and sounded like he was playing it off, likely because the public would be viewing the footage. It was kinda an explanation...without a real explanation for why they were matching.
Dalloga has a post here 馃憞 https://dalloga.tumblr.com/post/637068856096145408/i-gotta-ask-about-festa-2020-what-is-your
Now those are the instances and what I saw was other members joking about matching, that matching is expected during schedules, but that Jikook match more often casually as well as (recently) during schedules. I haven't seen them joke about it or play it off like the other members. I have to add on that I'm not sure we've seen the other members match often enough to really say we've got good data here...and maybe that says something as well; we don't even get them accidentally matching behind the scenes, or during casual (meaning not performance or sponsored gear) scheduled events.
I also asked a friend (I'm not relying strictly on koreaboo articles here 馃槖) who is married to a native Korean man in South Korea if male friends matching is something done purposely or with frequency and the answer was, "no". (This is one man's experience in a country with 51.2 million people so...馃liberally)
Skinship 鉁
Matching 馃檯鈥嶁檪锔
https://www.maleq.org/gay-south-korea/ (only 1 person's, non-native, experience in SK...salt liberally)
https://theculturetrip.com/asia/south-korea/articles/9-things-you-should-know-about-dating-in-korea/
https://www.90daykorean.com/dating-in-korea/
https://gogohanguk.com/en/blog/korean-couple-culture/
I've provided additional links, but you can do your own research.
If you've got something else to add let me know. And I apologize for my ramblings.
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speedy-123610 months ago
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Hi! I feel a bit weird for asking this, because you're such a long standing, popular author and probably think I'm stupid or something, but I'm just starting out writing fanfiction and I feel like nobody is reading it? Any tips on how to stay patient or how to make more people read my stories?
Hi! I don't think you're stupid. Uploading stuff you made can feel like screaming into the void. I'm not a stranger to that phenomenon. Long standing, yeah, I guess. Not sure about popular.
Either way, I also started out with no long standing or any amounts of popularity once.
And you shouldn't pay too much attention to how popular or not you are. Fanfic is a hobby, and a rather time consuming one, too. Write first of all for yourself. Write what you like to write, what you would want to read, and don't worry about anyone else. This is your free time you're putting into it, and you ought to be enjoying it. Then, if you share it with others, and they enjoy it as well, that's a fun bonus.
It takes a while to get noticed online. Fanfic is a little less terrible as art there, but still, if you're unlucky, the right people will just overlook your stuff because of bad timing.
You can try to maximize your exposure by dividing stories that are reasonably long into chapters (they'll turn up on the front page several times, and a lot of people don't venture from the first few pages when looking for a quick read). From my experience you get a tad more hits when you post at the end of the week rather than on a Monday, for example, too. Tag stuff properly, write a summary that sounds interesting (I know, hypocritical of me).
Find people in your particular corner of the Sonic fanfic community. People who write about similar stuff, who have the same favourite characters, etc. Review their stuff, make friends.
Be persistent. Write your story, put it out there, don't stress out. People are going to find it in time. Fanfic archive sites are a lot kinder to older work than Tumblr or Deviant Art. It's fairly easy to find even stories that are quite old, so it doesn't have to be spotted right away or it'll never be seen again. If it's tagged well, someone looking for fic with this character or that trope in it will still find it in a year, or two, or ten. (For a while when I put my stuff up on AO3, more people read my oldest story than my newer ones. I have no idea why.)
If you just want to see someone reads your stuff, there's always the hit count, I guess, although I suppose it can also stress people out to look at that, and you need to know how to read it. (A first chapter always has much more hits than any other chapters for example, because a good amount of readers click the title, end up on the first chapter, and then realise they already read that one and move on to the latest chapter you posted.) There were also times when I looked at my hit counts and was mad that nobody bothered to review, because clearly people were reading, but they weren't talking to me. So there's a certain amount of potential for frustration there.
One thing I just recently discovered might be a cool thing to remind yourself how many others enjoy your stuff is a bit of a long haul thing, but worth it on the long run: keep your notification emails. I did that. When I posted my first fic, every comment and fave and alert was such an unexpected treasure, and I shoved all the automatic emails you get from fanfiction sites into a folder in my email archives to keep them. Before long, I'd made a habit of it, and never questioned it. Then, earlier this year, the mailbox was nearing full. I deleted other stuff first (like ancient photos of school note sheets and stuff...), and then I thought, you can probably make a lot of room if you keep only reviews and messages instead of every "someone faved story X" email. It was a little sad, kinda, but also very nice, because by going through years of saved emails like this, I realised how many there were. I ended up marking thousands (literally!) of notification mails for deletion. I kept all the reviews and comments and actual written feedback, but faves/bookmark count can easily be seen on site if you want to. There wasn't ever a necessity to keep all of those, especially once I started running out of space. But, I think it might be a cool thing to try if you feel like you don't have a lot of people liking your stuff. Collect those faves and kudos mails. Maybe it seems like you hardly get any, but if you check in a year, you'll probably find you got more or those than you thought you would have.
Hope that's a bit helpful? Good luck, keep writing, have fun, and don't let the silence of the void get to you.
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8. iSpy
Ivy sat in the cold Patient First having been screened for drugs via a urine test. She'd have to wait 24 to 72 hours in order to get her results. For the first time, she hoped they came back positive.
"You gone thank me," her mama, Renee', said raising from her seat in front of the high-fixed television. It was set to HGTV and on commercial break.
"Mhm," Ivy mumbled. She hadn't wanted to go the legal route after she'd seen Dr. Stevens sidestep getting arrested and realized that the cards were truly stacked against her. She wanted to make sure that Dr. Stevens truly understood not to fuck with her. He didn't seem to get that yet, but he would.
Ivy led the way through both sets of glass doors as she exited into the high heat to her silver Nissan, climbing into the driver's seat and leaving her door open to start the car and turn on the A/C. Her black seat cover helped her from burning her ass on the leather.
"Why is it still so hot out here, oh my godd," Ivy stressed. It was getting darker but the heat had not yet subsided. She was so tired of summer. The air was hot and thick, enough to drain a person, but her mom was truly from the south and hopped right into the passenger side closing the door, waiting for the A/C to circulate.
"It ain't that hot. Yesterday was hot. Close the door, Ivy, you letting the cool air out."
Ivy's arms were rested on the wheel, but she moved, dragging to shut the door.
"Ma, I'm so mad. I can't believe that nigga still allowed to practice after what he did. I can't be the only one who knows this man is a psycho." Sighing, she pulled out of the lot.
Renee' didn't respond right away, tapping on her phone. She was always on the phone with someone. If it wasn't her brother in Florida asking for money, it was someone at her church wanting to talk or someone her job who wanted her to cook or come somewhere with them. Renee' was the type to always be there for everyone even though she didn't get anything back.
The car whipped down the road towards the Ruby Tuesdays with Ivy lost in her thoughts. She didn't feel comfortable staying alone which is why she'd packed a bag and gotten escorted to her mom's place. Of course her mom wanted to whoop ass. She all but chased Officer Howard off of her property. Ivy shook her head. She agreed with her mama, Officer Howard was a disgrace to black women and she too hoped she fell in a deep ditch and broke her ankle.
"What," Renee' asked. Ivy looked over before shaking her head again
"Nothing." She hadn't realized she was smiling. It made her feel justified having her mama on her side.
"Lord, if I knew it'd be some shit I'd have kept you in Florida," Renee' sighed, tapping on her phone. "I thought moving out here to Cali would've been an upgrade."
"It was. It's not your fault people are crazy, just a bad situation. I still can't believe that bitch ain't believe me. That's why I hate the cops."
"Child, if they ain't murdering somebody, they ain't doing shit and there's no in between."
The conversation continued and when the car pulled up at Ruby Tuesdays, Ivy hopped out and led the way inside getting a booth for two.
"I've got your drinks, do you need time to look over the menu," the black waitress asked.
"We're ready to order. I'll take the ribs and crispy shrimp with dirty rice and mashed potatoes."
"Uh uh, lil girl! Get a vegetable!" Renee' peared over her glasses. Ivy ignored her, listening as she ordered the bourbon chicken with a sweet tea and no vegetables.
"You guys look just alike," the waitress paused with a smile.
"My daughter," Renee' clarified. Ivy had gotten her eyes and her height from her, but honestly her brother was the one who looked most like her mama. The two of them had the same face, his eyes were just hazel instead. Plus, he was taller.
"So how you came across this fool? When did all this really start?"
"Mama I don't know. That was the first time I'd ever seen him as far as I know, when I went in for my appointment. He had my information before then but that was it. I'd only spoken with his receptionist. I don't know when or how or why he picked me as a target. That's all I know."
Renee' stared as if Ivy wasn't sharing everything, but shared what she knew. Ivy wished she had the answers, but she didn't know what the dentist was playing at or if it was over. The ones who were supposed to help wouldn't believe her. According to Officer Howard, she even needed evidence for a restraining order. She didn't have it.
What she did have was a brain, two hands which knew how to swing, and a gun that she kept in the trunk. If it came down to it, she'd shoot his ass without blinking or thinking twice. She knew her mom would do the same.
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Erik stepped from his home shower onto a white shower mat that turned blood red wherever water hit it. Right now it looked like there were two bloody footprints surrounded my droplets of blood. He loved that mat.
Wrapping his waist in a fluffy white towel, he looked himself over in the mirror grabbing his oil which sat under the sink on a gold colored tray next to a pristine metal pick and a bottle of Mane N' Tail Conditioner. A little castor oil on his beard, hairline, and mustache and he was looking good and well-kept. Putting the oil back where he took it from, he adjusted it do that the Sunny Isle label faced forward. He was very particular about his belongings.
He picked up his iPhone from the sink scrolling to and opening a little blue app called iSpy. Luckily, Ivy hadn't picked up on that fact that he'd installed it onto her phone or he may have been in a bit of trouble. The advertisements bragged on the app being undetectable. No matter how much Ivy searched through her device, she should never be able to find an indication of the app being there. Only he would know what he'd done and he'd have access to her 24/7.
Scrolling through the report of Ivy's past locations, he felt a sense of giddy mischief, smiling faintly as he bit on his thumb nail. He saw the address of his office and a photo of the outside. She'd been outside while the officer was questioning him, he already was aware. Ivy had also gone home. Her address was there along with a photo of her neighborhood. He'd driven by there once or twice before she'd come in for her appointment, but of course she didn't know that. He looked to see where else she'd been.
Her mother's house. He sighed. He'd never been there. She kept involving more and more people. First the cops, now her mother. She was going to force his hand, he knew it and he was so, so intrigued.
"Trying to avoid me," he mused aloud. "Won't work."
He scrolled down and saw a gas station and Patient First.
"SHIT," he yelled exiting the app. He had to call Araya. Quickly his fingers dialed her cell phone number listening intently as the phone rang twice. "Araya," he spoke when the line picked up.
"Dr. Stevens," she purred. "You don't typically call at this time unless you're looking for a little post-work fun or someone to do your dirty work," she spoke slyly. He could hear the smirk in her voice. She was going to need some tuning to put her back in her place.聽 "Which is it, doctor?"
"If you want a job tomorrow, you'll cut the shit and go to the address I'm sending you. My latest toy decided to get smart. I'm sure you can put two and two together. Make sure that test gets lost quickly I'll make it worth your while."
"What ya gonna gimme," she toyed.
This wasn't the time for her to go against him or play games.
"Your life.. I'll let you keep it despite the fact that I told you to watch her and you-"
"-Are in front of Patient First. As. We. Speak,"聽 Aren't we, Draya?"
"Hey boss," Draya spoke.
"Remember who the hell you're dealing with, Erik," Araya said boldly causing Erik's eyes to narrow. She was laying it on thick and if it were a different circumstance, he'd be extremely turned on. "I'm your number one bitch and you'd better not forget it."
The line went dead and he stared blankly at the phone.
"Hm," he mumbled dropping his towel. The bathroom was warm enough. Phone in his palm, he swiped through his apps with his middle finger, tapping iSpy. He could see that Ivy had left a Ruby Tuesdays somewhere close to her mother's home. It wasn't hard to guess where she'd be staying.
@goddessofthundathighs @panthergoddessbast @youreadthatright @forbeautyandlife @theunsweetenedtruth @bidibidibombaclaat @myboyfriendgiriboy @dameshaemonique @blackpantherimagine 聽 @hidden-treasures21 @mysidefanting @hold-me-like-a-heart-beat @syndrlla97 @winteroflife @thotyana-in-this-hoe 聽 @texasbama @gingerylimonte @magic-madness-heavensin @wawakanda-btch @scrumptiouslytenaciouscrusade @wakanda-inspired @blackgirloneshots @thegucciwaffle @thiccdaddy-mbaku @drsunshine97 @indigoxsummers @cccccx1 聽@dynastylnoire @iamrheaspeaks @blowmymbackout @they-call-me-le @theblulife @sheisexcellent @blackpinup22
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sevenpinkheartsa year ago
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Ok so i had this post in mind since a lot (skip to the last image for the point of this post):
Little premise: days ago i ended in the rabbit hole of "incel youtube"... kinda, i was searching funnish simp memes on YouTube and so, weird videos ended up in my yt recs and holy shit, some people are so fucked up, i have seen the strangest misogynistic shit, going from "it's women's fault if incels fail the "dating competition""and "too many boys raised by single mother is bad bc they grow up into worshipping women" and other wtf shit like that
Still it's not that the problem, what i'm getting at is a particular fact, one of the video in that ended in my rec was this
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An extremely misogynistic song by Negative XP an right-wing "incel punk band" (THEIR OWN WORDS) whose content is either about "gaming" (yes they are that kind of gamer) and
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That song is basically the "all women born after 93 can't cook" meme but... unironic, clearly the comments are all about hating the "Ramona" kind of girl and why she is Bad simply for existing, even though they clearly hate many kind of girls including e-girl, and finally, the point of this post:
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I assume you know what is an e-girl, and why it's so easy for mysoginists to hate them, this song is no different from others, it's just woman-bashing because they are disgusting men and pathetic pieces of crap, the point is in fact the image used in the video, if you don't recognize her she is Bianca Devins, a 17 years old e-girl with 35.000 followers that was murdered last year by an 21 year old incel, the story behind her murder is EXTREMELY FUCKED UP and it's very easy to find fake news about her, but what is sure is that a horrid man decapitated her and put her corpe's photos on Instangram, this poor young girl suffered a terrible fate, personally i haven't see those photos un-censored but from what people said they are incredibly disturbing so be careful when searching about her.
So what i'm getting to? I'm saying this sub-human used the image of a very young, 17yo girl that was recently brutally murdered as background for his shitty misogynistic video with a song made for making fun of girls like her, this is absolutely unaccetable, and what's worse are the comments, the vilest shit, so many people saying she deserved to die for "tricking" that incel or jokes and puns (many of the of sexual nature) about her DEATH, i remind you she was decapitated, for being a young girl with many instangram followers, it's bad already putting image of any real girls in these videos, but THAT image with THIS background is almost inhumane
I would pay actual money to delete this video off Youtube, it's a further spit on Bianca and her dignity; but i really don't know how; i flagged the video for "hate speech" because honestly it's all i can do know, if somehow you read please let's get rid off this gouge of a video forever, for Bianca and all the young girls that these subhumans incels prey on
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I'm trying to put together a Jiangshi Mei and I'm having a hard time of where to begin.. Any tips or suggestions for me? //Thank you so much for this blog!
Hello there!
This is going to be a generic response to聽鈥渉ow do I begin on a cosplay鈥 type questions. Normally I don鈥檛 answer these, but this allows for a guide that other cosplayers can follow.
The first thing I would do is take a look at the slides for my Planning Your Cosplay panel, which was developed to answer this exact question. It should, at the very least, give you a starting point.
The next step is to start researching! This can be time-intensive even if you generally know what you are looking for, but even more so if you don鈥檛, so here鈥檚 a few pointers. Often, research and costume breakdowns (as described both in the panel linked above and in the section below) go hand-in-hand, since you may need to research what something is before you can come up with any sort of plan for it.
- Get your references in order. If the costume is from a live-action property, you may get lucky and find information from the costumers or from other fans who have seen the costumes in person (or spent the hours watching the series or movie so you don鈥檛 have to). If the costume is from a video game, see if models of the character have been released or ripped. Some game companies also put out cosplay guides these days with breakdowns in them! If the costume is from a 2D animated property, see if character reference sheets have been released. These should show all angles of the character in order to keep the artists on model as they draw.
-聽 Look for tutorials or WIPs posted by other cosplayers of the same outfit. This doesn鈥檛 always exist, but you may get lucky and see someone else鈥檚 breakdown of the outfit, how they made specific pieces, or if you get extra lucky, you might find a tutorial or other instruction on how to make specific pieces. Don鈥檛 count on finding this, but it鈥檚 a good thing to just see if it exists.聽
- Use other cosplayers as a guide. This doesn鈥檛 mean that you should copy everything they did, but rather to look and see what others cosplayers did and whether it works for you or not. What fabrics did they use? What other materials? How does it appear to wear? How did they interpret tricky bits of the design? Seeing how others turned something from an image into real life may spark some inspiration, and can give you ideas on what works (and doesn鈥檛) in real life.
- Determine who this character is. What culture are they from? Era? If their garments are inspired by historical and cultural garments, looking up information about how to make garments of that culture and era can help you gain pattern and tutorials for those garments. It helps to first find out the name of the garment if it is something you are unfamiliar with, and then look for how-tos from there. You may not end up making something entirely culturally accurate, since it鈥檚 a cosplay, but it can get you much closer to modify the types of garments that the costume design is based on. If the setting is purely fictional, is it based on any particular culture and era? For example, many fantasy series are loosely based on medieval Europe, and looking at clothing from that culture can help you figure out what you are looking at and how to make it, even if it will almost certainly require modifications.
- Once you have determined who the character is, you can use that for more editorial decisions about the costume as well. What fabrics would this character wear? Would it be mostly natural or synthetic fibers, or does it not matter? Is the outfit more formal or casual? What textures would make the most sense? How can you make the colors and textures cohesive in real life? What kind of weathering and other details would this costume have? Much of this will be determined by the nature of the costume itself (such as requiring a stretch fabric for a bodysuit), but you will always have at least some leeway to make these decisions.
- Once you have your breakdown done, how are you going to make each piece? Are you doing sewing with fabrics? Armor? How are you going to attach pieces together? What is the order of the layers of the costume? How are you going to finish items on the surface (such as painting vs. using vinyl on armor pieces)? Even if you have some ideas, I would recommend combing through as many tutorials as you can get your hands on for more ideas on construction methods, especially on specialty sewing techniques you may not find in commercial patterns or sewing books and on cosplay-specific crafting methods like armor.
- Combing through the sections for what you are making on our master tutorial list, as well as doing research on your own on the google, can give you many ideas on how to go about construction. Choose a method that fits your skill level, time budget, money budget, and the effect you want for the costume. You can place any level of importance you want on those individual categories, and even take into consideration other things, such as comfort. Even if you don鈥檛 know the specifics of what you want to do and are just looking through, say, the armor section or the horns section generally, you can apply the principles of those tutorials to the specific costume you are making, and even combine techniques if you find something that seems like it would work.
- If you find a tutorial or advice on a technique but it鈥檚 not for the specific outfit you are doing, keep in mind that shapes and colors can always be changed to adapt to what you need.
While you are doing your research, it helps to also be simultaneously working on a breakdown. This is a listing of everything in the costume that you will need, and can range from very basic to very complex. This will help you to know what you are looking at when you are looking at a complex costume, will help break down the costume into manageable pieces, and will give you a starting place to work from.
- Get your references in order. Clear images that show are angles are best, but not always possible to find, depending on the design (I鈥檝e personally done a lot of weird old JRPG cosplay where there is only one image of the outfit鈥). If there are multiple conflicting references, combine them for the effect you like best, or choose one and stick with it. If you are to be competing with the costume, be sure to include all references and explain your rationale for choosing from one ref or another.
- Start labeling each part of the costume. It can help to print out a physical copy of a full body shot or character reference sheet so that you can label each piece of the costume and sketch out parts that may be unclear or that you want to fully understand how they work. You can also sketch out things like the layering of parts of how pieces attach to each other, or any modifications you are making or parts you have to make up (such as if there is no back shot of the outfit).
- I like to make an Excel spreadsheet that lists each material I need, how much I need, and the estimated cost, since it helps to see each material clearly laid out and helps with budgeting. Some people prefer to use an app like Cosplanner. Do your breakdowns however fit you best.
- Start with the most general and move into more specific. For example, first label聽鈥渟kirt鈥 and聽鈥渂louse,鈥 and then go into more specific things such as聽鈥渃ircle skirt鈥 or聽鈥渒nife pleated skirt,鈥 and then even more specific, such as listing out potential materials, tutorials you might use, patterns you might use, etc. This is why a lot of your research and breakdown work will happen simultaneously!
- Figure out material choices, as discussed above. If you are stuck on materials, look at the backs of pattern envelopes for similar garment types and see what they suggest. I also recommend simply going to a fabric store and looking at and touching fabrics (and taking flash photos) in order to find materials that have the properties you need. Does the material on the reference look thick or thin? Does it drape stiffly or fluidly? Does it have any particular shine to it, and if so, what is the quality of that shine? Does the fabric need to stretch in order to encapsulate the body?
- While choosing materials, also keep in mind things like who the character is/the the world they come from, your skill level, your budget, and your personal comfort. If you are going to be wearing something covering in a warm climate, for example, be sure to choose natural fibers so the costume breathes.
- Start gathering things like tutorials and patterns. If you don鈥檛 know where to start on sewing something, look at the shapes of the garment compared to real-life garments, including what other cosplayers have done. Look at sewing patterns and see what types of garments are similar to the garments you are trying to make, and start thinking about how to modify the shapes into what you need. If you are doing historical costuming, do the same, only with historical or culturally-specific garments. If doing armor, see how others have patterned armor in similar shapes.
- Start figuring out how to make things! Once you know what everything is in the costume and you have some ideas of techniques, you can start deciding on techniques to use. You may find it helpful to create a document that you write out your breakdown in (so listing out each piece) and then creating a written description of the item, adding reference images, and compiling links to tutorials. This way, you can always go back and reference this document later when you are working on the costume, ensuring that you don鈥檛 lose any of your important references or tutorials. If you are competing, you have the added bonus of being able to adapt this document into one where you record what you ended up doing to present to the judges.
This may seem like a lot of steps, and it is, but once you gain experience with cosplay, a lot of this becomes quick decisions that you can make based on your experience. It can be very helpful to look at something as overwhelming as an entire character design and break it down into smaller, manageable components, especially if you are just starting out on your cosplay crafting journey and don鈥檛 know where to begin. By following a step-by-step road map such as this, you can get over that initial hurdle and start making!
I hope that helps! Good luck :]
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ozonecolognea year ago
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hey! you always give wonderful advice, and i wanted to ask for some fandom related one. :) more and more i feel excluded in fandom, because i'm an international fan, because i don't have money for cons. i see all these people and the exciting things they do, and i'm happy for them, but i'm so deeply sad that i don't get to participate and do these wonderful things. i dont really have a lot of things in my daily life i enjoy or can focus on, pretty much no local friends, and i cant find 1/2
Anonymous said: Hello it鈥檚 ask anon! Yes I am international! And I did send a two part question! It was about fandom and a bit of difficulty navigating it/sadness? The second part was honestly pretty rambly, so I think you can work out the main thing from part one!! Not sure which part this was in, but I do remember writing down 鈥渋 feel like there鈥檚 community everywhere and I can鈥檛 get to be a part of it鈥, which I felt like described my feelings well. Thank you for taking the time :)
Hello there, my international friend! I鈥檓 sorry that the second part of your ask appears to have gotten lost somewhere, but I鈥檒l do my best to respond to what you鈥檝e given me here :) Thank you for thinking of me, I鈥檓 glad that you think I give such good advice!
Some fandom advice, and also much encouragement, is under the cut for anyone that needs it:
鈥淢ore and more I feel excluded in fandom, because (1) I鈥檓 an international fan, (2) I don鈥檛 have money for cons.鈥
1. It鈥檚 definitely hard to feel connected to people if you feel that you鈥檙e always on the outside聽looking in, and I鈥檓 really sorry that you feel that way. If it鈥檚 any consolation, I am SO GLAD that you鈥檝e found your way into this community despite being outside of North America! I think I speak for most people when I say that we value all kinds of people and perspectives 鈥 it鈥檚 one of the great advances of the Internet that we can all connect :) I love you!
Supernatural fandom does not belong to any one particular place. It鈥檚 important to remember that every fan everywhere in the world gets different opportunities. The show is shot in Canada 鈥 residents near and around Vancouver get the opportunity to visit the set and various filming locations for insider information. Residents of the States get greater access to conventions. Residents outside North America entirely get easier access to specialty conventions like JIB, which have unique program schedules and some different procedural rules than North American conventions. You are special, I promise! Nobody gets a total fan聽experience; we all get limited access.
I鈥檓 particularly privileged in living in the US (and in Southern California at that), so I don鈥檛 want to assume that I know exactly how you feel with the above point. There are a TON of wonderful international fans out there, and if you鈥檙e not aware of them then you totally should be! People like @whelvenwings鈥嬧, @purgatory-jar鈥, @bamf-castiel鈥, and @armellin鈥嬄燼re all wonderful fan content creators that live outside the US, and people that I count as friends. I鈥檓 sure that any of them would be happy to chat with you about the more isolating parts of being in a fandom and share their own tips for feeling a part of the conversation. Not to throw her under the bus or anything, but Sasha @armellin鈥 in particular chats with me about this a lot, and she occasionally does small art challenges in the interest of making more friends! We truly are everywhere.
2. In case it needs to be said: going to a convention does NOT make you a more legitimate fan (there is no such thing), nor is going to a convention necessary to make close friendships and connections through fandom. I would say that MOST fans will probably never go to a convention! Attending conventions is a privilege that not everyone can afford, they are designed to be that way, and you should not feel bad about yourself because you won鈥檛 get to one in the foreseeable future. You鈥檙e honestly probably doing yourself a favor by saving the money!
In terms of FOMO or feeling left out because you know you can鈥檛 get to a convention, I totally get that too. But this is why we have a聽community. People that do attend conventions are, on the whole, extremely generous in sharing their experiences with those online and not in attendance: live tweeting, uploading full panel video, posting their personal photo ops and stories, answering questions and passing on messages on behalf of others, and even taking candid photos of the cast. Grow your network, tune into the circuit, and you might find that you can feel involved even if you can鈥檛 physically be there! One way that I keep involved with conventions even though I don鈥檛 go to them very frequently is doing transcription work, for example.
If you know that someone you follow / look up to is going to be at a convention that鈥檚 coming up soon, don鈥檛 be afraid to reach out and ask if they might be able to get something autographed for you and mail it your way! I鈥檝e definitely seen that happen before 鈥 lots of people are very willing to help out!
鈥淚 feel like there鈥檚 community everywhere and I can鈥檛 get to be a part of it.鈥
You are absolutely right about the first part of that sentence, and absolutely wrong about the second. You CAN be a part of it. You SHOULD. Here鈥檚 how:
Those international fans that I mentioned earlier? Maybe one of them lives closer and could give you more specific resources. I was recently interviewed by a Russian fan account called聽@spnrus鈥, so I know for a fact that more culturally-specific fandom resources are out there. I just don鈥檛 know of them all! There used to be a fan connection page set up somewhere so that people from different places around the globe could find other fans near them to chat with, but I can鈥檛 remember the url for that one :( If someone knows it, please leave it in the notes on this post!
As I said, the Internet makes making connections so much easier than it has been in the past. A general tip for making friends in online fandom: just ask! Send a message off anon now and again. I鈥檓 personally more likely to speak to strangers on here when (a) they are transparent with me and (b) they engage a lot with my content. Grow a network of creators and commentators that you like; follow lots of people and who their friends appear to be, reblog the content you like from them and be vocal about liking it, support those people however you鈥檙e best able to at the moment! Reach out as yourself and say hello! Give a good compliment out of the blue here and there. All this stuff goes a long way, I promise.聽
You can also participate in group fan projects that don鈥檛 have international boundaries! Not only is this a good way to feel like you鈥檙e part of something bigger, but it鈥檚 also a great way to make new friends! Fic challenges like the Dean/Cas Big Bang ( @deancasbigbang 鈥) are run with the explicit goal of connecting people together in order to create something new and beautiful! Not only do you not need any real experience with writing or art to participate, you are also guaranteed at least one new person to talk to. Some people have better experiences with challenge like the DCBB than others, but it鈥檚 certainly a place to start. There are lots of challenges out there 鈥 let me know if you鈥檇 like a longer list of those and I can put a started pack together for you!
(Also: you鈥檙e much more likely to get new people interested in talking to you / able to find your profile if you create content of some kind.)
Other activities like GISH are completely open to the public! You also don鈥檛 need to have 鈥渓ocal friends鈥 in fandom to play 鈥 you can just ask to be put on a random team through the hunt software itself. Some higher-profile teams have an informal application process that you could pursue as well, if you鈥檇 like! I started following the members of my GISH team years ago, I was invited to join their team a few years after that, and then a bunch of us actually met in person at a convention together! They鈥檙e some of my closest friends and I will love everybody at聽@trashbrigade forever and ever. Just this past summer聽@ushiiwakas鈥 actually met up with me for an afternoon in Los Angeles! Even if you鈥檙e nervous about participating in GISH, I recommend trying it at least once 鈥 there鈥檚 nothing like a high pressure international scavenger hunt to form bonds between strangers.
You might find that because of these things, your self-confidence will increase and improve. That鈥檚 really good for you for a lot of reasons. As you start to feel more confident about yourself, more comfortable who you are and what you offer the world, you will absolutely find that people orbit you in support. Look for ways to make yourself feel good, and connection will follow! I鈥檓 positive of that!
鈥淵ou always give wonderful advice鈥
Well, thank you for saying so. I hope that this was some helpful stuff. And, again, thank you for reaching out. I hope that you鈥檙e having a wonderful day. I hope that you find some hobbies to give your life some fulfillment, and I hope that your particular talents are being recognized by at least one person right now.聽
Lastly, I love you. I鈥檝e said it before, but it bears repeating. You can always come chat to me if you鈥檙e feeling lonely.
That鈥檚 all tonight. 馃挍聽馃挍聽馃挍聽
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migleefulmomentsa year ago
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Abby is the 1 who needs a reading comprehension lesson. An anonymous person said 'You're a narrow-minded fool if you actually put any stock in whether or not a married man is wearing his ring.' Abby's reply was 'Never once did I or anyone I know say that a married person has to wear a ring.' Am I crazy or is that totally 2 different things? Sometimes Abby is so blind it makes me crazy. Also, if u could do a follow up to her blatherings re her post it would be great. I'm just gobsmacked over it.
I see you wrote another post clarifying it was Cassie who made the comments you quoted but the entire coven鈥檚 comments after Cassie just get more ridiculous-聽鈥渇act鈥 after聽鈥渇act鈥 of lies and nonsense comparisons. 聽It鈥檚 batty that they believe any of the lies- but they believe them all!聽
Anonymous asked:聽My grandpa doesn't wear his wedding ring because he used to work as an AC/heating repair man (he even taught college courses on fixing heaters at one point) and then was just not in the habit when he retired. That doesn't make his and grandma's marriage less valid. Rings are a symbolic thing that most cultures don't even do. You're a narrow-minded fool if you actually put any stock in whether or not a married man is wearing his ring.
cassie1022 answered:聽Oh yay, fun. (Cassie -always so charming) 聽My dear Nonnie, once again, reading comprehension eludes someone that believes in the Miarren myth. Never once did I or anyone I know say that a married person has to wear a ring (and yet Abby pops in below to claim the same but then argue that it IS the ring coming and going that looks suspicious. Let鈥檚 pretend that cc rings were real- he didn鈥檛 wear them every day regardless of what Abby claims.). Some people don鈥檛 wear them because they work with their hands, like your grandpa, and some just don鈥檛 feel comfortable wearing them. Let鈥檚 be real though. D has never shown an aversion to wearing rings. He鈥檚 worn them quite often, even while playing a show (yes, but he also took them off. 聽It鈥檚 his prerogative. 聽Until he says he鈥檚 getting divorced, it鈥檚 none of our business). There was a time when the only time he DIDN鈥橳 have a ring on was while he was in character (so what? He has had his wedding ring on most times we鈥檝e seen him. You are counting individual photos as entire days and that isn鈥檛 accurate)
That being said, let鈥檚 examine. When was the last time you think D fixed a car, operated heavy machinery, or, like your grandpa, fixed an AC unit or heater? 聽(You have no idea what he does in his spare time. 聽This is a gross comment-some people do things with their hands -build things- because they enjoy it) 聽(Maybe if he could do that, people wouldn鈥檛 be making their own sweat gravy when they go to TSG.)(So now we start with the lies and mischaracterizations. FUN. There are two comments from TSG claiming A/C was broken. Since likely Mia doesn鈥檛 own the building, she has no control over the A/C being broken).聽
As I鈥檝e already said, rings aren鈥檛 for everyone, but I鈥檝e also pointed out that D has been an avid ring wearer most of his life, and there is more than enough photographic evidence to support this. Also, most couples that exchange rings don鈥檛 usually stop wearing them in the first year of marriage.(And he hasn鈥檛 stopped wearing his now has he?)聽That鈥檚 when it鈥檚 usually a point of pride and you want the world to know you are someone鈥檚 spouse. (Does Darren seem like the kind of person who is worried about聽鈥渢he world knowing he鈥檚聽someone鈥檚 spouse鈥? He鈥檚 pretty open about his relationship and taking his ring off for an hour or two isn鈥檛 indicative of anything).
You know what DOES make a marriage less valid? No legitimate officiant.(LIE) 聽There are only a handful of states where you can officiate your own marriage, and guess what? Louisiana isn鈥檛 one of them.(He didn鈥檛, Joe did)聽 You need an ordained minister and in addition to that, the minister must register in the parish where the marriage is taking place.
So, if this makes me a 鈥渘arrow-minded fool,鈥 so be it. I鈥檝e been called worse. (It definitely does). 聽
ajw720聽I needed to laugh this morning, thank you nonnie.(I would imagine you need to laugh a hell of a lot more than you do Abby) 聽You people really don鈥檛 get it (Oh lord). 聽Also, it isn鈥檛 JUST the ring (which is very suspicious especially as he deliberately takes it off at random times, there one minute gone the next) (Here abby argues it isn鈥檛 the ring.... except it is the ring)聽, it is as @cassie1022 pointed out, no officiant (LIE) , weird wedding algorithm (the fact that Abby truly believes there was a guest algorithm says everything there is to say about Abby鈥檚 judgment and the cc nonsense)聽聽is FAMILY HONEYMOON (a joke) 聽constant babysitters (LIE) d鈥檚 complete lack of enthusiasm (he practically said he was bored and realized at the last moment that that was bad) (Desperate Abby, you're so desperate) , talked about pooping exes as opposed to how life changed with his bride (and you don鈥檛 get that this is was keep from speaking about his personal life? How long have you been a fan? Joking about something to distract from having to answer something private is spot-on Darren), speaks more passionately about his jacket then his wedding (we done got hitched) (This means nothing Abby...NOTHING. He wrote a boring post about his jacket and you鈥檝e聽been losing your shit over it ever since. IT meant nothing...it was a coat he wore to an event. You only like it because he was boring and serious. It was the farthest thing from Darren I鈥檝e ever read.), announced the engagement using a reference to the wrong freaking franchise (I can鈥檛...this is one of your dumbest arguments out of a lot of arguments. It was a JOKE Abby, a joke. 聽He used the franchise that made the joke funny. Darren doesnt鈥 own a franchise) 聽聽, FIVE FUCKING encagement rings (LIE), the last of which is an advertisement that she is paid to wear and they haven鈥檛 even tried to hide this fact (LIE), utter lack of chemistry (again desperate Abby) , the weirdness with his non-relationship but clear friendship of sorts with his ex co-star (It鈥檚 not聽鈥渨eirdness鈥 it鈥檚 a nonrelationship-you said it yourself).聽, the way she is promoted that is beyond excessive for someone who isn鈥檛 famous (This entire rant is unhinged. Nobody is promoting her, he鈥檚 living his life with her. 聽Like we expect he would with his wife. There is nothing untoward with their behavior together. 聽The fact that you have to label it 鈥減romotion鈥 says that it worries you a lot).聽the fact that the sold their entire wedding to about 100 sponsors )(LIE) (I am sure there are more than we even realize), the clear references to fandom at the sham mockery (OMG Abby, give it up. Nobody cares about you), and that this allegedly private couple also released 85% of their wedding for public consumption (They released 27 photos. That is HARDLY 85% of their wedding. You saw a lot of the same photos posted by their friends and it upset you but they didn鈥檛 release 85% of their wedding. It was a 4-day event and the wedding events started at around 3 pm and lasted until after midnight -27 is not 85% of 10-ish hours of celebration). 聽
If it was ONLY that he randomly took his ring off depending on how the wind is blowing, fine, that is evidence alone of nothing. 聽All of these things, and hundred and hundreds of other facts (which are ALL LIES). (inconsistent timelines (Darren doesn鈥檛 owe you a 鈥渃onsistent timeline鈥 that鈥檚 asinine)聽聽聽they don鈥檛 know where they met each other RC handshakes (You know that isn鈥檛 a handshake- they were photographed together right before the聽鈥渉andshake鈥 you won鈥檛 let go of and he鈥檚 heard introducing her as his girlfriend聽), D running from her every moment he can, etc, etc)(Whatever you tell yourself to sleep at night), are clear evidence it is fake that is beyond a reasonable doubt (Bwahahahahaha you are conning yourself Abby) . 聽Him kissing her in her bar is his job. 聽I suggest nonnie you pay attention to the details (Which ones- your lies or the real details?) And please pay attention to the captain, he hasn鈥檛 even been subtle lately, he has been fairly blatant (Le sigh, he isn鈥檛 the captain. 聽He鈥檚 a dude who loves his boyfriend Will and writes children鈥檚 books that are not cc Bibles)聽.
Happy Thanksgiving Nonnie! 聽I hope you can tear yourself away from reading blogs you disagree with long enough to enjoy your friends and family! Cheers!
notes-from-nowhere聽What love are you talking about, anon? M doesn鈥檛 love D and she makes this clear every chance she get (LIE- there is nothing that suggests MIa isn鈥檛 in love with Darren).聽Do I have to remind you how she denied to D鈥檚 mom one red carpet to celebrate her son? (LIE Abby fabricated) 聽Or to D鈥檚 dad to be honored for his military past?(another LIE Abby fabricated) 聽But why listing all of her actions when you know very well this is only the surface.
Btw, I still have to know a singer/actor lost a finger because of a wedding band. Anon, try again, this attempt failed. (SMH)
leka-1998聽You聽know what I like about this instance in particular? Apart from the fact that the ring isn鈥檛 off the whole time, he鈥檚 still wearing the other one here.
After 284719 years, she should also know what the language D鈥檚 mom speaks is called. Seems she doesn鈥檛 care enough. (Another LIE that Abby fabricated)聽
Also, former platonic roomie says hello. (LIE)聽
ajw720
They still can鈥檛 explain away B/enny, the man D just praised for his new album yet D hasn鈥檛 even mentioned his brother鈥檚 (I can鈥檛 explain it but it has nothing to do with Darren and Mia. 聽You鈥檙e the one making it a problem)聽. 聽The man that mocked fandom on his IG by referring to M/oulin R/ouge when posting about the fraud in NOLA (Nobody-especially Ben Hudson- gives a shit about fandom Abby. You鈥檙e a nobody) 聽The man who seemingly officiated the wedding (Again a LIE) 聽And the one who appears to have a dog (yes he does, he lives with his girlfriend, Joanna, and their two dogs) . Hey remember just a few weeks ago when PBB dropped her teeth in the dog鈥檚 bowl? Funny as we know she and D don鈥檛 have a dog (Nope, they clearly don鈥檛- stop trying so hard).鈥
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moonraccoon-exe3 years ago
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Hi moon;; I'm Marysia, the stupid brat that commented three times the last chapter of your ff. I'm so sorry that you've been attacked in that way and I'm sorry if my comments disturbed you too. I really didn't want to hurt you, I know you need time to update but really I just can't wait to read more. I'm sorry because I commented on the story right before the other guy and I'm afraid that you may be upset with me too. I'm sorry, I know you need time I'm just so impatient;; (sorry for my english)
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
MARY PAPAYA GAYA NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Ahahaha, aah, I鈥檓 sorry, you have such a pretty and catchy username, I had to say it aloud聽( 麓 鈻 ` )
But seriously, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MARYSIA MY DEAREST MY LOVELIEST MY SWEETEST MY KINDEST, NOOOOOOOOO
*HUGS YOU*
*WRAPS YOU IN A WARM BLANKET*
I鈥橫 NOT UPSET WITH YOU IN ANY WAY OR SENSE OR FORM OR SHAPE, NOOOO
Please please please, don鈥檛 feel bad, Marysia, my dearest, nooooo!! I鈥檒l feel TERRIBLE and horrible if I know you feel bad, no, please don鈥檛 feel that way!
You鈥檙e not a stupid brat, and you didn鈥檛 upset me, and no- JUST NO TO ALL OF THIS ASK, NO
YOU ARE A LOVELY AND WONDERFUL CREATURE AND I L O V E YOUR COMMENTS
So what if you commented 3 times? You want to know a secret? I LOVED IT! I loved it so much, so so so amazingly, incredibly MUCH, you have no idea!!!
I was on a horrible block for chapter 27, and then you left that first comment? That comment alone inspired me to open some Beauty and the Beast music on Youtube,and I wrote down (you won鈥檛 believe it), 9,000 WORDS FOR THE STORY!! Almost the whole chapter, in one go, thanks to you!! Thanks to you and your wonderful comment!!
The only reason I didn鈥檛 answer that day was because I wanted to reply the same day that I posted. I still plan to do it, that鈥檚 why I haven鈥檛 replied to the first comment you left; because I know that you get the update in your mail, but I also want to tell you聽 myself when it鈥檚 up. :)
And maybe you haven鈥檛 seen my reply on AO3 to one of the comments, but I鈥檓 actually writing thinking about you and your precious comments.
They were such a boost to me, you have no idea. They motivated and still motivate me. I was discouraged by the mean comment, but yours? Yours is what keeps me going. It was what told me聽鈥淚t really is worth it, Raccoon, look at how excited this person is for you to continue!!鈥
So I鈥檓 writing thinking about you.聽
You鈥檙e constantly leaving precious comments, and you have no idea how much they encourage me and motivate me and keep me going. I would be nowhere without the comments of people like you!
And you like the story so much, and so sincerely, and with so much excitement, I can鈥檛 help but feel the same excitement and open the document and write all those 12,000 words that I need to write. When I say thank you, I mean it as in more than just for the comment; I say thank you to people like you because it鈥檚 people like you, it鈥檚 YOU, who give me reasons to continue!!
I would have dropped the story long ago if it wasn鈥檛 because of your unconditional, incredible, beautiful support and your very kind words, my dear. So if this story keeps going, it鈥檚 partly because of and for you :)
So:
1. You鈥檙e not a stupid brat. On the opposite, you鈥檙e a WONDERFUL reader, who I constantly think about to motivate me, and I ADORE YOU. We don鈥檛 speak much but you鈥檙e so AMAZINGLY nice and so sweet with me, I鈥檓 excited, super, super excited and soooooooooooo happy, so so so so HAPPY, excited and happy and I feel so much JOY whenever I see your name in the comment section. It鈥檚 one of the names I often really, really, really hope I will see, because I want to make YOU happy and I want to see if YOU liked the chapter! I think about specifically YOU among a couple others when I update, so no stupid brat; you鈥檙e an ANGEL!!
2. Your comments didn鈥檛 disturb me in any way. On the literal opposite, they gave me boost and motivation to write 10,000 words of the 12,000 or 13,000 they are. You and two comments alone wrote the entire chapter 27 and you should know that and be happy
3. You didn鈥檛 hurt me!! As I鈥檝e said, and I repeat, on the opposite!! It was YOU who fixed what the other person said!! I read their comment and felt bad, but then I read yours, and everything was okay again. It was partly because of you that that mean comment didn鈥檛 upset me too much; because I remembered that one mean comment can鈥檛 compare to all the others that you鈥檝e given me with so much love and excitement. They can鈥檛 compare.
4. It鈥檚 not your fault ot have commented after that other person!! It鈥檚 not like just because you commented, they decided to do it too. I鈥檓 sure they didn鈥檛 even look at the other comments! Really, it鈥檚 not your fault. It鈥檚 unrelated and you weren鈥檛 involved in any way, it just happened that you left a comment and someone kilometers away and unaware of your comment decided to leave a comment too, and it just happened that one arrived after thhe other, but really, it鈥檚 not like it was on purpose or like it was your fault. Leave it; don鈥檛 apologize for what others do.聽
I鈥檓 not upset at you and you have nothing to be blamed for, so please don鈥檛 feel bad about it. Please.
Thank you IMMENSELY for dropping by, though. You didn鈥檛 need to, but it was still nice that you left this ask only because that way I can tell you it鈥檚 not your fault and I鈥檓 not mad at you! ON THE OPPOSITE, YOU SWEET ANGEL!
Really. Please. Seriously, I ask you from the bottom of my heart, don鈥檛 feel bad about it. Don鈥檛 be sad, please, please, I beg of you. Please.
[This got a bit long so I will put a read more line here, buddy. Forgive me, and I hope you don鈥檛 mind!]
You didn鈥檛 upset me and I鈥檓 not upset at you in any way! On the opposite. I won鈥檛 get tired of saying it; you were and are my boost and motivation, I could never be disturbed by what you say. Never.
Have you read the comments you leave me? How could I ever be angry at those? They鈥檙e always so full of love, with hearts, they鈥檙e always so cheerful and so dear. They鈥檙e fuel to me; they keep me going. They make my day every day. I can鈥檛 put into words how much your comments mean to me.
I shouldn鈥檛 be saying this because I value and treasure all my readers for that particular story, but鈥ou are one of my favorite readers, hahaha!!聽(*锞夆柦锞)
But really. I mean that. I鈥檓 serious about that.
Only with your comments, you show鈥o much. Only with your comments I can see and feel how you feel about the story; you have such a HUGE and sincere excitement about it, you鈥檙e probably the person that鈥檚 the happiest about it and you鈥檙e probably the one that loves it the most, and who is happiest when I update, the most excited while reading.
You read the story with so much passion, with so much joy, you read the fic with so much true and huge and sincere excitement, it blows my mind! I can鈥檛 believe there鈥檚 someone that likes the story as much as you do. And that was my purpose all along.
You have no idea how it feels that someone feels so excited about it and likes it as much as you do. No idea. You鈥檙e one of my favorite readers because you鈥檙e so excited about it and you like it so much, it moves me, it touches my heart. This is the reason I write; you and people like you. It makes no sense to write for no audience, and a quiet audience is not the same.
But you? You read it with so much excitement and passion, all that I want is to post the next chapter so you can have it, and so that I can see that excitement going through you. I may not visually see it, but I can feel it in your comments, and that, my friend, is my most valued treasure; your sincerity and your amazing excitement.
When I post a chapter, I鈥檓 always hoping that, among a couple others, I see YOUR name in the comment section. I love that you like the story, I love to read your reactions, I love you as a reader because you鈥檙e one of my main columns of support and motivation. This story couldn鈥檛 have existed without the support of many, you included, and you in one of the main places!!
Buddy, I鈥檓 writing this chapter for you. This specific chapter for you, because of your 2 comments (they were 2, not 3, don鈥檛 worry :) ) and the effect they had on me. They reminded me there鈥檚 someone out there that is waiting excitedly for the next part, and it motivates me to finish it!
So no worries. Please, I beg of you with everything I have, don鈥檛 feel sad or bad and don鈥檛 think I鈥檓 upset at you or that I ever was. On the oposite!!聽
YOU KEEP ME GOING!聽鉂
Thank you so much for your unconditional support, buddy! Chapter 27 is going in the making for you, and thanks to you!!
Don鈥檛 worry about your english, it鈥檚 GREAT!!聽(掳鈻铰)
Really, buddy. No worries about it. Forget about that mean comment, okay? It has nothing to do with you and it鈥檚 not your fault and just know that I love your comments!!
Thank you for reading this story, it means so much more to me than you understand!!
Thank you for liking it so much!
Thank you for your WONDERFUL comments, I treasure every single one of them!
Andthank you so much for giving me the motivation I needed for the next chapter! I鈥檓 only some words away of finishing, I hope to update it soon, and it will be for you!!
THANK YOU!!
I hope you鈥檙e having a MOST BEAUTIFUL day or night, my dearest!!聽(锞壜淬儺`)锞
Also, is that you on your profile photo? Besides a wonderful and sweet reader, YOU鈥橰E SUPER BEAUTIFUL!! And so talented and skilled for cosplay!!
WOW!
A BEAUTIFUL ANGEL, MASTER OF COSPLAY, IS READING MY STORY AND LIKING IT!!!!!!
I AM SO HAPPY AND SO HONORED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING!聽o(>蠅
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spacevirgil3 years ago
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Ti Amo (Chapter Two)
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Warnings: self hate, trump, transphobia, homophobia, food, GOT spoilers
part one: https://fallingamor.tumblr.com/post/168052452025/ti-amo-chapter-one
Evelyn promptly brought herself back to life, smiled, and retreated into her bedroom, where the smile fell off her face. She had to tell Maia about Christa, Christa was important. Not an emergency, but close.
But then Maia would think Christa was Evelyn's "lady friend", and would tease her about that forever, and Evelyn did not want to go through that at all, because Maia's teasing was relentless, and borderline nasty, sometimes, and Evelyn could be rather sensitive.
But she had to tell someone about Christa, the goddess that had walked through the door and was currently using the bathroom. She supposed she could talk to George about it. That was not something she wanted to do.
But Christa was still here, and Evelyn had nobody to talk to about her. She didn't want to talk to Christa herself- that would end disastrously. Evelyn would make a fool out of herself, call herself Aiden, be sad that Christa called her Aiden, then cry about it.
But surely Christa didn't dislike transgender people. After all, she did have a badge saying she/her on it. That meant she accepted transgender people, right? She didn't assume everyone was cis, did she?
Evelyn had to actually talk to the girl to understand her, but she didn't want to. She did, she did want to talk, she didn't want to embarrass herself. That was all she was good at, embarrassing herself, that and crying, and generally being a depressing shithead.
"Depressing shithead" would not have been Evelyn's first description of herself. That description had come from Joe, and, like as not, she did hold Joe's opinion in high regard. So she described herself as he had, because it had to be true. He'd said as much. She trusted him, even though she hated him. Because, when you love someone, you can never truly hate them.
Then came a knock at her door. A soft one, gentle, and Christa stepped through the door. Evelyn got a proper look at her, and blushed.
Christa had dark skin, and it reminded Evelyn of a model she'd seen on Instagram. Christa's hair was ginger, probably dyed, and her eyes were large, emerald green, open wide, and innocent looking.
Her jacket was leather and the lapels- who put lapels on a leather jacket? It looked good though- were covered in badges. Evelyn saw a Nirvana badge, a Fall Out Boy badge, the she/her badge, and the one that made her heart skip a beat. And it was not the My Chemical Romance one.
This badge was smaller than the others. And it was a rainbow. Not like a cartoon rainbow, although there was one of those, but that particular badge held a gay pride flag.
And, once again, Evelyn Taylor died.
Evelyn found herself sat in between Christa and George, pushing a piece of pasta around her bowl with her fork. She was extremely uninterested in all conversation going on, because, of course, it had turned to politics. She hated conversations about politics. Her parents were Trump supporters to the extreme, whereas Evelyn would have happily voted for Bernie Sanders if she could have.
"So, Christina," Evelyn's dad began.
"Christa is fine," Christa corrected, with forced civility.
"Yes, whatever, Christa," Evelyn's dad told them all dismissively. "Who would you have voted for, if you were old enough?"
"Hillary," Christa answered instantly. "Why would I vote Trump?"
"Donald Trump is a great man, god bless," Evelyn's mother insisted fervently. "Why wouldn't you?"
"I don't agree with anything that man says," Christa insisted. "He's a bit mad, his policies are extreme. And he's a liar."
"He is not mad!"
"This is not a conversation I want to get into," Christa sighed.
"You started it."
"I did not, Mr. Taylor. You asked who I'd vote for."
"I- Uh-" Evelyn's dad spluttered, before silencing.
"Your daughter is very rude," Evelyn's mother told her friend.
"She's really not," Christa's dad said.
"Still, I don't think she's a good influence on my children. They don't need rude people around them."
"Andrea, you're being more rude then Christa."
"I disagree," Evelyn's mother said, and an icy silence fell over the table.
Evelyn started to feel a little ill. Her parents seemed to put politics even over friendships. They were so controlling, how was Evelyn supposed to have any friends? At this rate, she'd grow old friendless, wifeless, and Aiden. Because she was not having people like her to Caitlyn Jenner, seeing as Evelyn Taylor and Caitlyn Jenner were pretty fucking different.
The second everyone was finished, Evelyn's mother stood up and dismissed everyone. Evelyn sprinted up to her room, trying to leave the tension filled house, but, of course, she couldn't, so she went to the only private place she had: her bedroom.
Christa was close behind. "Do you mind that I join you? I'd go to George, but I think he wants a fuck buddy, not a chat."
"Uh- yeah, that's- that's cool, I guess. George is, uh, like that, yeah," Evelyn laughed nervously.
"I didn't catch your name, cutie."
"It's Aiden?" Evelyn questioned herself even before the words left her mouth.
"You don't seem sure, cutie," Christa teased.
"Thoughts on trans people?" Evelyn blurted, wincing visibly. "Sorry, I'm kind of nervous, you're scary. I mean, you're not scary, I just-"
"It's alright, cutie. Trans people? I'll support and protect as required," Christa vowed.
"Oh."
"Oh? Do you think trans people are attention seekers?"
"Oh, god no," Evelyn said. She wasn't sure to come out or not, but she didn't want Christa to think she was transphobic. She was already out to Maia, what harm could it do to come out to Christa?
"You seem uncomfortable," Christa pointed out.
"I'm debating on whether or not to come out," Evelyn said, not thinking, and then realised what she'd said. "Oh shit, I think- I think I'm going to cry."
"Cutie, it's alright," Christa explained. "I'm just about the biggest lesbian ever."
"Same," Evelyn admitted, and then sighed, blushing about as red as a firetruck. "Oh god, now I'm gonna cry."
"What? Oh, cutie, don't cry," Christa told her worriedly, wrapping the taller girl in her arms. "You're trans? That's okay, sweetheart. There's nothing wrong with you."
"I'm鈥 alright," Evelyn told Christa, before feeling a tear drop down her face, and cursing.
She couldn't even introduce herself without crying. She'd made a huge fool out of herself, which is exactly what she'd told herself not to do, and she'd fucking cried about it, how dumb was she? Christa probably thought she was stupid, an imbecile, a fool, weak, a baby, and who knew what Christa would say?
Evelyn attempted to force herself to stop crying, but it didn't work, and she held her hand up and waited for the sniffles to stop, and Christa let her go.
"Hey, cutie, chin up," Christa smiled. "You're a girl? That's cool. Nothing wrong with that." Her tone was reassuring, and Evelyn nodded.
"Yeah, hi, I'm nervous," Evelyn giggled.
"Is your name Aiden?"
"My parents say so. I'm pretty sure it's Evelyn, though."
"That's cool. I love the name Evelyn. It means little bird, or beautiful bird, did you know that?"
Evelyn nodded. "I love learning about what names mean."
"Gosh, so do I. Is that weird?"
"I don't think so."
"Aiden. Little fire," Christa smiled.
"Rowan. Little red, or tree," Evelyn countered.
"Evelyn. Little bird, or beautiful bird."
"We had that one already," Evelyn pointed out.
"Shush," Christa laughed. "Hey, cutie, you feeling any better?"
"Uh... Yeah, actually. How did you do that?" Evelyn seemed confused- because she was. Extremely.
"Magic." Christa's eyes twinkled, and her smile grew. "Hey, give me your phone? I'll put my number in if you want it, you can text me if you're feeling down again. Any time, I don't care if it's three am, I want you to talk instead of hold it in, okay?"
"Uh- yeah, sure. But is it okay if I have your Snapchat? I don't really know you."
"That's cool, cutie, we did only meet today."
Evelyn smiled, and unlocked her phone. "Here it is," she said, showing Christa the snapcode. Christa scanned it, but it didn't work.
"Hold on," she cried, and turned her data on, tapping the screen. "That should do it."
"Damn, I want an iPhone," Evelyn complained. She didn't really, she was quite happy with her Motorola, but the iPhone that Christa had would have a way better camera. And she needed a good camera- she loved taking photos.
"That's it, cutie," Christa said. "All done."
"I could have gotten you the WiFi password," Evelyn offered, "but Ma would get mad at me. Says we can't afford it."
"Internet is expensive," Christa nodded sagely, causing Evelyn to laugh. Evelyn had gone from an anxious mess to laughing and joking and she wasn't sure quite how it had happened, but hey, she figured it was best not to question, and hopefully, fingers crossed, Evelyn would continue to feel this kind of confidence, and maybe she'd tell Maia about that crush.
"What are you thinking about, cutie?" Christa asked. She kept calling Evelyn cutie, and she wasn't sure if she liked it or not. It made her blush, yes, but was it an uncomfortable blush, an embarrassed blush, or what? This was slowly working its way up to the clich茅 "it's hot in here" excuse, and clich茅s were something Evelyn hoped to avoid, but that was hard, seeing as her entire life was a clich茅.
"There's a girl," Evelyn explained, not sure if it was a good idea. "She's my best friend, and she's so nice and sweet and her smile, damn, prettiest thing I've ever seen." Smile. How clich茅. But at least it want Maia's laugh, that goddamn laugh, and what a beautiful laugh it- Clich茅! Her mind screamed.
"Awh, you got yourself a crush?"
"Unfortunately," Evelyn smiled wryly.
"Why is it unfortunate?"
"She's so goddamn straight, it's unbelievable."
"Oh dear," Christa sighed. "That's... Does she know you're a girl?"
"Yeah. Like, I know I look like a guy, but she knows I'm a girl, so would she date me if I asked?"
"I don't know. If she's straight, and she's attracted to you, she's after your body, not your gender. Some straight people date trans people who are their gender, some don't want to. It just depends on their level of attraction, you know? Some gay people are like that, too.
"I'm friends with this guy, Tom, and he dated a trans boy once. They broke up because he didn't like vaginas very much, and that's okay. Tom felt really bad about it because he couldn't get it up, but he just isn't attracted to vaginas. His ex was really understanding, and Tom ended up wingmanning for his ex, who is now in a good relationship. Or so I've heard."
"That's... Confusing," Evelyn laughed. "I think I understand."
"I'm not the best with words," Christa apologised. "Good luck with your girl, though. Oh, is that Revolution Radio? I don't own that one!"
"Uh, yeah. I love Green Day, I guess."
"Last night I had a dream I was with Green Day. I had this really long conversation with Billie Joe about music and guitars, and then Mike complimented me on my butt."
"What, just randomly?"
"Yeah, I told Billie Joe he was one of the best singers I've ever heard, and Mike came up behind me, slapped my buttocks, and said "nice behind you got there," and Billie slapped him."
"How chivalrous," Evelyn murmured. "How old is Mike, again?"
"Too old," Christa laughed. "I mean, at least he complimented my rear."
"It is a very nice... Backside."
"Posterior." Christa raised an eyebrow.
"How many words for arse do you know?"
"Hindquarters, heinie, hinder, derriere, rump, caboose, tail end, applebottom, booty, badonkadonk, tush-"
"Wait, what was that last one?"
"Tush."
"No, before that."
"Badonkadonk," Christa repeated.
Evelyn snorted, and started to laugh and the sound, and so did Christa. Christa had a deep laugh, and Evelyn found herself enjoying the sound. They both had ugly laughs, but that made it funnier, and the more they laughed, the funnier the situation was, and they laughed until they were both crying and gasping for air.
"Oh, oh god," Christa breathed.
"Badonkadonk," Evelyn cackled, voice cracking, which set the two off into silent laughter.
George burst into the darkened room, a confused look on his face. "Who's dying?" He asked.
"Both of us," Christa gasped. "Of laughter."
"Oh well," George said slowly, hands reaching up to fiddle with his hair. "Christa, your parents are leaving. I think you've pissed my parents off. It's not hard, don't worry."
"They're Trump supporters and I'm a flaming lesbian, I'll do anything I can to piss them off."
George looked deflated at that statement. "You're gay? Not even gonna give a guy a chance?"
"Nah, vaginas are great. Not the biggest fan of dicks. Breasts, bongos, boobs, chesticles, the cha cha bingos, those are my sort of thing."
"Badonkadonk," Evelyn whispered.
"Badonka-what?" George asked. "No, seriously, what? I have no idea what you two are on about."
"Well, sweetheart," Christa smiled sweetly. "I like vaginas, you have a dick, you're not getting any from me." She punctuated that with a finger to George's chest.
"See you around, cutie." She gave Evelyn a salute and sauntered off, leaving the two Taylors with their mouths hanging open.
"She's a fag?" George whispered. "Damn, I'd like to see her with another girl. That'd be so hot."
"Why do I put up with you?" Evelyn sighed, trying to get the image of Christa and Maia with each other out of her head. She wasn't going to lie, it was hot, but it felt like a huge invasion of privacy, and she'd only just met Christa.
"I'm telling the truth," George said. "Have fun with Green Day."
"I was going to listen to Coldplay or something. Maybe George Michael, or The Killers. I'm feeling a little Amy Winehouse, though."
"I don't care, listen to your goddamn music. And don't forget, tomorrow's Sunday, and Ma wants us all to go to church with her, so make sure you dust off that Bible of yours before she does inspections."
"Thanks for the heads up."
"No problem, little bro."
But there was a problem, and Evelyn found herself thinking about it as the door shut behind her brother. There were, in fact, several problems, the first of which being George calling Christa a fag.
Evelyn wanted to punch him so much for that. Him calling Christa a fag meant that he was homophobic, which in itself made Evelyn dislike her brother. And the word fag, that word made her blood boil. Why would he judge people by their sexuality? That's stupid, a gay man and a straight man are no different, with the exception of one liking dick.
And then, after calling Christa a fag, after throwing a slur at her without thinking, George had said it'd be hot to watch the very thing he didn't like. George was very hypocritical, but then again, so were most people.
Evelyn sighed and grabbed her phone and her headphones, plugging them into her phone, and flicking through her music. She decided on Innuendo, the Queen album, and put it on shuffle, even though she knew it was going to make her cry. The Show Must Go On always made her cry. It was such a powerful song, and it meant to much to her, and Freddie Mercury... God, that man deserved so much better than the media gave him.
For instance, did you know that Freddie Mercury was not, in fact, a gay? He was bisexual, but he was known as one of the most famous gay men. It really pissed Evelyn off, because nobody seemed to care. Nobody cared that he was
Picking up her copy of Game of Thrones, she leafed through it until she found her bookmark, a tiny piece of paper which had a picture of Joe Trohman on it, because that man is beautiful, and one of the funniest people she'd never met, and maybe Evelyn was more emo then she'd like to let on. The girl continued to read, and as Bran got pushed off the wall, she felt like crying.
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reverendryan4 months ago
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helping seizures in dogs with ice packs
So, to start off, yes this is a post that already exists on tumblr, but I don't remember if it had reference photos, and I haven't seen it in a while. Also, to clarify the title: this is how to help dogs who have seizures by using an ice pack, not how to benefit the seizure itself in a dog who (for some reason) has ice packs, that is a very different post. If your dog doesn't have seizures (and you're not curious), feel free to skip the rest of the words and enjoy the pictures.
I highly recommend checking with a vet, especially if the seizures are severe and/or frequent! I am not a vet, just someone who found a useful post on tumblr. I use this method because two of my girls only have, on average, 1 seizure every 3-4 months at most, they range from mild (lying down and shaking) to moderate (rocking side to side, paws flailing), and they are short (usually 30 seconds at most, bad ones still under 3 minutes). And when Sushi, the eldest girl, started having them, we took her to a vet that did not recommend medication for the exact reasons I listed.
Now, with all that out of the way, let's see some dogs!
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Conveniently laying oldest to youngest and left to right: Sushi (13), Mali (9), and Bambi (5). Only Sushi and Bambi have seizures, and they both started getting them around age 2. Their uncle said Mali was born lucky, and the other two were lucky to be born, but he's an asshole and I don't want to bend that particular fire today... Anyway, we'll be using Mali as our model today, because Sushi is old and irritable, and Bambi had a seizure earlier, thus prompting me to do this post. Don't worry, she's fine! This is less than 10 minutes after her (admittedly, longest and worst) seizure, and she actually jumped on the bed herself, this is not a staged photo (except for including the ice packs) like the ones after it:
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So, the two of the more common genders styles of ice pack pictured and the ones discussed in this post: full of beans, and stiff jerk. Which is better? The one you have, but I go for full of beans (better for placement) before stiff jerk (better for staying cold) due to the short length and usually mild intensity. If it's a bit worse, or your dog tends to have longer seizures, grab that stiff jerk (after you are sure your dog is in a safe place that they will not hurt themselves! Do not leave them on furniture on near stairs!) and stick it on their neck:
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Like this ^.^ Again, this is Mali, who does not have seizures, and is only annoyed with me in these pictures, not in any actual distress or discomfort.
So, a few things I wanna point out that I had to figure out on my own, specifically tailored to ice packs, or other frozen things, you would identify as a stiff jerk: -put as much of the pack on as much of their neck as possible -keep it as centered as possible down the length of their neck, which may not be easy (I'm not doing a great job in the pic because Mali is *highly* displeased already, and isn't used to this sort of thing) -it's (probably) better to let it overlap a bit at the base of their skull, as opposed to shoulders. Why? It seems to work better, I dunno why, I am not a vet.
Cool stuff, but what about those with full of beans (or cubes in bag) concerns?
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-this is proper placement and technique for FoB (Full of Beans is getting annoying to type) -why is the placement proper if only half of the damn pack is on her neck? Because, as noted, FoB packs tend to warm up quicker, so this would be the *second* way I place it, with the first being fully draped, evenly, around the neck -what do I mean by "proper" technique? Again, FoBs warm up quicker, so you want as much of the pack on the pup, and as little of your hand/fingers as is necessary to keep it there. -"Poor" technique would be just, like, fully putting your hand around the pack (thus warming it faster) as pictured here:
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And that's pretty much it! With both girls, I notice that it helps somewhere between immediately and within 5 seconds, but they are small, so, keep that in mind. Also, to give you an idea of *how much* it helps, the average Sushi Seizure would last between 2 and 5 minutes, regardless of severity, and now it's generally about 30 seconds for mild ones and 2 minutes for the worst ones. And, again, I am not a vet, and you should ask a vet if your dog has severe or frequent seizures. Ok, bye!
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hearteyes-for-killmonger2 years ago
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8. iSpy
Ivy sat in the cold Patient First having been screened for drugs via a urine test. She'd have to wait 24 to 72 hours in order to get her results. For the first time, she hoped they came back positive.
"You gone thank me," her mama, Renee', said raising from her seat in front of the high-fixed television. It was set to HGTV and on commercial break.
"Mhm," Ivy mumbled. She hadn't wanted to go the legal route after she'd seen Dr. Stevens sidestep getting arrested and realized that the cards were truly stacked against her. She wanted to make sure that Dr. Stevens truly understood not to fuck with her. He didn't seem to get that yet, but he would.
Ivy led the way through both sets of glass doors as she exited into the high heat to her silver Nissan, climbing into the driver's seat and leaving her door open to start the car and turn on the A/C. Her black seat cover helped her from burning her ass on the leather.
"Why is it still so hot out here, oh my godd," Ivy stressed. It was getting darker but the heat had not yet subsided. She was so tired of summer. The air was hot and thick, enough to drain a person, but her mom was truly from the south and hopped right into the passenger side closing the door, waiting for the A/C to circulate.
"It ain't that hot. Yesterday was hot. Close the door, Ivy, you letting the cool air out."
Ivy's arms were rested on the wheel, but she moved, dragging to shut the door.
"Ma, I'm so mad. I can't believe that nigga still allowed to practice after what he did. I can't be the only one who knows this man is a psycho." Sighing, she pulled out of the lot.
Renee' didn't respond right away, tapping on her phone. She was always on the phone with someone. If it wasn't her brother in Florida asking for money, it was someone at her church wanting to talk or someone her job who wanted her to cook or come somewhere with them. Renee' was the type to always be there for everyone even though she didn't get anything back.
The car whipped down the road towards the Ruby Tuesdays with Ivy lost in her thoughts. She didn't feel comfortable staying alone which is why she'd packed a bag and gotten escorted to her mom's place. Of course her mom wanted to whoop ass. She all but chased Officer Howard off of her property. Ivy shook her head. She agreed with her mama, Officer Howard was a disgrace to black women and she too hoped she fell in a deep ditch and broke her ankle.
"What," Renee' asked. Ivy looked over before shaking her head again
"Nothing." She hadn't realized she was smiling. It made her feel justified having her mama on her side.
"Lord, if I knew it'd be some shit I'd have kept you in Florida," Renee' sighed, tapping on her phone. "I thought moving out here to Cali would've been an upgrade."
"It was. It's not your fault people are crazy, just a bad situation. I still can't believe that bitch ain't believe me. That's why I hate the cops."
"Child, if they ain't murdering somebody, they ain't doing shit and there's no in between."
The conversation continued and when the car pulled up at Ruby Tuesdays, Ivy hopped out and led the way inside getting a booth for two.
"I've got your drinks, do you need time to look over the menu," the black waitress asked.
"We're ready to order. I'll take the ribs and crispy shrimp with dirty rice and mashed potatoes."
"Uh uh, lil girl! Get a vegetable!" Renee' peared over her glasses. Ivy ignored her, listening as she ordered the bourbon chicken with a sweet tea and no vegetables.
"You guys look just alike," the waitress paused with a smile.
"My daughter," Renee' clarified. Ivy had gotten her eyes and her height from her, but honestly her brother was the one who looked most like her mama. The two of them had the same face, his eyes were just hazel instead. Plus, he was taller.
"So how you came across this fool? When did all this really start?"
"Mama I don't know. That was the first time I'd ever seen him as far as I know, when I went in for my appointment. He had my information before then but that was it. I'd only spoken with his receptionist. I don't know when or how or why he picked me as a target. That's all I know."
Renee' stared as if Ivy wasn't sharing everything, but shared what she knew. Ivy wished she had the answers, but she didn't know what the dentist was playing at or if it was over. The ones who were supposed to help wouldn't believe her. According to Officer Howard, she even needed evidence for a restraining order. She didn't have it.
What she did have was a brain, two hands which knew how to swing, and a gun that she kept in the trunk. If it came down to it, she'd shoot his ass without blinking or thinking twice. She knew her mom would do the same.
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Erik stepped from his home shower onto a white shower mat that turned blood red wherever water hit it. Right now it looked like there were two bloody footprints surrounded my droplets of blood. He loved that mat.
Wrapping his waist in a fluffy white towel, he looked himself over in the mirror grabbing his oil which sat under the sink on a gold colored tray next to a pristine metal pick and a bottle of Mane N' Tail Conditioner. A little castor oil on his beard, hairline, and mustache and he was looking good and well-kept. Putting the oil back where he took it from, he adjusted it do that the Sunny Isle label faced forward. He was very particular about his belongings.
He picked up his iPhone from the sink scrolling to and opening a little blue app called iSpy. Luckily, Ivy hadn't picked up on that fact that he'd installed it onto her phone or he may have been in a bit of trouble. The advertisements bragged on the app being undetectable. No matter how much Ivy searched through her device, she should never be able to find an indication of the app being there. Only he would know what he'd done and he'd have access to her 24/7.
Scrolling through the report of Ivy's past locations, he felt a sense of giddy mischief, smiling faintly as he bit on his thumb nail. He saw the address of his office and a photo of the outside. She'd been outside while the officer was questioning him, he already was aware. Ivy had also gone home. Her address was there along with a photo of her neighborhood. He'd driven by there once or twice before she'd come in for her appointment, but of course she didn't know that. He looked to see where else she'd been.
Her mother's house. He sighed. He'd never been there. She kept involving more and more people. First the cops, now her mother. She was going to force his hand, he knew it and he was so, so intrigued.
"Trying to avoid me," he mused aloud. "Won't work."
He scrolled down and saw a gas station and Patient First.
"SHIT," he yelled exiting the app. He had to call Araya. Quickly his fingers dialed her cell phone number listening intently as the phone rang twice. "Araya," he spoke when the line picked up.
"Dr. Stevens," she purred. "You don't typically call at this time unless you're looking for a little post-work fun or someone to do your dirty work," she spoke slyly. He could hear the smirk in her voice. She was going to need some tuning to put her back in her place.聽 "Which is it, doctor?"
"If you want a job tomorrow, you'll cut the shit and go to the address I'm sending you. My latest toy decided to get smart. I'm sure you can put two and two together. Make sure that test gets lost quickly I'll make it worth your while."
"What ya gonna gimme," she toyed.
This wasn't the time for her to go against him or play games.
"Your life.. I'll let you keep it despite the fact that I told you to watch her and you-"
"-Are in front of Patient First. As. We. Speak,"聽 Aren't we, Draya?"
"Hey boss," Draya spoke.
"Remember who the hell you're dealing with, Erik," Araya said boldly causing Erik's eyes to narrow. She was laying it on thick and if it were a different circumstance, he'd be extremely turned on. "I'm your number one bitch and you'd better not forget it."
The line went dead and he stared blankly at the phone.
"Hm," he mumbled dropping his towel. The bathroom was warm enough. Phone in his palm, he swiped through his apps with his middle finger, tapping iSpy. He could see that Ivy had left a Ruby Tuesdays somewhere close to her mother's home. It wasn't hard to guess where she'd be staying.
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