when you realize your adult decision has unforeseen consequences:
Okay. I need to confess something. I really like the idea of Derek teaching Scott about the full wolf shift. But the thing is, he doesn’t really know how he did it, does he? So it basically becomes this protracted date night thing they have. Every Tuesday night, after lacrosse practice, Scott swings by Derek’s loft and they, like, meditate and hone their senses.
At first it’s super stilted and awkward, with Scott remembering how awful Derek’s training was before; Derek remembering how awful his training was before (and how annoying Scott was. He knows now why Scott didn’t listen to him, he gets it, but man was Scott frustrating.)
But by the fifth week they’re there talking about anything and everything. Very little meditation actually occurs, because Derek goes through the Argent bestiary with Scott and gives more information, or points out inaccuracies. This leads to Scott helping Derek find a new anchor. It devolves into them eating pizza and just talking about their lives.
have you considered that maybe i am not pleasant?
maybe i wear lipstick so that
you will see my pretty pink mouth
wrapping around a coffee cup lid
and be distracted enough not to notice
that i am intelligent and powerful;
maybe i draw my brows into high arches
so you will look at my unimpressed skepticism
and overlook my spiteful glare
as a trick of my silly, girlish routine.
maybe i wear my heels so high and thin
so that i grasp your attention with the sway of my hips
as i listen to the click-clack-click against the floor
and know that if you should try to overpower me
i walk on sharpened knives.
maybe when i laugh at your worthless jokes
i am really baring my fangs
waiting patiently for the day
that i sink them into your neck.
i am not made of porcelain pleasantries;
you will find that these things are my armor
to keep you at a distance
so you do not step on me and shatter
my fragile control.
i am not a husk — i am not wilting.
i am turning my head
so that the fire blazing through my eyes
does not catch on the accelerant of your sweaty palms
and burn your bones to dust.
i am not your pretty girl;
i am a fury, a faerie, a phoenix —
a forest of werewolves and wendigos
that will carve out your chest
so that the next time i paint my pretty pink lips
i will taste the copper tang of your dying breaths.
The more I see comparison gifs like these, the more I think - you don’t carve the out the person and leave the skills - that is not what they did at all. They kept everything of the person (even gave him some more skills) and took the memories. What you have left is a being who is a hunter, who is a killer, who is loyal, who is protective, who is sassy and talks back, etc, and who is up for grabs. Without the memories to inform WHO to protect, WHO to be loyal to, WHO (and what) it is worth killing for, they can manipulate the character traits into being protective of them, of being loyal to them, of killing for them.
In some respects, that may be even worse, when he regains his memories. Because everything he did as Winter Soldier is still him. He can not look at those events and say - that was not me - because it was. He was not a robot acting on programming - he was him, acting on false information.
John Rogers coined the term competence porn to describe those scenes the audience love where the team are doing the things they are best at.
I love how obvious they made it in this episode by making not only the audience but also the team itself clearly turned on by each other’s skills.
What has horrified me over the past few days is the public reaction to the Sydney bus incident that you may have read about [in which a gang of young men boarded a Jewish school bus, threatening to slit the children’s throats and shouting other racial abuse].
People appear to be evenly split between ‘that is unacceptable racism that no child should have to face’ and some combination of ‘children in Gaza go through worse so they kind of deserve it’, ‘they staged it for sympathy’ and ‘they brought it on themselves with their isolation and high fences and armed guards’. It’s quite shocking that in a country like Australia people feel comfortable putting their names to such views.
Sydney bus incid (via everydayantisemitism)
Funny. This is the same crap I saw floating around Facebook after the Kansas City shooting.
i really don’t understand why it’s so hard for people to understand why capitalism is such a bad idea. there is enough food, water, shelter for every single person on this planet and yet capitalism creates artificial shortages on all three, depriving millions from the necessities of life.
Unemployment of people able/willing to work is also the most ridiculous thing because, just in my community alone, i can think of endless things that could be done to improve it: we need more teachers, our roads are in shambles, there are empty/dilapidated buildings that can be re-purposed; the resources to pay/provide for the currently unemployed people to do these things exists within my community too.
It’s irreconcilable with any standard of ethics (including Christian ethics, a set of morals our country claims to love so much) to continue to support an economic system that thinks enabling the mega rich to continue to increase their hyper-luxurious lifestyle at the expense of every one else is more important than bettering the lives of everyone in the community.
especially after they have travelled back from making love