Thane: Laser dot trembles on the snack. Spice on the jalapeno wind. Sunset dust, defiant in my mouth.
The fire has gone to be kindled anew.
*opens next bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos*
Jfc this is perfect!!!
it got better!!!!
In 2186, video games are one of the dominant forms of entertainment, and have been for many years. No where is this more true than than on Alliance naval vessels: tight quarters and limited personal baggage allowances make virtual entertainment a must. Citing ‘improved morale’, ‘skill building,’ and ‘greater mental engagement’, the Alliance even stocks ships with a pre-selected game library to compliment the collection of books, music, and video (all deemed vital to mental health on a prolonged space voyage). Granted, the HR-and-Brass Approved list is never on the cutting edge, but it still makes it easy to get together a shift-wide multiplayer match on occasion.
It doesn’t stop everyone from bringing their own choices on board, of course, and those choices indicate a lot about the character of the player.
Tali, especially post-pilgrimage, prefers sims. She likes the ones where you can build a house, or better, a city. She unabashedly loves farming sims. She plays the big RPGs, too — Galaxy of Fantasy, in particular — but she spends so much time decorating her player home that she never manages to level at the pace of her friends.
Her guilty pleasure is dating sims. Especially badly translated dating sims from other species.
Kaidan has been playing Galaxy of Fantasy for years. He’s got a character at the level-cap and a few more approaching it, and he gets most of his joy out of meeting obscure self-imposed challenges and providing gifts and help to newbies.
He leaves high level items at Tali’s house at least once a week, since he knows she can’t really be bothered, and she will wander into higher level areas.
Garrus claims he doesn’t game much — and compared to the human members of the crew, he doesn’t — but he has a bizarre and un-Turian fascination with gambling games. Not that he ever bets actual credits, but those things are strangely addicting. As are the click-games on the extranet.
James Vega is the ship champion at Guitar Hero. Everyone aboard assumed that was the only thing he played (oh, he has the obligatory GoF character, a ridiculously muscled barbarian in a fur thong, but he’s hardly ever on)… at least, that’s what they assumed until the fateful night someone suggested Dance Dance Revolution XXVII.
The crew’s impression of Vega has never been the same again.
EDI observes the other crew member’s media habits with great interest, but does not partake herself.
Chakwas claims that she’s old and tired of such things, but if you catch her in the right mood she is hell on wheels in any first-person shooter you throw at her. Many people suspect she bows out of multiplayer matches just because she’d cause friction by unbalancing the teams.
Joker plays all sorts of things, except for the music sims (as anyone who’s played a musical instrument can tell you, it actually makes the sim-version more difficult). He’s very flighty about it, though. He has a list of abandoned GoF characters, and he keeps making new ones whenever he gets a really great silly name idea to bug Kaidan with. He tends to avoid extranet click-bait games just because, anytime the ship has a good extranet connection, he has so much else to do. The only thing he sticks with really persistantly is the space minecraft world he plays with Shepard, because, well…
Shepard absolutely fucking sucks at any game involving gun play, strategic movement, platforming, or really any kind of life-or-death movement-in-space of any kind. She sucks, and she is hugely frustrated by it. She is so frustrated that people try to get her to attempt them just to watch the inevitable explosion.
See, for most people a game like Galaxy of Fantasy or Loud Screech of Duty or Heroes of Metal is a power fantasy.
For Shepard, it’s a down-grade.
And she resents it.
"What do you mean, I fell to my death? I could make that jump! I could totally have made that jump AND shot that guy! And how the HELL are you supposed to react realistically when you don’t have your fucking peripheral vision? THIS IS BULLSHIT.”
Watching her watch cut-scenes is even worse.
(Or better. Bring popcorn and stand well back).
So, for her own enjoyment and the interests of ship equilibrium, Shepard sticks to rather… calmer things. Things that don’t remind her of work. Space Minecraft is a good one — even she can manage not to fall to her death too many times, and she doesn’t expect much of a little dude made out of cubes — and when that fails there’s usually something indie and mellow and story based, or one of those point-n-click adventure things where somehow you need a pair of duck lips, a souffle, and a rubber mallet to get past the final door (she loves those).
And late at night, when you really can’t sleep but you’re too tired to focus on a book… well, there’s this fantastical varren breeding thing on the internet, where they can be all sorts of colors, and some of them have wings, and —
Never mind. We won’t talk about that.
This is the best and made me smile a lot.
/especially the varren, for probably obvious reasons :D
this is so cute :)
during the war, someone comes back from the mail truck with, like, a bucketful of fan letters for captain america
the howling commandos all jibe him, bucky complaining loudly about how there’s nothing for him, not even a stray love letter or two?? (but of course he’s proud as hell for his boy)
at first steve is overwhelmed, but then he gets super serious about it, reading every one and sitting at the table where they plan raids on hydra bases and drafting letters back:
Thank you for your kind and thoughtful letter. It is a great honor for myself and my men to be featured in your prayers for a safe return. Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to meet your brother, Sgt. Donovan. I have not met any man from the 58th infantry, but I hear that they are good, brave soldiers …
then phillips finds out and he’s like, of course we can’t send those out, it would compromise our position, or do you not understand the concept of a super secret mission
and steve just kind of looks sad in that kicked puppy way and peggy is so touched she gathers up all the letters he’s written and tells him she’ll find a way, every one of these kids is going to get their letter from captain america come hell or high water
(70-odd years later, suzie donovan, married name suzie moore donates a carefully-preserved letter to the smithsonian exhibit on captain america
it’s encased under glass, next to letters from three other children. the panel reads: steve rogers, a good soldier, a good man
steve sees this the first time he comes to the exhibit, spends twenty minutes reading his own painstakingly tidy handwriting in each word of each letter and thinks, oh peggy)
I AM SO INCREDIBLY NOT OKAY RIGHT NOW
Anonymous said: Drabble/Fic Prompt: Susan Pevensie and Peggy Carter having tea. :)
(you are a wondrous being, dear nonny)
It was the accent that first caught Peggy’s attention. Adrift in the halls of the newly-built, not-yet-named agency— no, wait, that’s not right. Not adrift.
Even stuck amidst all these boys, with their posturing, and flirting, and dismissive stares, Agent Carter had both feet firmly on the ground. She clacked down the halls, chin high.
But the accent caught her attention— a London lilt, not too posh, rounded a bit by some time in the country. And, more than that: a woman’s voice.
Peggy was not adrift in this old boy’s club full of young soldiers, not lost, not intimidated— but she was lonely.
"Excuse me, ma’am," she called and the woman turned around. She had a single run in her nylons and a smirk of perfect lipstick. Her badge read "Pevensie."
"I have a spare pair if you want to change," said Peggy.
"Does this place even have bathrooms for women?" A curved eyebrow rose as Pevensie asked. Peggy liked her immediately.
"Not in this wing," said Peggy. "Come on, we’ll kick the boys out of theirs."
The woman was Agent Pevensie, but “call me Susan.” She worked steadily and hard. They had tea in each other’s apartments, good, proper, correctly brewed tea, and talked about leadership and comfortable heels and combat with a lower center of gravity.
Susan’s clearance was so high that Peggy had to wonder what exactly she had done in the war. She couldn’t’ve been much out of her teens then, if that. Susan wasn’t much out of her teens now, honestly, but Peggy kept forgetting. They’d shared too many exasperated “these young bucks” glances at each other over conference tables at this point.
Susan flirted with the Howling Commandos and she and Peggy tormented Howard together. The poor inventor needed it, honestly. Peggy found herself telling Susan about the war, including more and more of the more absurd bits as she went on and Su continued not to bat an eyelash.
"What were you up to in the war?" asked Peggy. "That this doesn’t startle you. Mad experiments gone wrong. Most people gawk a little."
Su laughed. “Oh, I lost my ability to startle long before the war.”
Peggy shook her head and topped off each of their tea cups.
"There was this blue energy cube," Peggy went on. "I’m not sure what it quite did, but Howard mutters now and then about interdimensional travel, wormholes, other universes…"
Her guest had gone very precisely still. Peggy wondered again what sort of combat experience this woman had. “Do you have access to it?” Susan said. Her mouth shaped the words oddly, as though she was considering taking them back even as she said them.
"It went down with St— Captain Rogers."
Peggy could see Susan abruptly switch gears from whatever that hungry light had been in her eyes to comforting a friend in need. In a snap Susan went from looking like her own heart was breaking to reaching out to comfort Peggy’s.
It looked so instinctive that Peggy wondered if Susan was used to being the one who did the comforting, and if she was, what was she doing here in this empty apartment? It looked so instinctive, that warmth, that hand reaching out to comfort, that Peggy wondered if Su had a little sister somewhere.
oh my heart
Outcasted by most of the other recruits Vanellope and Ralph found each other and found comfort and friendship. The two of them only wanted to be respected as competent pilots, but the other rangers only saw them for what they perceived as flaws. Though Ralph was a bit of an older guy and a bit of a bigger guy, it was because of this that he was stronger than anyone and could wreck anyone’s score in a simulator. Vanellope had it a little tougher. She was nearing on twenty-one but she still looked (as some put it) like a kid. There was also the fact that she had a neurological twitch that everyone said would prevent her from even stepping foot inside a jaeger let alone piloting one.Though it was probably the hardest thing she ever did, she never listened to them.
Away from the noise in the sparring rings and cafeterias, Ralph and Vanellope found their own time and space to practice together. Then surprised everyone when they had a near perfect score in a simulator together. When they finally got their own Jaeger (Which they insisted be named President Fart-feathers even though it’s officially called Sugar Rush) they were not only surprised to find that Vanellope’s twitch never caused any problems, but actually gave their Jaeger the curious advantage of being able to punch faster and harder than what should be physically possible.
11/?? of my Disney Jaeger Pilot Series
Eeeeh this is too adorable
scribblesome said: Could you please do a ficlet about how Fenris and Donnic ended up friends?
This fic wandered a bit away from me, but nevertheless, I hope you like it! Takes place during Act 1, not long after Fenris is recruited.
Fenris was not a fool—for a fool would not have evaded capture by one of Tevinter’s most powerful magisters for three long years.
His fugitive-born habits were what kept him safe, even when he went to ground in Kirkwall. He didn’t come and go from the estate during daylight hours. The neighbors would gossip about the branded elf squatting in a vacant mansion. Perhaps Danarius had even warned them to be watchful or tempted them with coin. He came and went from the alley, where the ivy was too thick for the nobles to spot him, and used only the fireplace in the backmost room for light.
He needed nothing else for drinking wine and sleeping, anyway.
Within a month of taking possession of the estate, though, there was a brisk rap on the door—thwack thwack thwack. It wasn’t Hawke’s whimsical, patterned knock, the one she used to let him know it was safe.
He staggered up from his wine-soaked haze and picked up his sword. Briefly, he considered dousing the fire and scrambling out the window, but the alcohol made him resentful. He’d declared that he was done running, had he not? He would stand and face this challenge, whatever it brought.
The prince fought valiantly.
He slayed the dragon.
The princess cried for days.
She loved that dragon.
Headmistress McGonagall was nowhere near as controversial as her predecessor. She was given a thankless task, but rose to it with aplomb. Her work rebuilding the school was lauded even by the Prophet. And she never once had a salacious biography published about her early romance with some budding Dark Lord. Young wizards and witches mourned the loss of her presence when she gave up her post, cheered her retirement, and toasted to her good health. Their parents, however, raised some complaints. McGonagall had a habit of hiring young, untested staff. Longbottom for the Herbology position. Thomas to cover a year of transfiguration. Granger as a contentious visiting professor of Muggle Studies; she stuffed the children’s heads with anti-establishment notions, and proved to be difficult grader, besides. And, as if this was not bad enough, sometimes these young radicals did not merely visit or stay for a year. Longbottom was gifted Head of Gryffindor in short time and proved to be a fixture, patient and smiling and impossible to oust even at the efforts of school governors who swore up and down that his wartime actions were a fluke brought on by desperation. In truth, screamed parents and governors, he had very little magical power, quantitatively speaking, and ought to have been driving the Knight Bus, not handling magically powerful children.
But nothing could induce Professor McGonagall to fire him. And so too with his fellows, for Thomas and Granger came and went as they liked; and, worst of all, on the eve of the Headmistress’s retirement, flighty adjuncts Vane, Chang, and Brown were awarded tenure.
Awful! Vane was a bubble-headed creature, as arrogant as her name suggested, who was far too gossipy to be an effective librarian. True, she seemed to know instinctively which books which children desired, but often these were books on young love and skincare and fashion, not the proper thousand-page Instructional Tomes of yesteryear. And Chang was given to emotionality; everyone knew that. As flying instructor, people whispered that she let her adoration for a long-lost Hufflepuff override natural house pride. Accordingly, she was distressingly fair when it came to judging matters of Quidditch, putting down anyone from any house who looked to spice up the game with a little cheat here or there. And besides, she seemed more interested in teaching escape tactics and defensive flight from Dark wizards than manly feats of derring-do like the Wronski feint; blending flying and Defense in ridiculous new ways, entirely ignoring the Ministry-approved syllabus. As for her friend, that near-werewolf Brown? She used Divination not so much to foretell the future as to instruct the children on how to weed out charlatans and liars. She whispered that the point of teacups and tea leaves was fun, and also knowing when someone was having you on. She claimed that nine out of ten prophecies had no real point; they always came true, whether you knew about them or not. But knowing where to find the excitement in magic, where to let yourself enjoy it, even if it was wooly? She could teach them that.
Oh, these girlish beings were unbearable. Governors and parents could not abide them; it was not simply that they failed to care much about testing and studying, but that they were failures as witches. They did themselves up in Muggle fashions instead of pointy hats, flaunted boyfriends (and girlfriends) in Hogsmeade, and cheerfully gabbed to students about using Mugwort to make lipgloss, of all silly things! It was terrible of the Headmistress to lock them into their positions. The Headmistress! Formerly so sensible.
Of course, in the year leading up to the Headmistress’s retirement, she had considered gently sending them away. She did not dislike them, but they were not as clear-headed, as stiff-lipped as her favorite students. They had recommended that she hire Daphne Greengrass (of the very much still blood purist Greengrasses) for the Potions position, purely because they’d met and admired her hair at some mixer in Diagon. And they went to mixers in Diagon! They did not don long, professorly nightshirts and patrol the halls like the staff of yesteryear. They tossed on dangly earrings and danced the night away in these new nightclubs, and then quaffed hangover remedies and exhaustion-curing potions before their morning classes. True, they knew their subjects and taught them well. But this was still very cavalier behavior.
But then, over Christmas, Yasmina Yaxley went missing.
Yaxley was a silly little Slytherin. Her family was dreadful, her father imprisoned, and yet the daffy little creature seemed not to notice. She floated through the halls discussing Witch Weekly to anyone who would listen; she cared very little about politics or current affairs; and she had begun a strange kind of dungeon sorority that ran on networking and gossip. It occurred to the Headmistress that of course Yaxley would go missing for no reason; Yaxley was just the type to cause trouble like that, not at all a rational, sober, and shrewd child.
Protocol was followed by most teachers. Search parties dispatched to the forest. Owls sent home. Students send to their dormitories. Rote, sensible procedure, carried out with methodical accuracy.
But Vane, who’d had long, girlish talks with Yaxley and seen her check out books on the war alongside books on haircare, immediately conferred with Chang. And Chang had lent an ear to Yaxley when she’d seemed down, and helpfully flown her near certain still-cursed section of the grounds that Yaxley had seemed particularly interested in. So she suggested they take what they knew to Brown. And Brown confirmed it. Yaxley saw particularly morbid things in tea leaves; she had a kind of secret fixation she rarely revealed to her fellow students, but she would come out with it, if you happened to be her favorite professor.
So Vane seized up her owl to send for help should they need it, a sensible notion. And Chang grabbed her broomstick to get them to where they needed to go — also very clear-thinking. And Brown? Just to make sure, she cross-referenced school records, and also brought along a certain book by Horace Slughorn, a book not much noticed in these postwar days, for it discussed the role of Slytherins in the war, and the truth was: much of the Wizarding World longed to pretend the worst of the war had never happened.
Then, when they found Yaxley, they gave her the book, and also cocoa, and also they looked each other in the eye. They privately decided that, the student having been unhurt, despite straying into a place very badly affected by Dark Magic, and in fact no one having been hurt, perhaps they ought to take this cause up with the Headmistress. Perhaps, in this case, it would be fairer to leave off point-taking and detentions.
"She’s really not so very silly when you get to know her," said Vane to the Headmistress. "The truth is, the silliness is a bit of an escape."
"Speaking of," said Chang, "That’s just what her brother did. You know, in the war. Escaped. And then after that he was struck down here at the Hogwarts grounds, blown to pieces by some curse."
"Slughorn has the time and place of death recorded," said Brown, "And it appears to be right where Yasmina likes to go. Of course, she didn’t realized the full extent of the trapping hexes there, and she got herself caught by one."
"Well, that is foolish in the extreme!" said the Headmistress. She was horrified and angry, scarcely able to believe that some child in her care was obsessed with the resting grounds of a Death Eater. Silly little Yaxley had probably made an idol of him, as foolish little girls were wont to do. “An in-dungeon suspension should—”
"Deter her not at all," said Vane.
Chang gave a delicate cough. “Begging your pardon, but it didn’t deter her brother. After you sent him and his housemates back down to the dungeons, he came right back up. And fought. For us.”
All words dried up in McGonagall’s throat.
"Speaking as someone who was there, professor, you weren’t wrong," said Brown. "But you rather are now. See, sometimes I think we assume we know the measure of people, when really all we know are silly little details. Houses. Colors. What they read. Not who they are."
"So we recommend tutoring in hex defense,” said Vane.
"And therapy," said Chang.
"And perhaps a shoulder to lean on, a fellow Slytherin. It’s been so long since we had a Slytherin on the staff," said Brown. "Still longer since we had a nice one with nice hair."
In the end, McGonagall decided to keep these three girlish creatures on a more permanent basis. They were new thinkers, in their way. Good for the school. And Yaxley received her tutoring and therapy. And Greengrass, in short time, was hired.
Which was lovely, because she made an excellent hangover remedy.
Headcanon - Thranduil’s face when his messengers return from the Council of Elrond without his son. He knows where Legolas is going.
Thranduil counted heads as the elves he had sent to Elrond’s Council returned. Two, four, eight, twelve, thirteen— Thirteen, twelve, eleven, eight, six, three, two—
One was missing. One familiar blond head, still wearing a child’s braids, only recently awarded the elegant knots of a warrior.
(All the elves of Mirkwood are warriors born, he spat. You need not paint yourself so confirmed.)
"My lord," the head of the delegation began, kneeling, not meeting his king’s eyes.
Thranduil cut him off with a sharp gesture. “No,” he said. “You need not explain. I can see that Legolas has not returned with you.”
The hall was silent, still, in the way no forest should ever be. Thranduil turned on his heel, the soft buckskin shirring quietly against the stone floor, and swept away. Behind him, thirteen elves still knelt, one knee to the ground, one hand to their chests, not an eye raised. The captain of the guard hung in the background, frozen in place, her pretty blue eyes dark, her hand hovering just shy of the hilt of her sword.
As Thranduil’s feet found the elegantly-shaped curve of the stair to his private chambers, she called out.
"My lord!" she said. "Shall I prepare a delegation to—"
"No!" Thranduil said, not turning around. He took a breath, and then repeated, more gently, "no. My son has a journey he must complete." His hand tightened on the railing, knuckles whitening. Unbidden, one finger traced the notch in a carved elf-maiden’s hem, the reminder of the gift of white knives, given far too young.
Steeling himself, Thranduil released the stair rail and looked past the rich green canopy to the stars beyond. “He has a journey he must complete,” he whispered. “He will return when he is done.”
You’ve made me fucking cry, you beautiful person. My post is now infinitely better. Thank you!
righteous-maximus said: Zaeed, best mission ever.
"tell us about your best mission ever, uncle zaeed!"
the small ragtag group of children — turian, krogan, quarian, asari, even salarian and drell — shuffle closer, looking up at him with the widest collection of eyes he’s ever seen.
"i, er — yeah, alright." he scratches his head for a minute, then smirks. "they called it the suicide mission.”
there’s a collective gasp, and one tiny turian pipes up. “were you the only one to make it out in this story, too?”
zaeed’s smile gets just a little nostalgic. “nah, not on this one. this was the best one, tykes, ‘cos in this one everyone made it out.”
imagine like ten years after the movie raleigh and mako are married and raleigh finds a spider in the bathroom or smth and he screams and makos like “for fucks sake ill fuckin kill it” and she takes off her shoe to crush the spider
but then raleigh is like “wAIT MAKO U HAVE TO ENGAGE ELBOW ROCKET ! ! !!!”
and mako sighs and just says completely deadpan “engage elbow rocket” and goes “pchoooo” as she slams the shoe onto the spider
and raleigh starts fuckin cheering
this pleases me
Her parents are severely alarmed at her first incident of accidental magic, when she’s a baby and summons the apple slice right out of her distracted mother’s hand. They read Quran over her and throughout the house to ward against djinn, but the accidental magic continues, so the write ayat-ul qursi and put it in a locket for her to wear to protect her from the evil eye and sihr.
Nothing stops, and since she doesn’t act possessed, they decide its just a miracle from God, makes sure she reads Quran and does her prayers, and make dua, and she grows up well-adjusted and slightly worried about this ability of her. Her parents make sure she doesn’t get a big head and think she’s a saint or something.
Then she turns 11, and McGonagall comes to tell them about Hogwarts. The parents are sceptical and demand some kind of proof that this woman isn’t about to spirit their daughter away. McGonagall is taken aback that the issue for these Muggles isn’t the magic so much as the ‘invisible boarding school we can’t tell is safe or not’.
So she gathers other Muggle parents to testify that their daughter is going to a real and proper school, and that’s that, she’s off to Hogwarts. She gets sorted into Ravenclaw (but almost into Slytherin for all that ambition she has).
Through the years, though, things she never considered comes up. Like how she’s basically a vegetarian at Hogwarts in her first year cause the house-elves don’t know about halaal meat, or how everyone looks at her funnily when in Third Year she gets special permission from Dumbledore to break from classes for prayer (and she learns to be quiet for Fajr when her roommates complain).
Or how Madame Pomfrey gets worried about her fasting in Ramadan, and the house-elves are insulted when she won’t eat their food until she explains, and then stuff her full of food half an hour before Fajr and at Maghrib.
Or that she takes to healing the muggle way because not all those potions have ingredients that she can ingest, and she talks to a sheikh for advice on if salamanders and bat eyes are actually halaal.
And then its a struggle to be the only hijabi in the school, and she makes friends with the Baron so he stops Peeves from trying to pull it off all the time.
And how annoying it is when the only holidays that get celebrated are Christian ones, and that’s when she makes friends with Anthony Goldstein, who agrees that there should be more religious diversity so he can really enjoy Hannukah at school.
She gets in trouble for saying her spells in Arabic, to the consternation of all her professors who don’t understand the language and insist that its dangerous if they can’t govern her spell-casting.
So she starts a duelling club, and Padma joins her and casts spells in Punjabi, and Anthony who does his spells in Hebrew (they’re not making up spells, just changing the language, and isn’t it funny that the spells are always a teensy bit different?), and others trickle in, and new magic gets practiced under the supervision of a Ministry hire who encourages them and speaks sixteen different languages.
Then people claim she’s a frigid freak because she keeps turning down boys who want to date her (even though she really likes them), until she puts the gossipers in the Hospital Wing, and then no one says anything after that.
She worries about the practical non-existence of Muslims in Wizarding Britain, and will that affect the jobs she can get, because wizards and witches are a bit funny about religion?
I am way behind here, but I like this tag.
This is very awesome
but why did you have to add these tags and kill me
I wanted to share with you, darling! Why should I be the only one with these images running through my head? ;)
Pst! Totally open to collaborating on a drabble or something… I really do plan on writing Kaidan as he develops a biotic martial art midpoint during ME2.
Develops a biotic martial art as a way of coping with Shepard’s death. Because he can’t openly grieve since no one is supposed to know they were together in the first place. Regs and all that and even most of the Normandy crew didn’t know, not really. Not extensively.
And if he wants to keep his career on track he has to keep his mouth shut but that pain, oh god that pain needs to go somewhere and so he starts training. Looking into martial art forms he doesn’t know, something to empty his mind and help him focus.
Something to keep him from thinking of Shepard every second of the day.
And if he doesn’t really succeed on that last one, well, he does with the first and it becomes intertwined with his grief. He spends hours training because it’s the only way to fight back the tears, to quell the howling of his soul, to mitigate the void in his heart.
It’s why he ends up being chosen to teach the biotic students. Because he’s mastered his art and if no one really knows why he does it, they see the effect it’s had. He’s stronger, his biotics are stronger, and his mental fortitude can rival an asari. They only see the good and don’t realize it was born of an internal struggle that brought him to his knees.
This is too close to how I imagined Kaidan would cope with Riley’s death…cannot handle ;n;
okay so i know at least half this fandom is american so people don’t really care about european football but stop what you’re doing for a second and just imagine an english premier league sterek AU
stiles is that genius scouse kid from that small suburban town near liverpool and has been a liverpool fc fan since he can remember
he used to go to the games with his mom before she got too sick to be able to handle it, and she dressed him in his xs red jersey that was still too big for him and they cheered their hearts out and he knew all the chants by heart
she also bought him his first football boots and brought him to their neighborhood club so he could learn to play
and when she dies he falls head first into the game and gives it everything because it’s the last link he has to her; and he gets so good someone spots him and this is the story of how stiles stilinski starts playing for the lfc youngsters.
everybody knows the hales. they’re practically football royalty. talia hale owned newcastle united before the tragic fire that decimated their family. her son derek is one of the few survivors and a prodigy on the field. he’s the star striker for manchester united, with his uncle peter as his questionably well-intentioned manager.
now, before we go on, man u and liverpool hate each other. like, you thing the red sox and the yankees have a rivalry? well you’ve never watched a manchester/liverpool game. i’ve seen almost fist-fights on the field. it’s a ~~serious thing~~, guys. anywAY
so stiles and derek’s first interactions would most likely be short and not really friendly, to put it lightly.
stiles first big game is a derby. okay, he’s technically just on the bench, but hey!! he’s on the game sheet!! and stiles is not just a player, he’s a fan. so he’s freaking out a bit, and he’s also in a super aggressive mood because the team in front of them today is the enemy. then he bumps into derek in a corridor and it’s the start of the end.
they despise each other. they’re both really loyal and take their club’s pride and history very seriously, and that means they automatically disliked each other. on top of that, derek thinks stiles is the most annoying human being he ever encountered, and for the love of god he’s not even that brilliant why is he in every fucking sports newspaper i see, and jesus christ, look at this cretin with no filter on national television, laura, he’s a disgrace to this sport. and stiles can’t stand derek, really, i get that he’s the best player the world has ever seen since kenny dalglish but goddamnit, scott, does it give him the right to frown at the camera 24/7?
but they’re both english and fucking good, so of course they get called on the national team. and bam, it’s a revelation. they just click. oh, they still hate each other plenty in private, but when they’re on the field together, it’s magic. they get nicknamed the golden duo. the first year they play together, they bring the three lions to the final of the euro cup, and when they lose and stiles cries, derek is just behind him, a comforting hand on his shoulder.
and i don’t know okay, just gimme a fic filled with denial and anger and internalized homophobia (and also not-so-internalized homophobia because yeah, this is world class football, what do you expect) and hate-sex that slowly turns into making love and—-
You almost wrote it already : )
And it’s glorious <3
HE COACHED HIMSELF ON THAT IN THE CAR
“Melissa McCall calling me seven times in five minutes,” Derek grumbles at a red light.
“Gotta go save Scott and Isaac,” as he merges.
“Why are they even at the hospital,” as he puts the car in park.
“They’re seventeen, they should be in homeroom,” as he takes the stairs two at a time.
“I should say that, I should say something about truancy,” as he follows his nose and ears to the elevator.
“I should be like, ‘Aren’t you supposed to be in English right now?’” as he waits by the elevator, flicking his claws in and out.
“No, maybe that’s too specific, he shouldn’t know that I know his schedule,” he amends when the elevator grinds to a stop.
He listens for a moment to Scott and the alpha fighting. “I’m an alpha,” he hears the alpha say.
“Hey, me, too,” Derek mumbles, and then giggles to himself.
“Ding,” says the elevator.
he shouldn’t know that I know his schedule
This is an awesome thing
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