bilbo kissing thorin’s forehead as he dies
AKA the moment where my heart died
Regulus Black, the loyal son. Regulus Black, the Slytherin. Regulus Black, with grades just good enough to please his mother.
Regulus Black, who keeps his hair neat and is polite at family gatherings. Regulus Black, who does not pick fights, who does not ride a motorcycle, who does not hang out with werewolves or get disowned.
Regulus Black, who Phineas Nigellus keeps an eye on from the portraits on the walls. Regulus Black, who occasionally hears whispers of kindness from random frames, and catches winks and thumbs-ups from oil-painted old men and women as he walks to class.
Regulus Black, who sits through painfully long and dull Slug Club dinners, and writes thank you notes, and attends quidditch matches in the Slytherin bleachers with the right kind of kids.
Regulus Black, who graduates with a freshly healed tattoo on his forearm. Regulus Black, whose brother will not speak to him. Regulus Black, who makes his family proud.
Regulus Black, who lies to his mother when he says he will be staying with friends, who tells her he will take care of himself, with a knot in his stomach and an old necklace in his pocket.
Regulus Black, wandering the British coastline, only Kreacher for company. Regulus Black, angry, disillusioned, miserable. Regulus Black, finally doing something on his own. Regulus Black, disobeying everything he’d ever quietly and mild-manneredly adhered to.
Regulus Black, smearing his blood on the stone door, seeing it, with no reference for it except childhood scraped knees and bloody noses and cracked lips in dry weather. Regulus Black feeling important.Regulus Black, an individual.
Regulus Black taking the boat with Kreacher across the glassy water.
Regulus Black, cold, scared, drinking from the basin. Regulus Black, weakening, writing on a scrap of parchment, sending Kreacher home.
Regulus Black, fighting the undead.
Regulus Black, dead at nineteen.
Regulus Arcturus Black, the unsung hero of the House of Black, never burnt from the family tapestry, never again spoken of by his brother, never buried, never honored. Never remembered as anyone but a good pureblood boy who kept his head down and disappeared.
But he knew.
And Harry knew.
And Kreacher knew.
And maybe that was enough.
YESTERDAY EVENING I WAS WONDERING WHY REMUS LOVED CHOCOLATE SO MUCH WHEN I REALISED
CHOCOLATE IS POISONOUS FOR DOGS
WHAT IF YOUNG REMUS STARTED LOVING CHOCOLATE BECAUSE HE THOUGHT IT KILLED THE WOLF PART OF HIM
just once I want a Lupin headcanon that doesn’t make me want to sent myself on fire
Nagisa is digging his own emotional grave here. Haruka isn’t going to work there. Neither is Makoto.
The bells in my head went off at that scene. If you think about it, this is the perfect solution for Haruka and Makoto’s future; becoming swimming teachers there fits both of them like a glove.
- They’re both good with kids, as it was evident from the scene with Makoto’s younger siblings.
- It includes swimming, which fits Haruka.
- It requires patience, which fits Makoto.
- It’s in their hometown, so they won’t be separated.
Seriously, it’s perfect for them.
Which is why they won’t do it.
A theme that is always evident in Free! is change. The characters change their mindset 180 degrees of what they had in the beginning of the show.
- Haruka, who “only swam free” and not for Rin when the latter asked him to, ended up swimming “for the team” and to help Rin, when Rin hadn’t asked him to.
- Rin, who snobbed his friends, calling them “a waste of his time” and that he “only cared about beating Haruka”, ended up wanting to “swim in a relay with them”. He promised he wouldn’t cry, or embarass himself and ended up doing both.
- Rei, who found swimming “not beautiful” and believed that “it didn’t make logical sense”, because humans evolved from water, ended up finding Haruka’s swimming beautiful and from wanting to swim because he wanted to be beautiful, he wanted to swim because it felt good to swim with his friends. Moreover, he told Rin that he “wouldn’t forgive him if he interfered” and ended up giving up his position to Rin willingly.
Through character development, the boys ended up denouncing any beliefs and hints the show gave them in the beginning, only to take the opposite path.
There is also this:
The bird existed in S1 as well and Haruka always looked at it. Close to the end of S2ep1, Haruka looked at it too. This bird, interestingly, becomes Haruka in the opening, or at least, Haruka manages to reach it.
If this bird symbolises freedom, then the eoping implies that Haruka will reach freedom and take it… throughout competitive swimming.
And he can’t do that as a trainer/coach in the swimming club.
So yes, even if this path is possible, even if it’s perfect and if it makes sense for Haruka’s current mindset and personality, he won’t take it. Because that’s how Free! has always been.
However, this opens the dams for something rather not so happy.
There’s a reason why Nagisa is the one who suggests this option. This way, Makoto and Haruka won’t leave Nagisa behind a second time. This way, Nagisa won’t end up without his friends.
But, he just might.
In High Speed! 2, Nagisa is crying that he’s swimming all alone, since Makoto and Haruka are in middle school.
The preview for ep. 3 shows that Rei just might leave the swimming club, which, at that moment, seems to have troubles surviving without new members.
Nagisa will have to face his biggest fear, one he suffered through before:
Being left behind, all alone.
I have no doubt that Nagisa will be upset with Makoto and Haruka’s choices initially. I also have no doubt that he’ll come to accept the fact that he cannot be upset/angry for these choices, since the boys’ lives are their own to live and so are their choices. No one can dictate how to live and what to do, not even sweet Nagisa. It’s not his place. He will carry the emotional aspect of the separation plotline.
It’s their last eternal summer, after all.
But, as the ending shows, the boys’ choices will lead them to different careers and paths.
Not one is the same with the other.
However, the water in the ending filled the sky with stars that all of them watch with the same expression.
The water will always remind them of their days with each other, even if they’re not together anymore. And that’s the reality Nagisa will have to come to terms with.
‘You ran away from home?’
‘When I was about sixteen,’ said Sirius. ‘I’d had enough.’
‘Where did you go?’ said Harry, staring at him.
‘Your dad’s place,’ said Sirius. ‘Your grandparents were really good about it; they sort of adopted me as a second son.’
(and I know this set will probably be confusing to some people since a lot of people like Kristin Scott Thomas as Walburga but she’s always been Mrs. Potter to me)
This is so hard because you know this isn’t the first time they’ve had this conversation. They probably have it every time he visits her. He squares his shoulders before he goes in there, and hopes for the best, relatively speaking. You can see it in his face in that second gif - the way he literally crumples when he sees that he’s lost her again.
I’m shocked that I haven’t seen more people mention this scene, because this scene KILLED me. This is the only scene I cried in. I found a lot of Bucky’s scenes disturbing and I hurt for him, but this is the most heartbreaking scene for me. Because Steve remembers Peggy just like she was in the first movie. It was like a split second ago for him that Peggy was that amazing, intelligent, vivacious woman who inspired him to do amazing things. Sure Steve is shocked and rattled when he sees Bucky again, but Bucky still looks like BUCKY. Bucky was in the same time warp Steve was in and they both still look like they remember each other. But Peggy is the visual proof for Steve that everything has changed for him. She’s had a life. An entire life without him. She even points out that she grieves that HE hasn’t lived like she did. Peggy is the evidence of what Steve lost. He can sink himself in SHIELD and he can fight the good fight and try to forget that he’s not completely displaced in the world, but visiting with Peggy is both necessary for Steve because she’s the only one who remembers and also brutally painful because she’s proof that Steve is a man out of time and place. And the extra punch to the gut that she has dementia and her reaction to him is that of finding him and being heartbroken for their loss of each other. And that this obviously isn’t the first time she’s had this reaction. Steve has to know that he probably doesn’t have all that long with her either in the grand scheme of things. They find each other and lose each other and find each other over and over in this horrible, painful cycle. And soon he’s going to be utterly, completely alone. Sure he can befriend Sam and Natasha and forge new relationships, but there’s always going to be that little bit of disconnect.
And gawd does Chris Evans break your heart with his reaction. You can physically see his heart ripping apart all over his face and then him pull it together to comfort Peggy. There’s that quote floating around about the difference between “manpain” and legitimate horrible emotional pain that a character is going through. This is it. This is the moment you see it. Steve might try to hide it as much as possible and tries to be the shining beacon, but he is a man in LEGITIMATE pain. He has every right to want to curl in a ball and never come out.
When I watched the movie on Wednesday I was so shocked that no one was posting about this Like till now I kept thinking I just imagined this scene
THANK YOU FOR THIS POST. Seriously though, this scene had me sobbing pretty loudly in the theaters. And I always make the comment that this scene hurt me way worse than Noah and Allie’s scene from The Notebook, because that still fucks me up till this day. It physically hurts watching this scene.
if you don’t think this is the saddest thing in the whole of the MCU then you’re very very wrong.
i was watching the first avenger and wondering how Bucky knew Steve was getting his ass kicked in the back of some random alley behind a movie theatre
like does he just check alleyways whenever he’s walking down a street to see if Steve’s started another fight he can’t finish
the answer is probably yes
headcanon that, even when brainwashed, Bucky still stops at alleyways and looks down them to find nothing
and he never knows what he’s looking for
THAT WAS A PERFECTLY SWEET AND FUNNY POST WHY THE FUCK YOU GOTTA.
WHY YOU GOTTA MAN.
#can someone put this gif side by side with the gif of bucky post-‘let’s hear it for captain america’ #because it’s the same face #in two different instances #the same expression on two faces for the same reason #this is the face that says something irretrievable has been lost or taken #for steve it was bucky; plain and simple and easy as breathing #for bucky it was more than that; he’s realizing he’d lost the thing that had defined him #the thing that made him who he was #made him the kind of man he could stand #bucky looks at steve - six foot tall and goddamn close to bulletproof #and knows he doesn’t need bucky to protect him anymore #that’s what bucky loses #steve has a brand-new shield #so bucky has no choice but to become the sword instead #steve doesn’t need him to stand in front anymore; he needs bucky to stand at his side #it just takes bucky longer to sort that out #sighs (via weinersoldier)
OHMYGOD WHYYY WHYYYY MY FEEELSS OOWWW
bucky spending hours at that smithsonian exhibit, staring at everything, watching every single one of the little “newsreel” clips, getting escorted out of the museum because he’s the last one there, sir, you must not have heard our announcements, but we’re open at ten tomorrow
bucky going to the exhibit every single day for a week straight and that one older security guard is so nice to him, telling him in a low, conspiratory whisper one evening that he was there when the captain america costume got stolen by captain america himself, isn’t that just ridiculous? and you’re a dead ringer for sergeant barnes, son, you’d look good in that costume
bucky finally showing up on steve’s doorstep on a rainy evening – it’s a spacious old brownstone, sam up tippy-top, steve on the ground floor, nat in the basement – and he’d had a whole speech prepared and carefully memorized but when he sees steve’s shocked face it all crumbles and he just sort of scrambles to catch his breath, hands clenched tight in his coat pockets, prosthesis whirring, and steve just looks at him for a solid minute then tells him to come in, they’ll throw some couch cushions on the ground, it’ll be like old times, and bucky just breaks
it’s messy and it’s horrible and bucky wakes up screaming almost every night but steve is steady and solid and reassuring like he’s always been, and he asks natasha and bruce to help him find a psychologist after bucky confesses to him, barely whispering, that he thinks he needs some Help
steve being gentle with bucky because god it was hard enough to get thrown into the 21st century but getting tortured, electrocuted, tossed in and out of cryo, practically lobotomized––
steve being so fucking gentle when he helps bucky sort through his memories, starts telling him stories and leaving out details and watching that old grin slide across bucky’s face when he remembers something steve didn’t mention
steve and bucky going back to that smithsonian exhibit together on a slow, snowy wednesday morning when everyone’s at work and at school, taking their time, and there are a couple of moments where bucky starts to shut down but steve touches his shoulder or his back and they move through it together
running into that old security guard as they leave and when bucky winks at him, steve has to hide a grin because that’s absolutely the bucky that he grew up with
sometimes it’s a step forward and sometimes it’s three steps back; bucky is pretty sure the nightmares will be a constant for the rest of his life but that’s okay, because steve is there every time and–– -
well, to the end of the line, right?
ok, idk how easy this is to read but since everyone is discussing dates, i went to the movie to check. this is steve’s rejection from the beginning, his birthday is in the upper right corner and there’s ANOTHEr date in the lower left which I think is supposed to be a today’s date kind of thing and it looks to be June 14 1943
so there we go, steve enlists in mid 1943
How interesting that you would mention this, because I’ve recently been thinking he didn’t enlist. His serial number, which he’s heard muttering when Steve comes to rescue him, starts “32557.”
According to this fabulous WWII serial number generator, an enlisted man from New York should have a serial number starting with the numbers “12.”
A New York man with a serial number starting with “32”? Drafted. What we may be dealing with here is a Bucky who didn’t choose to go to war but was instead compelled to do so versus a Steve who is desperate to get in. I think it opens up a lot of different and interesting storylines for the two of them.
There’s been some great meta/discussion about this in the last couple days, which I think is great.
Makes you wonder if Bucky got the draft, and then, knowing how Steve felt about things, told his best buddy he was “enlisting.” Because how do you face this skinny, brave idiot who just won’t stop trying to volunteer that you wouldn’t be going if you didn’t have to?
- bucky sending a lab assistant across the room with one punch
- bucky then letting pierce hit him in the face and not even reacting bc being treated like an object is something he’s used to
- but still speaking in the softest voice ever
- bucky letting them put in the mouthgaurd like they’re putting a pacifier in a baby’s mouth and brainwash him
i can’t get these four things out of my head
Bucky’s face here will forever be the worst thing in the world. He’s looking at Steve and he’s so proud of him but there’s also this look in his eyes that says "he doesn’t need me anymore, why would Captain America ever need Bucky Barnes" and it’s all over his face. But when you pay attention to Bucky in the crowd you can see him looking around and taking it all in, taking in the fact that people finally see Steve the way he has always seen him and I CANT TAKE IT ITS DISGUSTING HOW MUCH HE LOVES STEVE AND HAS ALWAYS APPRECIATED HIM AND NOW THE WORLD LOVES HIM AND HE’S OVERWHELMED BUT HE’S ALSO SO SO HAPPY OH MY GODDDDDD
i enjoy agony.
even if you don’t ship it it’s still agony