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I was trawling through my old Tumblr posts this afternoon and holy fuck look at the Holmes and Watson recast I've always wanted (dude in foreground is defs Holmes, few more images at source). For real, imagine them in Victorian era costume, they would be perfect.

Victorian racebent Holmes & Watson interests me so much more than all the modern AUs we've been getting lately. I mean, I love Elementary, Elementary actually understands who Holmes is & Lucy Lui's Watson is fab as hell, Elementary can stay. But can we just replace BBC Sherlock with this?

It'd be fascinating to see how Holmes' life and experiences would change, especially considering theories around Social Darwinism and eugenics were taking off around the time the books are set. How would the ways he established himself in his field and the time it took to do it change when he doesn't have the advantage of whiteness? The early years of setting himself up as a detective would have been so rough, man. Like, he's from a fairly wealthy family, which would soften the blow a little, but how many clients would he really be able to get early on? How many of them would even believe the extraordinary observations he makes about them, and how many would find a way to write him off as having cheated somehow or happened to be right through guesswork and luck?

How many times did he have clients who forced confidentiality onto him, not because of the delicacy of the case, but because they didn't want it known they went to him for help? And what's the bet Watson's stories were almost not published at all because the newspaper was so reluctant to associate with him?

I know there's a modern AU comic with black Holmes & Watson (which I was sure I had in my safekeeping tag on Tumblr, but fuck apparently need to find it again) but this too. I need this too.
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I kinda feel like being on Tumblr has made me forget how to blog properly? Like, it's so easy to just reblog everyone else's content that I got lazy about producing my own. And, I mean, then  Iaccidentally ended up with too many mutuals who were from my real life & don't understand fandom/shipping at all, which made it awkward to be myself bout fandom stuff. So pretty much i'm going back through my old posts on LJ and Tumblr because one is all locked up & the other is a fucking mess and I can't find anything on it, and I'm moving the stuff I still like here. It's kinda helping me recalibrate I think? 

But yeah, this is a roundabout way of saying that I just found a really old inception headcanon from, like, Feb of 2011 and it was flawless ok it was perfect.

So Garth Nix wrote this excellent 7 book series called Keys to the Kingdom. I've only met one other person who's read it and also seen Inception, but look. It's essentially set on a vaguely futuristic earth with superior medical treatments which could feasibly be a universe where dreamsharing could be developing/developed.

And the main character is this boy called Arthur Penhaligon.

Arthur P is baby Arthur.

[And ok huge spoilers for the KttK series from here on out] )
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He was into them in high school, had their early albums and was into them in a vague sort of, oh I like these songs, sort of way. And then the fire happened and he lost track of the CDs for a while. But he finds his favourite, Howl, again when they’re living in New York and he puts it on and doesn’t really think that much of it until suddenly he’s hearing,

it’s easy to fall in love
when you’ve run your luck you know you’re done
and the last kiss had fool’s cost
now your tired eyes can only haunt

(‘Ain’t No Easy Way’)

It reminds him so viscerally of seeing Kate for the last time that he has to throw up. He doesn’t touch it again for a week, two weeks, going on three, and he can’t help it and he kind of thinks he deserves it. 

So he’ll hit play and ‘Shuffle Your Feet’ will start up with,

time won’t save our souls
time won’t save my soul

And it’s a kick to the gut, but he likes how it hurts because if it hurts then he’ll remember, and as long as he remembers then he can’t be tricked again.

All of it, though, the whole album, even the songs that don’t really hold any significance to him lyrically, has an feeling in the vocals and the music that speaks to him. He plays it all the way to Beacon Hills, blares it through lowered windows as he follows Laura south, and he has to stop the car just before he reaches Beacon Hills proper because ‘Complicated Situation’ comes on and—

so the sleeping children were awoke
in time to haze their eyes

—and he can’t deal. He has to stop and breath and find the anger, use the anger, because if he doesn’t he’ll fall apart and he doesn’t have time to fall apart. Laura needs him.

Later, he’ll listen to ‘Howl’ (I give you nothing to doubt and you doubt me / I give all that I have but you don’t see) and it will remind him of Scott and how fucking frustrating Scott is when they should be working together, when they need each other equally.

And the first time Stiles ends up in Derek’s car in a non-life-or-death situation, ‘Promise’ cuts in when he starts the engine,

there is a burden you cannot hide
but in their arms you feel so alive
and in a moment you’re cast aside

And Stiles doesn’t even seem to think before he says, “Jesus, that’s some morbid shit,” because of course he knows. Of course he figured it out on his own. It makes shame burn in Derek’s throat—shame and anger and fear—and he’s white-knuckling the steering wheel, but Stiles doesn’t say anything else about it. He starts babbling on about Derek’s car or school or something. The ebb and flow of Stiles’ voice is oddly lulling, and he’s back at low-grade anger, almost calm, where usually he’d be fuming all day and nothing short of a punishingly long run would help.

/my feels

I mean, favourite is maybe not exactly the right word, but this is Derek and Derek is weird ok. 

Oh, and Derek is wrong about Howl. Derek just assumes he is the subject of the sentence not the object, but it is actually Stiles' POV on Derek more than Serek's POV on Scott.
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Honestly, I don't see Derek as a Slytherin at all. I mean, obviously it's down to individual interpretation, but I don't see him as particularly ambitious or cunning, or as particularly valuing those traits. I do kind of see the "means to an end" thing, but honestly, Scott is much more capable of that than Derek is. I personally prefer Gryffindor!Derek, but I could see him as a Hufflepuff. He does value family & loyalty quite a lot, but he also has a tendency to recklessly throw himself into things and he is incredibly, stubbornly brave. I don't just mean that as him getting himself into situations that are clearly over his head, or throwing himself under a bus to protect someone else. I mean, also, the things he has been through and kept going. He goes through endless hell and yet, every day he gets up and he keeps going, keeps pushing, keeps fighting.

I think the Sorting Hat would be torn between Gryffindor and Hufflepuff for Derek. I think it would sit there, debating with itself where he would fit better, where he would really grow. And, meanwhile, Derek sits there desperately hoping he ends up in Slytherin, oh please please, because his family is a proud Slytherin family, every single one of them through every generation has been in Slytherin, and here is little eleven year old Derek sitting here with the Hat telling him no. (Laura would tease him so much over it, and he'd develop such a complex.)

Oooh, i have a thing for this--

The Hales have been Slytherins for generations, for as long as anyone can remember. Until the Sorting Hat droops over Derek’s eyes and whispers, Not for you. No … no, certainly not.

“What?” Derek asks, horrified, and, “No, wait,” and, “Please, I want—”

The Hat hums thoughtfully and says, You could never be great there.

“It doesn’t matter, I don’t need—I don’t want—”

Precisely my point, Mr. Hale, says the Hat. “GRYFFINDOR.”
--Speaking of proud house families: Allison, a Gryffindor from a long line of Gryffindors. I am about that.

The only ones I really see (from the season 1 cast) as Slytherins are Peter, Lydia, and Jackson. And obviously Lydia would be great in Ravenclaw, but I think she places more value in the ways that she can apply her knowledge and the greatness she could achieve than she does in the actual having of it. And, really, I think Lydia really likes having people underestimate her. She likes having that element of surprise, and I think she'd end up resenting having people know how smart she is just by looking at her robes or hearing her Hogwarts house.

Scott, I generally think of as a Gryffindor, but now that I've thought of it, I do see a little Slytherin in him as well. He does have that ruthless streak, that "means to an end" thing I mentioned. Stiles, otoh, I see a lot of people place in Slytherin and I disagree. I mean, I do vaguely understand why, but I think his Hufflepuff traits outstrip his Slytherin ones. He works hard, he loves fiercely, and his loyalty is unwavering. If you're in his circle, there is nothing he wouldn't do for you. And, when it comes down to it, if you're not in his circle, there's nothing he wouldn't do to you. So, yes, he's ruthless, but the circumstances always come from a place of traits that are, at their heart, Hufflepuff. I think people don't put him in Hufflepuff because they see it as a house of total cooperation, where everyone is friends and there's no hierarchy, no cliques, everything is sweetness and light. I think people forget that you don't need to be particularly kind to be a Hufflepuff (remember Zacharias Smith?).

And, besides, I have a weirdly large amount of headcanon figured out for a Hogwarts AU I have no intention of writing.

So, ok, Scott (half-blood, but he's always lived with Melissa who's a Muggle) and Stiles (100% Muggleborn) meet on the train and end up sorted into Gryffindor & Hufflepuff respectively. Stiles isn't letting no arbitrary sleeping arrangement lose him a friend though, so he just spends most of his time hanging out in the Gryffindor common room with Scott.

Wait, here--

Stiles meets Scott on the Hogwarts Express and they are instant best friends. He can see the disappointment in Scott’s open face from the Gryffindor table when the Hat sorts him into Hufflepuff, but he’s not taking this separatist bullshit. Stiles doesn’t make friends, especially not this easily, and he is not losing this one because they sleep on different floors of a castle at night. Which. A castle, this is so awesome.

He troops over to the Gryffindor table during the meal, getting side-eyed pretty hard by basically everyone who bothers to notice him, and whacks Scott on the shoulder.

“Dude, we’re meeting for breakfast tomorrow,” Stiles tells him, and Scott’s face, which had been doing a painfully adorable sad-puppy thing, clears like the sun coming out.

He flat-out beams, and Stiles—okay, Stiles has never been a popular kid. He’s always been a bit of a dork and he runs his mouth too much, so he kind of gets it. Sometimes he wishes he could avoid himself too.

But Scott actually likes him, for some inexplicable reason. And, yeah, this guy is gonna be Stiles’ best friend for life; he can feel it.
--Derek's a few years above them and spends all his free time scowling at Stiles across the common room, because he is trying to STUDY ok and Stiles isn't even a GRYFFINDOR, he should be here at all. He's still a werewolf though, a lot of the Hales are (maybe they were all attacked by Werewolves during the war in the 90s idk). But Wolfsbane potion is a thing and they're allowed to attend Hogwarts anyway. And, actually, you know what, Scott is a werewolf too. He got bitten during the summer after first year and totally freaked out that he wouldn't be allowed to go to school after all, but everything ends up fine. And then he's scared that Stiles won't wanna be his friend if he knows, but eventually figures that shit out, hits him a bunch of times for never telling him, makes a bunch of dog jokes, and then carries on as normal.

Oh, hold up I have something for this too--

It all clicks about five months into fourth year: the shiftiness, the avoidance, the monthly disappearances, the sudden improvement at Quidditch and the way Derek seems to be lurking around every corner. It clicks into place, forms a big, neon sign that screams WEREWOLVES, and, okay, if Stiles was a worse person he would punch Scott in the head.

He does kind of punch him a bit and he does call Scott a lot of names, but he also tells Scott he’s the stupidest person alive for thinking this would change their friendship at all and the way Scott’s face lights up reminds Stiles of the day they met. Scott has a smile like fucking sunshine and it’s so unfair that it just melts Stiles’ temper away at times like this. He’d really like to get to stay mad at Scott for the shit he pulls every once in a while.

“And this is why you’re suddenly all cosy with Hale!” Stiles crows, slapping Scott’s arm. “Oh my god, I was right! He’s a werewolf!”

“You thought he was a vampire,” Scott says, confused and a little hangdog, like he thinks he’ll be in trouble for Stiles figuring it out—and, wow, dog jokes just got so much funnier.

“He’s still a creature of the night,” Stiles says, dismissive. And then, “No offence?” because he isn’t sure what counts as an insult, really, to a werewolf.
--And so this is how Stiles actually ends up in the same social circle as Derek Hale, who he may or may not have been secretly mooning over as badly as Scott has been for Allison. But Derek is in seventh year while they're in fourth, so nothing happens while they're still at school. It isn't until after Scott and Stiles graduate, and suddenly Stiles is seeing Derek around again and he is even more beautiful than ever and has actually started treating Stiles like an adult instead of the brat hanger-on of the dumb new werewolf he's been tasked with mentoring and Stiles doesn't even know what to do with this??? 
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you can’t hurt me, remember?

I find the way that the Troubles work so interesting. Like, Nathan's is his inability to feel, but which senses is he actually not able to use? Humans have a lot more than 5 senses, and the sensation that we call touch is distinct from pressure, temperature, pain, and itch sensors. Nathan seems to have lost touch-related external senses (his ability to feel external pressure, temperature, pain, etc), but judging from his ability to still function independently, he hasn't lost internal pressure (he wouldn't be able to feel the pressure of a full bladder).

He definitely seems to have his proprioception (ability to tell where your body parts are, relative to other body parts) and equilibrioception (ability to keep your balance and sense body movement in terms of acceleration and directional changes), but what about tension sensors? What about stretch receptors? 

I love how ironic Nathan's line, "You can't hurt me," is, because the fact that he's there, the fact that he's still so vitriolic toward Duke, the fact that he came to Duke at all when under the influence of Ray's Trouble, all point to a totally different truth. Duke can't hurt Nathan--physically--but Nathan still feels the emotional suffering of what he sees as Duke's betrayal so deeply. Nathan compensating for his trouble by finding ways to stimulate his other senses is one of my favourite things about his character, but I find most interesting the way that his emotional landscape seems to have also compensated. His emotional feelings are more intense because of his lack of physical feelings.

That is...actually not at all what I meant to write about though. I've been thinking about Ray's Trouble, and more specifically, about how it effects Nathan. Obviously, it doesn't create obsession out of nothing; it takes pre-existing obsessions and aggravates them, turns them into compulsions and then removes inhibitions. 

What i'm curious about is why Nathan's focus turned to Duke. Does Ray's Trouble use what you were stewing about at the time of being "hit" by it? Or does it use a larger, long-term issue that you have? So, did Nathan focus on Duke because he was still angry about their conversation outside the Scupper, or does he really spend that much time obsessing about Duke and the ruin of their friendship that Duke was his target?

And, ok, technically we know why Nathan might've spent that much time obsessing about it, now that we know his fight with Duke is the reason his Trouble returned. So, you know what, I can see why Nathan would go to Duke from a non-shipping perspective. I can. But! I think Nathan's dialogue when he's beating Duke up make me wonder. Nathan shouts, "The things I've done? What about the things you've done? The things you still do! To me!" 

What exactly does Nathan think Duke is still doing to him? By that episode, all we'd seen of Nathan and Duke's relationship (which, presumably, was a fairly good indication of their relationship pre-Audrey) and it mostly involved Nathan seeking Duke out and then respond magnificently to any baiting that Duke decides to partake in as retaliation. And, you know, I'm almost up to date with canon (halfway through season 4) and I still can't think of a single explanation in show for what Nathan means by this?

What else could he mean but his emotional reactions to Duke? What else could he mean but the emotional hurt that Duke caused him? And, look, if that's it, then what exactly was the nature of Nathan's feelings for Duke that he is still this affected by their falling out? 

I knew I couldn't expect to get my OT3 from canon, but I really wish Duke and Nathan were explicitly ex-boyfriends, because it just clears up so many questions I have about their relationship. 

oh & the gif was based on earlier fanart, which i'mma put here for idk science i guess )
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Watch Our Bed Burn

Angela/Nanette, because why not ship the adult versions of characters from your childhood. Why not. It doesn't feel weird at all.

DEV Take Her From You
Florence and the Machine Kiss with a Fist
The Distillers Dismantle Me
Letters to Cleo I Want You to Want Me
Ludo Love Me Dead
Joan Jett I Hate Myself for Loving You
The Coral Dreaming of You
Ida Maria I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked
Anarbor I Hate You So Much

I'm pretty sure I shipped Angela & Nanette before Ii even knew what shipping was.i can remember watching angela anaconda as a kid and )
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you were always meant to be 

Selection of some of not-embarrassing songs from an old Merthur fanmix from way back when. I'm trying to follow a bit of a narrative of Arthur finding out about ~the magic~ in the order I've chosen, with POV flipping back and forth, but man idk how successful I was.

Supertramp The Logical Song
Phantom Planet Big Brat
The Real Tuesday Weld (Still) Terminally Ambivalent Over You
The Buzzcocks Ever Fallen in Love
Dragonette True Believer
The Darkness Growing on Me
Nil Lara Fighting For My Love
Aqualung Easier to Lie
Elbow Red
Moving Units Between Us and Them
The Magic Numbers Forever Lost
Glen Phillips Courage
Oasis Wonderwall
Maria Mena You're the Only One
Boyzone Love You Anyway
Anberlin Time and Confusion

So, look, I gave up on the show around season 2-3. impromptu essay on all the reasons arthur should've known bout the magic? )


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