March 16th, 2006

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I was just writing out this response to storyteller's question about Tezuka/Ryoma and whether their love could withstand the absence of tennis.

Somewhere toward the end, it hit me that I had spent the vast majority of my time since I got to this fandom explaining why. Because when I first got into PoT even fewer people shipped Tezuka/Ryoma, and I felt like if I wanted more fic then I had to make a case for it as a worthwhile ship. And that meant trying to talk people into seeing the things I saw in this ship. I think somewhere along the line I became accustomed to having to automatically argue for this pairing, or at the very least the way I shipped it.

And it struck me all at once how sad it was that I've kind of been shipping it with my back to the wall for a while. I think that says more about my overall experiences with all fandoms, than any particular experience with this one. And then it hit me that, hey, maybe I should just relax and stop feeling like I have to build a compelling airtight case that Tezuka and Ryoma are in love, and just enjoy the fact that I believe they are.

And that felt nice.

And then immediately after that I caught Tess's link to this post-Oscar Brokeback Mountain tribute, which is also about not having to justify anything, and between the two, am just a little wibbly and teary and fine.

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Tezuka/Ryoma is making me very happy today.

Speaking of kungfooqueen, she was our 100th pillarchallenge member! :D yay! Hey, Foo, you know this means the next challenge prompt is all yours. Whatever you want, baby, that's what we will write. All for you, all for youuuuu.

Am watching Tenipuri right now, and it dawns on me that I've been really remiss about something, which I am about to rectify right now.

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oh, Ryoma. Look at his BIG BROWN EYES. LOOK AT HIS CAP and his HAIR and his SMILE. HOW CAN YOU NOT FALL IN LOVE WITH A SMILE LIKE THAT. Oh. oh oh oh.

Oh, Ryoma. I really do adore you.