she woke up with hope

mariebastian:

# Toby the face of the fandom [x]

HOLY COW THIS FREAKS ME OUT!!!!

STOP TOYING WITH MY EMOTIONS TORRANCE. (actually don’t. that little half-smile that bursts into a full out smile makes me hopeful. but I’m afraid this is a mind trick or wishful thinking on his part.)

cheyreia-lafae: Ops looks like Frary fans are starting with there hate on twitter and saying that our ship is dead because we are trying to trend

lionheartedbash:

bastianpagez:

mariebastian:

crowd-of-stars:

bastianpagez:

crowd-of-stars:

bastianpagez:

mashfrolagreith:

loooool

Pfft. We’re trying to trend because when a show puts two characters in an intense situation the way this one did and then makes that situation disappear from the minds of all involved and no one speaks of it ever again and the two characters who (only episodes before) were a biscuit shy of marriage for however long and are now never more than 50-100ft away from each other and he’s the king’s brother and she’s married to the king and they don’t talk? Really? That’s bullshit.

At least that’s what I’m in it for.

That said, for all I know the writers are planning something (hah.) because Bash is being given the sideye by nobles who remember what went down with Mary trying to have him legitimized, etc. so it’s possible that maybe now that he’s The King’s Deputy stuff will happen.

What is everyone else hoping for?

First of all: if Mash is dead, why does it matter whether we’re trying to trend or not? Why even mention it if it doesn’t matter? Second of all: plenty of people ship things that aren’t canon and some of them are even wildly popular ships. Which is not the case with Mash, they WERE canon. And before they went down the romantic road together, they did share a kinship, understanding, and a bit of friendship. So it’s ludicrous to expect us to believe these two people who meant a great deal to each other not even a year ago are basically strangers now. Why? There was no resolution. It’s still hanging there. So much so that even Torrance thinks that Bash isn’t truly over her, he’s just staying away for Francis’ sake.

All I’m asking for is these two characters to share scenes, to share burdens, and restore that kinship they once had. I think it’s important for Bash to be there for her when Francis can’t be, especially with his new status at court. It doesn’t have to be romantic to be important. And the fact the writers are so scared of Mash even interacting in this manner says a great deal about the power of the ship, doesn’t it?

Right? I’m not stupid. I know Francis Valois and Mary Stuart were married and that when he died she was very very sad because she loved him, etc. Bringing back Mash, as a friendship, doesn’t have to jeopardize that*.

For example, Bash is the one who I’d think would defend Francis if it ever came out that he (Francis) killed Henri. Who knows, maybe Bash could be the one to take the fall for that one. That would be the ultimate test of friendship and loyalty, actually.

Oh, hell, I’d write that fic.

Seriously, though, it’s bizarre that a show ignored a bond between two characters this way it has. These two people ran away, jumped off a cliff, delivered a baby, kissed, fell in love a little and proposed to each other and aside from a few awkward conversations there’s been nothing. AND THEY LIVE IN THE SAME CASTLE. And have Francis in common. Something has got to give. And that something does not have to be someone’s underthings, ‘kay?

*Then again, we are talking about the same show that’s decided to use rape as a plot point, so much as I want to be optimistic here I’m aware of how ridiculous I sound. It’s called OPTIMISM.

heh, I don’t think we have to delve into what’s wrong with the “becuase history” argument since most of what I’ve learned about real life Mary has come from your blog. ;) So we’ll just leave that there. I don’t think any Mash fan truly expected Mary to choose Bash since historically she married Francis. We all knew that in the beginning and got invested anyway. Why? Because the show gave us reasons to. No, we weren’t grasping at straws and pulling things out of thin air. There were things rooted in actual canon that gave us a reason to think these two were going to have a long, hard, and tragically beautiful journey. 1x16 seemed to bring s1.a into s1.b with one simple line: I lied. But instead of us seeing these characters struggle to get over each other…we got nothing. Just a lovely interview from the show runner that said, “ha, it was never meant to be anything, that chapter is over!” and that was it. And that continues to be it almost five episodes into the new season.

I’m not the type of fan who thinks that shows owe me anything. If I lose interest, I can return my ratings card and move on. But it’s not fair to build up something and fail to deliver on it. It’s not fair to flippantly tell fans that your ship is never going to bang so they aren’t important. That isn’t what Mash were built on and that’s not what I expect. I expect restored kinship, friendship, understanding, and even a bit of affection. It doesn’t have to be sexual to matter to us. And I think that’s what this trend is about, unless I’m off the mark but that’s why I support it.

And yes at your theories about Bash taking the fall for Francis. But hey wouldn’t it be tragic and poetic if Mary knew it wasn’t him the whole time? But neither of them would mention it, because they can communicate without words and that’s what was always special about them.

YES to all of this.

Is it so strange that we got so invested in their story?  I’m watching the reign tag, as I’m sure you all are, and it’s amazing to see all the new fans watching on Netflix go through the same process we did—- Frary is sooo pretty, but Francis is such an arse — wait Mary, why are you running away just because of the prophecy —- ooh wow I thought Frary was lovely, MASH is on fire!! —- See how the cinematography imbues their  embraces with epic proportions —- wow Bash and Mary work so well together —- OMG I ship them soooo hard —- no Mary don’t choose Francis, choose Bash aaargh!!!!

Rationalising why this matters to me when I KNOW it’s just a soapy teenage historical drama and all I can come up with is that I really should stick to watching Outlander, Downton Abbey and Dr Who cos its better for my blood pressure.   But it irks me dreadfully that their once-canon relationship has been so thoroughly purged from the series.  Yes we know from history they didn’t marry, but what’s the real reason behind the complete lack of relationship between them now?  Now when Bash and Mary are in the same scene together, it may as well be Bash and Greer or Bash and Lola.  Yes Mary does mention Bash in 2.02 when she and Francis were discussing Lola’s son’s legitimacy so she still acknowledges his ongoing struggles for a place in the world.  But all possible emotional subtlety was stripped from that scene for both Mary and Francis, as we know damned well that Francis has always thought his brother sorely mistreated by Henry.

Why the need to go to such lengths to make MASH disappear, and in such a cruel and emphatic fashion off-screen for goodness sake?  Yes, yes I understand that it all happened months ago, Bash is happily married to Kenna and this is a TV series that has the Plague disappear in an episode.  Yet Greer and Leith look set to suffer for the rest of Season 2 whether Greer and Castleroy marry or not.  I smell a rat.

Look, I know lots of you disagree with me but I actually like that Bash has found some measure of happiness with Kenna.  It shows that people can move on from heartbreak and it gave the Bash-stan in me a fiendish sense of glee that they were the only couple left happy at the end of last season.  But memories remain and I’ll be looking keenly for Mary to ‘suddenly’ remember Bash when tough times come up between her and Francis.  I’m sure she’ll be drawn to Conde in a romantic sense but my wish is that Bash will be her confidante and provide the path back to Francis.  Funny as it seems, he’ll be the glue for Frary’s relationship.

As for taking the fall for Henry’s murder, I’m sure that Bash will have the solution for that too.

Well since the nobles haven’t forgotten that Bash was once a threat and that Kenna was once Second Mistress maybe they’ll jostle Mary’s memory.

And for what it’s worth, the last episode went a long way toward making Kenna and Bash work for me* so I know the writers are capable of making things work and portraying characters in a realistic fashion and having some continuity and all that good stuff work in service of a story.

More of things working, please?

*The minute you crow about that I will recant and edit. RECANT. AND. EDIT.

**I hate not trusting the writers, and I’ll be the first to kowtow when they come correct, but I can’t wait for hell to freeze over.

I LOVE YOU ALL.  THIS SERIES OF POSTS GIVES ME LIFE.

Here’s the thing about relationships: They are fluid.  Always fluid.  And the biggest problem that Reign has had is that they don’t understand that.  That even when the romantic relationship between Bash and Mary has been pushed aside, there are still ten thousand more facets to their connection outside of the romantic one.  I also think this is where they messed up with Bash and Kenna, but in reverse…they didn’t have time to get to know each other on any other level besides stage 1: barely know you, don’t like you …and stage 2: PRAISE GLORY FOR THE GIFT OF OUR LOVE.  I cannot express how much easier it would have been for me to get on board if the writers had given me the stages of friendship and loyalty in between over the course of a season and not the course of 2 episodes.

Firstly: Hey Lil, we did a thing.

Secondly: Thank you! It’s always flattering when a blog I love comes back and gives me/my people props. So thanks for the love. ;)

Thirdly: Now onto the meat of your response. I think BK had a whole lot to contend with. Bash’s deep, unwavering feelings for Mary and the forced union. I’m not going to delve into the ways they failed or succeeded in this. I’m just going to say that I feel like they didn’t do the first thing any justice. Bash was insanely dedicated to and in love with Mary. Which occurred BEFORE the legimization plotline. He wasn’t in it for himself, it was just about Mary and the way she made him feel. Forbidden yes but he never really let himself reach for it—just supported her on the sidelines and adored who she was at her core. That was so consistent for his character for such a long time that it was hard for me to buy that he’d be able to love anyone else. At least not for a long time. I was so sure of this that I would’ve bet money on it. And I expected those feelings to linger on and on despite his attempts to squash it.

Why did I think this? Hey writers…remember 1x14? You know how Bash waited MONTHS for Mary to come back to court just to warn her about what happened with the guards. And it was pretty clear he hadn’t been with anyone else in all that time. And it was equally as clear that he was still as protective and in love with her as ever. And again we circle back around to 1x16 when he said he lied about his feelings being gone. Yeah. That. So how is Bash unaffected by Mary now? Not worried about Mary during the plague? Even if it’s not romantic, she is married to his brother and he once loved her with the force of the sun. But nope, he didn’t have a response to that or her being locked in a tower. Even after he warned her that they would NEVER put her interests above their own. He was willing to be there for her in that capacity even after she was married. But she told him to go away and that protective instinct is gone? Nope, he transferred all that to Kenna and doesn’t feel that way about Mary anymore. If that isn’t obvious ship/fan pandering, I don’t know what is.

cheyreia-lafae: Ops looks like Frary fans are starting with there hate on twitter and saying that our ship is dead because we are trying to trend

bastianpagez:

crowd-of-stars:

bastianpagez:

mashfrolagreith:

loooool

Pfft. We’re trying to trend because when a show puts two characters in an intense situation the way this one did and then makes that situation disappear from the minds of all involved and no one speaks of it ever again and the two characters who (only episodes before) were a biscuit shy of marriage for however long and are now never more than 50-100ft away from each other and he’s the king’s brother and she’s married to the king and they don’t talk? Really? That’s bullshit.

At least that’s what I’m in it for.

That said, for all I know the writers are planning something (hah.) because Bash is being given the sideye by nobles who remember what went down with Mary trying to have him legitimized, etc. so it’s possible that maybe now that he’s The King’s Deputy stuff will happen.

What is everyone else hoping for?

First of all: if Mash is dead, why does it matter whether we’re trying to trend or not? Why even mention it if it doesn’t matter? Second of all: plenty of people ship things that aren’t canon and some of them are even wildly popular ships. Which is not the case with Mash, they WERE canon. And before they went down the romantic road together, they did share a kinship, understanding, and a bit of friendship. So it’s ludicrous to expect us to believe these two people who meant a great deal to each other not even a year ago are basically strangers now. Why? There was no resolution. It’s still hanging there. So much so that even Torrance thinks that Bash isn’t truly over her, he’s just staying away for Francis’ sake.

All I’m asking for is these two characters to share scenes, to share burdens, and restore that kinship they once had. I think it’s important for Bash to be there for her when Francis can’t be, especially with his new status at court. It doesn’t have to be romantic to be important. And the fact the writers are so scared of Mash even interacting in this manner says a great deal about the power of the ship, doesn’t it?

Right? I’m not stupid. I know Francis Valois and Mary Stuart were married and that when he died she was very very sad because she loved him, etc. Bringing back Mash, as a friendship, doesn’t have to jeopardize that*.

For example, Bash is the one who I’d think would defend Francis if it ever came out that he (Francis) killed Henri. Who knows, maybe Bash could be the one to take the fall for that one. That would be the ultimate test of friendship and loyalty, actually.

Oh, hell, I’d write that fic.

Seriously, though, it’s bizarre that a show ignored a bond between two characters this way it has. These two people ran away, jumped off a cliff, delivered a baby, kissed, fell in love a little and proposed to each other and aside from a few awkward conversations there’s been nothing. AND THEY LIVE IN THE SAME CASTLE. And have Francis in common. Something has got to give. And that something does not have to be someone’s underthings, ‘kay?

*Then again, we are talking about the same show that’s decided to use rape as a plot point, so much as I want to be optimistic here I’m aware of how ridiculous I sound. It’s called OPTIMISM.

heh, I don’t think we have to delve into what’s wrong with the “becuase history” argument since most of what I’ve learned about real life Mary has come from your blog. ;) So we’ll just leave that there. I don’t think any Mash fan truly expected Mary to choose Bash since historically she married Francis. We all knew that in the beginning and got invested anyway. Why? Because the show gave us reasons to. No, we weren’t grasping at straws and pulling things out of thin air. There were things rooted in actual canon that gave us a reason to think these two were going to have a long, hard, and tragically beautiful journey. 1x16 seemed to bring s1.a into s1.b with one simple line: I lied. But instead of us seeing these characters struggle to get over each other…we got nothing. Just a lovely interview from the show runner that said, “ha, it was never meant to be anything, that chapter is over!” and that was it. And that continues to be it almost five episodes into the new season.

I’m not the type of fan who thinks that shows owe me anything. If I lose interest, I can return my ratings card and move on. But it’s not fair to build up something and fail to deliver on it. It’s not fair to flippantly tell fans that your ship is never going to bang so they aren’t important. That isn’t what Mash were built on and that’s not what I expect. I expect restored kinship, friendship, understanding, and even a bit of affection. It doesn’t have to be sexual to matter to us. And I think that’s what this trend is about, unless I’m off the mark but that’s why I support it.

And yes at your theories about Bash taking the fall for Francis. But hey wouldn’t it be tragic and poetic if Mary knew it wasn’t him the whole time? But neither of them would mention it, because they can communicate without words and that’s what was always special about them.

cheyreia-lafae: Ops looks like Frary fans are starting with there hate on twitter and saying that our ship is dead because we are trying to trend

bastianpagez:

mashfrolagreith:

loooool

Pfft. We’re trying to trend because when a show puts two characters in an intense situation the way this one did and then makes that situation disappear from the minds of all involved and no one speaks of it ever again and the two characters who (only episodes before) were a biscuit shy of marriage for however long and are now never more than 50-100ft away from each other and he’s the king’s brother and she’s married to the king and they don’t talk? Really? That’s bullshit.

At least that’s what I’m in it for.

That said, for all I know the writers are planning something (hah.) because Bash is being given the sideye by nobles who remember what went down with Mary trying to have him legitimized, etc. so it’s possible that maybe now that he’s The King’s Deputy stuff will happen.

What is everyone else hoping for?

First of all: if Mash is dead, why does it matter whether we’re trying to trend or not? Why even mention it if it doesn’t matter? Second of all: plenty of people ship things that aren’t canon and some of them are even wildly popular ships. Something doesn’t have to be canon or supported by the writers to be liked by fans. Which is not the case with Mash, they WERE canon. And before they went down the romantic road together, they did share a kinship, understanding, and a bit of friendship. So it’s ludicrous to expect us to believe these two people who meant a great deal to each other not even a year ago are basically strangers now. Why? There was no resolution to this storyline. It’s still hanging there. So much so that even Torrance thinks that Bash isn’t truly over her, he’s just staying away for Francis’ sake. If LM hadn’t said some of the things she did, we’d have no idea why Mash are avoiding each other like the plague (heh, no pun intended).

All I’m asking for is these two characters to share scenes, to share burdens, and restore that kinship they once had. It needs to be awkward for them but they also need to try: for what they once meant to each other and what Francis means to them. I think it’s important for Bash to be there for her when Francis can’t be, especially with his new status at court. It doesn’t have to be romantic to be important. And the fact the writers are so scared of Mash even interacting in this manner says a great deal about the power of the ship, doesn’t it?

fem·i·nism
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noun
the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.
synonyms: the women’s movement, the feminist movement, women’s liberation, female emancipation, women’s rights; informal: women’s lib
“a longtime advocate of feminism”
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The definition of feminism.

I was poking around whatever we call that function on the Tumblr app where you click on the magnifying glass and see what all the popular kids are Tumblr-ing about and was amazed that there are actually young women on Tumblr who are avowed anti-feminists.

Let’s think about this for a second: Let’s contemplate the fact there are, in the world, young women aged 18-25, who are on Tumblr, who hate feminism.

You know, feminism. Otherwise known as the movement that granted them the right to vote/own property/get an education/get a job/have autonomy and control over their own bodies. 

Staggering.

You do realize that without feminism you probably wouldn’t be able or allowed to be reading this, right?

You think it’s simple, but the very act of you sitting there with a laptop on your lap and a diploma on your wall or a school ID in your wallet and car keys in your pocket proves feminism is a good thing.

It’s up to you, young woman. You have the social media. You have the prowess. You have the ability to do research and educate yourself about this movement you seem to hate so much.

Rather than be an anti-feminist, maybe you could put the enthusiasm that you put into reclaiming the words ‘bitch’ and ‘bossy’ into reclaiming feminism as a movement dedicated to advocating for women rather than the bad reputation it seems to have earned that made you hate it in the first place. You know, maybe wash away the stench of hate, etc.

Be the feminist you want to meet in the world, in other words.

Your move, friendlies.

(via bastianpagez)

"It is not over between us. It never will be.
You love me. I feel it every time we’re together.
Every time that I look in your eyes. And you feel it too.”

Okay so de-cheval-et-chasse prompted me to compile a list of parallels between Mash in the last half of s1. After much venting and thinking, I finally started making a list of sign posts that may or may not have been woven into the show intentionally. I only did one episode since I’m tired and I don’t think I’m making any sense. If you want more, just ask and I’ll try to continue this. It’s hard to do these things without having someone else to feed off of.

1. Let’s start with 1x13, the episode that broke the fandom and the ratings:

Bash: With me you are free and wild. You can be who you are and I will always put you first.

Let’s contrast this with 1x14, approximately two months after Mary’s honeymoon. Mary comes back to court and looks out the carriage window rather forlornly, lamenting over the unease she’s feeling. Suddenly, the love she shares with Francis feels fragile. And she hopes Bash is happy in Spain.

Here are the facts that Mary is unaware of: Francis threatened Bash after Mary asked Francis to protect Bash and Francis had a one night-stand with Lola. So obviously these are not the reasons she’s feeling uneasy. What could it be? Mary Tudor is alive and well. She married the man she “loves more” and Bash is safely tucked away in Spain (so she thinks). Can we blame this on all the trauma she’s faced at French Court? Maybe. But she found a reason to smile again despite all the dangers she faced during her engagement to Bash. And she’s with the legitimate heir now, so why does Mary’s smile feel so distant in this scene? Why does she feel her love for Francis is fragile now?

It could be one of two things: reality is about to come crashing down on her or Bash is not at court. Since Mary arrived at French Court, she has had an ally, a friend she could trust. Francis always had to put France first, she’s always known that. But back then, Mary had Bash. Someone who was always on her side, no matter what. He may not have been in the forefront but he was always in the background, looking out for her. Something Mary felt more keenly during their engagement. She never doubted his ability to protect her, she said so herself. Now she’s made her choice and he’s gone. And while Mary should be over the moon happy to be with Francis without any obstacles, she’s sad. Why? At this point, she should feel strength in their love. Personally, I attribute this change to Bash’s absence and the reality she’s about to face: a life without Bash and all that comes with him. She’s missing that piece of her that “could be who she is” and the freedom that came with it. I don’t want to argue the point with FM, but I will say that I do not think that Mary can be her full self with him. France is always going to be a sore point, as we saw more and more as the season wore on.

After they get back to the castle, Mary says, “we were happy…we are happy.” A little slip in wording that speaks volumes. I don’t know if she was referring to the honeymoon or if she’s speaking of her life before her engagement to Bash. The girl admitted she loved Bash three times in episode 1x13, that love couldn’t just disappear in the span of a few months. I think her love for the brothers always existed side by side. And now that she’s married to one of them, she has to try to put that aside. Which, imo, explains a whole lot about Mary’s denials in this episode and 1x16.

Meanwhile, Bash is hiding out in the woods. Still not over Mary, just waiting for her to return to court, to warn her about her husband.

Mary: All of that is behind us. All of that pain.
Bash: Was it only pain we left behind? There was something more between us. Francis knows that. He hates it.

She’s trying to leave it in the past but Bash refuses to leave it there. He knows there was more, that it could have spurred Francis to have him killed. Mary does not deny the feelings they shared, she just says it wouldn’t change anything. Essentially her choice has been made and she cannot allow herself to regret it.

Bash: If you need me, put a light in your window, and I’ll meet you in the woods where we first kissed.

Mary just gives him pain filled eyes when he says this. Another reminder of the past. Of his willingness to be there for her despite the change in her relationship with both brothers. Even though she defended Francis to Bash, she still questions Francis on the issue. There’s a seed of doubt in her, she believes he may have done it. Because she knows that what Bash said was true: there was more between them and Francis knows it. And hates it. She says she did it to prove Bash wrong but I have my doubts. Why was it so important to her if she did not believe it? And later on, she confesses she believes Francis is capable of it (1x16—more on that later).

Francis goes on to say that without trust, they’re nothing. Yet, she trusted in Bash’s word and concern immediately. Enough to question her husband, the man she should trust above all. Then Francis brings up what happened in the woods—that Bash killed a man for Mary. A call back to where the feelings between Mash came to a head. Then he says that Bash isn’t safe from him.

Mary to Francis: I didn’t ask him to come to me.

And immediately after this conversation, she puts a candle in her window, calling on Bash. To warn him he’s not safe. And because she needs him to be safe.

Then Mary learns that Lola is going to have an abortion in the woods…

Mary: I would never ask this of you, but I need to get through the Blood Wood to Lola before it’s too late.

Yet, Mary is in the lead the entire time. Bash is the one that follows. Once again, it’s Bash she trusts and relies on. After her conversation with Francis, he’s the one that she should have turned to. Then her world comes crashing down, she discovers Lola’s pregnant with Francis’ child. After this, her conversation with Bash feels so finale, so remorseful.

Mary: Look at you two, at each other’s throats. Well, my part in this has ended. I am married.
Bash: You want me to leave.
Mary: There is nothing for you here.
Bash: You’re here! You need protection from them. You must trust me on this. They will always put their interests above yours.
Mary: You offer me so much that I cannot accept, because I am wed. You cannot care for me. In any way. Do you understand? If you must hate someone please, hate me.
Bash: If I were capable of that, I would.

And Mary is turning away, into the reality she chose. She wants Bash to be free and she knows that Bash is not safe from Francis. Francis told her as much. But not once does she tell him she does not love him, she just says he offers her things she cannot accept. She doesn’t speak of love, just of honor and duty and obligation. If he hates her, it would be easier for them all. And here’s the call back to 1x13, Bash tells her once again that they’ll never put her first. She doesn’t negate it, she knows it as truth. And I believe this is where the part of Mary we saw with Bash died. This conversation takes place in the dead of winter, just cold and empty, void of warmth or happiness. Much as Mary has felt during this entire episode. Kind of a sign of what’s to come for Mary: a cold, dead heart.

And finally, Bash “moves on” with someone else. Only after Mary has turned him away, sending him from court and her life.

Bash: A mark of flowers, hmm?
Rowan: I used to pick roses every morning. They cut me to pieces, but I didn’t care.
Bash: That’s because they’re beautiful.

A symbol for the love Bash feels for Mary? His love for her cuts him to pieces. But he can’t help himself, she’s beautiful to him.

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world."

Robin Williams ( July 21st 1951 - August 11th 2014)

cat asking for a pet [x]

YOU CAN TELL A LOT ABOUT SOMEONE BY THE TYPE OF MUSIC THEY LISTEN TO.

HIT SHUFFLE ON YOUR IPOD, PHONE, ITUNES, MEDIA PLAYER ETC AND WRITE DOWN THE FIRST 20 SONGS. THEN PASS THIS ON TO 10 PEOPLE.

ONE RULE: NO SKIPPING

tagged by: paigeroo5

o1. Someday - Rob Thomas
o2. King of Norway - The Donnies The Amys (excuse me, I’ve just been overcome with Mary/Bash feelings)
o3. Unconditional Love - Jah Cure
o4. Someone Like You - Dale Ryan (please listen to this, this guy does an amazing cover of this song)
o5. Crazy Girl - Eli Young Band
o6. More Than Words - Extreme
o7. Hey Jude - New Creation
o8. My Wish For You - Rascal Flatts
o9. Never Find - Jah Cure
1o. Fire and Fury - Skillet
11. Come Sail Away (Regenration Version) - Styx
12. Livin’ on the Edge - Aerosmith
13. From Where You Are - Lifehouse
14. Stalker - Kes The Band
15. Ships - Umbrellas
16. Show Me the Way - Styx
17. Broken - Lifehouse
18. You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban
19. Sissy’s Song - Alan Jackson
2o. Almost Home - Graig Morgan

I tag: hooksprincess, dianevalios, bastianpagez, mariebastian. And that’s it, everyone else has been tagged, lol. 

p.s. Click the song if you want to listen to it. :)

My friend and I started a new blog for Mary and Bash! We plan on keeping it active so please check out: lionandhisqueen.

Mabastian Appreciation Week: Day 5
∟Favorite things they said to one another.

"Yes you frighten me sometimes. And exhilarate me and challenge me to do things I never thought I could. You don’t have to be Francis. My heart is open.”

"With me you are wild and free. You can be who you are and I will always put you first.”

Acceptance, trust, honesty, and freedom. These quotes capture all of that and more. Mary accepts and embraces Bash’s darkness as well as his light: his nobility and devotion to family/loved ones. She acknowledges that sometimes the things he says/does scare her but it doesn’t keep her away from him. Because he challenges her to look beyond what she knows and to take risks she never would have otherwise (jumping off a cliff, opening her mind to the pagans, proposing to a penniless and landless bastard when there’s no guarantee he’d be legitimized). And as much as he challenges her, she also challenges his way of thinking (first with his belief that he doesn’t have the skills to be king and then by challenging his belief that his brothers would be safer in a convent). With Bash, Mary is free, truly free because he accepts her completely—the girl and the queen. He does not try to squash who she is—no he admires it and embraces it. Mary could be “just a girl” with Bash in the beginning (i.e. ranting about Francis and how stupid that situation with Olivia was—she did not have to be regal and hide who she was there—she was just Mary). And we saw the elation that came with that in Royal Blood—once Mary opened her heart she was able to laugh again. An open heart started it but it was also the knowledge she was with a man who could support the girl as well as the queen—both sides of her would come first for him, always. A relationship of equals—two people who embraced the good and the bad in each other, who learned to compromise and help each other grow. It’s just too bad it was cut down so soon. But I’m hoping for more moments like these in the future.

Mabastian Appreciation Week: Day 4
∟Favorite Song Moment

"Kings of Norway" - The Donnies the Amys

I’m in all the way, I’m in all the way
You’re the first to come around
and say the way I feel.
You’re the first to come around
and take it all away.
You’re the race I’m running round
you change the way I feel.

Mabastian Appreciation Week: Day 3
∟Little Mabastian Things

Horseback Riding

"You missed our morning ride."