06 12 / 2013
twentyghosts asked: Charles said, "Erik, I can't believe
they’re keeping you in these conditions!”
He paced from one end of the small, damp cell to the other. Erik sat on the cot, his back against the wall and his legs folded in front of him. His entire body was still except for his eyes, which tracked Charles
"I don’t know what you expected," Erik said, sounding almost curious. "They’re humans, after all."
Charles quit his pacing, coming to a stop before Erik’s cot. What had he expected? He had thought - well, he had thought Erik was dying, for one thing, and possibly insane, for another. It had sounded crazy, the ramblings of the skinny, naked man he’d found lying on the side of the road past the outskirts of the city. Who had ever heard of a dragon being turned into a man? Charles was a scholar of the intersection of magic and biology; if anyone would have known about it, surely it would have been him. But there was a first time for everything, it would seem; Erik was one of a kind, and perhaps that was his curse.
04 12 / 2013
I was talking to my brother about women’s attitudes towards their bodies, especially regarding weight/fat, and when he said “most guys don’t notice/care about that kind of thing,” I tried to explain why it was a lot more complicated than that. I ended up telling this story.
Body image is something that’s so hard to talk about, and it’s hard to express body positivity without sounding cheesy, false, or overly simplistic. But I’m gonna try. This is only my own experience, and it didn’t magically cure me of all my body image issues - but it was a major turning point for me nonetheless.