Everything is salt and everything burns.
Salt in her lungs, on her skin, underneath her fingernails, in her eyelashes. It absorbs the liquid from her skin. It will preserve her in this never-ending expanse of pain. It hurts to draw breath, but she can’t stop herself.
The ocean laps around her, gentle, and soothing, she used to think. Now it is just – unceasing, uncompromising, unkind.
Everything goes dark, and Sara Lance is dead.
Creak. Creeeeeeeeeeeak. Creak.
Salt on her lips. She’ll never taste anything else, she thinks. And she is somehow still alive, somehow still here.
Water, again, washes over her and she doesn’t curse the way she wants to. There are no more expletives on her tongue. Just resignation. Her whole life is water and salt.
Until she tastes it on her tongue, and a gentle hand wipes the salt away from her eyes.
“I do not know who you are, little bird,” a strange, beautiful voice says, “but to sit so long upon the sea, and still come ashore – you are indeed brave and strong. Open your eyes.”
Sara turns into the hand that’s wiping her brow, takes in a deep breath and feels it rattle in her lungs. Water and salt.
The wind blows outside of where they are, rustling palm trees, and it becomes clear. The creaking she’s hearing is of a door, opening and closing on its hinges.
“Where?” Sara asks, but the voice doesn’t answer. At least not while she can hear her.
The wind stops, and that’s when the nightmares begin. Water rushing in from all sides, flooding her lungs again, and she scrambles for purchase. She screams, the kind of scream that rips right from the gut and tears the air. A hand takes hers, holds it in the night, tells her to feel the land. She’s on solid ground.
The woman tells her that her name is Nyssa. She calls Sara “little bird” and she has soft hands and a hard heart. She watches Sara recover, and when Sara is finally strong enough to walk along the white-sand beaches, Nyssa tells her the truth: this paradise comes at a cost.
Sara remembers water and salt, how floating for hours soaked all the goodness out of her, and killed her soul. Something new is alive in her. Something colder. Something that could kill.
She is lying in Nyssa’s arms. She thought maybe she’d wash her hands of the blood, and like MacBeth’s tragic wife, never get them clean, but she must be numb to that now. The man they’d chosen for her to kill had deserved to die. Perhaps that cleansed the palate.
“You did well, my little bird,” Nyssa says.
“Thank you,” Sara says, and she turns – and it is then, and there that they kiss for the first time.
oh man i feel kind of bad
lauriver fans have picked up that quote i posted about laurel and oliver’s friendship and are running with it as though lauriver is happening… :-/
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Hi :) I just wanted to ask for your opinion, because I really love your (tag) meta about Oliver and Felicity and Arrow in general: I just rewatched the show and I've noticed that Felicity corrected both Oliver and Barry, when they asked her about Christmas. She seems really proud to be Jewish and I'm currently trying to think about, why her religion matters so much to her. Because fictional characters aren't very often and I think it's interesting and great. Thank you for your thoughts.
That’s very sweet of you to come here and ask for my opinion, anon, but in this particular instance, I am not the best person to ask because I myself am not Jewish. For more extensive thoughts on Felicity and Judaism, I am going to refer you to rosietwiggs.
When we’ve seen her mention being Jewish on the show, it’s come up in the context of someone asking her about Christmas. I suspect this is something she has to deal with a lot as most people in the US tend to assume everyone celebrates Christmas. She’s probably very used to letting people know that Christmas isn’t her holiday and she doesn’t celebrate it. As far as I can remember, we haven’t seen her mention being Jewish at any other point (someone correct me if I’m wrong), so it’s definitely one of the aspects of her character I’d like to see explored more. I don’t know how religious Felicity is on a day to day basis, but it makes sense to me that Judaism is an important part of her identity. It’s part of how she was raised and her traditions. I do think she’s proud of that.
Anyway, those are just my very general thoughts. But like I said, for anything more specific I’m not the person to ask :)
Hi anon! Rosie here. Apparently I have become the go-to person for Judaism details and questions. I am SUPER okay with that, being an Orthodox Jewish woman myself.
I think Grace pretty much hit it on the nose. It’s very common, come holiday time, to get regaled by people wishing you “Merry Christmas”. The most practiced religion in the US is Christianity, so this makes sense, but people seem to forget that there are still many who don’t celebrate Christmas, and this can (and does at times) create a sense of exclusion from the holiday festivities, even though Jews have their own holiday around the same time as well. It’s a really natural response on my part to reply with, “I actually celebrate Chanuka, but thank you,” when I am wished, “Merry Christmas.” (Though, this doesn’t really come up anymore, as I know live in Israel…)
FYI, for those of you living in the States, it’s easy to just wish someone, “Happy Holidays!” and thus include everyone.
With Felicity, I’m not sure how much it has to do with pride at being Jewish, as opposed to Felicity just being the type of person who sort of says the first thing that pops into her head.
When I was a little girl, my mother took me to the mall to do some shopping, and a nice salesperson wrapped up our things and then crouched down to eye level with me and wished me merry Christmas. I’m just going to come out and say that I was a… precocious little girl (much as I imagine Felicity to have been), and I responded haughtily that I celebrated Chanuka, not Christmas. The salesperson laughed, my mother was mortified, and we continued our day.
But what IS interesting to me about Felicity’s responses both times, is what it says about her - specifically, as I said when I was a little girl, that she celebrates Chanuka and NOT Christmas. Now, it’s very clear that Felicity is not an Orthodox Jew - she doesn’t keep kosher (eating at Big Belly), or Sabbath (every company party is almost definitely on a Friday night or Saturday, not to mention her always being in the Foundry), and she doesn’t dress according to the laws of “tzniut” (modesty) upheld by the Orthodox community. We only ever hear her talk about her Judaism in relation to Chanuka, which is, not exactly a minor holiday, since it is required to light Chanuka candles by Jewish law, but definitely not a major holiday, like the Jewish New Year, Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), or Passover.
This leads me to believe that Felicity doesn’t really practice. However, most Jews in the US who do not practice and grow up in secular homes, do celebrate Christmas, whether because one parent is not Jewish, their spouse is not Jewish, or because over time, Christmas has come to be almost more of a National holiday for many, as opposed to a strictly religious one. It’s fun, it’s pretty, and people don’t like being left out. Many even celbrate Christmas instead of Chanuka.
Felicity very clearly, to me at least, doesn’t celebrate Christmas. In which case, she didn’t grow up secular. Her mother must be Jewish, since if she was not, I would imagine her father leaving them would incite her to stop celebrating Chanuka all together and focus on Christmas instead. And I assume her father was Jewish, because otherwise, she would have grown up probably celebrating both until he left, and from friends’ experiences, it’s very hard (read: pretty much impossible) to take Christmas away from a child if they have been used to celebrating every year.
So I believe Felicity comes from two Jewish parents, who were connected enough to their religion to only celebrate Chanuka, which must mean that more trickled through as well.
There’s actually a pretty large Jewish community in Las Vegas, so it’s fully possible that Felicity grew up as Conservative or as Reform. It’s unlikely that they were Orthodox, since an Orthodox woman would most likely never end up working as a cocktail waitress, due to the dress code for cocktail waitresses and the Orthodox modesty restrictions. She most likely stopped practicing fully somewhere along the way. You can speculate on why (though I’m going to assume it probably had a lot to do with her mother, or just growing distant during her MIT years), but she would still retain a lot of knowledge regarding her religion, and most likely still attend synagogue for the High Holy Days, etc.
And, of course, she doesn’t celebrate Christmas.
This is all conjecture, literally based on two sentences, but it seems the most likely to me.
NO BUT DO YOU ALL UNDERSTAND????
We’re getting and Oliver and Laurel friendship, Laurel is in a good and healthy place, she’s the FUCKING DA. Oliver asks Felicity out and whatever goes wrong goes wrong, fine, but Felicity DOESN’T FUCKING WAIT AROUND FOR HIM. SARA FUCKING LANCE is BACK in a RECURRING role, which means MORE LANCE SISTER SCENES AND WHO THE FUCK KNOWS MAYBE SARA’S TRAINING LAUREL I CAN’T I’M CRYING IS THIS THE REAL LIFE? IS THIS JUST FANTASY? IS THIS CANON? IS IT FANFICTION??? I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S REAL ANYMORE
"You mean a date? A date-date? Like an actual date?" …And this is an actual date, with actual dating going on. It’s an actual person and there’s no cameras and there’s no Slade Wilson and there’s no super-villain — and no one is trying to kill anyone.
I don’t know why we kept a lid on that as long as we did, but I’m glad we finally got it out. I was like, “When are we going to talk about this?” Caity Lotz is coming back in a recurring role. She’s awesome. We love her to death, and her first line in Season 3 I think is really awesome. She has a really great entrance line.
He’s got a relationship cooking with Laurel where it’s like “You catch ‘em, I cook ‘em.” Because she’s a DA, he’s setting them up and she’s knocking them down. It’s a great deal of fun to see them have this completely new relationship.
I loved ur felicity's judaism meta! seriously, u answered so many questions i had WAAAAY better than the writers ever could! because i am not jewish, but i am slightly familiar with a few jewish traditions (like observing the sabbath) and you were able to explain what traditions we see/don't see her observe, and the possible reasons behind it. and all these things give insight into her background (like your theory that both her parents are jewish-which I'm treating as canon tbh) and it's so cool
so anyway thanks for your expertise lol, and congrats on your weight watchers success! my mom does weight watchers and they have a lot of good food that I enjoy :)
So happy I could help. I have a lot to say on the matter, clearly, and I love to talk, so there you go… :-D
I’ve actually been planning a series of fics where Felicity practices Judaism (at least partly), and hopefully one day I’ll even get to it. In the meanwhile, you’re welcome to check out my olicity Chanuka fic - These Lights That We Kindle (These Holy Lights).
Hi! I was the anon asking about Felicity and Judaism and I wanted to thank you for adding so much information and details to it. I really appreciate it. Maybe I read too much into those scenes, but it seemed so interesting and important. Since I'm catholic myself and don't know much about Judaism I was curious about it. Thanks again ♥
Absolutely! I’m so glad I was able to help and give my input!
My husband sent this to me this morning. For all of the moms out there on tumblr who feel like they don’t do enough… We forget just how much our kids love us, and how, to them, we are perfect just the way we are.
Completely out of curiosity, raise your hand (or like or reblog or reply or whatever) if I’m partly responsible for getting you to ship Tommy Merlyn and Felicity Smoak.
I started shipping smoaking billionaires because of you (love that name by the way) which makes me ship Tommy and Felicity. And now I need to rewatch Arrow, because I’ll be honest I have no interest in TV Tommy but I do enjoy Tommy when you write him and its why I started brotping Felicity and Tommy. So, hopefully with the rewatch I’ll enjoy Tommy, fully and that’ll also be your fault.
I WILL TAKE IT 8D And the Smoaking Billionaires OTP name is totally on Rosie, ohemgeeitscoley and always just cackled and called it Flommiver because we are ridiculous and it makes us snicker. But Smoaking Billionaires sounds like some swanky rich people club. XD
You’ll have to let me know if you find Tommy more enjoyable on second watch. Let his adorkable cuteness reach out and touch you.
I saw Rosie tag something with Smoaking Billionaires last night and it is such a better name than Flommiver. All Hail Rosie.
Flommiver will always hold a special place in my heart for being absurd, but Smoaking Billionaires is so fucking classy. And that post was me! Rambling on about my BrOT3/OT3 high school AU, and have you even read that yet, wifey??
Flommiver will always remain special. But yeah, Smoaking Billionaries is seriously so much better. If I ever write another thing, it’s probably getting that tag too now.
AND YES. I’m pretty sure I freaked out on you about it? Because I needed itt o be high school BrOT3 for now, but then I needed it to switch to College OT3 and for you to fill all of my OT3 needs. At least, I thought I did. We talk OT3 a lot lady.
IF you ever. Wifey, are you laboring under the delusion that you could ever walk away from this OT3?? That I would ever cease sending you texts and emails about their sexy sex and adorable domestication?? That you would ever manage to NOT WRITE THEM again?
Oh my god, that is more and more the direction this is headed, though. High school BrOT3 whose relationship undergoes a restructuring when they’re a little older and aware of what’s going on between them and able to make clear choices about how much of a fuck they want to give about society’s expectations of normality.
yo petition to let me name all the ships from now on
SUMMARY: Some Olicity drabbles dealing with the aftermath of Slade.
SPOILERS: Up to the end of 2x23.
AUTHOR’S NOTES: I’ve never written from Oliver’s POV before. Holy lord is he tough. I am in awe of those of you who do this regularly.
DISCLAIMER: Arrow belongs to DC Comics. The title is blatantly stolen from the song “I See You, You See Me” by The Magic Numbers.
I often thought that you’d be better off left alone
Why throw a circle round a man with broken bones?
But darling when I see you, I see me
~“I See You, You See Me” by The Magic Numbers
It takes two hours to fly from Lian Yu to Hong Kong but it feels like an eternity. Mostly because he can’t see her.