olliequeen: (Oliver: Only the beginning)
The lines between right and wrong aren't always clear. We have to be careful of what we do, what we say, so innocent people don't get caught in the crossfire of a war that's only just beginning.

There's a long road ahead and the path won't always be easy. It's not easy right now.

Battle lines are being drawn, sides are being chosen. It's not always easy to pick one side over another, especially when both have valid opinions on issues that are important. I believe we all do the best we can to do the right thing, even if some of us have screwed up in the past.

None of is perfect--no one else is either.

Some people deserve second chances. Some deserve more than that. Others don't deserve any at all.

But some people run out of chances.

Sometimes people cross lines. Occasionally they can cross back. Other times they can't, or simply don't want to. That's what makes the difference.

But I believe we're going to be okay. We have each other. We're stronger together. We can do this.
olliequeen: (Chlollie: Close Conversation)
Wordcount: 400
Prompt: Name by the Goo Goo Dolls

Scars are souvineirs you never lose
The past is never far
Did you lose yourself somewhere out there
Did you get to be a star?
And don't it make you sad to know that life
Is more than who we are



I like to think I have a pretty good poker face. At least most of the time. When it all gets to be overwhelming, well, that's another story. When I falter like I did a few weeks ago--everyone around me can see how screwed up I am. The effort it takes to hide it is too much and when I hit that point, frankly I just don't care who sees anymore.

But when my friends dragged me out of my pit of despair and reminded me of why I fight in the first place, I began to see things I hadn't seen in the past. I began to have an appreciation for people that I hadn't fully had before.

Chloe Sullivan has always been a bit of a mystery to me. But watching her the last few weeks, I'm starting to gain an understanding of her that I never thought I'd have. It's so easy to see who people appear to be on the surface, but who they are on the inside is often radically different, and she is not an exception.

She is the one who sees the rest of us. Who pushes us to be all we can be, and she's so good at it, the rest of us overlook who she really is. She's not a sidekick, even if that's what I affectionately call her. She's a hero by her own right.

And all heroes fall.

I've watched her work. I've worked with her side-by-side on many occasions, and it's starting to dawn on me that she needs more than this. She needs someone to see her, too.

She may be the caretaker, the Watchtower, but even care takers need someone to take care of them once in awhile. A few months ago, her husband was brutally murdered, and since then she's thrown herself into work on a level that I understand, and even sympathize with. But it's not healthy.

So I'm making it part of my job to make sure she's taken care of too. She may watch the watchmen, but I'll take care of the caretaker.

/Mun feedback is welcome. :)
olliequeen: (Oliver: I'm To Blame)
I'm not sure what to say or how to start.

I know I've screwed up royally. On more levels than one.

I've been trying to deal with it the only way I know how, but nothing seems to work. It seems no matter how far you run, the things you've done catch up with you anyway.

I'm tired of running.

I'm tired of being tired.

I'm just tired.

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