20 Days of Pretty Little Liars

6. The Lighthouse – With Garret’s trial approaching Emily decides to get away with Maya’s family and goes to the Lighthouse Rock Inn with Nate. While talking a nap, Emily awakens alone by a call from ‘A’ telling her to get out. After awhile, Nate returns and informs Emily his family is a few hours away. Something feels off for Emily though and when she sees yellow splatters on Nate’s boots things click and Emily realizes Nate is Maya’s stalker. Knowing this, Emily tries to escape into the woods but is stopped and taken captive. From there Nate shows her a video Maya recorded at Noel’s cabin explaining everything from her True North stalker to how she felt about Emily to how she wanted to return. As the video ends about how he is actually Lyndon James and how he loved Maya. He explained how when he met Emily and heard her talk about Maya he thought he could start over with her but Emily ‘played’ him. From there he pulled a gagged Paige from the closet and tells Emily that he will take Paige from her but at the sound of footsteps Lyndon becomes distracted and Emily runs. Looking for a signal to call 9-1-1 Emily goes up to the lighthouse and Lyndon follows, with a knife in hand. Emily tries to hold him off but in the struggle, she stabs him in the stomach. He falls to the floor and Caleb arrives, with a gun he shelves, and comforts a trembling Emily, then a gunshot goes off. When the rest of the Liars arrive, Emily and Paige are being questioned and Caleb is loaded into an ambulance after being shot in the abdomen, causing Hanna to become distraught in her friends’ arms.

This is a show filled with a lot of mystery, suspense, heartbreak and death and this moment is an example of it all. When the episode started I was so sure that Caleb was the one that was deceased, a minute hadn’t even gone by and I was already crying at Hanna’s sobbing for him. But I was relieved to see he didn’t but that doesn’t change how emotional the lighthouse scene was. The moment Emily got away my breath was caught but then when it ended and we saw Emily as Caleb got there was absolutely heartbreaking.

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Summer Solstice​

Happy Longest Day of the Year!

Want to know why I love this day so much because it is also the first official day of summer. Spring may be my favorite season but I have to admit that I always have a soft spot when it comes to my love of summer. It just feels like summer is this point where you can take pause, possibly because growing up it was summer vacation, but now I’ve just linked it to something nice, calming. I always want just want adventure in the summer, I make bucket list starting with all the tourist type stuff I can do and get all the way to my summer wish trip. This year it was Germany and I was so close until my mom pulled the plug at the last minute, again. That aside, adventure, books, writing, beaches, all the recipe for a perfect summer that offically started today, I haven’t done anything yet though. But as an added bonus for this glorious day, it is the first sunny day with clear, blue skies.

Quote of the Day

If you’re looking for love, focus on something you love to do and work hard. Love will find you. Basically, love yourself before you love anyone else. A lot of girls have such insecurities nowadays that you have to be comfortable with who you are before you can really have a good relationship with someone else.

~ Sasha Pieterse

20 Days of Pretty Little Liars

7. Alison is Alive – Finding out that Board Shorts believed Ali was alive the Liars realized they need to find her first. When they begin heading to the cemetery celebration they are confronted by Mrs. Grunwald who tells them they are putting Alison in danger. This led to Grunwald, who is a psychic, explaining how she knew Ali because Ali wanted help finding her stalker. Most importantly she told them how on the night Alison went missing she had gone to the DiLaurentis’ because of a bad feeling. When she arrived in the backyard she saw Alison’s hand reaching out from the ground; Grunwald pulled her out and drove her to the hospital but before they got there Alison run away. From there Mrs. Grunwald told the Liars that Alison didn’t want to be found and that they should leave but they didn’t listen. After a long night in Ravenswood, the girls get dropped off at Spencer by Ezra. Once there they spot Red Coat and run after her towards Spencer’s barn. She stops, back turned to the Liars and pulls down her hood and turns around and is Alison. She nervously asks the shocked, overwhelmed girls if they missed her. They beg her to stay and she tells them she wants to but needs their help, before disappearing again she holds a finger to her lips.

It was hinted for awhile, and Grunwald definitely confirmed it to be true but actually seeing the Liars face to face with Alison was just scream-worthy, in a good way. I mean this was the moment, without a doubt where we knew Alison is alive! For a Halloween episode, you can always expect excitement but this reveal was so much more. I mean it felt like the biggest thing since Mona being A and it held. Alison being alive was a curveball for me but her being face to face with friends like that was just a goosebumps moment.

Quote of the Day

The word “depressed” is spoken phonetically as “deep rest.” We can view depression, not as a mental illness, but on a deeper level, as a profound (and very misunderstood) state of deep rest, entered into when we are completely exhausted by the weight of our own identity.

~ Jeff Frost

Flashback

I remember this day. I remember how scared I felt and how unbelievably difficult it was for me to write, to even think those words aloud. I mean I could feel them for so long eating me inside but then when I had to actually push the thought out so that it wasn’t just some back minded plague, to have a chance to get rid of that feeling it just felt so painful. The not so great part is that I can still feel it, the regret and the pain I think I will always have it but now it’s not like this choking pain that I buried. It’s not like I can just easily admit the hatred I felt for myself really easily, I barely know how to express my feeling about my dad and its almost been 10 years since he passed away. The difference is that I’m able to express it like I’m doing right now. It’s like I needed to admit it in the real world to actually work through and I guess I’m glad about that part. I guess learning how to express those kinds of feeling within is the best to grow from them.

“I am just going to say this because I can’t pretend it’s not true. I hated myself when my dad died, and if I’m being honest I still hate myself so much.”

20 Days of Pretty Little Liars

8. Melissa Killed Bethany – Spencer receives a video message from Melissa, she recorded the night before, that was sent from the airport. When Spencer goes to watch the video Melissa explains that she will be returning to England and how their father has wanted her to go back since her confession at the police station on the night the Liars were missing. But before she could leave Spencer again she had to tell her sister the truth. On the night Alison went missing she saw Spencer with a shovel after hearing her arguing with Alison. Then when she saw the body Melissa had thought Spencer killed Alison with the shovel and from there she went on instinct. She didn’t want anyone to know what happened, so unable to look at her face Melissa pushed the body into the hole, cover her up and never spoke of that moment again. Now though she knows it was not Alison but Bethany and she wasn’t dead meaning she had buried a stranger alive, killing her. In her final farwell she tells Spencer she wanted to protect her and she that she lovess before saying goodbye.

I was really left speechless by this moment. I mean it was obvious something was going on and it had to have been about that night but still. It was just something that I could have never guessed, especially her reasoning. I mean it was different thinking that Bethany’s murder was a plot but then finding out that it was a really bad accident. I guess as twisted as the house of Hasting has seemed over the seasons it was a shock moment to watch Melissa’s confession.

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