remember how when there was something new in the raistafina tag aly would make a point to tweet something, anything? maybe it wasn’t that noticeable because when the tag was hot it seemed she was tweeting all the time anyway about her post-olympic adventures. ever since the tag has been in a vegetative state, drifting closer to the edge of death, her tweets have been on a steady decline. i know what you’re thinking, “she’s in the gym. she doesn’t have time to tweet. these two things are obviously not related.” if you just had any or all of these thoughts i want you stop what you are doing and go find a white glove, (do you have it?) okay put on the glove, take your gloved hand and hold it up, now slap yourself across the face with it and stop being so naive. aly lives for this raistafina shit!! ships it so hard. why wasn’t there ever an ending to first times? aly had jen killed. had to. she couldn’t let the best love story of our generation just end like an insane person. plus, people paid attention to her. she felt connected. we would eagerly wait for a tweet from her after every chapter. aly knew this. whenever a new chapter was released she’d tweet something like “had such a fun time today with these girls <3” to the untrained eye it looks like a normal tweet from a olympic champion hanging out with her friends. but look closely: “had such a fun time today with these girls <3" which unscrambled spells "first times <3" not convinced? "i ran like at least 5 hours today and it felt like it would never end” “raistafina 5ever" or how about "killed it tonight! kinda got misty eyed!! very jealous of your outfit!" which of course translates to "i killed jen ken lee!!!!" aly’s strategically worded messages and murder confession were encrypted thank yous for each chapter as a closeted shipper and a plea for the shipping to never stop. now don’t get me wrong, like most of you, i no longer care about/ship raistafina (i miss that side of fandom a little, sure), but aly does. and we’ve let her down.
also, r.i.p. jen!!! you are missed. ~1947–2012~ yeah, jen was straight up in her 60s. and actually named shamus. and had a penis. jen was an old guy who wrote semi-erotic lesbian gymnastics fiction.