Malapert; Ollie + Eliana.

Malapert - Clever in manners of speech; themagpielife, heraldofzeus.

It’s going to be okay, he tells Tyler over and over. It’s all going to be okay. He’s great with kids, and Eliana is a great kid–once they all get used to each other, it’s going to be okay. They just need to get used to having a third plate on the table. She just needs to get used to two dads after so many years of one mom.

He’ll handle it, he tells Tyler over and over. He’ll handle everything until they’re in that easier place. He’ll make her lunch and he’ll handle her bus schedule and he’ll tuck her in at night when it feels like too much. They just need to get their routines down, and he’ll handle them until the grooves are deep enough.

He sits on the edge of her little cot night after night, watching her pretend to fall asleep and lie with infinite stillness and careful breaths. In the darkness of the room, with the quiet of her measured breathing, he feels the cracks of beginning to believe that maybe things won’t work out. Maybe he can’t handle it.

After the first two weeks, he stops reading her stories once she’s curled the covers up over her shoulders. He sits instead until his own words come to him, devoid of illustration but soft and genuine. He tells Eliana the same stories Hadyn and Eileen had embarrassed Ty with not so long ago. He tells her about Bruce and about the soft, happy memories they’d managed to make in this house. He tells her gently everything that’s fit to say to an eight-year-old. 

It’s a month before she starts asking questions. There are never many, but they’re always the quietly astute little blips that surprise soft smiles onto his lips. Answering them gets tricky, now and then, but she learns to take his careful shrugs with tiny smiles of her own.

It’s amazing how much he sees Tyler around her eyes when she smiles in the dark.

word of the day: malapert


Boldly disrespectful.

From Old French mal- (bad, wrong) + apert (bold, insolent, clever), from Latin apertus (open). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wer- (to cover), which also gave us overt, cover, warranty, warren, garage, garret, garment, garrison, garnish, guarantee, and pert. Earliest documented use: 1400.

“Malapert and cheeky, she gazed up at him."Susan Johnson; Wicked; Bantam Books; 1996.

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(PruPan. Malapert.)

Malapert - Clever in manners of speech.

Kiku tried to be as patient as he could with the German, keeping his tongue with his cheek as the man sitting across from him gave him that cocky smirk. He thinks he’s so darn witty, wasting Kiku’s precious teaching time with his weird German wordplay, taking advantage of Kiku’s friendliness towards him.

Kiku dipped the pen in the smooth ink again and wrote out a series of characters, explaining to him the meaning of each character and the sentence as a whole.

“Now Gilbert, you should know that many of these characters have double meaning, and you should be careful of what you say depending on which district and dialect you’re speaking in, and when you’re speaking to a superior…” Kiku glanced up, sighing softly as he already recognized that Gilbert was thinking of yet another joke. Why can’t he take this seriously? Didn’t this foreigner want to learn the language?

“So…” The German leaned on the table, pointing at the writing and smudging the ink a little, “What about the word ‘love’? I heard that there are different words and phrases for it. Your country can’t stick to one?”

Kiku closed his eyes and nodded. “Yes, Gilbert, there are more than one way to say you love someone; there are different types of love to hold for someone, and our language reflects that.” He opened his eyes and raised a brow. Why bring that up?

“Ah, that’s really cool, Kiku! It’s like the love has to be special in its own way!” Gilbert frowned. “It’s kind of too bad that the German language doesn’t work the same way. All we have is…”

Oh, here it comes. But this time, Gilbert looked away and smiled gently, his cheeks blushing as he slid his fingers over Kiku’s hand. “Ich liebe dich.”

Kiku closed his eyes again, coughing as his own face flushed red. “R-right, that is unfortunate; but it is okay, if it serves the purpose of pronouncing your love for someone.”

That was as much as he was going to acknowledge and commend Gilbert for his silly joke, which Gilbert smiled wider to.

He thinks he’s so clever…

Five Words (MidoTaka)

Agelast - A person who never laughs. 

Takao had always done everything he could to try and make Midorima laugh and up until this point in their relationship he had accomplished his goal a total of maybe twice (I say maybe cause the second time could have just been a really weird sneeze). It wasn’t that Midorima didn’t find his mate funny, it was just that he felt there was no point in expending energy in laughing. He did, however, make a point to always tell the omega when he found something funny (in his own way of course). 

Malapert - Clever in manners of speech. 

No one knew why Midorima ended his sentences as he did, but it was always a point of teasing the alpha had to put up with. When Takao asked him one day why he talked that way, Midorima said it was to make sure people understood he was being matter of fact and should be taken seriously. The omega had laughed at his mate and said that really no one can take his nanodayo seriously. The taller man disputed and said while people may make fun of him for his manner of speech, no one has ever argued his words really. Takao couldn’t argue that point, but he still made continual fun of his precious alpha and his odd speech pattern. 

Strikhedonia - The pleasure of being able to say “to hell with it”. 

Takao’s happy-go-lucky devil-may-care attitude was infectious to say the least. His smile and way of coercing made people bend to his will in a way and it was something Midorima honestly admired about his mate. Due to Takao’s way of thinking and convincing he’s able to force his alpha out of his comfort zone and make him do things he normally wouldn’t do and many times Midorima does end up having fun. Taking leaps of faith with his mate are some of the best moments of his life so to hell with the prim and proper life the alpha was raised with, sometimes it takes a low brow style of fun to enjoy life and Midorima wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Tarantism - The urge to overcome melancholy by dancing. 

Midorima was prone to very stressful days (working as a surgeon did that to a person) and honestly very depressing days as well. The alpha knew very well going into his profession that there would be patients he just couldn’t save, but that didn’t make it any easier when it happened. Takao knew right away when those days happened the moment his mate walked in the door. Midorima would walk into whatever room the omega was in and there would be a look on his face and he’d be beyond quiet. He would walk over to his mate and pull him into a tight hug and Takao wouldn’t say anything either. He knew the alpha just wanted simple comfort in moments like those and so he would gently pull away (only for a moment though) just long enough to turn on some of the classical music Midorima always loved to listen to. Takao would then take Midorima’s hands and just dance with him, simple ballroom style dances (the alpha’s mother had him trained in that style of dance as a child) and they two would dance until Midorima felt better. Nothing made the alpha smile more than the goofish grin on his mates face as the omega stumbled around like a newborn fawn as he tried to mimic Midorima’s trained movements. 

Cataglottism - Kissing with tongue. 

If Midorima were to admit to any specific thing he really enjoyed about his mate it would be kissing him passionately. Letting his tongue roam the moist cavern of the others mouth, watching as his mates face flushes and his eyes glaze over with lust. Their tongues would intertwine and Takao would let out the most arousing moans as he tried to taste more of his mate. Midorima never got enough of that sensation, nor will he ever get enough because each time he slips his tongue into the others mouth it’s like tasting the forbidden fruit of Eden all over again, time after time. 


“The-the other important joke for me is one that’s usually attributed to Groucho Marx, but I think it appears originally in Freud’s wit and its relation to the unconscious.  And it goes like this-I’m paraphrasing: 'I would never wanna belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member.’ That’s the key joke of my adult life in terms of my relationships with women.”

-excerpt from the opening monologue to Annie Hall


Groucho Marx roasts Bill Cosby.