COVER LETTER: i’m a writer, but the actual job title is Language Architect. my prior positions have included: Mistake Architect, Pizza Topping Hacker, Foot-In-Mouth Wizard, Anxiety Czar, Chief Avoidance Officer, Irish Exit Ninja, Generic Gas Station Brand Candy Guru, and Bagel Evangelist

A Chance Encounter

Submitted by @fanboyofallthingsfandom

Alfred sighed as he walked through the Hall of Omegas, his sapphire eyes scanning the various paintings and statutes of Omegas of great influence. He’d broken off from his small group, bored with Mr. Ford’s droning account of the Alphas that made history. Alexander the Great, King Arthur, Czar Nicholas, to name a few. His friend Ludwig was more than interested with the lesson, but Alfred simply wasn’t.

   Truth be told, the young Alpha was bored with the private school life. He hated that his parents had him in a school filled with nothing but Alphas. It was so… boring. Uniforms and wrestling clubs and classes teaching how to tend to and provide for Omegas, none of it was really Alfred’s style.

   Sure, Alfred wanted to be a respectable Alpha, with a cool job like a fireman or a cop or something really awesome like a superhero (despite Mr. Ford’s repeated insistence that superheroes were the work of “trite comic books”). But he also wanted to have friends that weren’t all Alphas. His baby brother Mattie (an Omega) had a Beta friend named Kiku who refused to speak to Alfred on account of his being an Alpha.

   And admittedly, Alfred wanted to know an Omega. To know someone who could at least give him a clue as to what to expect from a future life partner. Mattie wasn’t much help and neither was their mother when it came to Alfred’s wanting to get more knowledge on the subject of Omegas. Whenever he asked his mom, he said it wasn’t something a 7 year old should focus on, which Alfred thought was stupid because it was a matter of his future and adults were always going on and on about how important the future was.

   In his fit of frustration, Alfred was stomping through the hall and ran into someone, falling on top of them.

   “Oh, I’m sorry!” He offered as he got up, trying to find his glasses. His hands groped the floor, only for a soft hand to grab one.

   “Oh, it’s alright…” A timid voice offered, and Alfred’s glasses were placed in his hand. “W-What’re you doing in here? Y-You don’t look like much of an Omega.”

   “I’m not an Omega, I’m an Alp-” Alfred began, only to be cut off as he put his glasses back on, his sapphire eyes widening.

   A soft, concerned face stared back at him, pale blond locks neatly brushed out of eyes that could put emeralds to shame. The boy, who Alfred realized couldn’t have been more than 7, was dressed in a pair of tan khakis, a white button up shirt and a green sweater-vest as well as a matching blazer. Clearly a uniform for a private school. And, judging by the boy’s earlier statement, an Omega school at that.

   “You’re an Alpha?” The boy harshly whispered. “That won’t do, that won’t do at all. You’re not supposed to talk to me and I’m not supposed to talk to you. Go away, now, before someone finds us!”

   “Hey, what’s wrong?” Alfred asked, noticing the smaller boy clearly panicking.

   “My older brother Scott’s an Alpha, and he says Alphas and Omegas from private schools aren’t supposed to meet. It’s highly improper and it could land the both of us in trouble, now please leave.”

   Alfred frowned, adjusting his loosened maroon blazer, black khakis and white button up, a hand flying to his hair in attempt to soothe down the persistent cow lick strand. “What’s wrong with us talking? It’s not like we’re breaking the law or anything. I’m Alfred by the way. Alfred Fitzgerald Jones.” Alfred extended his hand, smiling slightly as the boy shook it.

   “Arthur Kirkland, and as I was saying-” Arthur cut off, his emerald eyes looking at his hand. “Oh dear! Oh dear! We just… I just… Oh the headmistress will have my head for this! Of all the improprieties! Holding hands with an Alpha!” Arthur wailed, his slight form trembling.

   Alfred’s Alpha instincts quickly took over, and without even thinking he quickly pulled the whimpering Omega into a hug.

   Arthur froze slightly, making Alfred worry he’d done something wrong. A second later however, the blond melted into Alfred’s arms and sighed contentedly, his frazzled nerves dying down as he returned the embrace.

   Alfred pulled away, surprised to hear a sound of disappointment from Arthur. Hoping to help ease the Omega’s withdrawal, Alfred wrapped his hand around Arthur’s, the blond returning the gesture with a slight pink tinge on his cheeks.

   “Why did you freak out so much?” Alfred asked as they meandered, looking at the paintings of Omegas long gone.

   Arthur frowned, sighing gently. “Mum always told me that an Omega can’t get far in this world. We’re considered to be little more than an Alpha’s mate and a mother for their children. We have to follow guidelines, if that’s what you’d call them, to ensure we get a mate and we won’t end up alone. Omegas who aren’t mated often don’t live happy lives. And for an Omega to have previous physical contact with an Alpha before mating with another, it’s considered inappropriate and it marks the Omega as somewhat of a pariah. So when you touched me, I-I panicked…”

   Alfred frowned. “Well that seems stupid. Why do Omegas have to follow all these stupid rules? Alphas don’t have to, and my brother’s friend Kiku, he says Beta’s don’t either.”

   “It’s just the way things are. It’s the way thing always have been.” Arthur offered, stopping to look at a painting of an Omega.

   Radiant as the sun, with skin pale from never knowing the harsh rays of the sun. Hair like spun gold and eyes a deep shade of forest green. An Omega, a Queen, in his finest dress, looking regal and lovely and angelic and pure and everything an Omega should aim to be. Around him, his children, all cherubic and perfect and never naughty.

   Arthur looked at the painting and frowned, his subconscious telling him he could never have something like that.

   “That doesn’t seem fair. I wouldn’t give my Omega a bunch of stupid rules to follow. I’d just want them to be happy. I’d be the best Alpha ever for them, I’d work and I’d bring home lots of money so we could have a bunch of kids and live in a huge house and-”

   “Is that what you think all Omegas want?” Arthur asked suddenly, seeming surprised at his own boldness as his brow furrowed. “Some perfect mate who will bring them home fancy trinkets and to wait on hand and foot and serve as a baby factory?”

   Alfred frowned. “No, I’d want them to be happy with what I bring them. I’d bring them gifts to show them how much I love them. And if they wanted kids, I’d be happy, but if they didn’t I’d be happy too. I just want someone who loves me and who I’ll love.”

   Arthur blushed slightly, embarrassed at his outburst. He was breaking a lot of rules and he was no doubt going to break more continuing to talk to the Alpha boy. “Alfred… if your mate wanted to, would you let them work?”

   “I mean, if they wanted to I would. It’s just my mom’s happy at home, he says he’s fine raising me and Mattie. But if my mate wanted to work, I’d be fine with it.” Alfred admitted sheepishly, hoping he wouldn’t offend the Omega further.

Arthur smiled softly. “Y-You would? You really would? You wouldn’t get upset and say that an Omega’s place is in the home and that they don’t belong in the work force?”

Alfred frowned. “Why would I say that? That’s just mean, and my dad told me never to be mean to Omegas, that they’re just as good as Alphas and Betas and they shouldn’t be treated like anything less.”

Alfred was about to ask Arthur what was wrong when the Omega tackled him in a hug. “That’s so perfectly sweet of you!” He exclaimed, his grip like a vice on Alfred.

“N-No problem.” Alfred offered, feeling his face heat up as the Omega remained close to him.

“Y'know, I think you’re the first Alpha I’ve met who treated me as an equal.” Arthur mused.

“Well, I’m a hero, I try to help people.” Alfred offered, grasping at straws for what to say. He mentally groaned at his lack of articulation compared to the Omega.

“You certainly would make a fine hero, Alfred.” Arthur smiled, blushing slightly. “I-I have to go. The other boys will be expecting me, I told them to wait for me…”

Alfred frowned. “But I probably won’t be able to see you again.”

Arthur frowned before perking up with an idea. Pulling out a piece of notebook paper, he quickly looked at Alfred. “What school do you go to?”

“Um, The Upperland Academy for Alphas.”

Arthur smiled. “Oh joy, your school and mine go transfer into the same high school! We’ll be able to see each other then!”

Alfred frowned. “But what about now? Seven years just to see you again?”

Arthur frowned slightly before his cheeks lit up. Before Alfred could ask, a soft pair of lips met his cheek in a chaste kiss. Arthur pulled away, his cheeks glowing pink.

“I-I hope that’s enough to remember me by?” Arthur offered, quickly pressing the slip of paper into Alfred’s hand before he scurried away.

Alfred turned back to the main hallway, seeing his group. As he rejoined the other Alphas, he looked at the paper and smiled at what it said.

Dear Alfred,
Please hold onto this paper for me. When we meet again, if the Fates allow it, show it to me so we might recognize each other. I’m anxious to see the kind of man you become, but I how you don’t change too much, because you’ve already won over an Omega. Seven years may seem long, but I do hope you won’t forget me. Perhaps we might be able to be more than friends at such a time?
Yours sincerely,
Arthur Kirkland.

A/N: I hope you like it, I figured if you wanted something done right, best to do it yourself.


New stuff! Thanks to our friends at @illinoisrbml, the Rare Books and Special Collections department has received a thirty five volume facsimile edition of the Chronicles of Ivan the Terrible (Лицевой летописный свод) as a gift from the University of Illinois. This literary masterpiece was commissioned by Czar Ivan IV “the Terrible”(1530-1584) for the Royal library, for the purpose of educating his children and future rulers.

 Also known as the Czar Book, it is the largest compilation of the historical knowledge of ancient Russia, covering the period from the Creation of the World to the year 7084 (AD1576), including the Biblical history and the histories of Rome, Byzantium, and Russia. A significant part of the Chronicles is dedicated to the period of Ivan IV’s reign, shedding light on the circumstances that led to the infamous “Time of Troubles” and the fall of the initial Rurik dynasty.

The original 10-volume manuscript was made between 1568 and 1576 by sixteen most prominent scribes and ten iconographers who worked on it under the guidance of St. Macarius, Metropolitan of Moscow. Until the end of the 16th century the books were in the Royal library, but disappeared in the turmoil of the Time of Troubles, and were presumed lost for over four centuries. One volume was found in the library of Peter I, who had given it as a gift to his daughter. The rest of the books were recovered from private collectors, and it was recently reproduced by the Society of Lovers of Ancient Literature charity.

For centuries, the Chronicles were not available to general audience, but this publication provides a great opportunity for scholars who want to explore and gain more detailed knowledge of that turbulent and fascinating time of Russian history.

The facsimile edition of the Chronicle includes both the original text in Church Slavonic and its pretty lame translation into the present-day Russian. The text has 17,000 illustrations.

Special gratitude for making this gift possible goes to our former graduate assistant Julie Christenson; Mrs. Melanie Rusk of the Collection Management Services of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Dr. Christopher Condill, Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and to our own  Ellen Blair; Steven Hammer, and Mike Holland.

- Alla Barabtarlo

Лицевой летописный свод XVI века. Русь (1122-1575 гг. от В.Х.) / составитель Святитель Макарий, митрополит Московский и всея Руси ; послесловие Герман Стерлигов. Москва : Транснефть, 7522 [i.e. 2014]. MU Ellis Special Collections Closed Folio  DK39 .M356 2014 

anonymous asked:

How do the ravagers react to death threats to little petey?

Peter: Most of the death threats come from them…

Ravager fight-club - aka, an excuse for me not to have to draw clothing. 

meowdoglover  asked:

May I ask how 2p Russia would react to his s/o coming up to him and saying, "are you aware that you are a very romantic country? That's because you spent so many years under the czars!"?

It would take Viktor a moment to get the joke but once he did he would look at you with the most disappointed face and sigh (but really he’s laughing on the inside).

OH BOY IN A MONTH AND A HALF WE WILL BE BLESSED ONCE AGAIN BY OUR SAVIOR, THE CZAR OF HALLOWEEN. Remember to leave jack-o-lanterns out on your porch in warm welcome and to ward off any evil spirits. October is fast approaching and we need to prepare for the Halloween trickster. All those years ago when HE, the Halloween CZAR has blessed us mere humans with all things creepy, spooky, scary, and skeleton-y.

anonymous asked:

Hello there! Recently I identified a large piece of elite shungite that I've had since I was a tiny girl and I was wondering if you would know anything about what I could use it for?


Keywords: Healing, Protection

Shungite has electric conductivity properties. This is said to be the reason for one of shungite’s most notable uses: shielding and protection from EMF electromagnetic radiation from things like TVs, computers, microwaves, cell phones, and other items. This shielding brings with it many healing energies.

Shungite is used by many for purification. This often takes the form of creating an elixir or purifying water for drinking or bathing the skin to bring about healing and energy. Springs near the source of Shungite have been used at least as far back as Czar Peter the Great for its healing properties.

Shungite is an excellent stone for magickal and mystical work. It grounds spiritual energy to bring it into the Earth plane existence. Shungite is also used to bring Light into the auric energy field, allowing positive energy only to reach within that field. This brings not only physical protection, but also psychic protection. It is said to be protection against the evil eye and negative energies.

Shungite is said to calm and relax anyone using or near it. This may be due to its protective energies and rejection of negative energy.

Shungite is used in crystal healing and local folk healing for the immune system, hair growth, skin diseases and deformations,  antioxidants, fight free radicals, cancer, rheumatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, musculo-skeletal disorders, liver disease, kidney disease, GI problems, headaches, insomnia, back pain and spinal problems, balancing blood pressure to ideal level, respiratory issues, infections, purify blood, minor headaches, protection against electromagnetic radiation issues, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, pain relief, rapid healing and more. It is considered by many to be a miracle healing stone.

Shungite is related to the root or base chakra.

- Kiaya


Weird Anime Night Part Blaarg

Zombie Raptor Attack back with the penultimate edition of this weird anime month, So I have a question, what do you get when you mix furries and mecha anime?
K.O. Beast, apparently…

This is an odd little piece I found while going through old anime I used to watch back in my younger years. K.O. Beast is a 7 episode OVA that is…unique to say the least.

The story takes place on a futuristic Earth where the planet is split in two. The Southern Hemisphere is controlled by the human race, who are ruled over by a strange entity called Czar Master. The Northern Hemisphere is inhabited by shape shifting humanoids who adapted to their harsh environment by being able to turn into anthropomorphic animals. Each of the specific animal clans has a statue called a Jinn that they look to for guidance.

One day, the humans invade the Northern Hemisphere and attack three of the clans – the Tiger, Bird, and Mermaid clans – kidnapping the children of the royal families and stealing their Jinn statues. It turns out that the Jinns of these clans are special and have a powerful connection to the planet. Likewise, the heirs of these clans are the only ones who can awaken their Jinns and reveal their true forms; robots. The three robots are then able to combine into a humongous mecha to fight off their enemies.
After awakening their Jinns, the heroes are told to head out on a journey to find a mysterious treasure called Gaia, which holds an unknown power that could possibly save their planet.

This is about as 90’s anime as you can get. High energy characters, goofy slapstick, and good lord that dubbing. Like I said, it’s a 90’s anime dub so don’t expect Grade A voice work. It’s an odd yet fun show, and it’s only 7 episodes long. If you’re looking for something a little unusual, then this OVA might strike your fancy.

Episode 1 on YouTube:

For those of you looking to purchase it (the first two of the three dvd’s are stupid cheap):

Note from Brian- So my posting is going to be a bit more sparse than what it has been as of late, college etc etc. taking the GRE soon, and studying for that as well as finishing up my last real semester, so it’s going to be pretty time consuming, there will still be weird anime night, and cool eva fan art, but idk how many pizzavangelions I’ll be able to churn out, but I love you guys, and you seem to love me so I hope you understand, if you guys have any questions or concerns feel free to ask, but yea. thanks for everything and I hope you like what the waifu cooked up for you guys this week 

thehorsewife  asked:

Now the heroes were plenty and well known to fame In the troops that were led by the Czar and the bravest of these was a man by the name Of Ivan Skavinsky Skavar

lol wut?

Thank you… ? XD

stahl-konigin  asked:

"....Do you cheat in Cards Against Humanity?"

For the next five asks, my muse cannot tell a lie. (1/5)

“Of course not. What fun would that be?”

“I’m good at the game because I consider who my audience is. If you know what a judge likes, you pick cards they’re more inclined to choose because of personal taste. That is how I’ve won so often–I’m good at tailoring my cards to the card czar.”