5 great years of my life

phuonguyennn  asked:

i follow you on insta and im such a fan of indi!! like!! oh!! my!! gosh!! do tell more abt her im all heart eyes over her

Oh my gosh YES. You don’t have to ask me twice! (bonus puppy pictures included)

She’s named after Indiana Jones, obvs. She’s 5 years old. She’s one of the great loves of my life. Apparently she’s a cocker spaniel but she’s so much like a miniature Golden Retriever it’s ridiculous. She’s SO smart, she has the basics down but I know she’s sharp as a tack. She’s incredibly cheeky and likes to back chat me all the time. She grumbles a lot. We have many conversations. She’s fierce and full of beans. She’s always off at day care whilst I’m working and loves her walkers (and also enjoys taking her toys with her - it’s the retriever in her). Everyone who meets her falls in love with her too. She’s loves stealing shoes and the mail - mostly because she just likes to strut around holding them. Beware your socks though, she will destroy them. My house is a sock graveyard. 

And above all else she is the snuggliest little ball of fluff and love, and I love her with all my black heart <3  


[march study challenge] • 21/03/17

Day 21: one 2017 study resolution

I created this studyblr with 3 days to go until the new year, so I had a new years’ resolution in mind when I made it. I wanted my final year of school to be a year of growth and good memories, and so I decided that my 2017 new years’ resolution (study related I guess?) would be to work hard but enjoy myself - I wanted to make sure that this year I would never lose sight of the fact that my marks don’t mean everything. I used to always set store by the scores on my test papers and since then I’ve learnt that that’s not a great way to go about things - life is so much more than the time you got full marks in English or the time you failed a maths exam. I still study my butt off for exams and I enjoy the validation of my efforts when I get good marks in return, but I’ve stopped regarding bad marks as a sign of failure or a crushing disappointment - instead, I see them in new light as an opportunity for change and improvement. And I promise that these scores won’t mean anything 5, 10, 15 years into the future. Your self-worth is not defined by your marks, but what is in your heart.

silveramoebasquid  asked:





what is this madness he is not ready


🌌Kaleidoscope Eyes Sparkle at the World🌌

Found this in my drafts. It so simple.

Pls don’t repost but maybe reblog if you’re feeling nice? :3

1.) Take more selfies- you look beautiful!
2.) Meet new people, make new friends
3.) Do well in school and always do your best
4.) Be more positive- life is full of great things
5.) Make mistakes and accept fhem as they are
6.) Don’t hold grudges
7.) Find who you are
8.) Dont let others stop you from being you
9.) Always look your best, confidence looks great on you!
10.) Read
11.) Write like you mean it- don’t let writer’s block get in the way
12.) Do what you love ❤️
13.) Be kind to others
14.) Take a deep breath- in and out. You’ll be okay.
15.) Stay hydrated
16.) Be happy with who you are
17.) Learn to love yourself
18.) Sing. Let everybody hear your beautiful voice.
19.) Love fiercely. Passionate is good.
20.) Listen to new music
21.) Be more open minded
22.) Smile more
23.) Help strangers more often
24.) Go out with friends more, enjoy he time you have with them!
25.) It’s okay to be sad sometimes- go easy on yourself
26.) Slack off less
27.) Stay true to yourself
28.) Make your happiness a priority too
29.) Don’t just survive- live!
30.) Go on adventures, excitement is fun!
31.) Think positively
32.) Never doubt yourself
33.) Love your life, even if it isn’t perfect
—  33 things for me to remember throughout the years | a.m

anonymous asked:

Top 5 sexy characters in Haikyuu!! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Thirsty anons are gonna be my legacy I’m so proud of all of you really. Come on, LET’S BRING SEXY BACK!  

1. Kuroo. Well, of course. Try to find a person who’s immune to his charm…right….YOU CAN’T. I’m repeating myself for the umpteenth time here but…I mean…look at him. He is not the most beautiful boy but sure as hell he was designed to be the sexiest. The illegal bedhead, the smirk, the cat eyes, the long neck, THE ABS, THE LEGS…EVERYTHING. He does…things…to us…don’t lie to me…

Originally posted by shouyou-sunshine

I know I’m always using this gif but honestly everyday is a good day to use this gif

2. Iwaizumi. ARMS ARMS ARMS. GIVE ME ALL THE ARMS. Damn the boy truly is the definition of gorgeous and I’ll never forget that iconic night we all lost our shit over him in casual clothes. Oikawa you lucky bitch keep him close before they’ll steal him from you. (Special mention to fic!Iwaizumi and his abs and his caramel skin and his insane…skills…)

Originally posted by miyukkis

3. Bokuto. If you though I wouldn’t put my favorite owl even in this top five you’re delusional. I know he’s not the canon definition of sexy but there’s something in the harsh way he speaks, in his always demanding attitude, that smile that is somewhere between boyish and wolfish that make him truly irresistible to me (plus he canonically has the best ass in Haikyuu he deserves to be on the podium)

Originally posted by sadsharkling

that strip of exposed skin is why I don’t sleep at night tbh Akaashi my guy my dude how do you cope

4. Semi Eita. That tongue thing he does. Thank you for you attention. 

Originally posted by physiologically-salty

5. Akaashi. On a complete different way from the others, I find Akaashi not only to have an outstanding beauty, but he has that glacial sex appeal that could intrigue honestly anyone…and he truly did…I mean…look at what he has done to all of us 

Originally posted by tetsuruo

I could look at this gif for the rest of my life 

- bonus: I feel like we owe a special mention our boy Terushima, I’m sure he’ll provide us with great emotional satisfaction next year…(boys with rolled up sleeves are my ultimate weakness don’t judge me ok??? same with boys with undercuts. and boys with tongue piercings. ok I’m in deep) 

Originally posted by fairytailwitch

Thank you for your message and keep the thirst alive! 

Ask me my top 5 things!

Other fic writers: writes 2 fics per week, grades are A+, still maintains relationships with actual people, all fics are consistently great, makes friends with other writers, doesn’t check their activity page every 5 seconds after posting something because they are Self-Assured™

Me: hasn’t written anything in 183764 years, does tumblr instead of homework, ignores people in real life, writes one decent fic then the next 5 are terrible, is intimidated by other writers, panics if there’s no feedback after posting something

ep. 31 thoughts

“Oh fuck Ymir she tough”


“hanji i love you but there aint any hole or underground titans”

“connie is so underrated man”


“uh hello woUld u like a cup of CALM THE FUCK DOWN

so me and my boyfried here destroyed your life 5 years ago but we could just call it truce

“honestly eren props to you for dealing with being the protagonist”

“GOD I’M SORRY MIKASA but death glares from you is just a meme now”

“shit i forgot eren was hot”

“anddd levi reporting for duty”

“protect sasha everyone”

“ARMIN IS MY SON. GREAT JOB FOR FIGURNG IT OUT. iwouldgiveyouyourparentsbackificould

“eren pls

“bert went 0-100 there sheesh”

“see that’s some quality reibert there but I would appreciate if they weren’t getting wrecked by mikasa damn cockblock

“seriously though mikasa is all of us right now”

“on this episode of: how to deal with your friends being titans; eren fucked up”

Why Cophine Deserve A Love Scene

Hey guys - so on the back of Paleyfest and some comments made there, plus some discussions we’ve had on here in the past, I decided to put my thoughts together on the subject of sexuality shown between same sex vs opposite sex couples.

One of the many things I appreciate and enjoy about Orphan Black is the LGBT representation, particularly the queer female presence. To have a bisexual lead and a lesbian supporting character (who is also in a relationship, for the large part) where the issues they face are not all about their sexuality is wonderfully refreshing. Cosima is unapologetically lesbian, Sarah is comfortably label free, and Delphine finds her place on the queer spectrum with little dilemma. The stories and the dramas the characters face throughout the show (both within relationships and without) never centre around the character’s sexuality itself - something the show rightly deserves praise for.

There is no doubt in my mind, however, that some discrepancies between the representation of queer and straight sexuality remain. Sex and intimacy is the most apparent. We have seen Sarah and Paul have rampant sex on the kitchen counter, in the shower, and beyond. We have seen Rachel sexually dominate Paul in a gratuitously uncomfortable fashion. Donnie and Alison have sex on the freezer, vigorous sex in bed, and Donnie masturbates loudly into a cup. In addition to this, we have also seen many examples of heterosexual partial and full nudity in the show – Donnie’s butt during the freezer scene, Donnie and Alison during the infamous twerking scene, Sarah and Paul in bed, Sarah and Cal pre-love making and then later in bed etc.

When we look at how same-sex sexuality/intimacy has been shown, there are far fewer examples. Sarah does kiss a girl in a club during Season 4, and whilst it’s implied they have sex, it isn’t shown (and again, it is problematic that her sexuality was used to depict her spiralling out of control in that scene). Felix and Colin get interrupted pre-coitus (and Felix has never had a sex scene either, it’s important to note). Then we come to Cophine. Cophine have been shown in their bras and underwear on one occasion only and that was supposed to be post sex.

To some, this was potentially rather a disappointing attempt to not offend audiences or draw criticism from networks. Surely, they could have implied them to be nude, but be covered by the sheets, thus not needing to break ethical guidelines? After all this was how other scenes between heterosexual pairings were handled. Yes there was an emotional scene at the end of Season 4 which showed their intimacy and love (without the sexual element) beautifully and I do not wish to dismiss that - but while wonderful to see after such a long absence for Delphine, it does not negate the need for a well done and intimate love scene and the audience still want one.

The creators and actors have continually pushed the message that showing Cophine in a sexual context would be to put them “on show for the male gaze”; but the potential message there is two-fold; both that showing lesbian sex on TV is by default gratuitous because it is provocative, and that they as a show believe it’s impossible for them to portray it in such a way that will not appear lewd when broadcast. I think they are doing themselves and the LGBT community a disservice here while also perpetuating a double standard. For, if showing nudity or impmying sexual intimacy between two women undermines the sincerity of their relationship, what were they trying to achieve with Shaysima? It seems either they didn’t mind because it helped to contrast their relationship with Cophine, (the focus of whose relationship they wished to remain intellectual and emotional;) or that they backtracked on/suspended their original statement re male gaze, showing them sexually intimate in the hopes of enticing LGBT fans to move onto Shaysima, as if that was the key to winning fans over.

Further arguments against a love scene are things like Cophine “are not a consistent couple,” and so they do not require a love scene. However, when has that ever been a factor in two people having sex? Sarah has spent the majority of her time NOT in a relationship and yet she has had by the far the most sex on the show. Another justification used is that “the show isn’t all about relationships”. Agreed, it is not ALL about relationships, but this is a drama we are watching, not a documentary, and human relationships are intrinsic to that. While it may not be everyone’s reason, it is still a legitimate reason to watch, especially for the LGBT community, who get so little representation as it is, and that is without acknowledging that OB has repeatedly stated its intention to portray LGBT positive stories.

Further to this, yes some of the sex in the show is not used to display intimacy or romance, sometimes it’s used for comedic purposes or for power and manipulation - I get that, but it doesn’t change the overall picture – straight couples get to have sex and LGBT ones do not. People often list a multitude of plot points as reasons for them not having had the opportunity to have sex, as if the plot writes itself and this is all out of the writers and creators control, but as a work of fiction, 90% of what we see on screen is pre planned and written well before it gets to filming, and if they wanted to create these opportunities, they could.

One thing that needs to be made clear is that we as fans do not need to see actual nudity. We do not desire constant gratuitous sex without plot. We do not want to see “Cophine in bed all the time – and [we’ll] be happy,” as was once suggested. What we want to see is equality. The LGBT community deserves that. If all we wanted was sex we would not have suffered along with this angsty pairing for 4 years, through their ups and downs, distrust, misunderstandings, separation, break-up, Delphine’s shooting and disappearance, and Cosima’s near death experiences.
Evelyne Brochu has said of Cophine “there’s this combination of physical and intellectual attraction, and when you have both you can go a long way” but yet we have not really been allowed to see that physical side.

The show continuously emphasises its equal and non-preferential treatment of the LGBT by choosing “bold” storylines, which unfortunately has often put them in life threatening situations. To truly follow through with this endeavour, it needs to apply in all circumstances. If they can happily level the playing field, and allow “anyone to die” on this show, then why can’t anyone have sex? Allowing them to be sexual with each other, if done in a respectful way, is a valid and necessary element to their love story. It’s about allowing them the same rights and depth as straight relationships. They state it has “the same weight as a straight relationship” but if they have the same weight, they should be allowed the same expressions of love. Equal treatment is the same treatment, not treating them differently. Treating them fairly and respectfully doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive of treating them the same. They can do both. To quote others in the community, “When you treat something differently, you are saying it IS different” and “If we don’t start to treat these scenes as the same, then they’ll never be seen as the same”.

Having said all of the above, I want to reiterate how great I think Orphan Black is. I really do. I wouldn’t still be watching 5 years later, much less constructing my thoughts in such a way, if I didn’t feel this so strongly. I do not wish to ignore the progression the show has offered in terms of LGBT representation, or the positive role it’s played in my life, as I know it has in many others. But just because we love a show, doesn’t mean we can’t expect it to uphold the highest standards of representation for our community. In fact, I think that is exactly what we SHOULD be expecting, since Orphan Black has knowingly marketed itself as an LGBT-positive show.

Sadly however, even amongst the LGBT community, I often see the subtly internalised homophobic idea that “we should be happy with what we have, don’t be ungrateful.” I would like to think that the creators, if they read this, will see this as the fans going “we love this show and we think you’ve done a great job, but here’s our feedback.” That is certainly my perspective – I loved the reunion scene at the end of Season 4, and considering Graeme has described Cophine as the most important romantic couple on the show, I am hoping for good things in Season 5.

We love the show and we admire and encourage its commitment to showing positive LGBT representation. So trust your stories, Orphan Black and continue to push boundaries – your audience will reward you for it.

Musical songs for the Skam girls


1. Out tonight //Rent

2. Breathe //In the heights

3. When you’re home //In the heights

4. Dead girl walking //Heathers

5. Take me or leave me //Rent 


1. Popular //Wicked

2. Helpless //Hamilton

3. Breaking down //Falsettos

4. Turn it off //Book of mormon 

5. You don’t need to love me //If/then


1. Dancing through life //Wicked

2. The Club //In the heights

3. My shot //Hamilton

4. Balga //Natsasha, Pierre and the great comet of 1812

5. I can do better then that //The last five years


1. Sonya alone //Natasha, Pierre and the great comet of 1812

2. Anthem //Chess

3. Waving through a window //Dear Evan Hansen

4. No good deed//Wicked

5. Satisfied //Hamilton


1. No one else //Natasha, Pierre and the great comet of 1812

2. Burn //Hamilton

3. She used to be mine //Waitress

4. Pity the child //Chess

5. It won’t be long now //In the heights


My hubby has made me a slut now. It’s been over 5 years we are together and when I came to his life I was an innocent girl. He made me fantasise about other men during sex and I didn’t had a choice to say no so I did as I wanted to be fuck badly. Slowly and gradually I started liking it and for past two years I have been experiencing great sex…….obviously now I get this chance to seduce strangers, meet them, go on blind date and get the best spanking(fucking) I can ever imagine. The same is done sometimes with an arrangement made by my hubby as he likes to be a cuckold sometimes and fewer times I get lucky while travelling through metro, or calling domino guys at home for pizza delivery and seduce them by only wearing nighty and making them sit in my drawing cum bedroom and making them wait as it takes time to take out change ( money 😉). Many of those were lucky enough to massage me and you know that….!! Thanks a ton to my hubby as u r the best who gave me such a space and life of choosing bed partners and exploring my inner beauty with almost everyone. Loads of love to you!!!😘😘😘😘😘


Getting married to your best friend had always been your dream ever since you were little.

Today that was becoming a reality as you were to soon be wed to harry styles.

You and harry had know each other since birth and you fell in love at 18

You have been with his though thick and thin.

Through everything you had stood by his side.

You got along with the boys and his family as he did your’s and you couldn’t be happier when they accepted him

When you were 20 harry asked you to marry him

Now 2 years later you are in your dressing room getting ready to walk down the Isle to officially be harry’s.

“Stay still love” your mother said as she did your hair while harry’s mother did your makeup

“I cant belive my baby brother has finnaly found the love of his life. Im so happy its you” harry’s sister gemma said as she let atear fall causing both your mother and harry’s mother to cry

“Come one guys, your gonna make me cry!” You said feeling the water works come

“Right cant have you crying on your big day!” Your mother said as she finished your hair

“Done. Now for the dress!” Harry’s mother said helping you out of the chair

Walking over to your dress you smiled at the beautiful detailed lace fishtail gown.

“Its so pretty! Your gonna look amazing in it!” Gemmas little girl’s said

You had given gemma the right to be your maid of honor and her twin girls to be the flower girl’s wich she agreed to

Getting into your dress you sighed and stood infront of the full body length mirrior

Feeling a tear slip down your face a hand grabbed it

“Whats wrong?” Harry’s mother asked as she stood with you

“Are you not happy that your getting married?” Your mother asked as she stood on the other side of you with a confused look

“No. No. Im just really happy that i get to marry someone i love.” You said smiling

“Harry’s going to fall over when he see’s your beauty walk down the Isle” gemma said as she smiled taking a photo of you and your mother’s

A knock at the door was heard and soon your fathers came in along with your brother’s, and zayn, liam, louis and niall.

Harry’s band members had always been apart of your life so you both invited them to the wedding even though the band broke up a while ago

“Wow!” Louis said as he came to you and kissed your cheek and hugged you

You and harry always had a soecial bond with louis so you made him the best man of the wedding

You smiled at him as the others came to you giving you hugs and compliments

“Let’s get this started ay?” Zayn said as he smiled at you

You nodded and soon you began your way down to the doors leading to the backyard (more of a forest) where you would officially become Mrs styles

The boys and girls went ahead and got there selves ready and then went gemma’s girls and your brother’s little boy with the rings

“Ready?” You father asked as you looked at him and linked your arms together

“Ready as ill ever be!” You said smiling causing him to smile

The music began to play signeling you to start walking

As you walked through everyone stood up, you could see your family’s and friend’s all smiling and crying

And then your focus met harry’s.

All you could see was the love of your life, his beautiful figure had a black tux on and his hair styled the way you liked it.

 all your nerves and worries suddenly went out the door as you made it to the end of the walk way.

“Love you” you father said as he kissed your cheek and placed your hand in harry’s

“You look beautiful” harry whispered to you

“You dont look to bad yourself” you grinned at harry causing him to smirk

“Ladies and gentleman today we ar-” you zoned the priest out and looked at harry as he looked at you

You smiled at him causing him to smlie back with his dimpled smile you loved

“Now for the vow’s. Y/n, would you like to go first?” The priest asked you smiled and nodded

“We all know im not good at this so bear with me” you said causing everyone including harry to laugh

Taking a breath you smiled at harry

“You are my best friend. I love you with all my heart and stand here before all of our friends and family, sharing the happiest day of my life. I want nothing more than to share my future with you – my triumphs and my challenges, my joys and my sorrows. Together, I know we can accomplish the life we both dream of living. I promise to love you as much as I love my credit card and not hold your poor fashion sense against you. I will only show you my new clothes during commercial breaks and promise to keep you in the latest Cub fashions. From this day forward, I will make sure your lucky shirt is washed for every game day, and will have plenty of potato chips on hand. I will love you for richer or poorer, as long as our credit limit stays high.
I, y/n, take you, harry, to be my awful wedded husband, to have and to scold, from this day fast forwarded for better but not worse, for richer, and poorer, forget sickness only in health, to loathe and to cherish, till suspicious death do we part.”

Everyone laughed and cried at your spech/vow and you could see your father and harrys laughing along with harry

“Y/f/n y/l/n, from this day forward I promise to be worth it. Worth the time. Worth the trip. Worth the energy. Worth the embarrassment. Worth your love. I promise that you will always count. You will always come first, and of course, if you don’t for whatever reason, I will buy you some shoes. From the moment you entered my world, you have filled it with life, colour and energy like never before … like kool-aid in a mud puddle … or a cupcake in a salad … or a rose garden in a junk yard. You are my rose, y/f/n y/l/n, and I promise to devote my life to being your dirt.
I, harry, promise to count every penny that comes into our grasp, and account for it using two-column ledgers and everything your accountant has done previously. I promise to love you, y/n, unconditionally, in sickness and in health, till death do us part, even when you feel the need to accessorize with $400 shoes.”

Harry’s speach/vow caused you to laugh and cry along with everyome else

“The ring’s” the priest said as your brothers son handed you the ring’s having harry shake his hair in a pat

Sliding the rings on each other you smiled happily with wide grins on your faces

“I now pronouce you husband and wife, you may jow kis-” the priest didnt even get to finish his sentence before harry had you dipped and your lips attached to his

This of course made everyone laugh and cheer as loud as they could

Steadying you on your feet harry smiled at you as he grabbed your hand and you made your way out the door and into the car

Arriving at the venue harry helped you out the car and held your hand in his as you were cheered and flowers were thrown on you as you made your way to the seats

As everyone got seated your family along with harry’s stood up and gave a small speach and then sang a song causing you and harry to groan and laugh

After the emotional speach from your parent’s and gemma, louis stood up to the stage along with the rest of the boy’s

“Hello?” Niall said into the mike causing everyone to laugh

“Ah its working…ah…okay so we would like to make a speach or toast whatever you prefer to the newly married couple” niall said holding his glass up as he said

Liam stepped up to the mike as they all looked lost causing you and harry to laugh

“We are the groomsmen and best man of the bride and groom. We are here today to celebrate the love that pur two best friend’s share” liam started out causing you to smile

“I met harry in high school. He got an A. I got a D. It was great.” Louis said causing everyone to laugh

“Ive had an amazing bond with harry and y/n and ive known them all my life. Ive watched them grow and learn. I mean I’ve even watched harry constantly practice in the mirror of how he was going to ask y/n out.” One again you laughed a little to loudly as what louis said

“I’ve known y/n and harry for 5 years now and let me tell you it absolutely horror when they are together” zayn Said making everyone laugh including you and harry

“Weve know known harry and y/n for about 6 or 7 years now?” Niall asked as he looked at you and harry causing you to nod

“I wouldn’t know seeing as its been torture having them around all those years.” Niall said causing you to laugh

“All and all though. We’re exstreamly proud at how far the couple have come in life.” Liam said

“I mean they got married before any of us so that’s and achievement” louis butted in causing you to laugh

“Were greatful for having you both be two of our very best mate’s and were so pleased to be a part or not only your wedding night but your life. We honestly couldn’t have asked for a better woman to be a part of all our lives and are greatful for her advice when we dont know how to deal with our own women.” Liam said causing everyone to laugh

“We love you t/n!!” They all yeleld making you smile and blow them a kiss

“And as for harry its been great having you mate.” They said with no emotion and went to walk off the stage

“Hey!” Harry said with fakr hurt causing everyone to laugh

“Nah were joking hazza. We love you with all out heart and its been amazing to have you apart of not onky our lives but the band. Speaking of ehich i think we have one alst song to sing right?” Louis asked causing harry to mod amd kisss you and walk on stage

“Woah, were do i start hey” harry said as he stood in front of the mike causing everyone to laugh

“Let me just say that i am truly thankful for you all in being a a part of mine and my wife’s, y/n, journey and thank you for being a part of our wedding night. Y/n, baby i want to say thank you for making me the happiest man alive and for putting up with all my crap. I realize that I’ve never really shown my love to you so im going to do it tonight in the only way i know how and that’s through song. Please give it up for my mates and for my beautiful wife!” Harry said causing everyone to cheer

“This song is called 18 and its dedicated to the love of my life, y/n.”

( https://youtu.be/VRpzJabYlQQ )

Throughout the whole song harry’s eyes never left your’s as he sung to you with so much love and passion

At the end of the song you were in tears, happy tears. Clapping you ran to harry and kissed him causing him to wrap his arms around you and kiss you back smiling

“I love you” harry said grinning at you

“I love you too” you said smiling and scrunching your nose as he kissed it causing him to laugh.

Throughout the whole night Laugher and cheer was shared along with passion and love and you wouldn’t have had it any other way.

anonymous asked:

Protecting your team's healer feels great. I was Junkrat and we were pushing the payload in Hollywood. I spam the heck out of my trap and it saved the life of a Zenyatta who went into one of the buildings to get a health pack. A Reinhardt was chasing him and got caught in my trap and I killed him. Another match a Genji was after our Mercy and I threw my bomb at him and knocked him back. He didn't die but it was enough time for Mercy to fly off. 5 years were added to my life when she said thanks

Bucket List - Chapter 1

This is the first thing ive ever published I hope you like it!

“Have you ever done this before?”

“Bartending? Yes sir, worked at the pub in my old town for a year. This is a letter of recommendation from them,” Emma said, handing over the tattered piece of paper.

“And if I call this number I will be able to talk to the owner of this real and respectable pub?”

“Of course, Mr Shelby. Well; real pub, yes; respectable, less so.”

“Good. Do you drink yourself?”

“Yes sir, but not in excess and not on the job.”

“What about drugs?”

“No sir. Not even for headaches.”

He makes a grunt of acknowledgement. “I know that these are different questions that are fairly…”

“Odd?” She offer.

“Thorough.” He corrects. “We’ve had some issues in the past with the reliability of our bar maids; so you’ll have to excuse me. However, you should note that, with the other businesses I’m involved in, I need people I can trust in my life. Does that make sense?”

“Yes, absolutely sir. And I assure that, if awarded the job, I would be an exemplary employee.”

“I believe you. What is it brought you to Birmingham, Emma?”

“School, Mr Shelby.”

“The nursing school or the secretarial school?”

“Neither, Sir. The business school across town opened 5 spots for women this year and I was accepted.”

“Really? You must be smart, eh? How would you feel about handling the Garrisons books as well; Harry is a great bar keep but not the greatest with numbers.”

“I can absolutely take that on, Mr Shelby!” He chuckles slightly to himself. “Is something wrong?”

“No, no, you just remind me of our old barmaid. Very similar. Anyways, the job is yours if you’d like it!”

“Yes! Thank you very much Mr Shelby, I promise you won’t regret it.” Emma exclaimed, reaching to shake his hand.

“Good. Well, I’ll walk you to the Garrison, give you the lay of the land.” It’s only when Mr. Shelby stood up, that Emma realized how intimidating he really was. Tall and lean, with eyes that looked through your soul, it made Emma nervous for a second before she realized how kind he had been thus far. Mr Shelby walk her through the Shelby Company Ltd’s offices, explaining how finances for the Garrison were handled by a man named Michael Gray. All receipts, books and pay checks were to be signed off by him at the end of the month.

Thomas explained that his company had many different types of business other than just pubs. The Shelby Company was a large and growing corporation according to him. Emma could see the pride in his eyes as well as the ambition.

Mr Shelby shrugged on his overcoat and helped Emma put hers on as they left his offices. A burst of wind surprised Emma as she opened the door to leave the building, making her realize how cold it was. Thomas chuckled a little before putting on his cap, razor blades stitched into the peak.

The streets of Birmingham were very different than her old town, dirtier and darker. It didn’t bother Emma, she was just happy she made it there. She was feeling self conscious of her outfit though. She had worn her nicest dress for the interview and it was embarrassingly bright and fancy; light green stitching heavily contrasting the bleak surroundings. Her shoes were also decimated, covered with mud, coal, and other things she dared not think about. She made a mental note to save up for a new pair of shoes that could withstand all that Birmingham threw at them.

After turning a few corners, Emma saw a sign that read “The Garrison” above a fairly nice looking pub. Mr Shelby led her there through a street that sat next to some sort of factory. Emma couldn’t help but think of her luscious home when she saw the men covered in soot and smoke. Thomas opened the door for her and Emma took a step inside her new world.  

It was lovely and posh inside, much nicer than she expected. There was a private room to her right, but the rest of the bar was open with a place for dancing and a band. Leather booths lined the walls except for one where the actual bar was. It was almost impossibly high, with a mirror behind the shelves of alcohol. It was all nice stuff too, nothing like the things they passed off for ‘top shelf’ at her old pub. There were a few men already in the bar despite it being midday. One man behind the counter and a few other who looked like dawn to dusk drunks. Like most things in Birmingham so far, The Garrison was intimidating.

Many of the men inside had straightened up a bit since they came in; sitting up straighter, talking quieter. The bartender had already poured Mr Shelby a glass of whisky and bowed his head slightly. Thomas put a shilling on the counter before explaining to Harry that Emma was the new bar maid.

Harry had kind eyes and calloused hands, quickly moving to shake Emma’s. “Welcome to the team, I’m sure you’ll do great!”

“Thank you, I’m just here to learn to ropes and work hard.” She smiled back.

Tommy was satisfied with the amount of pleasantries, going on to explain that Emma would help handle the books. “Alright, well, I think you two can figure it out from here. Emma, you can help Harry tonight; Saturday night rush and that. And you two can also figure out a schedule for the next month if you have time. Best of luck to the both of you, I’ll see you tonight.” Then with a gulp of his whiskey and tip of his hat Mr Shelby was gone.

“First lesson, oh young one, anyone with the last name Shelby drinks for free. Understand?” Emma nods vigorously. “Good. There’s some aprons in the back, grab one then we can get started.”

“Aye aye, sir.” Emma salutes before rolling up her sleeves.

It was almost six o’clock on the dot when men started pouring into The Garrison. Harry explained that most men from the factory went home at five, cleaned up and ate with their families before spending the night drinking. Emma poured beer after beer, introduced herself as the “new barmaid” what felt like hundreds of times and it was barely half past nine. Out of the corner of her eye she saw Mr Shelby and a few other men make their way into the private room and close the door.

“You best get in there and take their orders; remember the first rule?” Harry says.

“Shelby’s drink free.” Emma replies, walking out from behind the bar. She carefully avoided the drunk and dancing men as she made her way to the door.

Inside, Mr Shelby was sitting with four other men, three in the booth and one on a chair with his back facing Emma. The room smelled like tobacco with a thick cloud of cigarette smoke in the middle. All six were dressed impeccably in lavish, expensive suits.

“Emma! How’s your first night going?” Thomas asks.

“Good, sir, thank you for asking.”

“Glad to hear it. This is my older brother, Arthur,” Tommy points to a skinny man on his left with a large moustache who quickly nods. “My younger brother, John.” John is slightly larger than Arthur. He stands up to quickly shake Emma’s hand. “Our youngest sibling, Finn.” Finn has a bit of a boyish look to him, young and happier than his brothers. He’s obviously nervous at Emma’s presence only waving quickly before ducking his head. "Last but not least, Isaiah.” Tommy introduces.

“Another brother?” Emma jokes due to the obvious fact that none of the Shelby boys could be related to their Isaiah, who was black contrasting the Shelby’s pale pigments. Emma joke earned her a chuckle from the men and a kiss on the hand from Isaiah, who she could already tell was a huge flirt.

“Don’t mind Isaiah, he’s a bit of a whore.” Arthur quips.

“It’s no problem. So, four top shelf Irish whiskeys coming up!“ Emma says, trying to leave as soon as she could.

"Make it five,” Isaiah says.

“Our cousin Michael will be joining us soon,” John explains.

“Five whiskeys coming right up!” Emma spun around and was reaching for the handle when the door swung opened and a large man bumped into her. She quickly mumbled a few apologies, as did the main, before looking up to see someone Emma believed would never return to her life.

It was Henry.

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