Golden-Plains

The golden plains are not so called from the color of the dusty soil or the tanned bleach of the plants that used to grow there, that sometimes grow there still if you are looking the right way. They are not golden from the sun, or the star it calls sun, or the brightness that suffuses the air like a fog, cloying and sharp and cold.

The golden plains are so called because of the beasts that run it, with fur spun of golden thread and cloven hooves and long, golden jaws. Their beauty is unmatched, muscles moving like liquid gold, brilliant hides catching the light like shimmering fish. They travel endlessly and without rest, gathering in herds that consume those of their number that fall from exhaustion.

Once you have heard their shrieking, it does not go away until you have left the plains. That is the good news. The bad news is, you cannot hear their shrieking until you can see them. By then, it is too late.

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YOU KNOW THOSE PEOPLE WHO OVERREACT AND MAKE YOU FEEL GUILTY WHEN THERE’S A PARTICULAR MOVIE YOU HAVEN’T SEEN? THEY’LL BE ALL LIKE “WHAAATTT??!! YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE LION KING??!! WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU??!! YOU HAVE NO HEART MAN!!!”. AND YOU’LL BE ALL LIKE “I’VE BEEN MEANING TO SEE IT…” BUT BY THEN IT’S TOO LATE. THEY ALREADY THINK YOU’RE FUCKED UP. THERE’S NO CONVINCING THEM OTHERWISE. EVEN IF YOU GO OUT AND WATCH THAT MOVIE NOW, YOU DIDN’T WATCH IT WHEN YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO, SO YOU’RE PRETTY MUCH DOOMED TO A LIFETIME OF SILKY EMPTINESS. ANYWAYS, I DON’T MEAN TO BE LIKE ONE OF THOSE ASSHOLES, BUT AS AN EXCEPTION, IF YOU WERE AT GOLDEN PLAINS AND YOU MISSED CLIENT LIAISON’S SET, YOU FUCKED UP. THAT SHIT WAS INCREDIBLE. P.S. JUST TO CLARIFY, I HAVE SEEN THE LION KING. IT WAS JUST AN EXTREME EXAMPLE. P.P.S. I HAVE A FRIEND WHO STILL HASN’T SEEN COOL RUNNINGS, AND I GIVE HER SHIT FOR IT EVERYTIME I REMEMBER TO. IT’S FOR HER OWN GOOD.

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Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA

Do not try to find a map. There are no maps of the Void, or at least none which are accurate beyond the drawing of them. Nothing in the Void is ever in the same place for long. Maybe the core of it, if such a thing exists. It doesn’t, most days.

That is not to say a way cannot be found. Some places, some landmarks, are usually relative to others. The mirror flats bleed into the Crystalspine forests. The screaming rocks are always in the southern desert, even if the southern desert is not always in the south, even if south doesn’t usually exist. Traveling left in the howling wood will always lead to the golden plains. You’ll wish it didn’t, but there’s no way back- going right in the golden plains could lead anywhere.

No one travels the Void trying to get somewhere. You travel the Void until it arrives where you need to be, if you have managed to survive that long. A map won’t save you.

How I wander
like gray cloud across pale blue
marking shadow on the plain
the golden grasses darken
shivering under my rain
I do not know how to sun
can you teach me
how to lower myself
to the soft brown earth
stretch out my fogged limbs
hush through the morning light
and roll open
like petals parting for summer
bright bold and quivering with dew
I envy their surrender
how they know
when to bare their secrets
I am all hidden in the crooks of trees
will you know
where to find me
will you know
I am waiting for you

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Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool girl. He wants Cool Girl, who is basically the girl who likes every fucking thing he likes and doesn’t ever complain.

(as requested by anon)

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Sakurai’s Daily Screenshot - June 10, 2014

“New Super Mario Bros. 2 is a game where you collect tons of coins. Thus, it’s only natural that many coins will appear in this stage… Wait, is this really Super Smash Bros??

If you collect 100 coins, you transform into a gold fighter! For a short period of time, your attack power will increase and you won’t flinch when you receive attacks. This unique stage’s name is Golden Plains and it’s exclusive to the 3DS version.” - Masahiro Sakurai