Great-Central

Great Lakes Central, Traverse City, Part One

This regional railroad, funded by Michigan, operates on a patchwork of historical lines throughout the state. The particular track seen here, crossing the Boardman River, pretty much in the center of Traverse City, was once the C&O and Pere Marquette prior to that.

The crew has just dropped an empty gondola somewhere in town to the west/south of the bridge; it will now pick up an empty center-beam car it has left nearby and run down the former Pennsylvania (former GR&I) to the main track at Walton Junction.

GLC 399 is an EMD GP38-2 built for Penn Central in 1972. Photograph by Richard Koenig; taken June 15th 2017.

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anonymous asked:

Do we have any pictures or any hints of what Laurens's childhood home looked like?

John’s first home was located in St. Michael’s Alley (south of Broad Street in Charleston, SC).  I haven’t come across any descriptions of this home other than this description of the nursery:

By the time little Martha arrived in 1759, if not long before, an imported cradle was a central fixture in the parental bedroom, which was also equipped with necessaries such as a candle stand, a warming pan, and a bedpan passed along from grandfather Laurens. Because Henry and his wife, Eleanor, anticipated extensive use for that nursery item, the cradle was probably one that rocked, featuring a ‘gauze pavilion’ with turned posts at its four corners to support mosquito netting. (The Life and Times of Martha Laurens Ramsay)

In June 1762, Henry Laurens purchased Mepkin plantation and then bought land in Ansonborough, SC about three months later.  The Ansonborough property was on the outskirts of Charleston whereas Mepkin was about 30 miles out.  Ansonborough appears to have been the main residence at this time while Mepkin may have been used moreso in the summer months (particularly to escape the diseases in the city).  The home in Ansonborough had “its own wharf and creek, four acres that included a green called Laurens Square, and [was] bounded by Pitt, East Bay, Centurion, and Anson Streets” (The Life and Times of Martha Laurens Ramsay).

Here’s a pretty thorough description of the Ansonborough property, provided in The Life and Times of Martha Laurens Ramsay:

Papa Henry’s pleasure in the new house glowed in his letters.  “Mahogany is the thing by all means for your Stair case.  You would agree in opinion with me if you saw mine.” Though the darker wood was costly, “in time it becomes abundantly cheaper as it is firm, durable, and gains beauty whether you will or not, with age, whereas Cedar is brittle, splintery and without an excess of rubbing and waxing fades and loses its colour in a very few years.”  He enjoyed careful oversight of every step.  “Cypress is the best and cheapest wood for wainscot, but your [English] oak in my judgment is infinitely preferable.  I have painted one room in my house Wainscoat color and pattern upon a coat of brown Plaister.  It stands very well and is much admired.”  His used of the magisterial “I” meant, of course, that he supervised the task, not actually performed it.

Henry Laurens wanted their new home on East Bay Street to be “worthy…to be occupied by a merchant,” to reflect his cosmopolitan horizons.  Spacious, roomy, and open rather than ornate, and somewhat unimaginative externally, the house was a “plain barn-like building” of brick, almost “square to the winds,” 38 and ½ ft. x 60 ½ ft.—pretentious not in ornamentation or iron grillwork but in acreage and gardens, “with a wall all upon the front of my garden [Wall Street].” Henry had purchased a “Mulatto” slave bricklayer, Samuel, that spring especially to create elegant garden paths around the house.  One feature visible from those bricked walks was a jerkin-head roof—a hipped roof cutting flat angles at the corners of the house.

Inside, the house from cellar to roof featured heavy-hewn timbers.  Two floors had four large rooms each, downstairs and upstairs, plus several small “apartments”—rooms topped by a “spacious attic” with room for wine storage in the hipped-roof corners.  Near the front door was a small hallway, “little more than a vestibule” on the south side of the structure, and a stairway on the left led to the upper story while a door on the right opened into the library.  (Surprisingly, Henry Laurens had omitted the wide central hall great Charles Town houses usually featured in hopes of luring every possible breeze.) But the library was a huge room (18’ 8” x 17’ 2”) with two hundred running feet of shelves, and the books were protected by beautiful decorative glass doors embossed with geometric shapes—octagons, squares, and triangles.  Behind the library was an equally hospitable dining room (17 ½’ x 17 ½’) with a paneled ten-foot-wide chimney all the way to the ceiling.  Immediately above, on the second floor, was the same size ballroom. Some of the fireplace mantels were marble, others elegantly carved wood—all in the highest tone of simplicity and dignity.  The mantels were undoubtedly imported from England, like the ones Henry had ordered for the house of his neighbor Charles Pinckney.

The dining room, with fancy mirrors and a very large “chimney glass,” boasted sconces on the wall, handsome pewter serving dishes, silver tureens, a brass warming pan, and a tinned Japanned waiter—to say nothing of elegant china for entertaining (family meals were served on earthenware).  Martha’s father knew his merchandise: he ordered mirrors “truly elegant and worthy of a place in a Dining Room occupied by a merchant.” But he returned the first ones: “their fault was their fineness.  They are too fine, I will rather say too large for my dining room.” Unfortunately, in the shipping from England to Charles Town, faulty packing had damaged some of the gilded ornamentation and scraped some of the “Quick Silvering.”  “The packer or workman ought really to be answerable,” he demanded. Upstairs in the drawing room, a harpsichord for Martha’s arpeggios and sonatinas held a place of honor, flanked by elbow chairs, a card table, a tea table, settees, and portraits.  To five-year-old Martha, the new home was a palace.

Since the locale and climate of Charles Town allowed a twice-yearly harvest, vegetables and many exotic trees—peach, apricot, mulberry, walnut, chestnut, fig, bitter orange, and pomegranate—flourished. British gardener John Watson was employed to cultivate the new Laurens acres into a charming botanical cornucopia. Henry and Eleanor wanted the kind of beautifully laid out English garden that was rare in the colonies, a display of the useful and ornamental plants that Carolina produced or that Henry could import.  In that sense, landscaping was a more overt statement of the Laurenses’ affluence and sophistication than the house itself.  Neighbors like Eliza Pinckney, who also prided herself on gardening, noted that “only 2 squares from her house, the rich merchant HL was filling his extensive grounds with every rare plant and shrub his numerous connections enabled him to collect.”  Little sisters Nelly and Patsy and their numerous cousins could fashion snapdragon dolls and chant the evocative flower names “foxglove,” “sweet alyssum,” and “periwinkle” as their mother instructed.

Philadelphia garden historian John Bartram, named royal botanist by the king in 1756, came for a visit the year after the Laurenses moved in.  He noted a remarkable “grape vine 7 ½ inches in circumference” at the new home of “Col Laurance [sic] in Charles Town.”  It “bore 216 clusters of grapes, one almost 11 in. long and over 16” in circumference, the grapes large “and as close set in the bunch as they could possibly grow.”  In addition, he admired “a fine young olive tree 15 ft. high, luxuriant.”  By contrast with this luxuriant green, Charleston streets were deep and dusty at a child’s eye level.  Laid out in regular, unpaved, and widely spaced design to allow breezes to reach the building from all sides, the soft sand made its choking way into noses and eyelids.  Narrow paths at each side would one day become sidewalks, but not yet.

The following are some paintings of Mepkin as done by Charles Fraser in Charleston Sketchbook, 1796-1806 (descriptions also from said book):

“Mepkin, the Seat of Henry Laurens, Esq.”

Mepkin was among the several tracts of land granted at the very commencement of the Colony to the three sons of Sir John Colleton, one of the eight Lords Proprietors.  It comprised 3,000 acres and lay nearly opposite Mepshew (now Pimlico), another grant of the three brothers.

John Colleton of the County of Middlesex, England, sold Mepkin in 1762 to Henry Laurens.  Vital affairs of the Colony, of the Revolution, and of the new state, all had a hearing there.  After the destruction of the house during the Revolution Henry Laurens built the one that is shown in the sketch, and in which Henry Laurens, Jr., was living.  As the latter had married a daughter of John Rutledge, Fraser was again among relatives, seeing familiarly a scene where history was made.

“Another View of Mepkin, May, 1803″

“A View on Mepkin”

The Avenue at Mepkin leads from the road along wooded ravines to the bluff close by the river, overlooking the rice-fields and the winding stream.  There stood the house of Henry Laurens.  Mepkin had great natural beauties, and throughout his life Henry Laurens had added to these by continuous attention to the possibilities of agriculture in South Carolina.

The following is “The House of Henry Laurens (1763-1914)”, a pencil drawing done by Alice R. H. Smith in 1911:

None of the buildings remain standing today, but you can visit the streets where the St. Michael’s Alley and Ansonborough properties once stood in Charleston, SC, and you can visit Mepkin Abbey (previously Mepkin Plantation) in Moncks Corner, SC.

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Great Central Railway Loughborough Leicestershire 4th May 2015 by loose_grip_99
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The Bank Holiday service began this morning with Stanier 8F 2-8-0 48624 departing on the 10.00 from Loughborough. Rob seems to be looking far out from the cab for something, maybe the hi-vis of the photographer who had just walked up the line. Alongside in the Up Through is Class 08 diesel Jocko D3690 shunting stock.

The Empire of Wrestlemania


The fabled Empire of Wrestlemania. It is a mysterious land, one filled with great magic, great mysteries, and great evils. The Empire is ruled over by the great and powerful Emperor Vince McMahon, who lives in his great palace in Empire Central. The Capital City is located along the top edge of Lake Armbar, and it truly is the center of all.


The Empire is divided into eleven regions, each exhibiting its own traits and each ruled over by its own local King or Queen. All the Kings and Queens, however, answer to the Emperor. The borders are rarely disputed by the Kings and Queens, and in many cases, the Empire’s natural biomes and rivers form borders of their own.


Empire Minora is, in essence, a suburb of Empire Central. Being as close as it is to the Capital City, the majority of people in Empire Minora exhibit traits similar to those of the people in Empire Central. They dress similarly, have similar habits and values, and tend to lead very similar lifestyles. Empire Minora is ruled over by the powerful King John. He is well-loved by many of his people, and he is fiercely loyal to the Empire; King John would defend the Empire’s great leader with his life.


The Demon Kingdom is a bleak and desolate land. Once the battleground for many great wars, the earth is still barren and scarred from these great battles. Nothing can grow in the Demon Kingdom, and so, few choose to live there - furthermore, the peninsula in the South of the Demon Kingdom is the home to the Empire’s only known active volcano. At the base of the volcano sits the City of Hell, ruled over by its mighty King, known only as The Undertaker. He is a dark and grim man, loyal to nothing and nobody save for the Emperor himself. However, it is widely believed that The Undertaker is aging, and with no heirs groomed to take his place, will soon have to name his successor.


The Wooded Kingdom is, as it sounds, a thickly forested region of the Empire. It is ruled by King Bray, along with the help of his close-knit family. They are a dark and mysterious bunch, tending to keep to themselves in their far-flung corner of the woods and emerging only when their duties call. There are no real towns in the Wooded Kingdom; only villages and hamlets containing small settlements of people. Along the Wooded Kingdom’s border with the Demon Kingdom sits the legendary Lair of the Beast, a feared place rumored to contain more treasure than one can imagine, but guarded by a fearsome Beast.


The Wolf Kingdom is the snowy, forested region in the North-West of the Empire. Up until recently, it was known as the Kingdom of Legends, and was ruled by the great King Hulk. He, like King John of Empire Minora, was well-loved by his people, but after a great secret of his was made public to the people of the Empire, Emperor Vince was forced to banish him. A new King had to be appointed, and after a great search, Vince made a surprising choice, naming a young and little-known man called Baron Corbin as King. Many question the new King Baron’s motives, but are too frightened of him to say so.


The Kingdom of Adrianev is another Kingdom that recently changed hands, and names. An island off the coast of the Wolf Kingdom, the Kingdom of Adrianev used to be known as the Kingdom of Dreams. Ruled by the beloved and influential King Dusty, the Kingdom of Dreams was almost like a second Empire Minora - an extension of the Empire itself, and pivotal in shaping the Empire into what it is today. Unfortunately, the dear King passed on, and one of King Dusty’s many protegés was named King. King Neville is not much like his predecessor, though, and many fear that he intends to take the newly-named Kingdom of Adrianev in a new, undesirable direction.


The Kingdom of Gold is located to the North of Empire Central. A cool, hilly region of the Empire, the Kingdom of Gold is ruled by three Kings, brothers - King Seth, King Roman, and King Dean. The Kingdom of Gold used to be ruled in perfect harmony by these three, but a few years back, they seemed to have a falling out. Many whispered that King Seth had betrayed his brothers, but none know the truth. All that is known is that tensions run high in the Kingdom of Gold, and many fear that the Emperor will be forced to intervene, whether to name a sole King or to draw new borders.


The Stone Kingdom is a chilly, mountainous region to the North. It is ruled by the powerful King Rock, who is known throughout the Kingdom as a king, charismatic, and strong man. He is also the cousin of King Roman of the Kingdom of Gold. Though his Kingdom is not much more than a handful of settlements scattered throughout the mountains, he takes his role as King quite seriously and does all in his power to ensure that his people are fed, sheltered, and happy.


Three Isle Kingdom consists of three islands off the coast of the Stone Kingdom and the Outlands. It is ruled by King Hunter and Queen Stephanie with an iron fist. Queen Stephanie is, in fact, the daughter of the Emperor himself, so some regard Three Isle Kingdom as one of the most powerful Kingdoms in the Empire. The King and Queen are considered heartless and tyrannical by their people, who remain placated only to avoid the wrath of their rulers.


Flair Kingdom Queendom is a small Kingdom settled between the Outlands and Empire Central. It was recently created out of land originally belonging to Empire Central, and its creation was intended as a means of protecting the Capital City from any potential attacks coming from the Outlands. Originally placed under control of the Emperor’s trusted ally Ric Flair, King Ric’s daughter Charlotte convinced her father to hand his power over to her. Queen Charlotte, though cold and heartless, was also smart in doing so, because she is believed to be the only one in the Empire who could possibly defeat the leader of the rebellion in the Outlands - the mysterious Empress of tomorrow.


The Outlands are a harsh and unforgiving place where the banished go to die. Unprotected by the laws of the Empire and the Emperor’s iron rule, anything goes, and it is considered a dog-eat-dog world. Bandits and thieves run wild, murderers go uncaught, and those considered traitors to the Empire are cast out to fend for themselves. In recent years, though, those cast out have begun to work together, forming the rebellion. Rebel numbers continue to grow and gain traction, and some have even left their comfortable lives in the Empire to join their forces, believing that the Emperor is cold and corrupt, and that only by overthrowing him can the Empire become the utopia that many believe it can be.

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Great Central Railway Quorn Leicestershire 10th November 2013 by loose_grip_99
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We were heading back to Loughborough on our second trip on British Railways Standard 2 2-6-0 78019 when the other operational 2-6-0 - Ivatt 46521 - passed in the opposite direction just north of Quorn station. It had taken part in a Remembrance Sunday ceremony on Loughborough station in the morning & still carried a wreath of poppies. We had stopped in Rothley station for the 2 minutes silence. Fireman Pete is wearing a poppy on his cap too. Neil has just shut the regulator hence the black smoke.

anonymous asked:

Hey so I saw that you worked in a hotel in Italy?? How'd you manage that? It's my dream to somehow permanently move out of the us and work overseas. Got any tips?

I don’t know how much help I’m going to be - I volunteer in hostels through Workaway, which technically counts as adventure tourism rather than employment. I was reimbursed for my time with bed and board rather than actual money. So it’s not going to help you get a working visa.

That said, if you’re looking for a way to afford living in a city abroad for upwards of a month as part of a trip, it’s a great option! Personally I like hostels the best because you almost always meet a fun crowd (both the guests and the other hostel workers are usually backpackers) and by necessity they usually have a great central location, making it easy to get around on your days off.

Unexpected Guardian - Leonard Snart

- Y/n = Your Name

- Y/L/N = Your Last Name


Prompt- The reader is Cisco’s cousin and at some point both Team Flash and the Rogues find out that she is in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend ( overly possessive, hits her, etc). This would really anger Len and he takes care of the situation, fluffy at the end between him and reader (gentle peck on the lips). Please and thank you! 💜💜💜 -@buckyslittlekitten


Word count - 1,435


TRIGGER WARNING: ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS


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anonymous asked:

Hello :) I was wondering what your favourite Drarry fics are?

alEeee. :)

Bounding-Heart’s Favourite Drarry Fics:

The Killing Moon by Inkandfakefurs: “Harry Potter’s saving-people-thing is set to become the bane of Draco Malfoy’s life - alongside Dark Lords, werewolves, ex-teachers, Horcruxes and not-dead-enough ancestors. Set post-HBP. Deathly Hallows - what’s that?”

This is my all time favourite ever Drarry fic. And it’s a horrific tragedy, because it’s unfinished and will never be finished. That doesn’t stop me from reading it over and over again. I still find it worth it. I love it because the characterisations of every single character, Harry and Draco in particular, are spot on and beautiful. Any Drarry writer who gets Harry right owns my heart and inkandfakefurs does so so beautifully. The writing is wonderful, professional quality. You’ll forget you’re reading a fanfic. It’s also got an intricate, gripping plot and some wonderfully complex magic that builds on what we’ve seen in canon. Oh, and Draco is a werewolf. Draco’s struggle to come to terms with the resultant helplessness and self-disgust breaks my heart in the best way, but there’s zero woobification.


Who Will Guard the Door by musamihi: “The day his father is sentenced, Draco takes the Mark and is given his impossible task. Thorfinn Rowle, assigned to be his mentor, is less interested in assisting him than in satisfying his own appetites. As Draco sinks further into failure and watches the war sweep his parents away from him, he takes refuge in the Manor – a member of the family he never knew he had. But the Manor suffers its own wounds during Lord Voldemort’s residency, and the Chosen One may be the only force that can heal them.

It’s the best and most accurate exploration of Draco as a character I’ve read. Also strong, beautiful writing with depths that go well beyond what you expect from fanfiction. It follows Draco’s experiences through Half-Blood Prince and a bit beyond and fits perfectly into canon. It’s got some very harrowing bits, so read the warnings. 


The Waters Know their Own also by musamihi:Harry and Draco decide to spend Christmas with the Notts, although neither of them seems to know precisely why. Harry finds most of the company lacking, and some of it downright dangerous.

Honestly, I recommend anything she’s written. (She wrote a John Dawlish/Rufus Scrimgeour fic that was wonderful.) I am not generally interested in established relationship fics, but this is an exception. It’s a melancholy and beautiful take on Harry and Draco.


The Light More Beautiful by @firethesound :  ”Thirteen years after Draco accepts Potter’s help escaping the horror of his sixth year, he returns to England where he makes the unfortunate discovery that Potter is still as obnoxious as ever. And worse, more than a decade overseas hasn’t been enough to dim Draco’s obsession with him.

The story takes place in an alternate reality in which Draco flees to America during his sixth year. He and Harry have a particular past, however, and that complicates things. It’s hilarious at times, incredibly hot, and has an intricate plot that comes together so perfectly in the end that I wanted to throw confetti. Good writing, tons of feels, and enjoyable characterisations.


At Your Service by Faithwood: “Hogwarts students are in danger; Harry is determined to save them all. There’s only one thing he knows for certain: Draco Malfoy is somehow involved.”

From my original rec: It’s like getting the chance to read Book 8, where Book 8 is Harry/Draco. The writer makes every single character come to life, complete with strengths and flaws. She uses the canon setting beautifully. She tells a story complete with a gripping mystery and heart-swelling, slow-building romance. And everything is woven together. Everything is seamless. The female characters are treated with respect and the writer’s love of canon shines through powerfully.


The Boy Who Only Lived Twice by @letteredlettered : Harry Potter is an Unspeakable. Draco Malfoy is the wizard who shagged him. Adventure! Intrigue! Secret identities, celebrities, spies! It’s all right here, folks.”

The summary really doesn’t do this fic justice. My god, the emotions. And it’s so clever, with a great central concept allows Harry and Draco to discover each other all over again without the baggage of their pasts. Also fun and super hot. The kind of fic that breaks your heart and puts it back together again. I can’t remember how many times I’ve read it.


The If Sieve by Cest-what:An If Sieve lets you see how things would have unfolded if somebody had made a different decision at a particular time.”

 I was just talking about the fact that it was much, much more than Draco’s refusal of Harry’s handshake that prevented them from becoming friends. This story explores all that. It’s one of those fics where you sense that the author knows the books inside and out. Lots of canon detail and perfect, perfect characterisations.  There’s also a brilliant sequel.


Drop Dead Gorgeous by Mistful: “Draco Malfoy is Harry’s Auror partner and one of the few people immune to Harry’s super Veela charms.”

 I don’t read Veela fic, so it took me a long time to get over that and read Drop Dead Gorgeous. It turned out to be one of my all time favourites. Don’t let the cracky Veela aspect stop you. It was written pre-DH, the writer is SUPER sympathetic to Slytherins, no one is really in character, she breaks Ron and Hermione apart (which is normally a dealbreaker for me) but I still love this fic beyond reason. It’s hilarious and grabs your heart and refuses to let go until the end. Also a great mystery plot. It’s not online any more because the writer went professional.


The Empty House by Hollycomb:Harry is separated from his friends during the war and stumbles into an empty cabin that happens to belong to the Malfoy family.”

I love the progression of their interactions in this fic. They start out truly hating each other, but are forced through circumstances to, well, get over that. It’s beautifully written and ultimately very sad, but I really love it.


Such Great Heights by Softlyforgotten: “Draco Malfoy, wide-eyed and pale and in a decidedly ragged shirt, was crouched next to the pile of whatever the dragon had been eating.

Harry threw himself to a halt and yelled, “Merlin, how many times do I have to save your life?”

I read this very recently and fell completely in love with it. Great writing and I liked the characterisations. Both Harry and Draco are lost after the war, and finding each other, eventually, helps them both move forward through their trauma. Also there’s a dragon. And a wonderful portrayal of Ginny and the other characters.


Nightingale by Michithe_killer: “God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.-Jacques Deval”

From my original comment on the fic: My God. I can’t stop sobbing. I’ve been hiding in the bathroom for the last half hour. I think that may have been the most heartbreaking fic I’ve ever read. I’ve been completely immersed in it for the last three days, looking forward to getting back to it whenever I had to stop. And now I’m finished and I just want to die because I’m in so much pain. God. Which is a testament to how amazingly powerful this fic is. The writing was just beautiful. Funny, gripping, hot and devastating in all the right bits. Seriously, I’m just cut into pieces. It really struck home in a lot of ways. That said, I’d never want to un-read this. It was so worth the pain. An amazing accomplishment, I think.

Eternally Consistent by Kitsunealyc: “Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter assumed they would never be anything but civil enemies, until Potter lands on Malfoy’s doorstep, bleeding, covered in curses, and acting very strangely indeed.“

I loved this fic… so much. The writing is strong and intelligent. Draco is not only so much fun, but he’s got a depth and complexity that feels completely in character for canon Draco plus 8 years. His dialogue, his mannerisms,  everything. And Harry is wonderful too, a great contrast to Draco. We get both of their povs and that works in the most interesting way. The story is clever and nail-bitingly tense at times, but left me feeling happy and completely satisfied. There’s a weird Hermione/Millicent element, but the trio is still tight as friends so it didn’t end up bothering me that much. Overall the fic is funny, heart-warming, and all around wonderful.

If you want more, here is a link to my Seriously Giant List of Drarry Recs going back over a decade. 

breakthestrutura  asked:

And Snart Siblings, cause I know you like 'em, Future+Longing/action+Jacket

Based in the same verse as the Goldenvibe ficlet, but that’s not required for understanding. Discussion of Goldenvibe and Captain Canary, but we only actually see the Snart siblings.


“Getting rusty,” Lisa teases after she coats a man in gold, keeping him from shooting her brother. They’re working with Team Flash, and she’s been doing it for long enough that her gun has been adjusted; the coating is breathable at its default setting and merely serves as a way to incapacitate and confine their attackers until the CCPD arrives.

Of course, this mission is a little more off the books, so the guy she’s just covered might be there for a few hours. It’s because of the touchier nature of this mission - not her word - that they brought Leonard in at all.

Leonard smirks at her and shoots someone over her shoulder, his gun lowered to a similarly non-lethal setting. “Same to you,” he drawls, zipping his jacket so it’s not in the way.

Lisa chuckles, not bothering to respond when Cisco berates them over the comms for their distraction, especially since her boyfriend follows that up immediately by bickering with H.R. about the best use of remote communications devices. She rolls her eyes at Leonard and starts back through the hallway.

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Finally - Chapter 3: The Halsteads

aka: 9 times Jay tries to win Voight over (intentionally and not so intentionally) and the 1 time he doesn’t need to.

Also on ff.net and AO3.

Many, many thanks to @justkillingtimewhileiwait for all of her help, listening to me bounce ideas off her, ramble on about what I wanted to write and mostly, the beta-ing. You are awesome! :) Plus, it’s because of her I’ve fallen in love with Halsteadx2 + Erin as a trope!


Jay hung up the phone as soon as he stepped into Molly’s and spotted Erin on one of the high tables to the side of the room. The reason why she hadn’t picked up was evident not a second later when he caught sight of his brother sitting opposite her, back towards the door, with her phone in his hand. There was no doubt he was teasing her about the contact picture she had for him, which he had to admit was a pretty great selfie of the two of them from years back. Almost around the time they had first gotten together, when she had left Intelligence for the special task force.

“Don’t make me hurt you, Halstead,” Erin warned Will, who was holding the phone away from her and slightly up higher than was probably necessary, especially in a busy bar.

Jay laughed to himself when he saw Will falter slightly at her narrowed eyes, pointing a finger towards him even though the smile she was trying to bite back failed to stay hidden. Approaching them, he snatched the phone out of his grip and punched his brother lightly in the shoulder.

“Gotta love it when those words are aimed at someone else,” he commented, smiling contently when he saw Erin light up at his appearance and somewhat forgot what his brother was teasing her about.

“My hero,” she drawled as he placed her phone in front of her. “Feels like I haven’t seen you all day,” she commented when he came to stand next to her, laying an arm around the back of her stool and pressing his lips quickly to the top of her head.

“That’s because you haven’t,” he replied, recalling how they had been split up for the day to chase down different leads because of the CIs they each had. It hadn’t been too intense, but days where they weren’t paired up together definitely felt bizarre.

Erin leaned back to glance up at him, furrowing her brow playfully. “Oh? Awkward. Who was I making out with in the car this afternoon then?”

“Um, weren’t you with Voight all day?” he remarked with a smirk, chuckling when he saw her grimace at the meaning behind that.

Ew. Okay, I know I started it but I’m ending it now,” she told him pointedly, shuddering for effect and taking a sip of her beer as if the alcohol would help her forget what she had unintentionally implied.

“Please do. You guys are sickening,” Will added, having watched them banter for a moment before deciding to make his presence known once again.

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Top Ten: STEPHEN KING ADAPTATIONS

10) CARRIE (Brian De Palma 1976): The seminal horror film from Brian De Palma is King’s original mind bending story of bullying gone wrong. Sissy Spacek might have been a little too old for the role of a high school girl. But the performances of Piper Laurie as Carrie’s insane mother, and Betty Buckley as the gym teacher add class to the entire film. A great career start from John Travolta and Nancy Allen, the scene that has made the film famous might have been lampooned so many times, but it’s still a piece of cinematic genius. From the awkward and slightly perverted opening to the big shock at the end, De Palma is clearly in love with the story and wants to make a film that is about women, that both genders can enjoy. He succeeds. (Based on the novel “Carrie”)

9) STAND BY ME (Rob Reiner 1986): A classic story of childhood features brilliant performances from the young cast. Based on the third novella in the compendium Different Seasons. The touching story of a group of children that discover a dead body. Something that could be seen as a pre-curser to Danny Boyle’s Shallow Grave, the story has no pretensions of being anything other than a beautiful ode to growing up. Richard Dreyfuss classes up the whole film with his cinematic stature. But the entire film hinges on the likeability of the young actors, it might only be Keifer Sutherland that actually gained a career after the film, and the tragic loss of River Phoenix make for upsetting viewing, but the entire film is beautiful. (Based on the novella “The Body” from Different Seasons)

8) SECRET WINDOW (David Koepp 2004): From the outset a rather incidental film from all involved, but actually a hidden gem in the catalogue of King adaptations, Koepp films and Depp performances. Depp plays a writer who is accused by a strange man, John Tuturro, of stealing his story. The thriller builds on two great central performances. Once from an incredibly sinister Tuturro and another from Depp on fine form before his apparent downfall. This film might, yet, prove to be the last great Depp performance and if that be, well it’s a decent enough performance, twitchy, worried and desperate. The film builds to an inevitable twist, and your reaction really depends on how much you read and understand film cliches. (Based on the novella “Secret Window, Secret Garden” from Four Past Midnight.)

7) THE DEAD ZONE (David Cronenberg 1983): Christopher Walken plays a man who after a horrific accident is able to see a person’s future by touching them. What follows is a part horror film, part superhero origin story and part political thriller. Walken, like Spacek in Carrie, does great as someone trying to understand what has happened to him and what is going to continue happening to him. Martin Sheen plays the politician with a heart of absolute black and perfectly plays the role of villain. While in lesser hands Sheen would be the hero and Walken the villain, Cronenberg mounts a thrilling horror film with building tension. Not one of his showier films, but one of the more enjoyable and with a brilliantly understated central performance by Walken, who reigns in his mannerisms to play the meek and mild Johnny Smith gives one of his career bests. (Based on the novel “The Dead Zone”.)

6) THE MIST (Frank Darabont 2007): The first of three Darabont films to make it on the list, this tense supernatural monster movie pits a group of New England townsfolk against a a sinister mist and the monster that lie within it. Darabont plays down the monsters outside for the monsters inside with a host of brilliant character actors showing their worth: Thomas Jane and Nathan Gamble play father and son to great success, with William Sadler and Marcia Gay Harden providing villainous support, Laurie Holden, Toby Jones and Andre Braugher also class up the proceedings. The ending is either a stroke of brilliance, or a let down depending how invested you are in the characters, but as a tense inspection of how society breaks down under pressure, it’s pure brilliance. (Based on the novella “The Mist” from Skeleton Crew).

5) APT PUPIL (Bryan Singer 1998): A brilliant study in evil, and the corruption of two people with souls already rotting to the core, Apt Pupil casts Brad Renfro as the all American apt pupil of the title, and Ian McKellen as the nazi down the road hiding in plain sight. In Todd Bowden, Renfro gives a performance that should stand up alongside the likes of Malcolm McDowell’s Alex De Large or even Ezra Miller’s Kevin. McKellen already a respected actor sinks his thespian teeth into the role of Arthur Denker, and later his true identity of Kurt Dussander. While David Schwimmer might look a little out of place in this broiling tension filled thriller, McKellen keeps everything grounded with his sublime performance. The scene in which McKellen marches in a nazi uniform is particularly unsettling. (Based on the novella “Apt Pupil” from Different Seasons).

4) MISERY (Rob Reiner 1990): That moment all writer’s hate - when someone approaches you and tells you that they’re your biggest fan. Psycho fanboys threatening death because you botched the latest issue of Spider-Man have got nothing on Annie Wilks played to perfection by Kathy Bates, with James Caan as famed novelist Paul Sheldon who writes the Misery Chastain books. Clearly drawing on his own nightmare scenarios, King’s novel proved to be an unsettling chiller, but under the direction of Reiner who had success years earlier with Stand By Me, mounts a tense almost two person drama about an obsessive fan, and a writer at the end of his tether. Bates’ Academy Award win has gone on to become a benchmark in female villains and in the “bunny boiler” subset. The scene involving a sledge hammer, James Caas, and an ankle makes for one of the most wince inflicting moments in cinema. (Based on the novel “Misery”).

3) THE GREEN MILE (Frank Darabont 1999): One of two King prison drama, the second of three Darabont films, and a supernatural story about the goodness one man can bring all come to the forefront of this moving drama. Death row officers Tom Hanks, David Morse, Barry Pepper and Jeffrey DeMunn are at their wits end with the obnoxious Doug Hutchinson. The inmates, Michael Jeter and Graham Greene are all put out of sorts with the arrival of Michael Clarke Duncan’s towering John Coffey convicted of raping and murdering two little girls. This epic film, featuring Sam Rockwell, Gary Sinise, James Cromwell, Patricia Clarkson, William Sadler and Dabbs Greer all offer brilliant performances, but the film belongs to Hanks and Duncan who both give career bests. The film builds to a gentle climax and the finale leaves you in floods of tears. Darabont’s sensitive direction, as well as another brilliant score from Thomas Newman make for a long, poetic and beautiful experience. (Based on the novel “The Green Mile”).

2) THE SHINING (Stanley Kubrick 1980): Considered by some to be the ultimate horror film, Kubrick’s adaptation of the King’s most infamous novel makes many differences from the novel but offers a different take on the same idea. Jack Nicholson takes a job as a winter caretaker for the Overlook Hotel and brings his wife and young son along. What follows is a terrifying journey into the psyche of a man haunted by vice, conflicted by anger and hunted by the spirits of The Overlook. Scatman Crothers is brilliant as Dick Halloran, but the film is all about Nicholson’s simmering performance. Of course the greatest moment comes from an almost gentle conversation in a bathroom between Nicholson’s Jack and Philip Stone’s Delbert Grady. A simple conversation that grows and grows as fear becomes more and more. With the legacy of the film as well as the death of Kubrick it’s unlikely we’ll see a film based on Doctor Sleep anytime soon, the changes made from novel to film would need Kubrick himself to decide how to do it. Which is a shame, because Kubrick’s Doctor Sleep would have been quite the film. (Based on the novel “The Shining”).

1) THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (Frank Darabont 1994): Of course it has to be the number one, the enduring favourite of any film buff. Accused of a crime he may or may not have committed, Tim Robbins’ Andy Dufrense shows up at Shawshank prison and befriends Morgan Freeman’s life timer and “only guilty man in Shawshank” Red. The friendship is the centre of this moving drama film which offers the idea that fear can hold you prisoner, but hope can set you free. Clancy Brown, Willam Sadler and Bob Gunton all class up the proceedings, with a brilliant Thomas Newman score and the soothing tones of Freeman’s narration letting us know we’re in safe hands. Gunton’s Warden Norton might go down, along with Grady, Mrs Carmody and Annie Wilks are one of the great Stephen King villains, here is played with just the right amount of malice and cruelty, but still a believable menace. The final scene might not be what King fans would want, but it perfectly ends a film that is, essentially, a love story between two guys. (Based on the novella “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” from Different Seasons).