a bit fairytale

general li mulan

okay so i LOVE mulan okay. as far as i’m concerned it’s a Perfect Movie and doesn’t need any fixing. but i was thinking today and -

- what if mulan didn’t go to war to save her father?

say her father is dead, okay, killed by the previous war. so she’s raised by her mother and grandmother, women who’s complacency and softness has been worn away by necessity. she needs to marry well, for her family’s sake, because her mother has refused the hand of every man who offered. but mulan is even more rough around the edges than before, is educated not only in books (her mother said men wouldn’t find smarts attractive and grandmother pointed out that men aren’t always around and off to school mulan went) but in the sword too, taught to her by her classmate, ping.

mulan is considered in the lower end of the upper class, coming from a family of military men and scholars and successful merchants. ping is near the top, the son or nephew of an advisor to the emperor. his family is very rich and very important, and the reason they become friends is because mulan manages to notice something about him that he’s been hiding from everyone else - he’s going blind.

not totally blind, enough to get around, but blind enough that reading is difficult and swordplay is even worse, although once he has it down he has it. ping is no fool, he’s not weak or bumbling. his eyes just don’t work. so mulan notices and confronts him about it. she promises to keep it a secret, and hey, she’ll even help him with his assignments by reading the books out loud and helping him study. but in return he must teach her the sword, must teach her about military and tactics. he agrees.

ping and mulan become very good friends and there’s some raised eyebrows about it but they are TOO far away in class for it to be inappropriate, so they make tutting sounds and disapproving faces and let it go.

then the draft happens. ping can’t go to war, he won’t survive it. not with his eyesight like it is. so mulan offers him a deal - she’ll go to war for him, in his place. in return, if she survives, he must marry her. if she dies he must take care of her family.

ping can’t make this kind of family decision on his own, so he goes to his mother and tells her everything, about the eyesight and how he’ll die if he goes and mulan’s offer. his mother says he must keep it a secret from his father, but agrees - if mulan fights in her son’s place and survives, a wedding will be arranged. either way, mulan’s family will be taken care of. ping will be sent to live with some cousins in the meanwhile.

“you’re not in love with me, are you?” ping asks, helping mulan saddle her horse in the middle of the night. she scoffs and rolls her eyes, “not even a little. but marrying you will make my family happy, and besides, you’re my best friend,” she says, smiling, “better you than some grabby old man.” he smiles and hugs her and says, “i’m not in love with you either. but don’t die out there. we have a wedding to plan.”

so mulan goes to the camp, pretending to be ping, and she’s a little bit less lost but things still go as they go. she’s educated and trained, so it’s not hard for her to pass as ping. shang is keeping a special eye on her, thinking that she’s the son of an advisor, one of his father’s friends. and he sees how easily she excels, how quick thinking and smart she is, and starts giving her more and more responsibilities. by the time they’re called out, shang considers ping ie mulan to be his right hand man, and possibly his best friend.

he’s also a little bit in love with ping, and he’s long known he’s attracted to both genders, so he watches ping laugh and smile and the crease between his eyes when he frowns and does his best to let his feelings chase away the best soldier he has. every time shang looks at ping his heart clenches and he things to himself: i wish i could have you, i wish this was a time and a place where one man could have another, i wish you were a girl, is wish i was a girl - i wish we could be together. he’s literally a step away from doodling ‘li ping’ with little hearts over his battle plans. 

so the battles happen. shang and ping lead their men together, respected and loved. they each get promoted, and promoted, and promoted. it’s been years, and it comes to a point where they’re both generals in their own right. they trust each other, care for each other. and are both secretly in love with the other.

mulan is so conflicted. because she wants this war to end and to go home and settle back into life and become ping’s wife, so she can have an easy life spent studying and learning with her family taken care of. that’s what she’d wanted. but now what she wants is shang, her best friend, her brother in arms, her fellow general. she wishes to be everything to him, aches to be the woman on his arm and in his bed, but knows it’s the one thing she can never be.

then that final battle happens. mulan’s quick thinking saves them all and ends the war - but she’s injured.

shang finds out the ping has been a girl all along. he demands explanations - so she tells him everything, that she traded places with ping to save him, to become his wife.

and the lies should sting the sharpest, but they don’t. she’s still the same person, after all. it’s that she’s promised to another man, for one second he’d thought he might have her, but no. so he agrees not to reveal her but he’s furious and furious at himself for being furious and they’re not the same now, broken and splintered and neither of them know what to do.

the war is over. they leave. mulan returns home, and thanks to her ping is now known as a respected general. she’s done her part and survived, and now she gets her reward - ping’s hand in marriage.

but she sees ping for the first time and flings herself into his arms and starts crying. she tells him everything, because he’s still her friend, her very best friend besides shang, the man whom she lied to and betrayed and loves. and ping listens and takes her by the shoulders and says - i’ll uphold our bargain, if that’s what you want. you can be my pampered wife, you’ve more than earned it. but if you want to go to shang, i won’t blame you. you deserve your happiness.

and mulan goes back and forth, but ultimately she decides she has to try. if shang rejects her she’ll return and marry ping and uphold her family honor. but if shang wants her - he’s not as high up as ping, but he’s high up enough to satisfy her family, and also she would love him and want him if he was no more than a farming peasant so it doesn’t matter much anyway.

she rides to the capitol. she finally meets ping’s father, running into him while looking for shang. “ah mulan,” says this man who was never supposed to know of her until she became his daughter-in-law, “i didn’t expect to see you here. how fortuitous. walk with me.” she does, wary, and that’s how she discovers - he and the emperor had discovered her deception a year in, but at that point she’d already proven herself too skilled and valuable to lose. he tells her that he will uphold his son and wife’s deal and gladly welcome her to his household - but that she’s earned her rank as general, and that he and the emperor have no problem with letting her keep it.

she says thank you, shocked and joyful, but that she has to talk to someone first. “ah, yes, young general li,” he says, eyes twinkling, “i do believe he’s around here somewhere.”

she has no idea how he seems to know everything, but she finally tracks down shang who’s ecstatic to see her and hates himself for it. she confesses - says she loves him, that she’s engaged to ping but willing and able to break this engagement for shang. who is dumbfounded and elated and says yes, of course, finally and forever.

and mulan accepts her rank and marries shang, and they become the literal power battle couple of the general li mulan and general li shang. ping becomes a scholar and marries a very nice young woman who loves reading and is happy to read aloud to her husband with his failing eyes.

and they all live happily ever after.

noddytheornithopod  asked:

An odd thing I've noticed is a lot of people suddenly claiming that the way Lapis is written is inconsistent and doesn't really have a defined character, and I was wondering, why do you think people feel this way? Is it just looking at the surface of her character, or could there be valid arguments from them?

I feel like my reaction to this has two sides here, and one of them is kinda bitter so bear with me

Side 1: the legitimate

Lapis is a multifaceted character and in some ways a misleading one. At her most bitter, hurt, and vindictive, she still spent the day making fart jokes with Steven. The thing about Lapis is that she’s both a very good actor, and in some ways, her emotions tend to surge and move very rapidly. If she’s in a good mood, that shows, and she comes across light and approachable and amiable for the most part. 

If she’s in a bad mood, then she comes across a bit like a fairytale witch who has arrived to curse your newborn and burn your castle down.

This is part of why I see a parallel between Lapis and Ruby- it’s that sense of very fast-moving emotions that tend to vent without too much in the way of a filter. If Lapis is trying to play subterfuge, her response is to more or less package off and try to avoid the entire feeling- better yet, just don’t bring the thing up at all, or acknowledge it even when it’s what everyone around you is talking about.

So yeah, it can be hard to get a single decisive read on Lapis because she’s someone who has a lot of feelings and they can shift very suddenly (see, Lapis in Mirror Gem, where she goes from “you actually talked to me! You helped me! :D” to practically chanting about ancient sins and ready to personally destroy the Crystal Gems in less than five seconds)

Side 2: buckle your pants, kids, because Clockie’s here and I’ve been bitter about this about as long as I’ve been in this fandom

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“Tu pourras te promener où bon te semble sur mon domaine. Mais quand la nuit sera tombée, je t'interdis de sortir du château.” ■ “You can go for a walk anywhere on the estate. But when night falls, I forbid you to go out of the castle.”

La Belle et La Bête ■ Beauty and the Beast (2014)

So I’m feeling a bit disconnected…so how is everyone?

wildwood

Flame/Forest Spirit AU

Part 1/3
rated: T
(T for tame. so tame i’m not even gonna rate it M. no coarse language. no nsfw. this is a friggin fairy tale.)
summary:
This was a forest of hungry wolves, but she almost had forgotten one crucial thing: she was just as hungry, for life and love and light, and the day she would give up protecting what she loved had yet to be born into existence.

This one is, of course, inspired by Mashima’s latest Twitter Doodle! Tbh I’m totally in love with the story and how it turned out, and I hope you’ll love it as much as me :> You seemed very excited about it and it made me so happy!!! Enjoy! \(°o°)/

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Darkness had been lurking in the forest.

It was watching her from the shadows as she left the safety of her home, and Lucy felt the fur of her tail stand up against her will, felt as if something was crawling up her skin and waiting for her to make a mistake.

But she was the guardian of this forest, and those who inhabited it.

She had heard the outcry, felt the confusion and agitation of her home: something had crashed right into their middle. An intruder, who’d brought flames.

But no matter who this stranger was, she would be there to greet him; to offer help if it was needed, protection should he want it, and resistance if all kindness failed. Oh, she would be lying if she said she wasn’t scared, but she was the keeper of peace, and the only one who could take care of this.

Everyone depended on her, like they always did, and she could not let them down more than she already had.

And so she marched on through the thick forest, feeling the soft, damp ground beneath her bare feet and silently thanking the branches and roots which parted for her. In the distance, she could see light flickering through the branches where there should have been nothing but darkness.

It got hotter the closer she came, singed treetrunks and slivered wood everything she encountered until she stepped into what was now a little clearing. It had been forest like everything in these parts, but now the ground was churned and the trees uprooted.

Lucy could feel their pain and confusion lingering in the earth and air, closing her eyes as she tried to reach out to them. She needed to take care of this fire.

Reopening her eyes, Lucy let them wander over the chaos in front of her. The fire was burning away at the ground, now only sizzling at the edges, but the center was still burning strong. She could feel the darkness at her back, and suddenly the fire’s warmth seemed a lot more appealing. Even the forest itself seemed to be drawn to it now, with the danger creeping up on them from all sides. Lucy shivered, pulling one of her many cloaks tighter around herself.

That was when she felt it, though, as she concentrated her magic on the flames, feeling them consciously for the first time: it was alive. The fire was alive.

It burned curiously, though she could feel the confusion in the nervous flicker of its flames.

Lucy was nervous too, yet she took a hesitant step forward and took a deep breath. Smoke scratched at the inside of her throat, drying it up and making her voice the tiniest bit scratchy.

“Hello,” she called out with as much calm as she managed, “Who are you?”

The flames flickered to new life, and Lucy felt as if something (the fire itself, perhaps) was watching her intently.

“I can help you,” she tried again, “I am the spirit guardian of this forest, and I offer my protection if you desire it.”

That was when something moved, right where the flames burned strongest. It seemed as if the fire was shrinking in on itself, drawing back from the earth to crawl back towards its source and tower upwards. In stunned silence, Lucy watched as the fire gained form, a human-like shape, yet it seemed unsure of what it was doing. Something that might have been a head turned towards her, and she felt its stare again, from an eye-less face of flame.

Hesitantly, she smiled – and the fire smiled back.

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there are stories across the world
of a girl, bright and true and beautiful,
who held death between her fingertips
and dreamed in endless sleep for years

she was a princess, or so they say,
born with a crown of gold upon her head
sweet and pretty, innocent and pure
up until she stumbled into a witch’s curse

imagine one thousand nightmares
in your mind a thousand times a day
imagine falling asleep as a princess
and waking up to a kingdom of dust

here is where the stories diverge
though none are less than true
some say she awoke to true love’s kiss
and her dreams were filled with joy

some say she awoke from the depths
of what they called the netherworld
a place where dreams go dark

they say she took it by the reigns
and crowned herself queen of hell

here’s the moral of the tale
whether true love is true or not:
every fairytale has a prince
and every story’s got a dragon

but sometimes, if you listen closely
the princess will slay her dragons
and nobody really needs a prince

she awoke to ashes
and made herself a throne.

— 

tell me the story of sleeping beauty again

— cllarafrey

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Annaby Little Mermaid AU

Anna is a young mermaid filled with curiosity about the human world, and longs to be a part of it. In one of her excursions up to the surface of the sea, Anna witnesses a shipwreck and manages to save the life of one of the sailors, a seafaring princess named Ruby. Anna is captivated by Ruby and sings to her before she retreats back into the ocean. Ruby is left alone on the beach with the memory of her savior’s voice ringing in her ears, and vows to find the woman who saved her life.

Back under the sea, Anna wishes for control in her life over her own fate. Spurred on by the overbearing actions of her controlling older brother, King Michael, Anna makes a deal with the sea witch Lilith: In return for Anna’s voice, Lilith will transform her into a human woman. However, if Anna cannot receive ‘True Love’s Kiss’ within one year, she will become a mermaid again and bound to the service of Lilith.

anonymous asked:

How To Care For Your Seiko Kimura: Be nice to her. Be friends with her. Be supportive. Be there for her. Don't manipulate her, don't use her. Give her hugs.

Anonymously or not, send “How To Care For” instructions for my muse

❝… r-really? I-I wish… t-that was true o-on how to take c-care of me. T-The ideal life.❞

The Fabulous Four: Women Who Inspire Me

I’ve been wanting to write this for a while now and just haven’t found the time, but March is Women’s Month and today is International Women’s Day, so I thought why not write it now? I always celebrate my women role models and their accomplishments, but more so today. Anyways, these four women have greatly influenced my life and have helped shaped who I am today and who I am becoming.

“Put blinders on those things that conspire to hold you back, especially the ones in your own head.” - Meryl Streep

Meryl, Meryl, Meryl where do I begin? Well, it all started in the Summer of 2008, an eleven year old me was entering sixth grade and I went to see a movie that would change my life by the time I left that theater, “Mamma Mia”.This was one of the first Meryl movies I can remember seeing besides “The Devil Wears Prada”. I was captured by Meryl’s spirit and her ability to do anything and everything on and off screen. When this movie came out on DVD I watched it every night and as I learned every lyric and line, my adoration for Meryl grew and I had found a role model that I didn’t even know I was looking for. Meryl has influenced me to go into the film industry and although she doesn’t work behind the scenes on films, like I want to do, she has shown me how interesting and fun this industry can be because you have the ability to tell other people’s stories and share ideas with the world and create an escape for people that need a break from every day life and need a little bit of a fairytale every once in a while.

“I said to Chris, we can never be treated like second-class citizens. When we walk into a room we have to float in like goddesses, because that’s how we wanted to be treated. We demanded that from the beginning.”- Stevie Nicks

I want this quote to be my life mantra. When I was seventeen, going into my senior year of high school, I discovered these next two women: Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie. Stevie has taught me to be a dreamer and to never give up on those dreams because if you work hard enough they can come true. Stevie is someone who is dedicated to everything that she does and she is someone who has never given up, even when times were rough for her, she knew things would fall into place for her when the time was right. She and her music are my escape from reality and she has put magic into my life through her work and her words of advice. I’ll be honest here and say that I have had my doubts about me making it in the film industry and whenever I do, I think about what Stevie said in her introduction to “Gypsy” when I saw her and Fleetwood Mac in concert: “You better find something to do that you love, if you have something that you love, go for it. Don’t let anybody get in your way, don’t let anybody say to you ‘it’s too much responsibility’, ‘you can’t do it’, ‘you’re not good enough’ because that’s crap. You can do anything you want,  you can reach up there and get that star, go back to the Velvet Underground and STAY THERE!”. It helps give me a push that I need to stay motivated. (And btw if you haven’t seen Stevie’s Master Class, then do it after reading this, it’s pretty inspiring.)

“You don’t have to be a bitch to be successful in this business.” - Christine McVie

I stated earlier that I discovered Christine at the same time that I did Stevie. Christine is someone that reminds me to stay grounded and true to myself. One of the many things that I admire about her is how down to earth she is and how she has stayed true to herself. I admire the fact that she left Fleetwood Mac in 1998 and came back 16 years later because she knew that that’s what was best for her and her emotional and mental state of mind and that she knew herself well enough to be able to do that. She seems sweet, but she’s also tough and will let you know when you have done wrong to her or the people she loves. She has taught me to try to not let fear take over my life because if you do, then you’ll end up missing out on life and it’s offerings.

“There is no point at which you can say, ‘Well I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap.” - Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher is a firecracker. She is fearless and has conquered many of her demons. I first discovered Carrie this past year when I watched the Star Wars movies for the first time. I admire her sense of humor and how she can find the humor in things and in her own life. She reminds me to not take things too seriously in life and that it’s alright to fear things in life, but don’t let it rule your life. She shut down body shamers a few months ago when critics and fans were upset that she didn’t look like she did in the first Star Wars films and I applaud her for being unapologetic about herself and embracing herself.

As you can see, I tend to idolize women that are old enough to be my grandmother and I will say that sometimes I do ask myself ‘why these women? Is it because they have experienced the highs and lows of life and have wisdom and advice to offer someone like me who is starting out in the real world? Or is it because I’m an old soul?’ I tend to think it’s a little of both, but I wouldn’t trade my role models for the world. They have taught me to be myself and to be unapologetic about who I am, to dream big, to stay grounded, to be fearless, to do what makes you happy in life. These women have helped me see things in new ways and they have made me laugh and cry. I adore their sense of humor, their free spirits, and their wisdom. I believe that they were put into my life for a reason and I can’t thank them enough for everything. Where I stand today is partly because of my female role models and their influence on me.

anonymous asked:

If you could put the major beyblade characters in a Disney princess movie. Which one? And what character would play who in the movie

I’m not a major Disney princess movie fan though I do watch the occasional movie and love each of those fairy tales individually. So I don’t remember the exact characters and set up of these movies (since they differ a bit from the actual fairytales that I am well versed in and I watched some of these as a kid), so sorry :| I did watch Beauty and the Beast recently, but I can’t quite picture these guys in it xD Or can I? Let me try.

Imagine this. Brooklyn as the Beast. Tyson as Belle. Brooklyn traps Tyson in a black hole during their battle. And the charming sweet bean that Tyson is, he just brings Brooklyn out of his shadow. He shows Brooklyn that he can have friends, that he can be loved and he is not alone. And Dark Brooklyn transforms into the gorgeous man that he is. :) Who’s the enchantress who turned Brooklyn into a beast? Well, that’s Hiro. We all know that he is pushed over the edge by Hiro applying too much pressure on him to win. And who is Gaston? Well, that’s Boris Balkov. Always tailing Tyson and co. to grab his bit-beast. 

Look at our sweet prince after the transformation <3

I don’t know. This was weird, anon xD I’m sorry xD

MBTI Types as Classics (Books)

ENFJ- To Kill a Mockingbird

This novel deals with group mentality, similar to the ENFJ’s dominant function Fe, although it also tries to discover the truth behind prejudices. The idea of finding the truth corresponds with the ENFJ’s second function Ni. 

ENFP- Winnie the Pooh

The main character Pooh is out of touch with reality although he has great ideas. This is similar to the ENFP’s dominant function Ne. The characters are all animals and there is a somewhat fantastical feel to the story. 

ENTJ- The Art of War

The classic book is about strategy, but it fits in with the ENTJ’s dominant function Te because of Te’s ability to take an idea and make it reality. The ENTJ’s second function Ni is also somewhat theory based, and the combination of the two functions fits strategizing.

ENTP- Pale Fire

Although this novel can seem quite strange, the jumpiness of the narrator is similar to the ENTP’s main function Ne. The novel also has a factual feeling to it, like the main character is giving you facts. This is similar to the ENTP’s second function Ti.

ESFJ- Pride and Prejudice

The ESFJ’s main function Si is classical, and this fits in with Pride and Prejudice being a classical love story. The love part also fits the ESFJ’s second function Fe. All in all, a timeless story that sets the stage for all love stories written after it.

ESFP- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Almost everything in this novel is taken literally and at face value, similar to the ESFP’s dominant function Se. The characters are all after a goal and set off on a fun adventure. This fits in with the ESFP’s general love for adventure and trying new things. 

ESTJ- The Call of the Wild

The main character Buck is efficient, corresponding with the ESTJ’s main function Te. It is a story about survival and learning through trial and error. This is similar to the ESTJ’s second function Si. 

ESTP- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The main character Tom’s silly antics fit in with the ESTP’s main function Se. He often plans out elaborate schemes, though they do not always work. This is similar to the ESTP’s second function Ti. The story is one adventure right after another, similar to the Se function.

INFJ- The Little Princess

The story is a bit of a fairytale with the main character finding a new father figure and living in luxury thereafter, but it is also somewhat of a justice story. Ms. Minchin’s sorry end comes after mistreating others. The justice aspect is similar in general to INFJ’s. Sarah’s stories have a Ni-like vision, which corresponds to the INFJ’s dominant function Ni.

INFP- The Catcher in the Rye

In the novel there is a lot of Fi, which is the INFP’s dominant function. The Catcher in the Rye is a coming-of-age story. Holden, the main character, makes up elaborate theories similar to the INFP’s second function Ne.

INTJ- Inferno

Although Inferno may seem like a strange choice, Dante’s way of following through with a vision shows Ni, which is the INTJ’s main function. The punishments are also tailored to be exactly what would be worst for a person, which fits the INTJ’s second function Te, since Dante brought the idea into his Ni version of a reality.

INTP- Animal Farm

Animal Farm poses an interesting critique of the Bolshevik regime and that period of Russian history in general, which Ti could easily delve into. The metaphor of the farm and its rules also excites Ne – it’s a novel idea that can easily lead to even more novel ideas.

ISFJ- The Wind in the Willows

This is a classical book with a cast of loveable characters. The classical part fits the ISFJ’s main function Si while the characters fit the ISFJ’s second function Fe. It is also somewhat whimsical―almost like a fairytale. 

ISFP- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

There is a lot of sensory and physical detail which fits with ISFP’s main function Se. Any T-dom who tries to read this would tear their hair out with the illogical logic that accompanies the book, but it’s fine for a feeler to read it. In this case, the ISFP. 

ISTJ- The Chronicles of Narnia

The book has a nostalgic feeling that almost reminisces child similar to the ISTJ’s dominant function Si. The Christian theology in the book also fits with Si. The books span different visits to Narnia, and though each visit is somewhat different, it’s still the same Narnia.

ISTP- I, Robot 

I, Robot, like many other science fiction books, poses a nice balance between theory and practicality. Artificial intelligence as of now is not nearly adept enough to take on even the most basic robot in Asimov’s story, but the book doesn’t get bogged down with the details. It still presents a decent amount of logical theory and interesting scientific and moral questions for Ti to dwell in, but it doesn’t get theoretical enough to bore Se and still presents a decent amount of sensory experience and vivid imagery.

  • sara bareilles in 2007: wrote a song that made allusions to fairytales, many of which are musicals
  • sara bareilles in 2016: is having the musical she wrote be on broadway
@ventusdraconis​  ☾ Howled for a 🐺 to come & find them  

One thing lead to another and soon enough she and Raimundo were falling down through the Well of Wonder together, but as they traveled through the rainbow colored waters of the well she watched as the magic of her world did its work giving the monk a bit more of a fairytale attire while hers remained the same. However, she had to admit she found it rather amusing that it gave him a Badwolf-like appearance similar to her father. Before they were shot out of the well and straight into the Enchanted Forest with Ever After High just up ahead. The moment her feet touch the ground she sighed in relief to see they were both unharmed as the well disappeared to go and reappear somewhere else, except now she would have loads of explaining to do and questions to answer. 

However the moment she started recalling everything her first reaction was to yell at him for stepping in, but she knew this mess wasn’t Raimundo’s fault no they had fallen through the Well of Wonder because of the mess Jack had created when he set free The Evil Queen. As for Raimundo he, unfortunately, got caught in the crossfire. Yet she was brought back to reality rather quickly when she considered how much trouble she could get in not just with Chase if he learned the truth as to why she didn’t make any real attempt to harm Raimundo, but also with the headmasters. For now, she needed to remain calm running her hands over her hood she looked over towards Raimundo.  

“Try not to take it all in at once because this is only a small portion of this place, Look I’m sure you have loads of questions, but we might want to chat somewhere a little more private.”