a bit of serendipity

Advanced English Vocabulary

jubilant (adj.) - extremely joyful, happy (The crowd was jubilant when the firefighter carried the woman from the flaming building.)

knell (n.) - the solemn sound of a bell, often indicating a death (Echoing throughout our village, the funeral knell made the grey day even more grim.)

lithe (adj.) - graceful, flexible, supple (Although the dancers were all outstanding, Joanna’s control of her lithe body was particularly impressive.)

lurid (adj.) - ghastly, sensational (Barry’s story, in which he described a character torturing his neighbour’s tortoise, was judged too lurid to be published on the English Library’s website.)

maverick (n.) - an independent, nonconformist person (John is a real maverick and always does things his own way.)

maxim (n.) - a common saying expressing a principle of conduct (Ms. Stone’s etiquette maxims are both entertaining and instructional.)

meticulous (adj.) - extremely careful with details (The ornate needlework in the bride’s gown was a product of meticulous handiwork.)

modicum (n.) - a small amount of something (Refusing to display even a modicum of sensitivity, Magda announced her boss’s affair to the entire office.)

morose (adj.) - gloomy or sullen (David’s morose nature made him very unpleasant to talk to.)

myriad (adj.) - consisting of a very great number (It was difficult to decide what to do on Saturday night because the city presented us with myriad possibilities for fun.)

nadir (n.) - the lowest point of something (My day was boring, but the nadir came when my new car was stolen.)

nominal (adj.) - trifling, insignificant (Because he was moving the following week and needed to get rid of his furniture more than he needed money, Kim sold everything for anominal price.)

novice (n.) - a beginner, someone without training or experience (Because we were allnovices at archery, our instructor decided to begin with the basics

nuance (n.) - a slight variation in meaning, tone, expression (The nuances of the poem were not obvious to the casual reader, but the teacher was able to point them out.)

oblivious (adj.) - lacking consciousness or awareness of something (Oblivious to the burning smell emanating from the kitchen, my father did not notice that the rolls in the oven were burned until much too late.)

obsequious (adj.) - excessively compliant or submissive (Donald acted like Susan’s servant, obeying her every request in an obsequious manner.)

obtuse (adj.) - lacking quickness of sensibility or intellect (Political opponents warned that the prime minister’s obtuse approach to foreign policy would embroil the nation in mindless war.)

panacea (n.) - a remedy for all ills or difficulties (Doctors wish there was a single panacea for every disease, but sadly there is not.)

parody (n.) - a satirical imitation (A hush fell over the classroom when the teacher returned to find Magdalena acting out a parody of his teaching style.)

penchant (n.) - a tendency, partiality, preference (Fiona’s dinner parties quickly became monotonous on account of her penchant for Indian dishes.)

perusal (n.) - a careful examination, review (The actor agreed to accept the role after a three-month perusal of the movie script.)

plethora (n.) - an abundance, excess (The wedding banquet included a plethora of oysters piled almost three feet high.)

predilection  (n.) - a preference or inclination for something (James has a predilection for eating toad in the whole with tomato ketchup.)

quaint (adj.) - charmingly old-fashioned (Mary was delighted by the quaint bonnets she saw in Romania.)

rash (adj.) - hasty, incautious (It’s best to think things over calmly and thoroughly, rather than make rash decisions.)

refurbish (v.) - to restore, clean up (After being refurbished the old Triumph motorcycle commanded the handsome price of $6000.)

repudiate (v.) - to reject, refuse to accept (Tom made a strong case for an extension of his curfew, but his mother repudiated it with a few biting words.)

rife (adj.) - abundant (Surprisingly, the teacher’s writing was rife with spelling errors.)

salient (adj.) - significant, conspicuous (One of the salient differences between Alison and Helen is that Alison is a couple of kilos heavier.)

serendipity (n.) - luck, finding good things without looking for them (In an amazing bit of serendipity, penniless Mark found a $50 bill on the back seat of the bus.)

staid (adj.) - sedate, serious, self-restrained (The staid butler never changed his expression no matter what happened.)

superfluous (adj.) - exceeding what is necessary (Samantha had already won the campaign so her constant flattery of others was superfluous.)

sycophant (n.) - one who flatters for self-gain (Some see the people in the cabinet as the Prime Minister’s closest advisors, but others see them as sycophants.)

taciturn (adj.) - not inclined to talk (Though Magda never seems to stop talking, her brother is quite taciturn.)

truculent (adj.) - ready to fight, cruel (This club doesn’t really attract the dangerous types, so why was that bouncer being so truculent?)

umbrage (n.) - resentment, offence (He called me a lily-livered coward, and I took umbrage at the insult.)

venerable (adj.) - deserving of respect because of age or achievement (The venerable High Court judge had made several key rulings in landmark cases throughout the years.)

vex (v.) - to confuse or annoy (My boyfriend vexes me by pinching my bottom for hours on end.)

vociferous (adj.) - loud, boisterous (I’m tired of his vociferous whining so I’m breaking up with him.)

wanton (adj.) - undisciplined, lewd, lustful (Joanna’s wanton demeanor often made the frat guys next door very excited.)

zenith (n.) - the highest point, culminating point (I was too nice to tell Emily that she had reached the absolute zenith of her career with that one top 10 hit of hers.)

{ five’s company // ch. 7 }


Friday came. Everyone seemed to be racing to get home. Alexander especially wanted to get home because Jefferson was being especially cumbersome today. He was convinced the man’s IQ matched his shoe size.

The problem was somehow, Jefferson figured out that you were one of Alex’s significant others. It wasn’t like Alex was ashamed of you. He loved you. He could talk about you for hours and write paragraphs about you. It was just people like Jefferson that Alex wanted to protect you from. 

He was on his way to give his reports to Mr. Washington when Jefferson obnoxiously called him out in the halls. He was leaning on the water cooler, chatting with Madison when his eyes found Hamilton. 

“Hamilton!” He practically sang. “Do you have a minute?” 

Alexander took a deep breath before turning around to face him. He would do his best to stay calm, but if Jefferson said a single word about you or -

He bit his lip. He just had to turn these in. Then he could go home and be with you and John and Herc and Laf. 

The thought of all of you was enough to calm him down.

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anonymous asked:

Hi, I just wondered if you had any advice. I just hit 24 and still have a few of years to go in my school and I already feel too old. Am I? Also, the school Im at sucks (and rhymes with Fart Lintstitute). Am I utterly screwed over in terms of getting a job somewhere like CN? Should I drop out while I still can? Theres no other schools in my state and I think Im worse than these kids, so Im feeling discouraged. And how do I get into storyboarding? I just recently realized its a path I could take.

There are a lot of different things to cover here so I’ll separate them out:

Are you too old?

You’re not too old. This isn’t like Logan’s Run where once you turn thirty you float around in a room where you explode on the ceiling. If it is, I’m in for a very rude awakening in a few months.

My school is shitty, does that mean I’m shitty and will never get a job?

If you think you will get better at your art by not being in school, then by all means, drop out. There’s no reason to put yourself into debt for something that isn’t helping you. I know lots of people that dropped out of school or went to schools that “sucked” that have great careers in this industry.

I’ve got plenty of complaints about my school from when I attended, but I know that overall it helped me even though it’s a lesser known school. A lesser known school, by the way, that produced Toby Jones, Madeline Queripel, Julia Vickerman, and many others that have good careers in animation in other studios.

There’s an unhelpful meme going around that says you can’t get a job in animation unless you go to CalArts. It’s simply not true. I will give you that if you ask someone where they’re from, the school that the most people have in common is CalArts, but the vast majority of people didn’t go there. What’s more likely, that an industry full of thousands and thousands of people only hires from one school even though they get someone from another school or no school submitting to them with high quality work? Or that someone who makes sub-par work has been submitting to studios for years, but they can’t find a job, they’re starting to get bitter, and they’re looking for someone to blame other than themselves so they choose CalArts? This is understandable, and it can feel immensely frustrating when people seem like they don’t take your work seriously. You have this drive and desire to get in, but people keep telling you no without telling you why, or even worse, not responding at all!

Then, on the internet, you have people like me who say things like “Just keep working at it” and “keep submitting! Draw all the time!” This can be somewhat misleading because we want to remain positive and usually leave out the part where we think “Also this process can take anywhere from 1-10 years or more and, if you get offered a job at all, it will most likely be at a small studio working on something you don’t particularly like or care about, but you’ll at least make money and after a couple years of doing that you might move on to something you like a little more!”

For most people, it takes a long time to get into these big studios. It’s intimidating, scary, frustrating, and unfair. It’s unfair because people who know people in the industry have an advantage over you, but that’s also the case in EVERY industry in the world. However, while it’s an advantage, it’s far from a guarantee. If you know people, they let you know when and where there’s a job opening and can vouch for you, but that’s it. People don’t just hire their friends, no weirdo introverted artist showrunner has as many friends as there are jobs to fill. That vouch still can’t actually get you the job. It’s art. If you can’t draw what you’re being asked to draw, it becomes quickly obvious and it’s really the one thing you have to do, so you either won’t be hired or will be out of a job as soon as they’re able to let you go. There’s simply no time for nepotism, we have a schedule and we need to get shit done.

Hell, after you work at a small studio, you might find you don’t even want to work at a big studio and all of this will be moot!

Should I drop out of school? I’m worse than everyone else.

Here’s some questions you should think about: Why do you think you’re worse than your peers? What qualities does their work have that, in your mind, makes it better? Why is that important to you? How could you get those qualities into your work? What separates you from them? What qualities do you have that they don’t have? Will your artistic education be better if you aren’t in school and are able to do things on your own, or will it be better with instruction and learning from other students around you? Is it possible you’re just burned out because this is an intense field of study? Are you actually answering these questions truthfully?

If your work is at least like a 6.5 out of 10 in quality, then all you need is two of these three things:

1) You turn your stuff in on time

2) You’re easy to work with

3) You make incredible work

Neil Gaiman wrote those as a venn diagram and he’s absolutely right. I would say living in the area where you want to be employed also helps, but if you’re good enough, they’ll find a way. Someone who makes great work will always be more obvious to employers and, right out of school, those people tend to get hired first because it’s the easiest quality to look for. However, if that person doesn’t have either of those other two qualities, that person will quickly lose credibility. I would rather hire a workhorse who makes ok art, but I like working with them and they do it on time, than someone who makes the most incredible artwork ever but they never turn their stuff in and they’re an asshole.

Now all that up there is probably reading as a bit of a downer. It’s okay though, everything has its downers and its uppers. That’s why the whole world is so crazy, it’s meds are all mixed up.

You CAN do it. You can. Seriously. People work in TV. Los Angeles isn’t some mythical, faraway land that’s somehow better than where you live. We’re all just a bunch of flawed people, really mediocre people, that have somehow tricked other people into giving us money to make whatever art we want. You can join the rest of us con artists and we’ll accept you as one of our own and we can all trick everyone together.

What is the path for storyboarding?

There are a million and one ways to get into it. It’s more of a branching spider web than a path. I know a lot of people who got into it through comics. If a show runner can quickly read a comic you’ve made, then they know a lot about you: your writing style, your drawing style, your sense of humor, and the fact that you can finish what you start.

Toby got hired because JG said on twitter that he was looking for new board artists. Toby was making comics in his free time, responded to him via Facebook, and sent him some of his comics. That’s how Toby got the job and he immediately moved from Minneapolis to LA to take it.

My path:

Before I started school I wanted to do 3D animation, so I went to art school. While there, I found out that I liked 2D animation even more, so I focused on that. It was really hard because while I found I liked the look and idea of 2D more, I didn’t like drawing variations on practically the same thing over and over again for days just to make 4 seconds of animation. There were definitely other animators and artists who were better than me.

I considered dropping out at the end of my junior year. I laid down in the hallway of my apartment and cried while staring at the ceiling and ants crawled all over body (we had an ant problem). I didn’t know if I wanted to keep going through college or drop out. My parents said I sounded burned out. They recommended doing something completely, totally different, that has nothing to do with art or my career over the summer. My mom said she got a job in Yellowstone for a summer when she was in college, so I decided to give that a shot.

So I did! I became a housekeeper in Grant Village in Yellowstone. It was transformative. I met new friends who did things that weren’t related to art, I found new stories from new people, new ways to think. I even met some Chinese people who introduced me to the idea that it’s super easy to get an english teaching job in China if you’re a native speaker, a job I’d never even heard of until they mentioned it.

When it came time to answer whether I wanted to go back to school, my brain had had enough time to recuperate over the summer from doing completely different work. I felt healed and had a lot more insight as to what my life needed. I answered those questions up there and decided that yes, I did still want to finish school.

So I finished, but still felt burned out and decided to move to China to be an English teacher. I did that for 3 years, even though all my friends told me not to and said I was crazy. I agreed somewhat, but it felt like something I needed to do. I had no idea how I was ever going to get back into working in art.

While I was there I learned more about music production, made two albums, and made an animated music video. When I decided to move back to LA, I sent out some feelers to people and Toby, who had been my freshman year roommate in college, said they were looking for people on Regular Show. This was for a job position called “storyboarder/writer” and I’d never heard of that job before. They sent me the test, I took it, he showed JG some of my work (including the music video I had made while in China). JG decided to take the chance on hiring some random English teacher from China that he’d never met or even interviewed over the phone.

That is my path to storyboarding. You can try taking that same path, but as you can see, it all requires a bit of serendipity and preparation for when that serendipity happens.

Wow that was a lot of stuff. Why do you write so much? Jeez, summarize it.

Because I work in TV and I have to edit myself down all the time so THIS IS MY FREE SPACE OKAY??

You don’t have to go to the most amazing school in the world. You don’t have to be the most incredible artist in the world. You don’t have to know people. You DO have to have drive and decent art. You CAN do it, you just have be realistic about who you are and what you need in order to get there.

In Memory of Brian Bedford, the Voice of Robin Hood

For most animation fans, Brian Bedford is probably famous for voicing the character of Robin Hood in Disney’s 1973 animated adaptation. But long before – and long after – that film, Bedford had an extremely successful career as a stage actor.

Brian Bedford was born in Yorkshire, England on February 16, 1935. At age 15 he left school to join an amateur theater group. At age 17, Bedford was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Bedford made his Broadway debut in a 1959 production of Peter Shaffer’s Five Finger Exercise. He won a Tony Award in 1971 for his performance in Moliere’s The School for Wives. The release of Disney’s Robin Hood followed two years later.

Fans of Robin Hood fondly remember the scene in which Robin and Little John cross-dress as female fortune tellers in order to rob Prince John. In a delightful bit of serendipity, Bedford earned his seventh Tony nomination in 2011 for his drag performance of Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

On January 13, 2016, Brian Bedford died at age 80, after a two-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his husband, Tim MacDonald, also an actor.

R.I.P. Mr. Bedford. You will not be forgotten!

Image is a slightly altered version of one created by ImDerpyHooves

anonymous asked:

I feel like maybe you get a bit sick of always doing like van falls for a fan etc that kinda stuff so I wanted to suggest something a bit different. I'm not sure if you've seen the movie serendipity & if you haven't, watch it, it's such a good movie, and a fic based off that I think personally would be a good idea, I think it's a pretty amazing movie (Idk why I like it so much I watched it years ago and loved it since) but even if that's not your thing then at least watch the movie, its great xx

I’ve only done a couple of Van + fan, but you’re right. No more probably. Haha. I have not seen Serendipity, as romantic comedy is potentially my least favourite genre. I did dem Googles but, and read the plot. So, for a fic I’d either have to follow it closely, which I couldn’t do because it’s an incredibly unbelievable story that relies on the magic of film to make it feel all sparkly and spesh. The second option is just to use the theme of letting fate decide if they’ll end up together. And, surprise! That’s already on my list! I have a fic where the Reader won’t give him her number because she just feels sure they’ll meet again or something. So, gotcha mystical love connections covered, fam. xo Rhi

elysian-trolls-deactivated20170  asked:

so i tried the glowy tutorial, but when I zoom in on the images they are blurry so I can't see the actual settings and stuff. Also, when I do that on a dark magenta, the lumi & shade makes it like, red not magenta??? idk, can you help?

Here’s the watercolor tool I use to blend/extend the glow!

and yes you have to fiddle with the colors to get the effect you want! If you want a magenta-ish color, I suggest going towards the uppermiddle, but a little less saturated

Lumi and shade is literally like a mix between luminosity and shade layers, the lighter you go, the more ‘white’ it’s gonna be, the darker/more saturated you go, the darker/more saturated its gonna be, so you just gotta fiddle with colors a bit to get what you want :3

Favorite Scene From Each Episode of Veronica Mars: Day 15: Ruskie Business, or, The Kane of Comedy

[Previous installment: Favorite Scene From Each Episode of Veronica Mars - Day Fourteen: Mars vs. Mars, or, Trophies and Empathy]

Duncan Kane is a …complicated issue. Duncan is potentially a pretty noir character, but comes off as underwritten rather than mysterious. On one hand, he might be another good guy on the surface but dark underneath. On the other hand, his sendoff in the second season never really ends with him being considered (at least not at all obviously) as “bad” by Veronica. I myself flop between “they thought he was actually coming off as good,” “he was just underwritten,” and “maybe it was all just brilliantly subtle.” And we have have not yet touched on Teddy Dunn’s own contributions.

These issues are covered by others, and while I certainly have my own thoughts about these problems, maybe there is a way that even those of us who are not exactly in the Duncan Kane Fan Club can still enjoy him: as comedy. Not just as “wow, that is laughably bad acting,” although that is legitimate. I tend to avoid that approach since I am not a terribly good judge of acting. Whatever the intention or cause, Duncan often just strikes me as hilarious. There is much to discuss in “Ruskie Business,” but I hope susanmichelin will forgive me for taking a lighter approach to my favorite scenes in this episode and celebrate the Kane of (Unintentional?) Comedy (and Creepiness).

The fun begins right after Veronica and Logan talk in the hallway outside the auditorium (somewhere on tumblr, ghostcat3000 has a really illuminating exchange about that scene, but naturally I can’t find it when I want to link to it). Veronica walks in and overhears President Duncan directing the decorations for the upcoming dance. While I have taken the words from vm-transcripts.com, I have added my own caps and emphases to try and capture the awesomeness of Teddy Dunn’s delivery:

Don’t be stingy with the glitter. Remember. It’s an EIGHTIES dance.

Let me take a moment and just say that I really am not sure whether or not Teddy Dunn is trying to be funny here. If he is not, I apologize because, though he is not a great actor (he is a lawyer now, I believe), I was terrible even by the standards of school plays. Who can blame him for trying acting if that is what he loved? I do not want to be overly mean-spirited toward Dunn, but I realize I probably am, anyway. I am a jerk that way. Sorry. I just want to bask in the comedy.

Back to that comedy. Duncan sees Veronica, and we find out he was actually watching Veronica and Logan in the hallway. Donut is such a charmer, as he smirkingly tells Veronica (no doubt thinking the whole idea is ridiculous):

You know, if I didn’t know better, I’d swear I just saw my best friend… ask you… …to “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”

Veronica jokes back about “waiting for that special boy to call,” but Duncan tops her with his delivery on “You never know.” Outstanding. You really have to watch it to get it.

Veronica then goes into a voice over and flashes back to being with Duncan at a dance. But check out the way she looks at him right before the flashback starts. The screenshots from vm-caps don’t really capture it (the shot with Duncan below is right before she scowls at him), so watch it if you can. She is pissed, and it is an interesting contrast to the way she ended looking at Logan at the end of their prior conversation. Nothing romantic need be read directly into it, it just shows her changing perspectives on the two.

There are other funny elements to the whole Meg plot such as Donut’s text-courting (how is “i think ur kewl” going to woo someone?) and the hippie florist thinking Duncan is non-descript.

But no post on Duncan in this episode can go without talking about the dance and the costumes he chose for himself and Meg. I assume their costumes were coordinated because of instructions he sent with the signal flowers or something, otherwise it would be a crazy bit of serendipity. From there, as so often with Duncan, the comedy descends into creepiness. Or maybe it is so creepy it is comic. Or maybe there is a cycle between the two.

I am far from the first to comment on the following, but it is so incredible that it needs to be said again.

You see, Duncan has asked Meg to dress as Andie Walsh from Pretty in Pink, and he is dressed as Duckie. As Meg walks towards her beloved, the shots echo the shots from the dance in Pretty in Pink: with Meg-as-Andie looking back at Veronica-as-Duckie who gives Meg-as-Andie a nod of assent to go to Duncan-as-Blane-While-Dressed-as-Duckie. Got it?

Just to make make the creepiness clear (I mean the specific creepiness at the dance, not recalling the last episode featuring Meg, when Duncan was being gross about her [falsified] purity test results). Duncan asked Meg to dress up as Andie Walsh, a movie character with the following characteristics (among others): she is from the lower end of the economic spectrum, she lives with her single-parent dad and their dog, her mom abandoned her, and her best friend is a guy. Sound familiar?

Poor Meg. At least she already had long blond hair so Duncan didn’t ask her to wear a Disney Princess Veronica wig (made from Veronica’s former hair since Duncan probably fished it out of the trash after she cut it off). Maybe Meg never actually saw Pretty in Pink because her parents forbade that kind of sinful material in the house. That has to be the explanation for why she doesn’t see right through it, right? It’s just so…

I wonder why Meg was so angry at the beginning of the second season.

Of course Duncan sees himself as Duckie in this situation, as the white knight for Veronica, I mean Meg. Yeah, Meg. Duckie, is, of course, the one who loves Andie and sticks with her through everything, and the one most audiences have felt she should have chosen. But while Duncan is dressed as Duckie, as discussed above, in the scene where Veronica hands off Meg to him, Duncan is actually in the more fitting role of boring rich boy Blane, who ends up “getting the girl” despite basically standing idly by, ignoring Andie, letting his friends tell him what to do, then thinking he can fix everything with a fortune cook–, er, ten-second speech about believing in himself.

Hey, at least Veronica is too smart to ever fall for that kind of thing.

Dontcha love it when a plan comes together?

[Quotes from vm-transcripts.com, screen shots from vm-caps.com, except for the “yuck” .gif, still not sure who made it, but if you tell me I will note it.]

First Date

Skimmons. Fate probably doesn’t exist, but after a drunken run-in, they are glad that they found a way to meet again. 

“Shit.” That’s basically the first word that comes to mind when Skye hears her phone buzzing somewhere on the floor. Her head is throbbing with a massive hangover and nausea burns at the back of her throat.

Last night is a blur. She remembers picking up a bottle of tequila and putting it down when it was empty. She still has a buzz in her ears from the loud music. She’s still wearing the same form fitting dress as she did last night. She also remembers a pretty - no, more along the lines of beautiful - girl, vaguely.

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“Officially, Lt. Billy Coen is dead.”

      That and a salute.

      That’s where they left it all those years ago. Sixteen years, to be exact. A lifetime ago. And Billy hadn’t had any contact with Rebecca since then, though he thought about her often. He even kept tabs on her for a while. It was totally harmless of course, and mostly to make sure she wasn’t in any further danger, but he still felt guilty about it so he stopped right around the time she joined up with the B.S.A.A., figuring she didn’t need his protection.

      But things were different now. After years of sticking to the shadows and quietly fighting bio-terrorism his own way, Billy stumbled upon information that put Rebecca directly in harm’s way, and he felt the compulsory need to keep her safe himself. So, he cleaned himself up, had a shave and went straight to work finding her which, of course, wasn’t too big a task.

      He found out her usual working schedule from a B.S.A.A. contact he had recently made.  She was known to stay in her office after hours, which he thought would be the appropriate time to attempt to make contact. After all, they had a lot to talk about, and simply making an appointment wasn’t going to work. He had to talk to her sooner rather than later.

      It wasn’t every day Billy infiltrated a military base, but it’s the kind of thing you never really forget how to do. He quietly made his way up along the wall where he was told her office would be the fourth from the left. It was a fairly large-sized corner office. “Good job, Rebecca.” he thought to himself. He peered into the window, surveying the whole of the office.  It was empty. And, to his surprise, the window was even open a bit. Sweet serendipity.

      He further pushed the window open and climbed inside. He looked over her desk as he took a seat in the chair opposite hers. There was only one, definitely old, picture on the desk. It was a large group shot of the R.P.D.’s S.T.A.R.S team, on which Rebecca served when they first met. In the back row, there was a person-shaped hole three men over from the right.

      As he put the picture back, her heard the familiar rattle of keys being fiddled with. The door opened. This was it…

Spot On Logic + A Daddy!Killian One Shot

Just a little Daddy!Killian idea…..because I’m still a little sad about not getting Captain Hook + dalmatian puppies this last season. I mean seriously. I can’t even think about that without laughing.

Every little boy needs a dog - he’d claimed that statement as fact to his wife several times. Perhaps he didn’t have much evidence to back it up, but once he started the battle, there was no way out without conceding pitifully or finally winning. The truth he could fully support was that he was persistent when it came to his convictions - and also that he happened to be the worst sort of loser. But hey - a man unwilling to fight for what he wants deserves what he gets. In this case, Killian didn’t plan on getting anything less than his way.

His belief in this necessity had started after a trip to the newly opened pet store to pick up food for their home’s not so furry inhabitant - a goldfish named Merlin. Emma claimed it was a stepping stone in the ‘path to responsibility’ for a four year old, but in all honestly, it was one their little Liam had grown a bit bored with.

“He just swims, papa,” he’d sighed one day, staring down the glass bowl with intense eyes. “He can’t even do any tricks. Maybe fish just aren’t very good pets.”

Killian couldn’t really argue with him there. Liam was an active kid - Killian swore he’d learned to run before walking and that kid was always up for an adventure. He just couldn’t shake the idea that his son needed a sidekick and since Emma had decided another baby was a couple of years away, a puppy seemed like the best candidate for the job. If it was up to him, they’d have both - but that was something to talk his way into later. For now, he was going to find a way to get her to cave on the canine issue.

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It takes two to start a spark, to meet at the right time, with a little bit of luck. In a pure moment of serendipity, two can fall in love, so quick, so easily.

It also takes two to build a flame, fueled by wrong words, fanned on by blame. But it only takes one to put it all out, to take a step back, and blow off the doubt.

It takes two to really make things last, the moments we treasure, in the present and past. It also takes two to have and to hold, to create our own stories, as our futures unfold.