a burning flare

At some point after Burns’ pill overdose, she was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, New York, and declared brain dead. Once given the news, her family agreed to honor Burns’ wish to have her organs donated. Well, at least some good could come out of this tragedy.

So what if Burns didn’t pass the “Are you sure you’re brain dead and not just really lazy” test? So what if, when a nurse scraped the bottom of Burns’ foot, Burns’ toes curled downward? And so what if Burns’ nostrils flared in the hours before she was scheduled to be gutted?

Despite two huge indications that Colleen Burns wasn’t actually brain dead, a nurse dosed her with a sedative (which is odd, because you shouldn’t need to sedate a brain-dead person), wheeled her into the operating room, placed her on the operating table, and prepped her for the surgery that would rid her of her pesky life-sustaining organs. It was about that moment that Burns opened her eyes. We sincerely hope she had the presence of mind to point at the nurse and mutter some sinister-sounding gibberish. You just don’t get good curse opportunities every day, you know?

Luckily, the doctors were feeling generous and decided not to go through with harvesting the living woman’s organs. Burns eventually left under her own power, the hospital was fined a total of $22,000 by the state for this occurrence, and her doctors were promptly awarded the prestigious Holy Fuck, We Can’t Believe You Almost Harvested the Organs Out of a Living Woman award.

It’s shaped like a Tony.

5 Medical Urban Legends (That Actually Came True)

The weight of the human heart is too heavy for skin and bone,
ribs crack and bruise,
lungs lose their breath,
and eyes flood with tears,
so our hearts created the world beyond the sky,
and our hope transformed into the stars,
solar flares burned with the warmth of our love,
despair formed the depths of black holes,
and comets became the anger of fallen souls.
—  The universe was made from us // k.s.

“Smoke on the Water” by David Gilmour, et al. (Deep Purple cover)

We all came out to Montreux
On the Lake Geneva shoreline
To make records with a mobile
We didn’t have much time
Frank Zappa and the Mothers
Were at the best place around
But some stupid with a flare gun
Burned the place to the ground

A really cool thing happened in the late 80′s - David Gilmour, Brian May, Tony Iommi, Ian Gillan, and Bruce Dickinson (and others) got together to record a few versions of THE Deep Purple song to benefit victims of the earthquake in Armenia.

My review of the VVitch

(Spoilers)

Damn. It lived upto my expectations. For one, the movie is beautiful. The props, locations, shots, all of it is gorgeous. The attention to detail.

The film is slow. Enough to keep some people bored (not this guy though), as the films suspense is a slow burn that suddenly flares up near the end. It’s not horror in the typical sense, but an unnerving experience into what one might think would be a puritans worst nightmare, boring and macabre alike.

Finally, as a traditional witch myself, the folkloric bits in the film caught me off guard. I felt like I may have been the only one in the theater who may have understood the implications of the more diabolical imagery. Things like the Hare (lifted straight out of the lore of Isobell Gowdie and a certain American witch), the familiar spirit feeding from the mothers teat, etc.

The witch, are dark, diabolical, haggard, seductive. From early on you know what she’s capable of and her unsettling frame a proper Hag, old and baring all, feasting on babes, and applying a flying ointment with a broom. There was a guy in the theater who groaned in the first scene with here

Her seduction of Celeb is a fine theme, as he early on sneaks glances at his sister, raised in the Puritan worldview. Thomasin is a fantastic character, and the film serves to uplift her from the patriarchal society she’s forced into, and ultimately seduced by the goat, Black Phillip.

Black Phillip serves as a creepily alluded to mention, by the twins of the family. They say he speaks in whispers, and even early on his presence, without the pretense of anything supernatural, is unsettling.

It is when the family is finally done turning upon another, does Black Phillip really astound.

Thomasin conjures him directly, to whist there is no reply, for a few seconds wait. Then he speaks out of frame, the most eerily similar and seductive voice, asking “Wouldst Thou like to live Deliciously?”, in a way that made me almost laugh. Laugh in the way that you recognize a voice. My own experiences with the Devil. And made everyone else in the theater curse or gasp.

To go on, the speaking goat is something straight out of a fairytale, and he suddenly becomes the fabled “Man in Black” and asks Thomasin to sign his black book, and when she replies she cannot write her name, he tells her “I will guide your hand”.

As a witch of the more folkloric nature, my euphoria and glee is not too unreasonable. The rightness of the wrongness, is how I would phrase it. You know these witches are evil, yet can’t help but cheer Thomasins decent into it as she rejects the oppressive norms of the Puritan society.

Overall, this may be one of my favorite depictions of witches as of late, right alongside the TV show, Salem.

#teamblackphillip #BlackPhillipforbestsupportingactor

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Twister - SpadesDame - Yu-Gi-Oh! Series [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Yu-Gi-Oh! Series
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kaiba Seto/Mutou Yuugi/Yami Yuugi, Kaiba Seto/Mutou Yuugi, Kaiba Seto/Yami Yuugi, Mutou Yuugi/Yami Yuugi
Characters: Yami Yuugi | Atem, Kaiba Seto, Mutou Yuugi, Kaiba Mokuba
Additional Tags: Fluff, Established Relationship, Valentine’s Day, Polyamory, Children’s games viewed as appropriate activities for dates, flareshipping, Chocolate
Series: Part 6 of Flare: to burn; to ignite
Summary:

Let nobody imply that the Kaiba household could ever, under any circumstances hold a conventional Valentine’s Day date.

Kill Your Rapist is a just a metaphor,

for pouring gasoline on that piece of shit and throwing a burning road flare on them.  

Don’t get us wrong, we mean it.  We won’t judge if you do, but we understand if you don’t.   We don’t advocate institutional killings, it has to be someone who is directly related to the incident and has directly suffered, because else it would be really hard on the spirit of a person who was too far removed directly from the act of inhumanity.

Rape is the second most destructive thing that exists in this world, next to killing innocent people, real rapists aren’t innocent are they.  It causes massive social destruction, and really damages the most important resource in existence trust and security in the human race.  More damage is done by rape to our civilization on this planet in a year, than the collective damage of every nuclear incident in history combined.

Killing people is really hard karma and Dharma, not to mention it is illegal in some countries so you’re going to want gloves and some old clothes you can burn later in celebration, because we advise you don’t stand around while your rapist burns, best to run or walk away briskly.

Yet, there are lots of other ways to deal with dealing with feelings.
Without pretending like we have any answers other than the ability to relate to victimization and the damage it does to all society.

At every concert JX and the Badwells headlines that is over 5000 people, for the rest of our career, we are going to perform “DREAM COME TRUE”.  It is an awesome dance song and it really makes people happy to groove to.
We highly recommend that if your abuser is in the crowd take advantage of one of the times the lights drop during that song and just destroy them. Out of the blue, with the heel of your shoe to whatever part of them you want to change forever.  It’s a big crowd, people will be distracted by the stage show, you really aren’t likely to get caught if you’re wearing that hoodie you brought in your backpack? :0, ;), :).

Rape really gets in the way of a good time, and that is why we put 
Kill your Rapist on our party rules.

“Mass Killing of Rapists Trending on Aunt Arctica’s Biker BQQ Tour” 
JX and the Badwells is an independent west coast hippie outlaw cozy grunge skater band, but we could handle the reputation that would come from rapists being taken out in body bags between sets.  And don’t kid yourself, people still around for the second set are going to be fun to party with ;)

Remember Everyone!
No means NO, Yes only means Yes. :)  
Consent is important, it will save you
from a soul crushing vengeance death <3 

Peace, Love, Unity & Respect
JX Badwell

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Maybe it was fate, maybe it's ours - Chapter 1 - SpadesDame - Yu-Gi-Oh! Series [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 4/4
Fandom: Yu-Gi-Oh! Series
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kaiba Seto/Mutou Yuugi/Yami Yuugi, Kaiba Seto/Yami Yuugi, Mutou Yuugi/Yami Yuugi, Kaiba Seto/Mutou Yuugi
Characters: Kaiba Seto, Mutou Yuugi, Yami Yuugi | Atem, Jounouchi Katsuya | Joey Wheeler, Mazaki Anzu | Tea Gardner, Kaiba Mokuba, Minor Characters
Additional Tags: Established Relationship, Polyamory, Seto’s fragile perception of the world, Kid Fic, Pre-kid fic, Adoption Negotiations
Series: Part 6 of Flare: to burn; to ignite, Part 1 of Building a future
Summary:

Seto dropped down to his knees to lessen the distance between his and the boy’s eyes. His face might have been unreadable but his eyes were glassy and vulnerable to Yuugi’s expert gaze. “Aki, was it?” When the boy nodded he continued. “I will see to it that you are not separated from your sister, okay Aki? Can you be brave for me?” Seto didn’t ask for his trust. He didn’t have to.

He was unprepared for Aki to bodily throw himself at him, but wide-eyes or not he held onto the kid all the same. “Thank you, sir.”

{Kaiba Corporation’s annual charity event. The orphanage where it all started and a promise.}

Last night I decided that being jaded is such a bittersweet and beautiful thing. To see things as they really are, with no rose colored glasses, knowing in your heart of hearts that it doesn’t have to be like this. It doesn’t have to be, but knowing that it will be anyway. So you just trudge forward, calling things out as you see them as best you can. Often sounding to others as simply angry. Or broken from the world.

Other people master this ‘art of being Jaded’; masters like Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. Calling out the ugly and the absurd with such a heavy and precise blow that it shatters your entire world. It reaches into the dark recesses of your inner thoughts and reminds you that you too are jaded, but just less artfully so. And your heart burns and your fires flare up for a time. And a memory attaches to that moment in a book as if it were your own.

Thank you to those artfully inclined jaded souls. Who wrap their frustrations so beautifully in a perfectly lethal package so that I may enjoy the killing blow.

—  Bonnie Sparks
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Distance Nullified - Chapter 1 - SpadesDame - Yu-Gi-Oh! Series [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Yu-Gi-Oh! Series
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kaiba Seto/Mutou Yuugi/Yami Yuugi, Mutou Yuugi/Yami Yuugi, Kaiba Seto/Yami Yuugi, Kaiba Seto/Mutou Yuugi
Characters: Yami Yuugi | Atem, Mutou Yuugi, Kaiba Seto
Additional Tags: Fluff, Domestic, Established Relationship, Polyamory, Reunions, flareshipping
Series: Part 4 of Flare: to burn; to ignite
Summary:

Yuugi paid the driver and shouldered his only luggage –what could just barely be considered an overnight bad. He wasn’t going for a sleepover.

He was going home.

[Companion piece to my ficlets “Distance” and “Distance Bridged”.]

Seriously though, most of the “Lucy is weak” arguments are really easily contradicted.

“Gajeel beat her up!”

Lucy had been in the Guild for maybe a few months at most and she openly mocked Gajeel while he was throwing knives at her.

“She lost to Flare!”

Flare threatened Asuka (which should have had her disqualified tbh. Don’t try and tell me that no one noticed that Natsu burned Flare’s hair and shouted at Lucy). Flare also had help from her teammate.

“Minerva beat her up!”

Minerva has been in a guild training all her life, of course she’s going to be strong. That doesn’t make Lucy weak though. She took every hit because she didn’t want to disappoint her friends. She loves them so much that she would rather get hurt than have them be disappointed in her (which they wouldn’t have been, but that’s a different story.)

“Kain nearly killed her!” 

Again, this just shows Lucy’s dedication to her friends, especially Natsu. She let this guy stomp on her and nearly crush her skull because she would rather be dead than leave Natsu behind. And she was smiling as it all went down.

“She had to sacrifice one of her spirits to save her friends! She couldn’t even do it herself.”

Absolutely fuck you.

You don’t get to look at that moment and call Lucy weak. That is a heartless thing to say and you honestly have no respect for this series if you call Lucy weak for that. Fairy Tail is about friendship and protecting the people you care about with everything you have. You don’t get to look at Lucy losing Aquarius and call her weak, when she just sacrificed a large part of herself.

In conclusion:

Fight me.

If he was fire he would let off a soft, warm glow. Those are the kind of people you need around you, they keep you safe and comforted. I’m more like a bright flare; blinding, hot, and can burn those without warning. Flares are dangerous if not contained, but everyone is drawn to a flare, they’re exciting.