Not everybody knows this, but Romania does have a (small) coast which you can visit. It’s not the most beautiful coast of Europe, but the Romanian seaside sure has its charm. Constanta is a nice city, you can party in Mamaia and Vama Veche is still great. And there’s plenty to do in the hinterland. Just saying…
So, I answered the call to write a fic for the CSSV for someone who didn’t receive one. Imagine my delight when I discovered that it was for none other than @lenfaz! So, here you are Lena, I hope you enjoy. It may not take place during Valentine, but it does include two meddlesome boys trying to act like cupid!
Thanks to @emmandhook for letting me be involved and a BIG thank you to @captndevil for being my amazing last minute beta!
All of Liam’s efforts to get his older brother together with the town Deputy are not having the desired effect. Maybe he needs to change tactics and find himself an accomplice? Fortunately, the Deputy’s son has the same idea, and together they put into action – Operation Pirate Law.
Killian Jones let out a deep sigh as he approached the Storybrooke Sheriff Station. He and his younger brother, Liam, had only been in town a few weeks, and although they’d had a rough few months leading up to this point, Killian thought Liam was past this sort of behavior. He supposes nothing should surprise him anymore.
It wasn’t until five months ago that Killian was even aware that he had a younger brother. His father, Brennan Jones, had passed back in England and the executor had been sent to America to both notify Killian of his father’s passing and to inquire whether or not he would accept guardianship over his half brother, per his father’s wishes. Killian hadn’t seen or heard from his father in nearly twenty-five years, and he wasn’t sure which had been the biggest shock, the news of Brennan’s death, the news that he had a half brother, or the fact that his younger brother shared the same name as his deceased older brother.
At first, Killian’s anger towards the man who had abandoned him, his older brother, and his mother had caused him to refuse taking responsibility of the younger Liam. For a brief few days Killian justified his refusal to uphold his father’s last wish as a way to somehow get back at the man who’d walked out on them and then, apparently, replaced them with another family, but then that voice of reason (which always sounded like his brother, Liam - his older brother, Liam) had prevailed. Within a week, the younger Liam had arrived and Killian found himself in the role of part brother, part parent to a thirteen-year-old boy whose entire world had been turned upside down.
I’ve been wanting to visit a seaside town for a while, and
this one is nice and different! I went at 7am (the other is at 6pm), and it was
wonderfully sleepy and cute. It was really nice to see a cherry blossom seaside
town, and one that was super relaxing too! Please go and visit; you won’t be
A question for a rainy day --- in one of the later books WG goes into a lot of detail about Demelza making 'bathing costumes ' for her and the kids. I assume most kids swam naked in those days but what did the adults normally wear -- if they had money. How about those with little money. ---I love reading this blog --and your tweets. Thanks-- Sue Emery ( and my dog Miss Molly).
Thanks for this really great question @missmolly57! Today is the “rainy day” because I am having technical issues processing the 1970′s screencaps. :)
The Nampara Poldarks are a bit ahead of their time in regards to people of status regularly bathing by the beach. Visits to spas or the seaside by those with means did occur in this era, but they were special occasions. Skinny dipping for women or children wasn’t regarded as proper even on a private beach like Nampara Cove. In the novels, Demelza is described as making her own spin on the Greek chiton or cotton wrap dress. That style doesn’t exactly match the few surviving pieces of pre 1800′s bathing attire however. This is actually Martha’s Washington’s bathing dress. Notice how it looks closer to the chemise (undershirt) Demelza wears in both the new series and in the 1970′s:
In fairness to the books, historians have uncovered a lot more compared to what information Winston Graham had access to 40 years ago. Demelza had the right idea though in terms of constructing a simple cotton dress that would cover the body as well as dry easily in the sun. Women without means would have often re-purposed a petticoat and chemise for beach attire. For more information, this blog post on Jane Austen’s World is an excellent resource.
I’m hoping we do see an example of these outfits in Season 3 and 4!
Occasionally I take them with me while visiting some of the larger seaside villages bordering the Wind country on official business. The first time I took them to the beach was…Interesting to say the least.
Because I Don’t Sleep At All Without You Pressed Up Against Me
HI so this is a kinda sorry-i-haven’t-been-posting-that-much-but-here-have-this-while-u-wait-for-bwybms kinda thing aLso what is UP with the title how long do i have to make it smh im sorry ANYWAY i decided to write a lil more of the more-than-bestfriends-less-than-boyfriends kinda thing because imo it’s so underrated and CUTE so thsi is kinda written on those grounds i hope it ok anyway BYE
and phil are tired teenage art students who nap together a lot
Dan doesn’t think it should be legal to wake up before nine
He yawns, throwing his bag up to his bed on the top bunk, leaning
against the metal ladder, and fighting the urge to throw himself up there along
with his luggage. They have to be out of the hotel by six pm, something about
visiting a seaside museum, bring your sketchbooks, don’t be late, blah blah
blah – Dan had stopped listening after the first two minutes.
He hasn’t slept in what has to be over thirty-six hours;
he’d lost last night’s sleep to cramming in some last-minute packing at four in
the morning after having forgotten about it all night, and by the time he’d
finished, it had been time to leave for the trip. He hadn’t been able to sleep
on the coach – in his opinion; noisy, clumsy, uncomfortable and dirty vehicles
aren’t exactly the best napping
environments; especially considering he’d often be described as one of those
annoying ‘fussy sleepers’ who literally cannot get to sleep unless they’re in
absolute pitch darkness and silence. Which, considering he’s sharing a room
with five others for a week, is probably going to cost him another couple of
nights’ sleep, so he’ll be sure to look forward to that.
He doesn’t quite know why he’s even going on this stupid
art trip. He’d only used it as an excuse to skip school for a week, but now he
isn’t too sure where he’d rather be.
He yawns again, squeezing his eyes shut and scratching his
head. Fuck, he doesn’t want to go out
tonight. He doesn’t think he can manage it; he’ll get half an hour into the
museum before passing out on the floor.
The en-suite bathroom door shuts, and his black-haired
classmate emerges, drying his damp face with a flannel. If Dan didn’t know any
better, he’d assume Phil is just as tired as he is and had just splashed cold
water on his face in an attempt at staying awake.
That doesn’t seem like a bad idea, actually. Maybe he should try it.
“You alright?” Dan raises his eyebrows, eyeing the boy up
Narrator: It is 9 A.M. in New York and the city is intensely
buzzing. It’s full of people on Manhattan’s streets, an island that has represented
the commercial, cultural and financial temple of America for many decades.
Millions of souls animated by the noise of the streets, the reflections on the
giant buildings and the savor of the coffee sold everywhere flood the arteries of
the most cosmopolitan neighborhood of New York. On 428 Hudston Street, a young
man is making his way to a coffee shop. (Sebastian saying “Nice to meet you, [formal]
hello, Sebastian” in Romanian). He’s wearing a leather jacket but also a cap,
to slightly hide his features, and he’s accompanied by a personal assistant. He
speaks respectfully and immediately starts a conversation with the manager, an
Australian married to a Romanian woman. He introduces himself simply,
Sebastian, and he says he lives in the area. (The manager asks Sebastian if he
was born in Romania, he says “Yes, I was. I was born in Romania”, both speak
Meet Sebastian Stan, the Romanian who, at 34, stars in the
coolest Hollywood blockbusters. The world knows him as Bucky, Captain America’s
best friend in the superhero trilogy which has brought him a climatic success in
the past 4 years.
Sebastian: I like the whole group of people with whom I’m
there making the movie very much, because we get along very well and… yeah,
what I can say, (in English) it’s a very nice job.
Narrator: In Hollywood, everybody knows he’s Romanian, from
his castmates to TV hosts, and everybody he collaborates with wants to hear him
speak Romanian. With Sharon Stone, he flirted live in Romanian. He’s sexy, he’s
got a million dollar body and he’s pursued by big advertising companies for
various spots. In the industry, they say he has a killer smile. Ever since they
found out he’s Romanian, more and more people are starting to talk to him in
his mother tongue. He has won the admiration of millions of people from around
the world, playing the role of the hot, bad guy which confronts almost all American
symbols regarding heroes, characters inspired by comics like Iron Man or
Captain America. He stars along Robert Downey Jr, Scarlet Johansson, Chris
Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L. Jackson and many other famous actors with whom
he shares the sets.
Sebastian: Every time I wake up in the morning and I think that
this is my work, what can I say, it feels very… unreal, like it’s just a dream,
that someone’s paying me to hit someone else all day.
Narrator: He easily finds his words in Romanian while the conversation
keeps playing. It’s not easy for him, seeing that he doesn’t have the chance to
speak Romanian in either New York or Hollywood, in the fortress of American
Sebastian: I have to thank my mom, because she… if it were
me, I don’t know if I would still be able to speak Romanian. Because when you’re
a small kid, you come here and you try to assimilate, you don’t want to be
different, you want to fit in. So I have her and I have my dad, I also speak
Romanian to him.
Narrator: His parents got divorced when Sebastian was 2, and
his dad is still in America but on the West Coast. He visits him when he goes
to Los Angeles to film, and he says his parents kept his interest for Romania
Sebastian: I have to go back to Romania. I absolutely have
to go back.
Rares Nastase: Do you feel that?
Sebastian: Yes, but it’s also about time. Now that I’m 34, it’s
like I think a lot and I ask myself a lot about family and other things, and I
have some questions about Romania and how it was during my time there. Because I
left when I was 8.
Narrator: It happened in 1990. Sebastian was 8 and living in
Constanta. Right after the revolution, his mom, a piano teacher, took him to
Vienna, where they lived for 3 years before flying over the ocean to the United
Sebastian: It was very early, but I have some memories. What
can I say about the communists and that situation, the least I remember is New
Year’s Eve, when we had the TV on for the whole night, cause otherwise it we
could only watch from 8 P.M. to 9 P.M.
Narrator: In front of a coffee with lots of milk, Sebastian
says he’s happy about the success of the commercial movies which brought him
fame, but he’d also like to play more profound roles.
Sebastian: Working on something which is about people, about
family, about life, about what’s happening, that’s why I sometimes like
European movies, because they always ask these questions that we have in life
and ask ourselves everyday.
Narrators: And on this subject, he tells us that he’s
keeping an eye on Romanian productions. He’s watched a lot of awarded European
movies and he wants to collaborate with Romanian producers.
Sebastian: I started watching Romanian movies more and what
can I say, I was… they’re better than American movies. I mean, directors like
Cristi Puiu and the movies I’ve watched… The latest one was Graduation.
Narrator: He praises Romanians who make movies because talk
about realities in the Romanian society, which he’s getting to know too. Romanian
movies made him recently realize what his mother went through when she decided
to emigrate with him thousands of miles from Romania.
Sebastian: Even if I didn’t grow up there, in Romania, if I haven’t
known the situation in the past 10 years, I felt something because maybe I
understood my mom better because of that film, the sacrifice, what it means for
the kid, the ideas that we have at a certain moment and then how life turns
out. Yes, I was very lucky, but I forget. When I was 22-23, I don’t think I was
thinking about what it meant for her, after the revolution, to get up and go
somewhere she can make money, to get us food. I didn’t ask those questions at
22, but now I look into it and I understand.
Narrator: Charm, ambition and talent is what made him star
in Oscar movies. In The Martian, he stared alongside Matt Damon, and in Black
Swan he filmed with Natalie Portman. He also stared in musicals and Gossip
Girl, always in roles of irresistible men. But, in the most recent Captain
America movie, he has a main role and he had lines in Romania after speaking to
the producers about bringing up a bit of his natal country.
Sebastian: They knew I’m from Romania and that I was born
there, so they did me a favor and wrote the scene so that it’d be in Romanian,
because they knew I could speak it.
Narrator: After 18, he worked as a waiter in a Manhattan
restaurant, in a time when he said every dollar counted. He was serving tables,
but he didn’t give up his dream of playing on big scenes. His first casting was
in Vienna when he was 10, and ever since then he was hoping to get to Hollywood.
Sebastian: When we moved to Vienna, I tried to get into
movies because I liked to imitate people, my grandparents.
Narrator: He feels strongly connected to Romania, he tells
everyone that he was born in Constanta and he lived in an apartment building in
a seaside town, which he visited in 2005.
Sebastian: I went to the beach, it was summer, I celebrated
my birthday there in august, it was fantastic, it was very cool. I got the
chance to see Constanta differently than when I was 8.
Narrator: He mentions a sad moment which has kept him in
recent years from coming back to his hometown.
Sebastian: After mamaia [kind of like nana] died, to be
honest it was a bit hard for me to go back because I know that if I go, then I
have to go to the cemetery and I have to face what happened. It’s a very special
Narrator: He becomes very serious when talking about his
memories from Constanta in the days of the 1989 revolution. He was playing
outside when the riot started.
Sebastian: I saw a white Dacia [Romanian car from that time]
with about 6 people in it and they were yelling, they were about 20-25, and they
had a flag with a hole in the middle.
Rares Nastase: And you remember the revolution?
Sebastian: Yes, and when I saw this car driving fast with
the flag with the hole there, I felt… I always remember, that something major,
very important was happening. I go on YouTube and I searched for Ceausescu [Romanian
communist president who was killed after the revolution] and the helicopter came
and he was going to run…
Rares Nastase: What did you think of that image?
Sebastian: I don’t know, but I felt something… I remembered
as if the memory was in my muscles, it was in me, it felt like a knife going
into me. That voice of his, when I heard his voice, it was… (in English) like
it was yesterday. (in Romanian) Like it was the day before yesterday.
Narrator: He is assaulted with love all around the world,
and he says he feels his Romanian roots. He’s always funny and careful about
public appearances, but he welcomes his fans with smiles, jokes and even hugs. He
travels a lot in Europe and Asia and in a lot of American cities to promote his
movies. He goes to the gym almost every day, where he has a personal trainer,
but he likes to recharge his batteries by walking the streets of New York for
hours. He says that the buzzing of the city and the architecture give him a lot
Rares Nastase: Is celebrity changing you? Do you have to do
Sebastian: No, I don’t think I have to do things
differently, but I realize the idea of time. You feel a bit like you have more
responsibility till the end. What are you doing with your time? Okay, you made
some money, now what do you do with them? If you want to have fun, you have fun
and that’s your life. If you want to do something important, to leave something
behind, to have someone ask a question about your work later, after you died…
that’s what changed the most, responsibility.
Narrator: Beyond the climatic success, American newspapers
have also been talking about his private life, about relationships he’s had. He
dated Leighton Meester for a few years, Gossip Girl co-star, then he had a long
love story with the Russian Margarita Levieva, with whom he stared in Spread. This
summer, however, there were rumors about a breakup between the two of them
because of jealousy. Sebastian Stan agreed to also tell us about this aspect.
Sebastian: It’s hard, I mean I always wonder and question
how it’s possible for relationships to work in this business. I mean look at
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. With all the opportunities, all the money in the
world, problems are problems. It’s very hard because you leave for a long time,
you don’t film in one location. You film in a location here, then you go to a
location there for three months, then again, and it’s hard to maintain a
relationship. I certainly want to have kids and to get to a point where I could
have a family and work on interesting projects with directors whom I admire.
Narrator: He told us what the latest rumors in Hollywood are
about good places to film in Eastern Europe.
Sebastian: Lots of movies were going to Budapest and another
place, and now there’s something with a tax and all those movies are going to
Narrator: At his mom’s home, in New York, he always eats Romanian
Sebastian: With mititei, mamaliga, sarmale [Romanian foods],
every Christmas we have sarmale, Boeuf salad, I can never forget that.
Narrator: At 34, Sebastian Stan is recommended by the whole world
and he shares blockbusters with quality stars. From Romania, to the country of
possibility. From the years of Romanian communism, to the heights of success,
he doesn’t forget to be a good Romanian.
Sebastian: An actor’s life in kind of hard, because you’re responsible
until the end about what you do. It doesn’t really feel like there’s enough
time on this planet.
Narrator: He’s optimistic about Romania. He trusts that
Romanians can do beautiful things. He started from the bottom and followed his
childhood dream. He hoped and he didn’t give up. He searched and he keeps
searching to prove that he has talent. Sebastian Stan shows the whole world
that Romanians are special, that they are smart and beautiful and respectful. That
they succeed because they have the ambition to follow any great dream, no
matter the obstacles.
Sebastian: Thank you, greetings from New York, I’m very glad
that I could speak to all of you today and I hope to see you in Constanta or
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i finished btds yesterday and goddamn it's one of the loveliest things i've ever read! i absolutely love torvil cove, it really reminds me of my hometown and i've never been to scotland but torvil is so similar to many seaside towns in england that i've visited <3 the atmosphere if the whole fic is so magical and tense at the same time, i especially love the scene where they're dancing on midsummers eve like everything was so vivid and ethereal i could picture everything so clearly its beautiful