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…
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
tagged by @spooky-scary-sapphic, thanks bee!!
RULES: copy this post into a new text post, remove my answers and put in yours, and when you are done tag up to 10 people.
A - AGE: 18, I’m old D:
B - BIGGEST FEAR: The people I fuck with online finding out where I live lmao
C - CURRENT TIME: 20:15, nearly bedtime for my boring ass
D - DRINK YOU LAST HAD: Diet Dr Pepper!!
E - EVERY DAY STARTS WITH: Waking up and thinking ‘Oh God it’s (insert day)’
F - FAVORITE SONG: CAN’T DECIDE, Right now I’m listening to Pop Culture by Madeon, let’s go with that
G - GHOSTS, ARE THEY REAL: nah but aliens are, beam me up already
H - HOMETOWN: Pompey on the English coast, shitty little seaside city. Still visit sometimes tho
I - IN LOVE WITH: Every bird I’ve ever met
J - JEALOUS OF: Skinny bitches (I’m running every day tho, brace yourselves for me thin people ;0)
K - KILLED SOMEONE: I KILLED A WASP ONCE IT WAS AWFUL
L - LAST TIME YOU CRIED: Last night!! I’m a mess
M - MIDDLE NAME: Matthew! Unofficially, its not on my birth certificate ;__;
N - NUMBER OF SIBLINGS: 9-11, we’re not totally sure cause my dad was a ho
O - ONE WISH: No more prejudice
P - PERSON YOU LAST CALLED/TEXTED: my pal thekinkycow bc I was having an episode. sorry bee :/
Q- QUESTION YOU’RE ALWAYS ASKED: “what’s in your pants tho?? :):):)” cause I’m trans and apparently that’s cool
R - REASON TO SMILE: This real cool pigeon that hangs out in my garden, she’s beautiful :,)
S - SONG LAST SANG: Stupid Ho, don’t judge I had it stuck in my head
T - TIME YOU WOKE UP: 13:30, heck
U - UNDERWEAR COLOR- Earlier today, blue. In jammies now tho
V - VACATION DESTINATION: Everywhere???
W - WORST HABIT: Stress eating, and some even more unhealthy stuff, yuck
X - X-RAYS YOU’VE HAD: Teethies, and one on my fractured noggin when I was 2
Y - YOUR FAVORITE FOOD: Every fruit, chicken, the hot cheeto puffs
Z - ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio or Libra, depends on whether you accept Ophiuchus which I guess I do, I’m not a Scorpio at all
I’m supposed to tag people, I don’t really got friends on here so I’ll just tag some people who reblog from me a lot :0 no one gotta do this anyway
okay so i’m really sorry i’ve been MIA !! i spent this weekend by the seaside visiting my dad and his wifi was awful so i wasn’t able to get online. i’m going to try and catch up with everything today though.
This is part of a larger project I’ve been working on, but I’m not sure about the rest of it yet. I’m not that big into shipping but this pairing just seems to click, and as an autistic person I love the autistic pearl interpretation.
It’s also the fluffiest part, and I figure that these two deserve something that isn’t full of angst and drama!
Pearl kept a watchful eye on
Steven as he skipped playfully alongside her, enjoying the sunshine as well as
his Cookie Cat treats. It was her turn to look after Steven, who had started
his day off by once again begging to visit the seaside arcade. Sighing
collectively, the Gems had admitted defeat at his adorable expression and
surrendered a bag of coins for his excursion.
“I’m proud of you, Pearl!”
Pearl felt puzzled at Steven’s
sudden outburst of kindness, though they were not unusual for him.
“That’s very nice of you to say, Steven. What for, may I ask?”
Steven looked at her with a grin.
“Isn’t it obvious? Lapis has been really happy since you spoke to her a
few weeks ago. She keeps asking about you, and you spend a lot of time with her
as well. She’s even opened up to Amethyst and Garnet too!”
Pearl didn’t know what to say.
Compliments could overwhelm her sometimes, even though she craved them.
“Oh it was nothing, Steven, really. I just… did my best I suppose. You
Steven wasn’t finished.
“But… It’s amazing though! I know how hard it is for you to sit and talk
for a long time about emotional stuff like that, y’know? And she didn’t even
want to talk to you or anyone but me before. You must have worked so hard to make
her feel that much better!”
Steven’s eyes were shining with
“Thank you, Steven. That’s very kind of you to notice” replied Pearl, graciously accepting his praise.
“But, like, what did you say to her? It must have been big, right?” said Steven, clearly hoping to hear more.
Pearl felt awkward about revealing
the full extent of what they had discussed. If Lapis hadn’t told anyone in the weeks
since, it would be rude to tell someone else, wouldn’t it? And it was a private conversation after all.
“Pearl? I’m getting sooooo hyped!”
“…Well, I guess I just related to her, I suppose. It’s been a gradual
process though. She didn’t just recover overnight, Steven.”
Pearl was trying to defuse his
excitement, not wanting to disclose too much.
“Well, yeah, I guess” admitted Steven, starting to get the message that Pearl wouldn’t reveal more. “I suppose it’s a super special secret what
you two have been saying to each other, with secret passwords and everything!”
Pearl laughed nervously.
“I suppose you’re right. Aren’t you excited for the arcade too though?
The sooner we get there, the more time you’ll have!”
Steven grinned and ran ahead with
surprising speed. Pearl prepared to sprint after him until she heard an
unlikely voice from behind her.
“Guys, w-wait for me!”
Lapis was standing behind them,
wearing a floppy sunhat she had borrowed from Connie the other day. Pearl was
shocked. The reclusive Gem had come outside the house on a few occasions since she had started staying there, but
had never walked into town on her own before.
“Lapis? What are you doing out here?”
Lapis looked slightly taken aback
and disappointed at her reaction, but was distracted when Steven charged into
her with a full-on hug. She giggled and looked straight at Pearl, who felt a
“I just thought I’d come out and see you two. I’m feeling more confident
Lapis paused for a brief moment.
“C-could I… come with you to this ‘arcade’ place? I want to see what
it’s all about.”
“Yeah, Lapis! Please, Pearl, can she come with us?”
Hoping to reassure Steven and keep
the growing warmth in her chest from fading, Pearl accepted her request. She
hadn’t planned for Lapis to come along, which frustrated her slightly (as
sudden modifications to her plans usually did) but couldn’t help feeling…
excitement? That was odd.
“Of course you can come along. You’ll need to be careful and not wander
off though” said Pearl. “Either of you” she added, giving Steven a knowing glance.
“Of course, I’ll stick right by you” agreed
Pearl wished that Steven had been
just as receptive. He stormed ahead again, with Pearl following at a brisk
pace. Lapis joined the pursuit, marching alongside Pearl.
“Steven!” shouted Pearl in her well-rehearsed
‘concerned adult’ voice. Steven stopped to make a brief apology and then
disappeared again—bolting into the arcade which was now merely a short distance
along the boardwalk. Pearl sighed heavily.
“That boy can certainly find mischief” she muttered. Lapis giggled, causing Pearl to feel even warmer.
“It’s good that he loves being… here… so much” said Lapis in a quiet voice, “I
never thought much of this planet, but I’m willing to give it a try for him.”
Pearl looked at Lapis and smiled
at her, impressed at her dedication and improvement. Lapis offered a faint
“And for you.” Lapis added.
Pearl couldn’t stop herself
blushing now. Lapis noticed and brushed against her. Pearl jolted slightly at
the sudden contact.
“I’m being honest. I wouldn’t want to be out here if you hadn’t
given me so much support.” Lapis was positively
beaming at her now. This was… unexpected. Pearl wasn’t sure how to react.
“Erm… Thank you, I suppose. That’s being generous; I was j-just doing my
part.” Pearl stared at the floor,
disappointed at her own words. “I’m glad
you enjoy my company”.
Pearl thought that last part was a
little too much. Was she being too prideful? Lapis didn’t seem to agree.
“Of course I do!” replied Lapis with
enthusiasm, giving Pearl a light tap on the shoulder. Pearl was confused. It
seemed too easy for Lapis to warm up to her this much. They had spent of lot of
time talking after their long confrontation in her room, but there was still
plenty of unpleasant history and baggage they hadn’t dealt with yet…
Pearl forced it from her mind.
This was a fun day out for Steven and she didn’t want her own dark thoughts to
“Well, this is it then” said
Pearl as they arrived outside the arcade, “Steven’s
favourite Beach City escape”.
The two Gems stepped inside. Pearl
cast her eyes around, searching for Steven. A wave of noise and flashing lights
swept over them from the depths of the arcade, prompting Pearl to brace
“Nothing, fine. It’s just a little too much in here for me sometimes” Pearl replied, gesturing at the vast array of arcade game stations.
“Well, that’s fair. I think you mentioned that stuff like this can make
you uncomfortable.” Lapis gave Pearl a
reassuring smile and found her attention drawn to one of the arcade cabinets,
which was surrounded by a large crowd of people chattering noisily and
occasionally cheering in response to the game.
“Oh yeah!” yelled Steven, who had suddenly
appeared alongside them. “I think Onion is going after the high score
again. I’m not missing this!”
Steven rushed in to the crowd, desperately pushing forward until he could get a view. This visibly annoyed
some of the bystanders.
“Don’t push, Steven, be polite!” Pearl
called out to him, doing her best to keep Steven from causing chaos. A faint
apology over the noise from within the crowd informed her that he had managed
to squeeze in somewhere.
Lapis was pointing excitedly at a
recently vacated arcade cabinet. The buttons were still intact and glossy and
the graphics on screen looked impressive, which made Pearl suspect that the
game had only recently been added to the arcade. The words ULTIMATE SAMURAI XIII were emblazoned on the top of the casing.
“This one looks perfect for you Pearl; I remember you showing me your
“Oh… well I’m not really good at these. Last time the Gems and I tried
playing here it was a bit of a disaster” Pearl
responded, feeling uneasy at the memory of their last attempt.
“I’ll go on with you! Steven let me have a turn with his Game-Cube
thing. It’s not that hard!”
Lapis was trying to be
encouraging. Pearl still felt hesitant, but something about Lapis gave her more
motivation than usual.
“Alright then, but don’t laugh at me too much, I’m really terrible.” Pearl was half-joking, half-serious.
“It’s a two player game, I think. We can help each other!”
Pearl felt Lapis’ enthusiasm
charge her up again and stepped closer to the machine. She had to admit it
looked more interesting that the average human distraction device. She found the
subject of samurai and ancient sword techniques particularly fascinating. The
screen currently displayed a recorded clip of two virtual warriors locked in
combat, with the words ‘DEMO MODE’
blocking out the action. The familiar command of ‘INSERT COINS’ was added below. Humans did love their currency.
“Um… Do we have any of that ‘money’ stuff? I think we need it.” Lapis looked slightly disappointed—a sentiment Pearl was determined to
“I’ll have to ask Steven, he ran off with all of it.”
Lapis nodded and stood guard by
the machine as Pearl pried Steven from the crowd surrounding Onion’s latest
“Excuse me, Steven, could we please have some money? Lapis wants to try a game with me.”
Steven spun around, his eyes alight
“Amazing! I gotta see this!”
Steven abandoned the crowd
instantly, joining Lapis and Pearl by their chosen game.
“This is going to be soooo awesome, you’ll like this one so much!” The youngest Crystal Gem looked more excited than Pearl had even seen
him. “Take all you need!” he exclaimed,
handing Pearl the bag of coins. After carefully slotting the correct amount
into the machine, she joined Lapis at the controls, taking the station marked
‘2P’ while Lapis took the role of the first player.
“Press Start!” shouted the voice of a
fierce warrior, which emanated from the cabinet’s speakers. Lapis slammed a
flashing button, eager for the game to start.
“Round one… fight!”
Two samurai squared off against
each other. Pearl tilted the control stick to the left and the character marked
‘2P’ moved in that direction in response, approaching the other armoured
samurai, marked ‘1P’. Pearl’s mouth fell open in horror as she realized what
was about to happen.
Lapis mashed several buttons
enthusiastically, causing her warrior to slash Pearl’s fiercely with a deadly
combination of strikes. Pearl yelped, causing Lapis to realise the truth of
their situation as well.
“Wait, was that you? Where are our enem…. oh.”
Steven struggled to contain his
“I don’t think we are meant to work together on this game, Lapis” muttered Pearl, regretting her decision to join immediately.
“So we fight each other then?” returned
Lapis, looking a lot more enthused than Pearl did.
“Aww yeah, Crystal Gem showdown!” Steven
shouted, jumping up and down with delight. “Who
will triumph?” he asked, putting on a mock announcer’s voice. “The master of the blade or the queen of the
Pearl sighed. The last thing she
wanted to do was annihilate her newest friend in a sword duel. Or maybe I don’t need to worry about that
happening, Pearl thought, as Lapis delivered another brutal combo, her eyes glued to the screen.
“Woohoo! Go Lapis!” cheered Steven from behind them,
“Um… Go Pearl, too!” he added,
After managing to grasp the
controls, Pearl was able to parry some of Lapis’ subsequent attacks and even
deliver some of her own, but it was not enough to stop the Ocean Gem, who had
clearly been getting a great deal of video game practice at home with Steven.
As her warrior fell, Pearl admitted defeat.
“Well done, Lapis” Pearl said, congratulating
the winner, “But that isn’t real sword
fighting” she added with a confident smirk, unable to resist defending her
“Oh really?” Lapis shot back, deflecting
the taunt, “So you know all about that do
you?” The triumphant Gem faced Pearl with her hands on her hips, not
willing to have her victory tarnished.
“I do, actually” Pearl began excitedly, “Swords and their use in combat are an
ancient art with origins in many parts of this planet!” She was cut off,
however, when Steven took her vacant place at the machine.
“Champion wins the prize of…. fighting Me!” Steven squealed, motioning for Pearl to put more money in the cabinet.
Pearl sighed and relented, allowing Steven and Lapis to play another few
rounds. The competition was intense, but Steven eventually managed to triumph
after facing a decent amount of resistance from Lapis, who lacked Steven’s vast
experience on arcade machines. Steven waved at Pearl, who was watching from the
side-lines, to join in again, but she shook her head with an apologetic smile.
It had been fun, but the overwhelming atmosphere of the Arcade was starting to
get to her, especially after the crowd surrounding the other machine dispersed
and began swarming all around the building as they found their own games to
play. Pearl clutched her left arm, secretly wishing that the Arcade would close
soon. After Steven had shown Lapis a few more of the arcade machines, the two
of them returned to Pearl, as the Arcade Manager rang a bell and announced that
closing time was in ten minutes.
“You okay?” Lapis asked
sympathetically, standing next to Pearl as Steven begged the manager for a
little more time.
“I’m alright. Places like this tend to drain my energy, especially after
Lapis touched her shoulder gently,
smiling. Pearl felt herself shiver again, in spite of the warm, stuffy arcade
“You know… you were saying something earlier… about sword fighting and
“Oh! Are you interested?” Pearl
replied, perking up slightly.
“Well… yes, it sounded… what would Steven call it… awesome?”
“That’s certainly appropriate!” Pearl
responded, a thousand years of swordsmanship history and knowledge rushing
through her mind, “Of course, one of my
favourite types has to be that used by Knights, who had a fascinating
culture of honor and discipline, dedication to a cause…”
Lapis listened intently as Pearl
continued. The taller Gem forgot all about her discomfort as she told Lapis all
about her favorite styles of fencing and blade designs, waving her hands
excitedly. Eventually Pearl stopped mid-sentence, realizing she had been
talking non-stop for practically the entire ten minutes.
“Oh… Sorry, I must be boring you by now, I get carried away speaking
about my favourite subjects sometimes” said
Pearl, restraining herself.
“It’s fine!” Lapis replied, alight with
genuine interest. “It’s amazing how much
you know. In fact, I think I’d really like to learn some sword techniques
myself. I might as well immerse myself in some local culture.”
“Really?” Pearl asked, relieved that
she hadn’t overwhelmed the other Gem, “well…
I could… teach you some myself I suppose.”
“You could?” exclaimed Lapis, standing
up straighter and smiling broadly, “I’d
really love that!”
Pearl noticed a soft yellow blush
creeping onto Lapis’ cheeks. She looked completely adorable.
“Of course, let me set a date for it!” Pearl responded, shaking her fists with joy. She couldn’t believe that
Lapis would actually be interested in this kind of thing. Even Connie tuned out
after a while, having more of an ear for medical topics despite her sword
The duo were interrupted when
Steven returned, looking exhausted and put out.
“It’s over guys, arcade’s closing” he
moaned, feeling deflated.
Lapis ruffled his hair gently as
Pearl escorted him outside. The Arcade’s shutters closed behind them.
“Farewell Arcade, I hardly knew you” Steven
Pearl reassured Steven that he
could return there in time, but felt herself distracted as Lapis caught her
eye. The elegant Gem was illuminated by the sun, which was just starting to set
over Beach City.
I can’t wait for those lessons, Pearl
thought, eager to spend more time with her favorite hobby… and with Lapis.
“Everyone complains about how badly Disney mangled The Snow Queen, but no one ever listens when I point out how they mangled The Little Mermaid. She has real pain and goes through so much to be human in the original it’s admirable and her seperation from her family is heartbreaking, especially when they come visit her at the seaside. You don’t get that depth to her character in the Disney version.”
What do your projects Solitude and The Quays involve? How did they start and what are you aiming to do?
Both of these projects primarily involve water as it is my favourite photographic subject. I use long exposures aided by a tripod and ND filters to give a more surreal and calm atmosphere and also to ensure that the focus is on the subject of my images. As I mainly shoot during the day, I look for different weather conditions to match the mood that I am looking to create.
Solitude is a seaside project that is based in North West England and North Wales. These were chosen due to their proximity to my home as I often have to squeeze shoots into a limited timeframe. This project started as a college portfolio but I’ve found that it has become much more than that as I am still continuing this work and have no plans on it ending. Throughout my childhood, my family often visited the seaside for day trips and holidays so I have a lot of fond memories of the places that I use. I think that some of this retrospection of my childhood comes across in my work. This project is to produce images that aren’t the usual images seen of these locations. I think they also show a sadness of these places as I avoid having people present in them to show what popular locations look like when there are no tourists. The use of black and white is both a way for me to express my thoughts and feelings and also to make my images timeless which reflects my memories.
My Breathing Spaces project is very similar to Solitude with the only difference being that the images are taken in popular countryside locations rather than the beach. This is also an ongoing body of work with plans to visit more of Snowdonia, The Peak District and The Lake District. The Quays project began a couple of years ago again as a college project. It was the water that inspired me and also the vast regeneration of the area in recent years. Salford Quays began life as Manchester Docks when importing and exporting relied on the canal system. When the canals became redundant the docks were closed. The relocation of the BBC and ITV television networks, the building of a shopping centre, theatre and many national companies to Salford Quays has breathed a new life into the area. It is this modernisation that I aim to capture along with a sense of what the place was in its former glory. It is for this reason that I use black and white, to reflect upon the history and also to focus on the textures and reflections of the water, glass, metal and docks. The use of monochrome also neutralises the bright colours of MediaCityUK so that the images match those taken in different parts of The Quays. This again is still an ongoing project and one that I am constantly finding new angles and subjects for.
When I lived in Akihabara in Tokyo— I wasn’t familiar with the ocean, apart from how it is in the summer. The scorching sun and the shining, glittering ocean. Pontoon bridges and beach balls. Snow cones among joyful voices. The ocean that existed only to visit on warm, sunny days. But since I came to the seaside and started living here, there’s always a vivid sea right next to me— spring, summer, and autumn. It’s a feeling I’m not used to. The ocean showed me a different face than I’d ever seen before, that it isn’t just there for the resorts. I come often to watch the ocean scenery. There are times too when I bring my sketchbook, but I also feel very calm just strolling along the seaside like this. I’ve come to like the sea a lot since I moved here. Not just the sea itself— I also love the members of the group formed by this sea♡
Oh My Favorite!! Aqours Trending News (Hanamaru)
Ah!, you caught me— Ehehe♡ I see. Lately the fallen leaves in the temple grounds where I live have been steadily piling up into a mountain— Autumn is here zura♪ Once the leaves pile up, I always roast sweet potatoes like this and give them out to the neighbors♡ It’s been my role since childhood, so roasting sweet potatoes is my speciality. No— it might be bad if Maru said something as haughty as that— Ehehe♪ I’ll bring some to Ruby-chan later too. Ah, how about one for you too? It’s superbly sweet and delicious zura♡
TL Note: RIko’s portion was translated by @hoshizoradestination, just compiling now that we have the proper scan. Maru’s 4-koma might be translated in a later post if I feel like putting in the extra work.