a visit to the seaside

I hate mondays… not.

This place  exists, real and with all this palett of color and beauty.

| Portugal | West Coast | 2015 |


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…

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

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dan 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 am.

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 and down.

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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)
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
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

@screaming–penguin @tabularojo @transpinkchibiyoshi @teatimeanarchy @rosequarttz @noticing-things-the-game @mrsbenzedreen @sports-candies

That’s everyone I can come up with but if I didn’t tag you and you wanna do it please do!!! just say I tagged you 😘

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.

Arcade Trip (Pearl X Lapis)

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 helped too!”

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 honest pride.

“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 slight shiver.

“I just thought I’d come out and see you two. I’m feeling more confident now.”

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 Lapis.

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 smile back.

“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 interfere.

“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 herself.

“You ok?” inquired Lapis, noticing Pearl’s tensed posture.

“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.

“Pearl, look!”

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 sword collection!”

“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. Lapis shrugged.

“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 rectify.

“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 attempt.

“Excuse me, Steven, could we please have some money? Lapis wants to try a game with me.”

Steven spun around, his eyes alight like stars.

“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 laughter.

“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 ocean?”

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, feeling torn.

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 performance.

“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 a while.”

Lapis touched her shoulder gently, smiling. Pearl felt herself shiver again, in spite of the warm, stuffy arcade building.

“You know… you were saying something earlier… about sword fighting and stuff…”

“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 training.

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 said sadly.

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.”


Laura Hacking
Manchester, UK
Canon EOS 100D

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. 

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Aqours DIARY: Everyone’s Diary (Riko)

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.

Source: Dengeki G’s Magazine December 2015