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Dean looked up as the Y/C/H hunter walked into the viewing room. Her
hair fell loosely around her face, the soft Hollywood curls framing it
perfectly. His eyes wandered over her body, the way her jeans hugged her arse
perfectly, the black tank she wore that was slightly see through, the deep red
bra underneath that showed off some of her best assets. Her silver cross hung
down over the top of her breasts, the diamonds shining in the light. Her heels
clicked on the polished concrete floor, he glanced down at the ankle boots,
that was a new looked. The look was Y/N all over, but a sexed up Y/N. He
frowned at the duffels in her hand.
“Not that she’s the only mudblood of that waste-of-space house, but she’s the one that stands out. The bludger yet to the chained back into the box, the snitch yet to be caught.” I love that line, but it didn’t fit into the picture, so I mention it now. In fact, I love every line, I really do, I would cite the whole thing, but that’d be pointless. How do you write so well?
Summary: A bachelorette party scavenger hunt forces the reader to approach the hottest guy she sees at the mall…
warnings: none, just fluff
word count: ~1900
You walked quickly into the shopping mall, your giggling
friends surrounding you. Damn them and
their bachelorette party games.
You were a bridesmaid for one of your best friends from
college, Katie, who you were really glad hadn’t
picked you to be her maid of honor because frankly, you weren’t one to plan a
bachelorette party. She’d chosen one of
your other best friends Rachel to take the all-important position, and now you
were seriously regretting it.
You gave Ketch a deep roll of your eyes, something you shot his way numerous times throughout your days together. You settled back in the passenger’s seat of his Bentley, traces of blood sticking in the black fabric of your clothes and tactical gear. You and Ketch had wrapped up another successful vampire hunt, in which you had convinced him to go about it the old fashioned way with machetes instead of using the AVD. That wasn’t any fun, and he knew you were always up for a challenge.
“Must you sass me? Hess wouldn’t be very pleased with your childish behavior,” Ketch pointed out, hands loosely gripping the steering wheel as he headed for town.
Your eyes slanted a bit in a faint glare, head turning his way. “What’re you gonna do? Write me up in a report?” You taunted him, feeling no trace of intimidation. Well, not enough to make you keep your mouth shut. For awhile, you were somewhat of an assistant to Ketch, mostly making sure his equipment and gear were ready to go, but for a few months now you’ve been able to tag along on hunts to help. He kept inviting you, and you didn’t have a reason not to join him. You actually had quite a few reasons to encourage you to go.
A small smirk tugged at Ketch’s lips, his eyes flickering over to yours briefly. “No, I wouldn’t use such a punishment on you,” he murmured before directing his eyes back in front of him.
Hey, can I ask a favour? I'm writing a book, and I wonder if you can tell me some plants that would act as good poisons? Both fatal and not. And something that could be used in torture. (I promise this is for a book!) Thanks.
Ah, going Tory-hunting, are we? Good good. “For a book”, got it.
Okay! So, yes, is the answer. I don’t know how broadly you want to go into the World Of Plants, in terms of global distribution? But since you’re asking me, I’m guessing you want some UKvian/north west European answers. I also don’t know how historical you need me to be, so I’ll stick to natives where I can.
Also, it should be noted that pretty much any plant can kill you if you eat enough of it? But I’m assuming you want something a bit more ‘contained in a mysterious phial’ or ‘chopped into a soup’ rather than ‘six tonnes of common daisy, eat up, Your Majesty’.
The foxglove (Digitalis purpurea). Very pretty plant that loves hedges and forests and occasionally comes in white:
You know that scene in Casino Royale where Bond is poisoned and has to shoot himself up in his car to not die? That was digitalis, i.e. the active compound in these things. It fucks up your heart and that. In fact, the medicinal compound that has been scientifically extracted from digitalis - digoxin - is used in modern medicine, but straight from the plant is toxic.
It’s possible to simply really fuck someone up with these, but very easy to outright kill them, and a fine line to walk. It wouldn’t be easy to intentionally give them just a low dose.
Deadly Nightshade, (Atropa belladonna). I like this one! In extremely low doses it’s a herb, actually, so there’s even narrative Plausible Deniability for it being in a kitchen/people getting overdosed.
This is it:
This, on the other hand, is not:
That’s Woody Nightshade, or Solarum dulcamara, which is also poisonous but rarely fatally so, and seems to be plastered throughout the internet on primarily USian sites labelled as Deadly Nightshade.
Anyway. The berries and leaves are the deadly bits, and cause delirium and hallucinations. And, you know, death. This one is easier to control for effect than digitalis, mind, so you can poison or kill here. It’s also been used as a cosmetic, because it can make the pupils dilate, which as we all know, is the sexiest part of the human body.
It’s antidote is physostigmine, found naturally in the Calabar bean from Nigeria, although it is itself pretty poisonous. Or I think pilocarpine works, which is found in a South American plant, but I don’t know which.
The Yew Tree, (Taxus baccata). A particularly great entrant to any list, frankly. Love me a yew.
LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL anyway, yew trees were worshipped by Celtic peoples as representing a Cult of Immortality, because they live for literally thousands of years. They are also almost entirely poisonous. Like… leaves, bark, wood seeds, everything. The only thing that isn’t, ironically, is the flesh of the berries, and as long as you didn’t chew - and therefore break - the seeds, they’d probably pass right through you and be fine. But as few as three seeds would poison you.
Also, most plants lose their toxins after pruning. Not yew. Cut branches are just as dangerous.
The fun bit is the symptoms, because most times, there aren’t any. You just die a few hours after eating. Some indigestion, like. That’s it. If there are, we’re looking at shaking, coldness, and falling over a lot.
Hellebore (Helleborus spp). Pretty plants that flower in winter, so people like them.
The roots are toxic, causing wicked D and V and also death if you eat too much. People used to give them to kids to try to de-worm them, and a lot of kids died that way.
Interestingly, though, the seeds in particular cause skin problems after contact - burning and itching, usually. Potentially a good Clue for who the poisoner is, if their hands are all itchy and that.
Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea). So, in the Real World there are precious few examples of people being poisoned by ragwort, though plenty of it happening to horses; but that’s because we’re generally pretty careful with the stuff, and also it’s not fatal to most.
The exception is people with liver problems.
Someone with any sort of liver condition could be killed by this stuff, because at high enough levels it will cause complete liver failure. But, you’d have to either make them eat about 14lbs of the plant in one go (unlikely), or you’d have to make them drink it as a herbal tea over a long period (more likely). The toxins don’t accumulate in the body, but the liver damage does. It was for a while considered to be a cough remedy, too, so it’s a good one for plausible deniability.
Symptoms include lethargy, staggering, walking around like a zombie, and sometimes blindness.
Hemlock Water-Dropwort (Oenanthe crocata). Yeah, this is hemlock, Famous Poison of Antiquity. They killed many a Greek philosopher with this stuff.
Great for plausible deniabilty - the full plant is almost identical to the fully-edible cow parsley, the stems can look like celery when chopped, and the roots look like wild parsnips. But, the toxins are quite unstable. Cooking can break them down - if not completely, then at least to survivable levels. But you’d still be sick as a dog from it, and you would need hospitalisation.
Vomiting and nausea are the main symptoms, but convulsions and seizures are also up there. And, of course, death. There’s also some suggestion that it’s more potent in winter, and less so from April onwards? It’s unproven as of yet, but it is an interesting pattern in toxicity levels.
Lords and Ladies/Cuckoopint (Arum maculatum). It has approximately 8003 common names, this one, but Lords and Ladies is poetic, and cuckoopint is an old word meaning a cuckoo’s dick, so those are the ones I’ve included.
Some people apparently mistake it for wild garlic, since they grow in the same places and times? i don’t see it myself, but I’m told it’s a common mistake.
It is poisonous, but you’d have a job eating enough to kill yourself - it induces vomiting fast, and a prickly burning in the mouth even faster, so you wouldn’t be able to ingest more. This is true of both the leaves and the berries. So a good one to make someone ill, and they’d be sore for days, but very unlikely to kill someone.
Greater Celandine (Chelidonium majus). No relation to lesser celandine. Botany is wild.
Anyway, the juice in the stem is bright yellow and can cause nausea if ingested, and burning on the skin; historically, it was used to remove warts. But it tastes disgusting, as so many of these do, so it would have to be masked somehow.
Spindle (Euonymous europaeus). Beautiful tree, five stars out of three.
Those are the berries! SO PRETTY but eating the berries will fuck you up nicely - D and V, heart palpitations, hallucinations and symptoms akin to meningitis. Unlikely to be fatal to a healthy person, mind.
Again, though, tastes like arse.
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Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium). Nawr te. Here we get nasty.
This is hogweed. Tip to tip it can be about 6 feet of chlorophylled malice, but usually it’s around the four-to-five mark. The reason for it’s inclusion here lies in the sap, which contains, essentially, a compound that turns you into a fucking vampire.
How? you may be asking. Well - through a condition called phytophotodermatitis, which is where the sap basically strips out your skin’s ability to slather on the melanin and so the moment UV light hits the spot it burns. And I mean burns. Literal burns. Want to see a gross picture?
Yeah. And it’s not a one-off burn - you have to keep the skin out of the sun for a year or so before it stops reacting, even after the burn is healed. I work with people who have had hogweed burns (in my line of work it’s a professional hazard), and even mild ones will still suddenly show up again in the shower six months later.
It’s not as bad as one of our new Invasive Species, though - Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum). That one burns. Google ‘giant hogweed burns’ for the grossest google session of your life. That causes literal third degree burns, and it’s a good six years before you’re back to normal. That’s only been about in UKvia for about 200 years, though.
In conclusion, you don’t fuck about with hogweed.
Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica). What list of Nast Plants would be complete without the humble stingy, eh?
We’ve all done our time with this bastard. Very common, touching the edges of the leaves produces a strong sting, a bit like mild bees. It’s entirely bearable, like, and actually, there are some people who whip their arthritic joints with nettles and report that it makes the swelling go down. But it’s not enjoyable, and being whipped with these would fucking hurt. Plus, it takes a while for the rash to fuck off.
It’s also highly nutritious and edible, though, and you can spin it into cloth. Non-stingy cloth, I might add. Go figure.
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). A wonderful tree that gives us sloes which give us delicious sloe gin.
But it also has thorns. Now - professional tree knowledge coming in here - in fact, in the moment it hurts more to be bitten by a hawthorn. But, hawthorns will merely bite, and are non-venomous.
Blackthorns are venomous. As long as you clean the cuts and, crucially, don’t leave thorns in you, you’re fine. But if you leave a thorn in you, it will give you septicemia, which can be extremely nasty. Potentially fatal, actually, so possibly this could go further up the page? Dunno how you’d manage that, though.
Anyway, that’s all I can think of offhand. I hope this is useful knowledge for your “book”.
I’m still doing this because I still can’t get over this season. For more spoiler-filled ranting, check out the cut below to see what I’m raving about when it comes to VoltronSeason 3, Episode 3: The Hunted. I went a bit overboard with this one, apologies ahead of time :D
Under the cut, you will find #305, small/medium, HQ gifs of the incredibly talented, extremely handsome Evan Peters. None of these gifs were made by me. A huge thank you goes to the awesome makers. All the credits go to them and I don’t claim any of their work as my own. A like or a reblog would make me very happy because it took me hours to finish this hunt.
You hear someone yelling “What the literal fuck?!? I am an FBI agent and I can help I just need you to stay right there.”
The next thing you heard is a crash, screaming, and gunshots. You and your brother, Dean, took this as your private invitation to the party crashing into he the room. You see Dean go after the shifter. so you check on the victim.
“Are you okay?”
“Are you fucking kidding me right now, “ she spits out, “And who the fuck are you by the way.”
This gif hunt includes 50+ textless/small/medium gifs of Im Yoona with blonde hair. I’ve done gif hunts of her before which you can find here so when you combine them all, there are 400+ gifs. None of these gifs are mine so if you see your own gifs here and want me to take them down, feel free to message me. Please like or reblog this if you run a rph blog or plan on using it for rp purposes.
Under the cut you will find #120, small/medium, HQ gifs of the extremely stunning\breathtaking Alexandra Breckenridge. Best known for her roles in American Horror Story. None of these gifs were made by me. A huge thank you goes to the awesome makers. All the credits belongs to them and I don’t claim any of their work as my own. A like or reblog would make me very happy because it took me hours to finish this hunt.