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wounds and bad moods - peter parker

Originally posted by blurryfandoms

Pairing: Peter Parker x reader

Summary:  #2: “You’re hot when you’re angry.”   #7: “Yeah, you’re a horrible liar.”   #11: “Oh, I dare you.”

Warning: slight language

Requested: yes (anon)


this is low key how peter would act lol hope you enjoy!


“Peter, what the fuck?” you questioned your up boyfriend as he had just leaped through your open window in the middle of the night.

You got off your bed and made your way closer to him, his lanky figure limp, shoulders hunched over. Your annoyance with his sudden entrance instantly softened as you realized he was in pain. He slowly reached towards his face with his right hand, yanking the mask off his face.

Your eyes came in contact with a huge bruise taking space underneath his right eye, and numerous cuts of various shapes and sizes scattered across his handsome face. You felt a pang in your heart at his wounded state.

You gasped after taking it all in, lightly grazing the side of his face, “P-Peter? What happened to you?” you weakly spoke as your hands trembled underneath his face.

He winced slightly at your soft touch, bright brown eyes quickly shutting tight, teeth grinding against each other. He turned his head to the side and moved back lightly.

“I’m fine, Y/N. I promise,” his voice comes out hoarse. He moves from his previous position by your bedroom window to sitting down on your bed, wincing as he sat down.

You felt the anger begin to bubble in the pit of your stomach, wanting to destroy whoever did this to someone as sweet as Peter Parker.

Crossing your arms over your chest, you purse your lips before rolling your eyes heavily at the poor boy in front of you, “Yeah, you’re a horrible liar,” you say matter of factly, “Pete, you’re wincing every you sit down!”

His eyes droop to your carpeted floor, sighing as he knows you’re right, “I know,” he muttered, his arms reaching back behind his body, steadying himself on his arms.

You scale his beaten frame once more before walking out of your room and grabbing the first aid from the kitchen cabinet. You walk back in, his poor eyes looking up at you, filled with pain. You feel yourself break at his gaze once again, your mind a mix of guilt, anger, and love.

You pull your desk chair in front of, sitting down and placing the kit on your bed beside him, “Let me see,” your hand moved back in forth signaling for him to take off his suit. His lips pursed, a sign of guilt as he reaches up, beginning to undress himself of it. As the suit pooled around his feet, your eyes wandered over his chest and abs, bruises and cuts sticking out like sore thumbs against his smooth skin.

You sighed again, reaching in the first aid kit and his eyes stared at your hands beginning to patch up his wounds, regret filling the. Guilt fills your body, so you try and lighten the mood, to help the situation and distract Peter from the soon helpful pain he was about endure.

“Alright tough guy, how big was he this time,” your lips jerking upward in a sly smile as he looks at you, a small smile portrayed across his own face.

“He wasn’t that big this time, he was just… dangerous,” he slowly let out, eyes seeming to wander back to his fight earlier in the night.

You gritted your teeth just thinking about Peter getting punched in previous places, his nose bleeding, his whole body being in helpless pain. Peter saw your angered state, the heat beginning to glow in your eyes and he felt his love for you get even stronger, seeing how much you cared for his being.

He cocked his head up at you, slightly smiling as you took a wet cloth and dabbed the blood away from each and every cut, “So, I think the question I need to ask is, are you okay?”

Your attention stayed on his wounds, your hand continued to dab the blood away, not even daring to look into his playful eyes for a split second. You just muttered a few cuss words as you leaned over and ripped a band aid package open before ripping out your emotions verbally, “I want to beat the ever living hell out of whoever did this to you,” you let out, hand tightening sound the towel in anger.

Peter’s eyebrows lifted at your sudden bothered state, his heart wanting to distract you from his beaten up frame. He smiled at your concern and dared to lighten the mood himself, watching your lip come underneath your teeth, tugging slightly.

“You’re hot when you’re angry,” he smirked, scooting closer to you. Pink sprawled across your cheeks as you looked up at his cheeky smirk.

You tried to ignore you bad mood, moving your mind back to focusing on his wounds, you reached over and grabbed the, as Peter would call it, “Ow” spray to layer over his cuts. His eyes dart to your hand inside the kit, widening as he began to vigorously shake his head back and forth at your soon to be action.

“Oh, I dare you,” Peter let out, his pointer finger attempting to stop your actions. You roll your eyes once more before twisting the cap to spray on his chest.

“Y/N, no, no, no, please babe, don’t-”

“Peter I have to, you know this. It’ll make them heal quicker and keep them from getting infected.”

His features crinkled in pain and annoyance, preparing for the sting to hit all over his body. You felt bad once again, even though you two go through this routine every time. You dipped your head down, lips puckering before lightly kissing   three places on his chest softly. His shoulders dipped, his body instantly letting into your soft touch and sweet gestures. His entire body went from feeling like fire to a soft and calm state, the feeling of your lips on him washing him over every time.

He smiled at you softly before you shook the bottle and pointed it towards him, giving him a few seconds to gain composure.

He bit his lip on instinct before muttering, “Okay, hit me.”

You shook your head playfully and began to lightly spray all of his cuts and wounds. He sat there like a champ as you took time out of your night to take care of him. And he couldn’t of asked for a better person to hit him with the “Ow” Spray. (lololol)

Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

President Donald Trump lashed out at hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico on Thursday, insisting in tweets that the federal government can’t keep sending help “forever” and suggesting the U.S. territory was to blame for its financial struggles.

His broadsides triggered an outcry from Democrats in Washington and officials on the island, which has been reeling since Hurricane Maria struck three weeks ago, leaving death and destruction in an unparalleled humanitarian crisis.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, with whom Trump has had a running war of words, tweeted that the president’s comments were “unbecoming” to a commander in chief and “seem more to come from a ‘Hater in Chief.‘”

“Mr. President, you seem to want to disregard the moral imperative that your administration has been unable to fulfill,” the mayor said in a statement.

The debate played out as the House headed toward passage of a $36.5 billion disaster aid package, including assistance for Puerto Rico. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the government needs to ensure that Puerto Rico can “begin to stand on its own two feet” and said the U.S. has “got to do more to help Puerto Rico rebuild its own economy.”

Forty-five deaths in Puerto Rico have been blamed on Maria, about 85 percent of Puerto Rico residents still lack electricity and the government says it hopes to have electricity restored completely by March. (AP)

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Aibonito, Puerto Rico

Sonia Torres poses in her destroyed home, while taking a break from cleaning, three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island, on Oct. 11, 2017 in Aibonito, Puerto Rico. The area is without running water or grid power as a nightly curfew remains in effect. Despite multiple visits from FEMA, the town has yet to receive any FEMA aid. Only 10.6 percent of Puerto Rico’s grid electricity has been restored. Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage including most of the electrical, gas and water grid as well as agriculture after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, swept through. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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A man prepares to fill a generator with gas to power a bar on a darkened street with car headlights in the distance three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island, on Oct. 11, 2017 in Aibonito, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Residents affected by Hurricane Maria wait in line for fuel donated by the Fuel Relief Fund in the municipality of Orocovis, outside San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oct. 10, 2017. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

Efrain Diaz Figueroa cleans his hands after repairing the roof of the house of his sister destroyed by Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Figueroa, who was visiting for a month at her sister Eneida’s house when the Hurricane Maria hit the area, also lost her home in the Arroyo community. He waits for a relative to come from Boston and take him to Boston. He says that he is 70 years old and all his life working can’t continue in these conditions in Puerto Rico. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)

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Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

A member of the Puerto Rican National Guard delivers food and water brought via helicopter to victims of Hurricane Maria, to the San Lorenzo neighborhood of Morovis, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)

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Morovis, Puerto Rico

Rafael Reyes embraces his wife Xarelis Negron and his son Xariel as they stand next to thier belongings, in front of the remains of their home destroyed by Hurricane Maria, in the San Lorenzo neighborhood of Morovis, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. The Reyes family lost all their belongings and their house, and are looking forward to being able to rebuild and continue their life. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)

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Residents carry water and MREs received from FEMA about two weeks after Hurricane Maria swept through the island on Oct. 5, 2017 in San Isidro, Puerto Rico. Residents in their section of the town remain without grid power or running water although a few have been able to acquire generators for power. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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San Isidro, Puerto Rico

Resident Mirian Medina stands on her property about two weeks after Hurricane Maria swept through the island on Oct. 5, 2017 in San Isidro, Puerto Rico. Residents in her section of the town remain without grid power or running water. Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage including most of the electrical, gas and water grid as well as agriculture after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, swept through. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Ceiba, Puerto Rico

A resident uses a plastic bag to move downed power cables so he can drive underneath them in a neighborhood following Hurricane Maria in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Oct. 4, 2017. (Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

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Cars drive in the darkness in a neighbourhood that has no electricity, after Hurricane Maria in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Oct. 4, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

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Jayuya, Puerto Rico

Local residents ride a horse by a destroyed building after Hurricane Maria in Jayuya, Puerto Rico, Oct. 4, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

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Las Piedras, Puerto Rico

Kerialys Aldea de Jesus sits on bottled water at the Jose de Diego Elementary School where residents file FEMA forms for federal aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. Even those happy with the federal aid effort for the U.S. territory’s 3.4 million people said they resented President Donald Trump’s tweets about some Puerto Ricans being lazy and ungrateful. (Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP)

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A man stands inside of a destroyed supermarket by Hurricane Maria in Salinas, Puerto Rico, Sept. 29, 2017. (Photo: Alvin Baez/Reuters)

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Hurricane survivors receive food and water being given out by volunteers and municipal police as they deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on Sept. 28, 2017 in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) observe as an MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter transfers pallets of supplies from the fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) during replenishment-at-sea for continuing operations as part of Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico on Sept. 28, 2017. (Photo: Jacob A. Goff/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters)

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Women hug as people line up to board a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that will take them to the U.S. mainland, in San Juan, Puerto Rico Sept. 28, 2017. (Photo: Alvin Baez/Reuters)

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A resident bails water from a flooded home in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Catano, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP)

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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Cody M. Freeman, an aviation electrician assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), carries a box of supplies at Jose Aponte de la Torre Airport in Puerto Rico, Sept. 27, 2017. (Photo : Lance Cpl. Cody J. Ohira/U.S. Marine Corps via Getty Images)

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Irma Maldanado stands with Sussury her parrot in what is left of her home that was destroyed when Hurricane Maria passed through on Sept. 27, 2017 in Corozal, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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People wait in line as they hope to fill up their vehicles with gas in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on September 27, 2017 in Corozal, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Marta Sostre Vazquez reacts as she starts to wade into the San Lorenzo Morovis river with her family, after the bridge was swept away by Hurricane Maria, in Morovis, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. The family was returning to their home after visiting family on the other side. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

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Travelers stand in line outside of Luis Muoz Marn International Airport after Hurricane Maria disrupted flight service in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. President Donald Trump said he may temporarily suspend a law that restricts the use of foreign ships operating in U.S. waters and between U.S. ports in order to accelerate the delivery of aid to Puerto Rico, where his administration faces mounting criticism over its response to Hurricane Maria. (Photo: Alex Wroblewski/ Bloomberg)

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Single mother Omayra Cruz, 44, returned from a food distribution with a box she would share with 4-year-old son Nene. But the two were still living without a roof, sleeping under the stars next to a pig pen, and a picture of the Last Supper. Their water tank had a few inches left. (Photo: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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People affected by Hurricane Maria collect water in the mountains in Naranjito, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. The relief effort from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico has so far been concentrated largely in San Juan, and many outside the capital say they’ve received little or no help. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)

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Neighbors sit on a couch outside their destroyed homes as sun sets in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

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People affected by Hurricane Maria collect water in the mountains in Naranjito, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)

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A dog is seen during the nightfall at a house destroyed by the passage of Hurricane Maria in Juana Matos, Catano, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017. (Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images)

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Rafael Robles-Ortiz kisses his mother Josefina Ortiz who is staying at the Hermanitas de los Ancianos Desamparados facility which cares for the elderly as they deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on Sept. 26, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Mr. Robles-Ortiz is concerned for his mother and hopes aid — including fuel for the facilities generators, as well as food and medicine for his mother — gets through after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, devastated the island. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Workers repairs electrical installations after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept. 26, 2017. (Photo: Alvin Baez/Reuters)

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People make line at night at an ATM to withdraw money in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 25, 2017, where a 7pm-6am curfew has been imposed following impact of Hurricane Maria on the island. (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images)

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A person waves to a passing helicopter from inside a damaged home as people deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on Sept. 25, 2017 in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Flooded streets in San Juan on Sept. 25, 2017. Nearly one week after hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, residents are still trying to get the basics of food, water, gas, and money from banks. Much of the damage done was to electrical wires, fallen trees, and flattened vegetation, in addition to home wooden roofs torn off. (Photo: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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Residents from La Perla carry a piece of metal through the streets after Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. The island territory of more than 3 million U.S. citizens is reeling in the devastating wake of Hurricane Maria. (Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP)

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Two people sit in an apartment with a wall missing along the waterfront in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sept. 25, 2017. Nearly one week after hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, residents are still trying to get the basics of food, water, gas, and money from banks. Much of the damage done was to electrical wires, fallen trees, and flattened vegetation, in addition to home wooden roofs torn off. (Photo: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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A doctor checks the eyes of Hilda Colon at a shelter set up at the Pedrin Zorrilla coliseum after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept. 25, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Garcia/ Reuters)

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A combination of NOAA Satellite images taken at night shows Puerto Rico before and after Hurricane Maria – Puerto Rico on July 24, 2014 (top) and after Hurricane Maria knocked out power grid in Puerto Rico taken on Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo: NASA/NOAA GOES Project/Handout via Reuters)

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Family members collect belongings after hurricane force winds destroyed their house in Toa Baja, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 24, 2017 following the passage of Hurricane Maria.
Authorities in Puerto Rico rushed on September 23, 2017 to evacuate people living downriver from a dam said to be in danger of collapsing because of flooding from Hurricane Maria. (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images)

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A house destroyed by hurricane winds is seen in Toa Alta, southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017 following the passage of Hurricane Maria.
Authorities in Puerto Rico rushed on September 23, 2017 to evacuate people living downriver from a dam said to be in danger of collapsing because of flooding from Hurricane Maria. (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images)

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Lizzy Alicea becomes emotional as she speaks about the lack of aide that is reaching her mother’s home town September 24, 2017 in Hayales de Coamo, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, passed through. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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A man uses his shirt to carry bottles of water during a distribution of relief items, after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico September 24, 2017. (Photo: Alvin Baez/Reuters)

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A man rides his bicycle through a damaged road in Toa Alta, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017 following the passage of Hurricane Maria.
Authorities in Puerto Rico rushed on September 23, 2017 to evacuate people living downriver from a dam said to be in danger of collapsing because of flooding from Hurricane Maria. (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images)

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Soldiers of Puerto Rico’s national guard distribute relief items to people, after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico September 24, 2017. (Photo: Alvin Baez/Reuters)

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Carmen Marrero takes a rest while she cleans debris from her house after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico September 24, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

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People fill containers with water on the street after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico September 24, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

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Orisnela Solano hugs her daughter, Laura Goenaga as they attend a church service at the Parroquia Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion church September 24, 2017 in Aibonito, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, passed through. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Karlian Mercado,7, walks among the rubble that remains of her families home September 24, 2017 in Hayales de Coamo, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, passed through. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Marry Ann Aldea loss everything at her house after the winds of hurricane Maria ripped away her roof. The mountain town of Juncos is one of the most affected after the pass of Hurricane María. Hurricane Maria passed through Puerto Rico leaving behind a path of destruction across the national territory. (Photo: Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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Yadira Nieves carries her daughter as they look at water flowing over the road at the dam of the Guajataca lake after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Guajataca, Puerto Rico, Sept. 23, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

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U.S. Coast Guard personnel survey the damage to an oil dock after Hurricane Maria passed through the area on Sept. 23, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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People walk on a flooded street in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images)

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Aerial photo of the floadings in the costal town of Loiza, in the north shore of Puerto Rico on sept. 22, 2017. (Photo: Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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Julio Ortiz Montanez drinks water at the Jose Robles Otero Elementary School after the passing of Hurricane Maria, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Because of the heavy rains brought by Maria, thousands of people were evacuated from Toa Baja after the municipal government opened the gates of the Rio La Plata Dam. (Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP)

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People stop on a highway near a mobile phone antenna tower to check for mobile phone signal, after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria, in Dorado, Puerto Rico, Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo: Alvin Baez/Reuters)

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Line outside a Supermarket in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo: Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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People line up to buy gasoline at a gas station after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo: Alvin Baez/Reuters)

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Chairs are seen in front of a flooded house in Juana Matos, Catano, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 21, 2017. (Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images)

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Gloria Lynn cries next to a salon that was flooded after the rains related to the passage of Hurricane Maria, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 22, 2017.(Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images)

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Cars drive through a flooded road in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 21, 2017. (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images)

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People rest outside a damaged house after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

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Dead horses lay on the side of the road after the passing of Hurricane Maria, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, Friday, September 22, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP)

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A man walks on a flooded street in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan Puerto Rico, late on Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images)

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The day after Hurricane Maria made a direct hit on Puerto Rico, residents of Isla Palmeras (translated as Palmeras Island) a neighborhood in San Juan, are surrounded by water on Sept. 21, 2017. (Photo: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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Damaged sail boats washed ashore are seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images)

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Inhabitants stand in flood water in front of a house flooded in Juana Matos, Catano, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 21, 2017. (Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images)

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A man uses a stand up paddle board to row down a street flooded by Hurricane Maria in Juana Matos, Catano, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 21, 2017. (Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images)

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Ten Ways To Pay For College Right Now

Sometimes, the hardest part is simply knowing where to begin. Here are some tips:

1) Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, even if you don’t think you’ll qualify.

2) Apply for national grants. Options include Pell Grants, Academic Competitiveness Grants and National SMART Grants.

3) Apply for local scholarships. Civic organizations and religious institutions often have meaningful amounts of aid to dole out.

4) Getting into more than one school translates to a higher likelihood of receiving a big financial aid package.

5) Bargain! Even schools that only provide need-based aid sometimes come up with drastically different offers.

6)  AmeriCorps, Peace Corp, National Health Services Corps and ROTC programs offer college money in exchange for a service commitment.

7) Look abroad. At Scotland’s St. Andrews, U.S. students pay only $21,650.

8) Stay home. Starting out at a low-cost community college and transferring to a four-year college for the final two years will wipe away a hefty chunk of room and board costs, as well as some tuition.

9)  The American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit are two excellent options.

10)  Don’t forget to consult your local expert – guidance counselors are often aware of options you may not have considered; best of all, their help is free.

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September 3 2017

Today I should be hearing back from the professor to see if I got the lab assistant position or not!! Also I should be hearing back from my doctor with my blood test for TB soon too….and I should have gotten my financial aid package but I haven’t so I should be hearing from the financial aid office soooooooon too 

ugh. Anyways studying Spanish; I have a three year background from high school already so the beginning Spanish is very easy.

20 days til move in


Starting today, I am running a year long series for students who are going into post secondary education this September. I will be releasing a new post on the 5th of each month, which will be specifically targeted to the phase that a lot of students will be in at the time. This month’s topic is… 

Choosing a University! 

I know there are a lot of posts out there telling people what to include in their spreadsheets and documents. I thought I would make a post sharing what I think are the most important factors to consider, versus which ones are overrated. This is purely based on my own experiences and the experiences of my friends, so everything in it might not apply equally to everyone. (Sorry this post is going to be long as hell).

Most Important Factors

These are the things that I believe are so important that they can make or break your decision to go to a school. 

  1. Major: To me, this is the most important thing you should consider when choosing a school. If they don’t offer your prospective major, you should think really hard about going there. It may feel like you are settling for a major you don’t want before you even start, which is a shitty feeling. Also, because a lot of people change their minds about what they want to major in, it may be wise to make sure there are two or three faculties the school offers that interest you. 
  2. Financial aid: This one is definitely second on my list because it can kind of make the decision for you. If your dream school is way out of your budget and doesn’t have a good financial aid package, you may want to start looking elsewhere. 
  3. Location: Being close to family and friends is way underrated when you are going into first year. A lot of people think that because you are entering post-secondary, its time to completely grow up and leave your family and hometown behind. But this can backfire! If you are really close to your family and friends at home, love where you live, etc. location can be a big factor. 
  4. First year retention rate. This is the one statistic that I think can show a lot about a school. If a lot of people transfer out after first year, it can be a bit of a red flag.
  5. The type of people and atmosphere. This might seem not as important, but knowing the type of school that you are going to be in is crucial to understanding if you will fit in there in the future. I suggest looking into whether or not it is a party school, if it is fiercely academic and very competitive, whether it is a diverse school with international students, whether students tend to have part-time jobs. These kind of things can give you a sense of whether or not you will fit in. 

Semi-Important Things 

These are the things that I think can help you make a decision, but shouldn’t be the basis of one. Think of these as added bonuses. 

  1. Extra-curriculars. Unless you are deeply devoted to a certain sport or club and intend to pursue it throughout uni and into adulthood, the specific of extracurriculars offered probably doesn’t need to make or break your decision. As long as a school has a wide variety of clubs, teams, and other opportunities, you will likely find something to join. 
  2. Things to do in the area. Unless you are heading out into an unpopulated area, there will be things to do wherever you go. Most cities that are big enough to have a university will also have some shopping, a movie theater, a few bars, and some restaurants. A lot of students don’t have time or money in first year to be going out every single night anyways. 
  3. Where you can get a job. Like above… if it is a university town, there will be part time jobs available. Even if you can’t transfer from your current job or your dream job isn’t available in the town, you can likely find some source of income. 
  4. Prestige. A lot of people fall into the trap of looking at rankings of the best schools in the country or the world. These can be a good indicator of if a school or program is well-liked and well-funded, but they can also get into your head. If you are in love with a school and it doesn’t have a top ranking, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good school or you won’t be able to get a job. Try to take rankings with a grain of salt. 
  5. Average class size. This is one stat that is hard to deal with because typically, class sizes get smaller as you get older. First year classes will be bigger than the average listed and fourth year ones will be smaller.
  6. Quality of the dorms. I have to be real here: most dorms are shitty. Also, at a lot of schools there are two or three luxurious buildings and twice as many dumps. You only have to live there for a year! Don’t let ugly looking dorms push you away or let super fancy dorms pull you in. 

Overrated Importance

These are factors that I think should be tagged on as bonuses at the end of your decision, not factors that are included in making it. 

  1. The look of the campus. I go to a university with one of the most beautiful campuses that I have ever stepped foot on. But the truth is, it doesn’t affect how you learn or how good your life is. I don’t wake up in the morning and gaze at the historic buildings and the fall foliage. Once you have lived there for a month, the allure of a stunning campus can wear off. 
  2. Where your significant other is going. If you and your partner happen to choose the same school, that’s great! However, if you choose a school specifically because they are going there, it might end in disaster. I have friends who made this choice and their relationships ended within weeks of getting to school. You don’t want to have regrets because you made a choice based off of someone besides yourself! 
  3. The admission rate. If you meet the requirements for admission, don’t stress out about being accepted. I remember looking at my school’s admission rate of 41% and being so stressed, despite the fact that I had grades well above the requirements and extra-curriculars and awards on top of that. Don’t let it stress you! 
  4. Where your parents went. This is similar to the significant other issue listed above. Going to your parents alma mater can be amazing, but if you don’t already like the school, don’t let that be a persuading factor. 
  5. Whether or not the people on campus are attractive. I have seen so many articles saying that if you take a campus tour and don’t see any super hot people, you should reconsider. This makes no sense??? There is no way that you will go to a school and not see a single person that you find attractive. Like… no. 
  6. How good the professors are. If you read bad reviews about certain profs or really good reviews about others, don’t let that sway you. You might not even end up ever having that prof. You could get that prof and have an experience completely different than the reviews. If there is overwhelming evidence that the entire staff is horrible, maybe consider that. But when it comes to just a few profs you read about online… try to let it go. 

I know this isn’t an exhaustive list of everything there is to consider, but these were just the thoughts that came to my mind based on own experience. As always, different things work for different people. 

Happy birthday cavesandbeaches!

On this 8th day of October, we want to wish @cavesandbeaches a very happy birthday! For your special day, @mega-aulover​ has written a special story just for you!

PROMPT: High school/college setting. Smut is fine.

A/N: @cavesandbeaches Happy Birthday!!! I know it’s not smut but it is filled with fluffy Everlark beginnings. Special thanks to my wonderful beta @norbertsmom who I 💖.

Rated: G

Title: The Start of Something Wonderful

Katniss grumbled as she sat in the theater, “Ugh, why do they always fall in love like instantly, and the next minute they’ve got their tongues down the other’s throat?”  The movie was called ‘The Start of Something Wonderful.’ In the movie, the two protagonists knew of each other for years but had never spoken, yet within the span of what seemed like a few hours they were declaring their love for the other and were unabashedly making out at at a carnival.

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French Guiana strikes lifted after aid package agreed with Paris
Deal worth €2.21bn brings end to general strike spearheaded by coalition of 37 unions that had brought productivity in the territory to a halt

Activists in French Guiana have lifted strikes that crippled the territory for almost a month after the government in Paris pledged an aid package worth billions of euros.

A general strike by 37 unions has paralysed the French territory in South America, with locals pressing for a “Marshall plan” along the lines of the huge US economic support given to help western Europe to recover after the second world war.

An AFP journalist said the government and the collective spearheading the protests signed a deal in Cayenne late on Friday, just two days before France’s presidential election. Under the accord, the French government pledged to provide €2.1bn (£1.85bn) in aid to the territory but did not give a precise timetable for its implementation. The amount would be in addition to just over €1bn in emergency funding agreed in early April but which the movement considered insufficient.

France’s overseas territories minister, Ericka Bareigts, hailed the deal as “a defining day” for the territory’s future.

Ayyy! Victory to the Guianese workers! 

the2psaremydrug  asked:

How would the 2ps react if they crash into a car, and just as they got out a girl (around their age) comes out apologizing and crying their eyes out?

Oh shit waddup fam

The way I interpreted this ask, it wasn’t a very serious accident

Please tell me if I’m wrong

2P Italy: *sighs and reaches out for her hand* sweetheart, shhhh, it’s alright, stop your crying now…..*pulls her into a hug that is way too intimate for two strangers who just crashed their cars*

2P Germany: *starts to grin* awH BABE YOU SO CUTE COME HERE LET ME LOVE YOU *picks her up off the ground and hugs them* IT’S OKAY TOOTSIE ROLL, I’M NOT HURT….are you? OH JESUS CHRIST EATING A PINEAPPLE ARE YOU OKAY!??!?!?!? DO I NEED TO GET YOU TO THE HARSPITARL? *acts really weird and melodramatic until she starts laughing*

“harspitarl” omfg what am I doing with my life

It’s a fucking hospital I mean seriously

2P Japan: *thrusts a tissue in her direction* you’re in public, stop crying. *inner Kuro: OH MY FUCKING GOD THIS BITCH—– I SWEAR TO FUCKING GOD—– MY BRAND NEW FUCKING TOYOTA—- *

2P Romano: awhhhhh are you kidding me bish this is my brand new Ferarri…. Stop crying, you’re gonna ruin your pretty little face….. awh girl you’re lucky you’re so cute or I would call my baby bro and he would make your life hell…. Pfffft come here sweetie, shhhh, shhhhhh….. *hugs them and whispers a mix of comforting and mildly threatening phrases*

2P Prussia: I-It’s okay?!??! Stop crying p-please…..I’m not hurt or anything….Y-you’re okay too, right? *stands there awkwardly patting her shoulder until she stops crying*

2P France: *gives her a tissue* stop crying, it wasn’t that bad. Both of our cars are only dented a little. Calm down. *gets back in his car and nyooms away*

2P America: awh dollface stop crying! Come on, it’s okay *walks her over to a nearby bench and sits down with her, holding her hand* shhh, it’s fine, really….I’m not hurt, and, uh, my car was getting pretty old anyway….shhhh, come on, let me see you smile! I bet you look amazing when you smile!

2P Canada: *stares at her, occasionally mumbles “would you please just calm down,” eventually goes back in his car and comes back out with a tissue to give her, basically he just stays as quiet as possible*

2P England: GOSH DIDDLY DARN POPPET ARE YOU HURT OH MY GOODNESS OH DEAR OH LORD MERCY ME IT’S ALRIGHT I HAVE A FIRST AID KIT IN MY CAR JUST HOLD ON FOR ONE MOMENT *she soon stops crying because tbh it’s pretty funny to watch a guy with pink hair and purple short-shorts blushing and blinking really hard while he tries to figure out how to get a band-aid out of the package*

2P China: awhhhhhhhh kittennnn come on don’t cry *throws his arms around her and starts planting kisses all over her face* it’s okay babe, everything’s alright….. you’re not hurt, are you? awh sweetie shhhh it’s okay

2P Russia: Please stop your crying. Here, I think I have a tissue in here somewhere…. You don’t appear to be very hurt….. I promise my insurance company can take care of all of this. *goes on for like 26 minutes about the amazing car insurance plan he got and how he’s certain everything will turn out alright*

Clinging to This Hating Game 6/?

For the @prompt-a-klainefic blog’s 2017 Reverse Bang

Link to the art by @datshitrandom

the prompt:

Kurt and Blaine couldn’t stand each other in high school, maybe one was a jock/cheerleader and the other a nerd/glee clubber. Or they were bitter rivals for competition solos if they were both in glee club. Now they both live in NY and their friends set them up on a blind date, not knowing they went to the same high school.

High School AU, Cheerio!Kurt, Jock!Blaine
Rating: Explicit
Warnings:  some bullying and homophobic language, teenage sex
Word Count: ~3900 (this chapter)

Forever thanks to @mshoneysucklepink of course

Everything wonky is my fault.

AO3 link Chapter 6

On tumblr: Ch 1, Ch 2, Ch 3, Ch 4, Ch 5


So I was considering adding to this part, which is why I was going to hold it a few days, but on reflection I think I like it as is. And I think they go better closer together.

WARNINGS FOR THIS CHAPTER: Attempted sexual assault, homophobic slurs


Chapter 6

Kurt cut school on Friday too. Rachel had texted him to tell him that Blaine had also been accepted and asking him if he’d gotten a letter. Kurt ignored her.

His family had indulged him, and Finn had even been kind enough not to tell Rachel Kurt had been rejected, until Kurt had decided it would be easier for Finn to do it and then he wouldn’t have to answer any questions on Monday. Kurt turned his phone off completely after her seventh text asking how he was and what was he going to do now.

Monday turned out to be unbearable anyway. He managed to avoid talking to Rachel until glee club, but she went on and on until Kurt had to stop her.

“Rachel. You need to stop. You and Blaine can run off to New York together and be Broadway besties and I will stay here in Lima and become the first flaming midwestern car mechanic of Ohio.” The whole class went silent. “But until then could you keep your thrilling futures to yourselves? Please?” He wasn’t probably being unfair to Blaine. He hadn’t gloated about anything. He hadn’t really said anything at all in fact.

Until now.

“I’m not going to NYADA.”

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4 Tier Survival
4 Tier Survival

4-Tier Survival. The tiers are as follows:

  • TIER ONE: This is your everyday carry (EDC) on person. You should have this with you 24/7 or as close to 24/7 seven as possible. Basically, if you have pants on, you should have these items with you.
  • TIER TWO: This is your EDC bag. You should have this with you or within reach 24/7. Take it with you to work, the grocery store, running to the gas station, etc. If you walk out the door of your house, it should be with you.
  • TIER THREE: This is your 72 hour kit, bug out bag, SHTF bag, or any of those other catchy names for them. At a minimum you need one. If you only have the funds for one, so be it. But, eventually I would suggest having one for the house, the vehicle and possibly at work if you have the space to store one.
  • TIER FOUR: This is for long term preparedness. This is long-term food and water storage and procurement methods. Always prepare your home to shelter-in-place first. Then, if you have a secondary bug out location, prepare it. Depending on the disaster or emergency you may or may not be able to bug out. On the other hand, you may be forced to evacuate or bug out.

Before I go any farther in this article I want to give you a great piece of advice:Develop and hone your knowledge, ability and skills over the knives, tools and kits. A vast amount of knowledge and skills with a minimum amount of tools will keep you and your family alive a lot longer than a vast amount of tools and minimum amount knowledge and skills will.This may seem contradictory to what this article is about. But, do not lose sight of this advice. Everyone knows someone who has the newest, best whatever it is but no clue how to use it. This makes them look like a fool. Don’t be a fool.
When creating the tiers, I kept in mind the basic needs of a survival situation, shelter, water, fire, food and I am going to add protection. In a the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) situation, protecting yourself, your family, home, supplies and gear could be a paramount priority. The first three tiers will enable you to get to your fourth tier. We all find ourselves away from 
Now, let’s discuss the tools and supplies I feel are needed for each tier. This is by no means the end all, be all list of what is needed. This is what I have come up with for my kits. Feel free to add or take away as you feel necessary. This is based off of my skill set and my family needs. I wanted to condense a lot of information into a single article and basically get you thinking about what you will need. I want you to come up with your own kits. I also wanted to show you that all of the tiers are possible. They will take some time, energy and money, but anyone can do this.
Note: I will not get very technical in the types/brands of items to carry. Use your own judgment; remember, most times you get what you pay for. Also, I go by the mantra, “Two is one, one is none.”
TIER ONE: On-person EDC

  • Blades/Tools
    • Quality folding knife of your choice. Make sure it is sharp. You are more likely to injure yourself trying to cut something with a dull knife than you are using a sharp knife.
    • Quality multi-tool. There are many options available. Look at the type of environment you spend the majority of time in, consider your skills, and use this to decide the brand/style of tool you want to carry.
    • Lock picks/Bogota – I choose NOT to carry these as of now. Remember what I said about skills earlier. I know I don’t have the skills needed to use these. Now, once I develop the skills, they will be added to my EDC.
    • Small compass. Just to get a general direction if needed.
    • Pen and small notepad. I personally like the waterproof kind. Nothing like getting caught in the rain and losing everything you have made notes of.
    • Small survival whistle.
    • Cotton bandana.
    • P-38 can opener. I carry one on my key ring. I forget it is even there, until I need it.
  • Cell Phone
    • Pretty self-explanatory. Pretty much everyone has a cell phone that they carry anyway. [JWR Adds: It is important to also keep a 12 VDC cell phone “car charger” handy.]
  • Cordage
    • 550 Cord. There are lots of different, creative ways to carry. There are bracelets, key fobs, zipper pulls, belts, even lacing your boots/shoes with it. Learn how to braid your own items.
  • Fire
    • Small brand name lighter. Cheap and easy to carry way to start a fire.
    • Small firesteel. Another cheap, easy to carry way to start a fire.
    • Tinder. Could be a magnesium rod, dryer lint, or any brand of quick tinder that is out on the market now, you should know what works. I prefer magnesium rods; they take up less room and are light.
  • Firearm
    • I am not going to start the never-ending conversation of discussing brands and calibers.
    • Find a gun that you can comfortably carry and shoot.
    • Shoot, a lot.
    • Shoot from behind cover, kneeling, sitting, lying down, standing, off hand, from one yard to 25 yards.
    • Shoot some more.
    • Practice reloading, practice reloading behind cover, practice reloading standing, kneeling, lying down, off hand.
    • Practice some more.
  • Light
    • Small flashlight. I personally look for an LED version that runs off of AA or AAA batteries. Look for one that is waterproof or at the very least water resistant.
    • Keychain LED light. Look for one that has a locking on/off switch. These are easier to use in the fact that they do not have to have constant pressure on the switch to illuminate.
  • USB Drive
    • I use my USB drive to store all types of important documents and other information I run across and want to save. I have encrypted my USB drive in case it falls into the wrong hands. (I strongly suggest doing this.) Also, save the information under nondescript names. In other words, don’t save the file as: “Insurance Papers” or “Social Security Cards”, etc.
    • Birth/Marriage Certificates
    • Social Security Cards
    • Driver’s License
    • Insurance Policies/Cards
    • Vehicle Registrations/Insurance
    • Medical/Shot Record
    • Recent Check Stubs/Bank Statements
    • Stocks/Bonds
    • Property Description
    • Another option/addition to this is online file storage. There are many places available on the internet to store files on a remote server and be able to access from any computer or cell phone with internet access.

Some people I have seen carry as much as possible on their keychain. The only thing with that is if you lose your keys, you have lost a lot of your gear. I carry some stuff on my belt, some in pockets and some on a keychain. I have even seen and thought about carrying some items around my neck. Whatever you feel comfortable with and what works for you is best.

Tier two is going to contain pretty much everything from tier one except bigger and better.

  • Blades/Tools
    • Quality fixed blade knife of your choice. Again make sure it is sharp.
    • Sharpening stone.
    • Quality multi-tool. I would look at one to complement the one from tier one. A little larger and possibly features that the other does not have. I personally wouldn’t want the exact same model from tier one. Look at the ones that have the screwdriver possibilities.
    • Small entry bar or pry bar.
    • Larger more reliable compass. Possibly a GPS system if you are so inclined. If you are in a large urban environment, I would have a city map in my EDC bag.
    • Pens and notepad again. Plenty of pens and permanent markers.
    • P-51 can opener.(A scaled-up version of the P-38.)
  • Cell Phone/Communications
    • This is where I would keep a wall charger for my cell phone.
    • I would also think about one of the emergency chargers that run off of batteries at this point.
    • I also carry a pay-as-you go phone in my EDC bag. On some occasions when one service is down, others are still up and running. It’s a cheap insurance policy.
    • Radio of some sort. Depends on your location and abilities.
  • Cordage
    • I would carry no less than 25 feet of 550 cord in my EDC bag. The more the better. Again, options here, braid it to take up less space, key fobs, I’ve seen some braided water bottle carriers. Use your imagination
    • I have run across Kevlar cord, no personal experience with it. But, something I will check out.
    • I would toss in some duct tape and electrical tape here. You can take it off of the cardboard roll and roll it onto itself and it takes up very little room.
    • Possibly some wire, picture hanging wire works well.
    • Possibly some zip ties. Various sizes as you see fit.
    • I also have a couple of carabiners clipped to my bag.
  • Fire
    • Another cheap lighter.
    • Larger firesteel.
    • More tinder. Personally I prefer the magnesium, but whatever you are comfortable with.
  • Firearm
    • I personally don’t see the need to carry a second firearm.
    • I would however warrant the carrying of at least two spare magazines for the handgun in tier one.
  • First-Aid
    • Basic first aid kit.
    • Package of quick slotting agent.
    • Basic EMT shears.
    • Basic pain relievers, fever reducers, upset stomach tablets etc.
    • Small bottle of hand sanitizer.
    • Baby wipes.
  • Food
    • I always carry a couple of energy or meal replacement bars in my bag. If nothing else, I may have to work through lunch and need a snack.
    • Some people will toss a freeze-dried meal or MRE if they have room. Personally, I don’t.
    • A small pack of hard candy.
  • Light
    • I personally prefer a headlamp at this stage. You can use a headlamp as a flashlight; you can’t use a flashlight as a headlamp.
    • If you don’t go the headlamp route, choose a higher quality flashlight than tier one.
    • Extra batteries. On the subject of batteries, do your best to acquire electronic items that use the same size of battery.
    • Another keychain light. I have one attached to the inside of my bag to aid in finding items inside in low-light situations.
    • Some people carry chemical light sticks in their EDC bag. I have found battery operated light sticks that also have a small flashlight in one end I prefer to carry.
  • Shelter
    • I keep a packable rain jacket at all times and depending on the weather a packable pair of rain pants. Remember, your clothing is your first form of shelter.
    • I also keep a couple of “survival” blankets in my bag.
    • I keep a couple of contractor style garbage bags as well.
  • Water
    • I have a stainless steel water bottle that stays in my pack at all times. If I am traveling longer than my normal commute, I will toss in a small collapsible water container.
    • Ziploc bags.
    • Two-part chemical water purifier.
    • Filtering drinking straw.
    • Toss in a couple of standard coffee filters to filter sediment if needed.

Now, bear in mind, my EDC bag is not for long-term survival. I feel like I could sustain myself for several days if I needed to with the contents of my pack. However, that is not its intended use. All of the tiers are designed to sustain you until you can “make it” to the next tier.

My EDC bag is the same bag I use for school every day. Granted I cannot carry a weapon or ammunition into the school building. My point is you don’t want all of your Tier Two items to be so big and bulky that you can’t comfortably carry them. All of this stuff is in addition to my school books and papers and tablet. For those of you that are curious, I prefer a messenger style bag. But, again, whatever works for you and is the most comfortable.

TIER THREE: Larger rucksack or backpack

A lot of people would call this the 72 hour kit. I feel that this is a bit of a misnomer. Granted, 72 hours is a good figure for most people to shoot for. However, I feel that in this stage of the game, you should be able to carry enough to survive indefinitely.

  • Blades/Tools
    • Quality fixed blade knife. If you want you can double up from tier two. Depends on your requirements. Remember, two is one, one is none.
    • Small quality folding shovel.
    • Quality hatchet.
    • Small machete. If you feel that your knife is up to the task of clearing brush, no need for one. Also, if you are in a true bug out situation where people could be looking for you, you don’t want to clear a highway through the brush.
    • Some type of saw or saw blades. There are some nice pocket chain saws on the market now. Or you could carry blades and fashion your own handle or frame.
    • Tools for forced entry if warranted. Pry bars, bolt cutters, etc.
    • Tool kit. Depends on your location and environment. At the bare minimum carry enough tools to repair anything that you are depending on in a survival situation.
  • Cell Phone/Communications
    • Depending on the level of the disaster cell phones may or may or may not be working.
    • Again, depending on your location and abilities, depends on the type of communications you should carry.
    • One thing I have not seen widely talked about is two way radios. Obviously this would be if more than one person is in your party. However, now you start talking about batteries and chargers.
  • Cordage
    • At least 100 feet of 550 cord.
    • Depending on your environment, climbing rope, harness and gear may be warranted.
    • Tape, electrical and duct.
    • Zip ties, various sizes
    • Wire, picture wire.
    • Carabiners, various sizes.
  • Fire
    • Cheap lighter.
    • Firesteel.
    • Tinder.
    • Camp stove. Small, lightweight, portable. A lot of good information about this out there. Pay special attention to the type of fuel that the stove you select uses.
  • Firearm

This depends on the type of situation you are in. I will list the types of firearms I would have, not necessarily carry, and reasons why. If this is a true bug out situation obviously the adults in your party could carry at least one, more than likely two, long guns.

  • We have already discussed a handgun.
  • “Modern Sporting Rifle”. Be it an AR based platform, an AK-47, Mini-14 etc. I personally like the AR platform. However, A’s can be a bit finicky if not properly cleaned and maintained. Something you may not be able to do well in a TEOTWAWKI situation. So, I would grab an AK-47. Whatever your budget and preference lead you to.
  • .22 caliber rifle. There are many options, I personally recommend the Ruger 10-22. There are several collapsible stocks available. This is for hunting small game.
  • Home defense shotgun. I would suggest a 12 gauge. The options and setups are endless. You can go as mild or as wild as your budget and imagination allow. This is not something I would necessarily always grab. However, this is something I feel that no home should be without. The sound of a shell racking into the chamber of a pump shotgun is a sound that will deter most people without even firing a shot.
  • Extra magazines and ammunition.
  • First-Aid
    • More advanced first aid kit. There are pre-made ones on the market or come up with your own.
    • Quick clotting agent.
    • EMT Shears.
    • Pain relievers, fever reducers, upset stomach pills, etc.
    • A week’s supply of any prescription medications.
    • Any supply of antibiotics or narcotics that you can procure.
    • Knowledge of natural/herbal remedies. Here is a great area where knowledge can help you a lot longer than supplies can.
  • Food
    • If you want to put in a three day supply of freeze-dried meals or MRE’s. Go for it. But here is where procuring your own food will come in handy.
    • I would suggest some type of mess style kit for cooking. Again, your choice.
    • Fishing kit. Fishing line, assortment of hooks, sinkers and artificial bait if desired.
    • Fishing “yo-yo” traps. Can be set and left alone to catch fish while you are doing some other task. I feel these are a necessity. They are light and take up little room.
    • Snare kit. I would suggest several pre-made snares and supplies to create more.
    • Traps. Connibear style traps, an assortment of sizes. 4-6 is all you should need.
    • Frog gigs. Could also be used for spearing fish, depending on your location.
    • You also have a firearm for taking small or large game.
    • Knowledge of wild edibles in your area or bug out location.
  • Light
    • Again, I would suggest a headlamp and extra batteries.
    • Use your discretion for what else you may want/need.
  • Shelter
    • Two changes of clothes. One for warm weather and one for cool/cold weather. Again depending on your environment.
    • I would suggest at least 3 pair of underwear and 6 pair of socks.
    • Packable rain gear.
    • Quality bivy style shelter or tarp.
    • Quality sleeping bag. Again, do some research. See what fits your needs and budget.
    • Sleeping pad if wanted.
    • Possibly a pocket style hammock.
  • Water
    • Stainless steel water bottle.
    • Chemical water treatment.
    • Water filter/purifier. Again, look at your budget and needs. There are several nice options out there.
    • Coffee filters for straining out sediment.
    • Collapsible water storage.

TIER FOUR: Long term preparedness.
Even though this is the largest of all the tiers, I will probably go into the least amount of detail. There are many great sources of information concerning long term preparedness, being one of the best, if not the best, in my opinion.

  • Blades/Tools
    • Obviously any blade or tool previously discussed. Except full size versions.
    • An ax, saws, shovels, garden hoes, rakes, etc.
    • Possibly a plow, seeder, etc, for planting a garden.
    • Variety of hand tools.
    • Automotive tools, carpentry tools, etc.
    • Sewing machine, needles, thread, clothing patterns, etc.
    • Begin thinking of ways you can use your tools and knowledge to develop a skill that can be used for trade or barter.
  • Communication
    • Short wave radios, ham radios, etc.
    • Two way radios.
  • Cordage
    • Large amounts of any cordage or supplies under cordage already discussed.
  • Fire
    • Cast iron stove.
    • Fireplace.
    • Begin thinking now about how you will be heating your home in the winter. Think about how you will be cooking your meals. Also, think about how you will get fuel for your fire.
  • Firearms
    • We discussed in tier three the types of firearms I felt were needed.
    • Begin thinking about amount of ammo you can and are willing to stockpile.
    • Begin thinking about reloading your own ammunition. Begin thinking about stockpiling supplies. This can be turned into great bartering items.
  • First Aid
    • Begin developing a large first aid supply. Think about what you will need to do without a doctor present. Suture kits, surgical kit, trauma kit, etc. There will be no running to the emergency room.
    • Begin thinking about dental supplies. Again, there will possibly be no dentists to go to.
    • Again, knowledge is key in this situation. There are some good books about this type of thing. Take a first aid class, learn CPR. Learn as much as you possibly can.
    • Study about and begin stockpiling medications.
  • Food
    • There are many more articles to be written and read on this subject alone.
    • Start developing a small reserve of foods that you eat on a regular basis that have a long shelf life. Start with a week; go to a month, then three months, then a year, then longer.
    • Begin thinking now about storage. A year’s supply of food for your family will take up a considerable amount of space.
    • Expand on the amount of items you have from tier three. Increase the number of traps and snares you have.
    • Think about obtaining a variety of seeds to plant in your garden.
    • Again, there is a vast amount of information to be found on this subject alone. The main thing I want you to understand is this is doable, on any income. Start small and work your way up to larger quantities.
    • Do not get yourself into a financial burden by going out and buying a year’s supply of food at one time.
  • Light
    • Begin obtaining lanterns, fuel, mantles, etc.
    • Begin thinking about candles and candle making.
    • If you are so inclined, begin thinking about solar panels for your home or shelter location.
  • Shelter
    • Begin making those small repairs to your home. Things that may be fairly quickly and easily fixed now may not be so easily fixed later. I’m not talking kitchen remodeling; I’m talking leaky faucets, broken windows, drafty doors, etc.
    • Think about having a metal roof installed if you don’t have one already.
    • This is the time to think about a secondary survival location. A remote, rural location. Think of this as an investment. It could be used now as a vacation spot. Use it later as a retirement home.
  • Water
    • Begin storing water. Think not only about drinking, but also cooking and cleaning.
    • Again, start small. Begin with a few days worth; then weeks and months.
    • Start thinking about long-term procurement and storage. Gutters that empty into water storage, etc. Think also about purification on a large scale.
  • Miscellaneous Things to Thing About
    • Sit down and make a list of normal, everyday things that you do around your house, cleaning, washing, “personal” business, entertainment, etc.
    • These are activities that require items that you will not be able to run down to the store to get.
    • Toiletries. Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper, razors, shaving cream, feminine hygiene, etc.
    • Cleaning. Bleach, disinfectant, dish soap, laundry detergent, etc.
    • Entertainment. Cards, board games, puzzles, books, etc.
    • Think about large quantity storage of fuel; for cooking, heating, anything with an internal combustion engine, etc.

Again, I have very briefly touched on long term preparedness. There are numerous articles and books on long term preparedness. Read them. This is meant merely as a primer to get you thinking about long term survival.

anonymous asked:

Cold war cold war cold war plz. like how it started/ended and major things that went down during the time epriod

okay! sorry this got a little long, but it’s like a 40+ year thing, and i tried to hit every major event that affected america.

so basically the cold war starts in 1945 as wwii ends. essentially president truman is like “great working with you to take down those nazis and the japanese, stalin’s soviet union! but you’re actually a communist dictatorship so………..” and tensions between america and the ussr start rising again.

then in 1947, truman announces his truman doctrine, which basically states that the us will help protect and rebuild any countries threatened by communism, aka eastern european countries bordering the ussr. (this is called the theory of containment: keeping communism IN the ussr and not letting it spread.) the u.s. rebuilds a lot of europe using this massive aid package program thing called the marshall plan.

also, after wwii, we divided germany into pieces to be occupied by allied countries. this included splitting the capital, berlin, literally in half. the western half would be the “american” (capitalist) half, and the eastern the “soviet” (communist) half. so in 1948, stalin actually blockades the western half that’s supposed to be free from soviet rule, and we literally have to airlift provisions in until the blockade lifts in 1949. this, as you can imagine, is NOT good for our relations. also, around this time in ‘49, soviets start testing nukes and china becomes communist under mao zedong, so you can imagine how bad that is from the american perspective.

then in 1950, the korean war starts, and that’s going to last a bit over three years until 1953. communist north korea starts fighting capitalist south korea, and while this isn’t an ~official~ war between the usa and ussr, we both send in troops to back up our preferred side, and the war essentially ends in a draw, with the border in pretty much the same place as it was before and is today.

so the years after wwii are essentially a race between americans and soviets to contain communism and to spread it, respectively. this means that the 1950s are a time of MASSIVE paranoia in america. everyone is afraid everyone else is a communist spy. a bonus fact apush graders like: during this time, ethel and julius rosenberg became the first people executed for spying during peacetime.

there’s also this senator named joe mccarthy who becomes one of the most outspoken anti-communists, and he basically accuses tons of americans of being spies and brings them before this committee he formed called the “house un-american activities committee.” included in this list are even well-known and beloved celebrities, like lucille ball from i love lucy. he also said he had a list of 205 government employees who were communists. dude was TOTALLY off his rocker, and eventually his downfall comes about because of this thing where he was basically exposed as a liar in 1954. his whole deeply paranoid anti-communist zeal thing becomes known as mccarthyism, and the incident as a whole becomes known as the red scare. they don’t teach about it as much, but there was also a lavender scare at the same time: fear of gays in the government, because the theory was that gay state officials would be more likely to give up state secrets if they could be blackmailed into being outed.

also, this whole cold war leads to 2 important “races”: the space race, and the nuclear arms race. both names are pretty self-explanatory: the space race is trying to get into space/advance space technology faster, and the arms race is who can stock more nukes. we definitely remember the space race more; it’s what led to things like the moon landing in 1969.

also, the soviets build a LITERAL wall down the middle of berlin in 1961. it’s called the berlin wall, obviously, and pretty much no one can get across it.

anyway, in 1962 under president john f. kennedy we have this thing called the cuban missile crisis. basically an american plane flying over cuba (now communist under fidel castro, and after a failed 1961 effort on america’s part to get locals to overthrow the communists known as the bay of pigs invasion), which is only about 90 miles from florida, gets photos of soviet nukes pointed directly at america! which is bad. so we set up a naval blockade around cuba in response, and for about two weeks, we’re pretty much on the brink of nuclear war. after 13 days, we reach an agreement: the ussr will get rid of its cuban missiles if we get rid of ours in turkey, which is too close to the soviet union for comfort.

THEN the vietnam war starts in 1965. (well, troops from france had been there years earlier, but we don’t jump in until 1965.) a lot like the korean war, it’s america supporting the south against the soviet union supporting communists in the north. very long, very ugly, very complicated, and two million people did, the vast majority of which were unfortunately vietnamese citizens. eventually we pull out in under president gerald ford in 1975, south vietnam falls to communism, and this is generally chalked up as an L for america in the history books. also, the ussr is now led by a dude named brezhnev, and he and nixon (president from 1969-1973) actually engaged in a policy called “detente,” which is actually a LESSENING of tensions? because we might have been fighting a war through proxy but at least we weren’t trying to nuke each other.

in 1979, the ussr invades afghanistan and we arm local militia groups to fight them. we end up regretting this very soon, as this is what’s going to lead to some groups we now know as al qaeda and the taliban. (the u.s. pretty much destabilized the entire middle east in the ‘70s, which is why it’s constantly at war now.) the soviets get kicked out, but we boycott the 1980 moscow olympics because of this.

okay, so now it’s the mid-80s, and reagan is president and a dude named mikhail gorbachev is the new soviet leader. reagan tries building a space weapons program literally called “star wars” in 1983. it doesn’t really go anywhere. gorbachev is actually more chill than previous soviet leaders, though. he has these policies of “perestroika” and “glasnost,” which mean “restructuring” and “openness,” respectively. during this time, he does his best to somewhat rebuild the corrupt soviet government in a way that’s more helpful and transparent to the people. reagan gives a very famous speech with the line “mr. gorbachev, tear down this wall!” about the berlin wall. finally, in 1989, the berlin wall is torn down. that year is easy to remember, because it’s the same as taylor swift’s megahit album.

finally, in 1991, the warsaw pact (which was what held the constituent countries of the soviet union together) dissolves, the ussr is no more, and while obviously tensions between the usa and that area aren’t just gone automatically, the cold war is effectively ended.

sorry this turned into a novel. hope this helped!

Jason Todd Soul Mark Series (Part 3)

Y/N- your name
AN- I feel kinda bleh about this part so please send your feedback

warnings: a cut, some bleeding, sirens, kissing, scars, cursing, firearm mention

Meeting Red Hood was too casual for the reputation he had. As always, you were walking to the bus stop after getting off of work and there he was. His head was slumped back, his chest rising and falling and his legs spread out so that they were blocking some of the seats, you could see the tens of guns and rounds that were strapped to him on his arms and thighs. You had heard about how gun crazy and snarky Red Hood was and didn’t feel like dealing with it that night, you had had an asshole customer who gave a shitty tip on a huge tab. So you rolled your eyes and pushed his shoulder.

“Don’t touch me, civilian.” Red said when you were a few inches close to him. His head turned to you and he stiffened. “Uh, what are you doing out this late?” He asked, his voice sounding deeper as if he was trying to be more intimidating. Red failed and you guessed he realized that because his voice returned to the way it was before.

“I’m waiting for the bus and your thighs aren’t giving me chance to sit down. Can you move them?” You asked, motioning your hand towards his leg.

“Yeah, sorry.” He shifted his legs out of the way and you sat down a seat away from him.

“What’s your name?” Red Hood asked after a minute of silence.

“Y/N L/N.”

More moments of silence came and gwent. You reminisced about all the times of you had seen Red Hood and the Bat Gang on the news. As you did, you found it harder to contain your excitement that you were actually meeting Red Hood. You remembered The Riddler’s Fire from a few months ago and how cool Red looked while rescuing those civilians.

“You looked really cool on the news when you were rescuing those people.” You complimented.

“Which time?” He joked. You felt he had a smirk on his face under the helmet.

“The day of The Riddler’s Fire. It was super dangerous and yet you still got all the people out.” A smile grew on your face and a slight blush creeped its way to your face.

“Ha, thank you. But what’s this ‘Riddler’s Fire’ you’re talking about?” He moved his hand in question.

“The burning building with the question mark on it…? I would have thought you’d remember a case like that one.”

Red Hood was silent for a few seconds as if you had told him something that connected his case together. Red reached his head to his neck and scratched his neck anxiously, he winced. You looked down at his side and saw a cut in his leather jacket. It reminded you of your boyfriend of 5 months, Jason. The cut was bleeding somewhat badly but needed medical attention.

“That looks really bad, do you need to go to the hospital?” You said as you reached out a touched it lightly, earning a sharp inhale from the vigilante.

“Please, I’ve had worse. But it needs to be closed. I don’t suppose you have a suture kit in your bag, do you?” He asked while taking off his jacket. You raised your eyebrows.

“I don’t even know how to sew.” You began rummaging through your bag. “But I have band aids, will that be alright for now?” You asked, showing him the package.

“Yeah, will you put it on me? I can’t reach where the cut is.” Red lifted the side of his gear up revealing his excessively toned obliques. You blushed further. You nodded slightly and began to unwrap the band aid package. It was Hello Kitty and you then laughed at yourself. You began to bandage him when you asked, “How did you get this?”

“On my mission tonight, I got shoved against a rusty pipe and it pricked me.” He sighed.

“Let me guess, in an abandoned warehouse?” You chided.

“How’d you know?”

“It’s a cliché with vigilantes. Honestly, why don’t bad guys and anti-heros plot somewhere more efficient than a rusty and rickety building?”

“You’re asking the wrong guy.” He inhaled.

“Don’t you deal drugs?” You laughed.

You finished putting two bandages on his upper oblique and smoothed it down, subconsciously beginning to trace the outlines of the muscles contracting as he breathed. You realized what you were doing and pulled away now dawning a gown of embarrassment.

“That’s embarrassing, I shouldn’t have been so close to you like that. I’m sorry, I have a boyfriend who I love very much. My soulmate, actually.” You rambled then shifted in your seat uncomfortably.

“You love him?” Red seemed surprised for some reason.

“Well, I haven’t told him that I do. I know he loves me, though. We just haven’t said anything about it.” You paused. “Is that weird?”

“What do you love about him? What’s his name?” Red seemed unnecessarily interested.

“Jason, he’s the best. He can cook, his jokes are great, and he has so much respect everyone. Jason’s so kind to me and I am to him. But..” You had a smile on your face that started to dwindle.


“I fear that not everyone has been so kind to him. He has so many scars that he won’t talk about and sometimes I see ones that weren’t there the last time I saw him. I love him and I don’t want him to feel like he can’t talk to anyone about his life. Maybe I’m prying into his life too much. But he is my life now, I just want to let him know that I’m here for him in any case. It doesn’t matter how bad. Maybe he doesn’t trust me like I trust him.” You shrugged then turned to the anti-hero beside you. He was looking at the ground.

“Red?” You asked with concern.

Slowly, he reached his hand to the back of the helmet. He was about to release it when sirens filled both of your ears.

Red Hood quickly turned his head to the side and mumbled something like a confirmation.

“I have to go, thank you for the band aids. I’m in your debt.” Red Hood stood up from the bench and began to run in the direction of the sirens.

“What should I tell Jason?”

“Tell him you love him, if you’re worried about him isolating himself.” He took off again.

“Wait!” He turned at the sound of your voice. “Can we take a picture together?”

“No, I have to go.” He said without a second thought.

“What the fuck?” You whispered as he ran off.

That was two weeks ago. You had practically moved into Jason’s place, you were there all the time. On your days off, after work, and in the mornings. You had a toothbrush and everything! Granted, the place was huge and he definitely had enough room for you. But you preferred to sleep in Jason’s bed with him. Waking up to his arms around you and his face in in your neck always made your day better. Of course, the morning make-outs helped too.

Like this morning, for example. Jason has woken you up before noon with feather soft kisses on your neck and a tough grasp on you waist. You had gone to bed the might before in your usual pajamas, a t-shirt and underwear. Needless to say, Jason was all over you. And since your didn’t officially live there, you had to wear one of Jason’s. The shirt had crumpled up to the middle of your rib cage.

“Jay, why’d you wake me up so early?” You stretched your muscles and turned to face him. Jason’s hair was a mess, the white in the front had been shoved down onto his forehead while every other strand stood in any direction it could think of and you loved it.

“I wanted to have time to spend with you before work.” He kissed your shoulder this time.

“Jason, you see me almost every single morning.” You smirked at him.

“It’s not enough for me.” Jason smiled as he crawled on top of you, planting kisses down your face and neck. The further down he got on you, the slower the kisses became. When Jason was at your waist you stopped him and pulled his face to yours. It started out with hums and sighs of complacency until you pulled off Jason’s shirt.

Well, you tried to but Jason stopped you and did it himself so you could watch the show. Your eyes drank in the sight of your shirtless boyfriend, drinking in every drop. You did absolutely love him and you had not followed Red’s directions to tell him so. Red Hood didn’t know about yours and Jason’s relationship, how would he know what you should do? In retrospect, it was stupid for you to talk about it in the first place. You hadn’t told Jason that you had met Red Hood, you would have to explain what you were doing with him. Jason wouldn’t get mad, just obsessively curious.

Jason’s scars were fully visible in the morning light that came through his bedroom window. Sure, you had now seen him shirtless a number of times, but each time there was something different. Whether it was a new scar or somewhere where he winced when you touched it. He hadn’t told you any stories about them yet no matter how much you begged.

Jason was about to dive into your face to continue the heated moment when you said, “Can you tell me a story?”

His head perked up. “A story?”

“About one of your scars, you’re so secretive about them and it worries me.” You looked down and began fiddling with your thumbs while feeling Jason’s eyes looking at you.

“Alright,” He said after a paused moment. “Pick one.”

You picked your head up and told him to turn around so you could see your options. There were plenty, you really wanted to hear about the one that looked like a star but then another caught your eye. It was a new one under his arm on his oblique muscle. It reminded you of your night with Red. As you reminisced, you began to trace the horizontal scar on his oblique without thinking. You looked at it further and you conducted that it was almost in the same place where Red Hood had gotten sliced by a pipe. In fact, it was practically the same cut! But Jason wasn’t Red Hood. He couldn’t be.


“Jason, how did you get this one?”

“I, uh, got it at work.” Jason coughed.

“How do you get a cut like that at a pharmaceutical company?” You weren’t convinced.

“I was lugging boxes and fell down on one with a nail not hammered into place. It hurt like a bitch.” He laughed and rubbed his neck nervously. The two of you were silent, you looking at his scars, Jason looking at the comforter.

“Can I ask you a question?” He added.

“Of course.” You looked into his eyes and he swallowed roughly.

“Will you move in with me?” Jason moved his eyes away from yours and you could tell he was very nervous.

“Yes. Yes, I’ll move in with you.” You smiled brightly and hugged your boyfriend. You would be saving so much money by living with him and you could really use it, rent had gotten tighter and grocery prices went up. Thank goodness Jason lived a Wayne apartment complex. Of course, rent wasn’t the only reason why you were excited. You’d be with Jason almost all the time, you were very much looking forward to that.

college/uni criteria

the college center at my school distributed this list last week, and i thought i’d share it - obviously not every question will be relevant to you, but it’s a great way to figure out what matters!


  • what standardized tests are required for admissions to this school?
  • when is the admissions deadline?
  • what percentage of applicants was accepted last year?
  • what is the average rank/grade point average of currently enrolled freshmen?
  • what were the average act and sat scores of currently enrolled freshmen?
  • how selective are the admissions standards at this institution?
  • what is the recommended high school academic preparation program for this school?
  • does this school require letters of recommendation?
  • does this school require a personal essay? 
  • does this school offer early decision/action admissions?


  • does this school have the major/program i’m interested in?
  • what is the reputation of the department or major i’m interested in?
  • what is the student/faculty ratio for undergraduate courses?
  • how may courses do most undergraduate students take each term?
  • who teaches introductory courses - faculty members or teaching assistants?
  • what is the average class size of introductory courses?
  • what is the format of the school calendar?
  • how many courses will i need to graduate?
  • does this college offer dual majors?
  • is there an honors program?
  • does this school offer a cooperative education program?
  • what opportunities are there for independent study?
  • are there exchange programs with other schools?
  • what opportunities are there to study abroad?
  • are internships in my field available?
  • what percentage of students go on to graduate school?

student body

  • what is the size of the freshman class?
  • what is the total enrollment?
  • how diverse is the student body (economically, ethnically, geographically, etc.)?
  • what is the male/female ratio?
  • what is the general orientation of students (academic, scientific, social service, arts, etc.)?

student services and programs

  • will i be assigned an academic counselor or a faculty advisor to help me choose my courses?
  • is there a career counseling center for help with resume writing, interviewing, and job placement?
  • is there a personal counseling center?
  • will i have access to health care on campus?

student life

  • are there theaters, concert halls, or galleries nearby?
  • are there movie theaters, restaurants, or sports complexes nearby?
  • does the school regularly sponsor dances, concerts, guest speakers, etc.?
  • is there an extracurricular activity i’m interested in on campus?
  • are intramural sports available?
  • what percentage of students lives on campus and what percentage commutes?
  • what role do fraternities and sororities play on campus?
  • how politically active is the student body?
  • how religiously active is the student body?
  • what are the most popular activities/clubs on campus?
  • what is the crime rate on campus?
  • are cars allowed on campus?
  • does this school have an honor code?

housing and dining facilities

  • are the dorms co-ed or single sex?
  • are apartments available for off-campus housing?
  • will dorms be available after my freshman year?
  • are there fraternity/sorority houses available?
  • how close are the dorms to the classrooms and dining facilities?
  • are there any “special” dorms available (languages, honors, international, etc.)?
  • are most freshman dorm rooms singles, doubles, triples, or quads?
  • are there a variety of food plans available?

campus facilities

  • how is the library (to study, do research, are the hours convenient, etc.)?
  • how are the recreation facilities?
  • how are the sports facilities?
  • how accessible are the computer labs?
  • how are the music practice rooms?
  • is the student center a comfortable place to hang out?
  • what condition are the buildings on campus in?

cost and financial aid

  • what is the total cost to attend this school (including tuition, room and board, books and supplies, travel expenses, and living expenses)?
  • are there any special fees for my particular program or major?
  • what percentage of students receive financial aid?
  • what is the average financial aid package?
  • does this school offer institutional scholarships?
  • are there opportunities to find on-campus jobs?
  • does this school offer tuition payment options?
  • are scholarships available for first-generation students?
Between the Moon & NYC, ch 13

Fandom: Glee/Klaine

Summary: Kurt arrives in a small coastal town in North Carolina to join his dad and Carole for a few days of their vacation, but under duress. He can’t imagine that this sleepy southern town has anything to offer him…till a very attractive local goes jogging by on the beach.

Rating: Teen.

Word Count: ~6,200 for this chapter, ~84K total for fic.

A/N: Thanks to @notthatbea for helping me talk through a troublesome scene in this chapter – you’re the best!

Read from the beginning on Tumblr here. Chapter 12 is here.  AO3.

The level of light in the room told Blaine that it was time to get up…past time, really. But he stayed where he was, curled around the pillow that Kurt had used the night before, loathe to leave the bed where he was surrounded by Kurt’s scent and the memories of everything they’d shared.

There had barely been any light in the room when Kurt woke him, saying that it was time for him to leave so he could say goodbye to his Dad and Carole and be in New Bern in time for his flight.

“I hate to say it, but…. I need a ride. I wish you could stay, and I could just say goodbye to you here,” Kurt whispered to him. “I want to remember you just like this. And a long goodbye won’t make this any easier.”

Blaine had only nodded, and gotten up to drive Kurt back to the now-familiar beach house that the Hummels had rented. They said little on the drive, but they held hands in the center of the seat the whole way.

When Blaine pulled up in the yard, lights already on in the house despite the early hour, he parked and turned to Kurt.

“This doesn’t have to be goodbye for good, you know.”

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Picking a Safety School: Three Key Criteria

As you formulate and finalize your final college list, you might be putting the most thought into picking your reach and match schools. Your college list might consist of 4 schools, it might consist of 12 schools. The schools could be spread out across the country, or they could be all within one state. They could be big, they could be small. But at least one of them had better be a safety.

When choosing a true safety school (or two or three), you need to have these things in mind:

You need to be almost guaranteed to be accepted

One way of ensuring this is to check the range of accepted students’ test scores and GPAs. Generally, if you are above the 75th percentile, you have a good shot at getting in. HOWEVER, this is absolutely positively NOT the case when it comes to any school with a low acceptance rate or almost any school that views applications holistically. In both of these cases, admission is a crapshoot. When viewing applications holistically, colleges will look beyond your numerical values to see who you are as a person, and who you are as a person may not match up to your test scores. And when acceptance rates are low (i.e. below 30%), then it doesn’t really matter that your scores are within or above range, because SO MANY applicants will have great scores and they still won’t accept them all. And don’t even get me started on people who consider schools with <20% acceptance safeties. Oh, your parents went there? Oh, you’re like, super smart? Cool. Now put those schools back in the reach category where they belong. 

You need to be able to afford it

This is very important and often overlooked by applicants. Every school should let you run a net price calculator to find out just how much your family will be expected to pay. If the result is higher than you can afford, it’s up to you and your parents whether you still want to apply at all, but it is NO LONGER A SAFETY. Schools that estimate your family contribution to be higher than your family can afford to pay become financial reaches. This means that even if you are guaranteed acceptance, it isn’t a safety because there is still a high chance you may not be able to attend. The financial aid package becomes sort of a second admissions decision. For a safety to be a true safety, you need to be sure you can afford it.

You need to love it

This is definitely the most overlooked point of all. Most applicants associate a negative stigma with safety schools. They think of a safety school as a school you hate but end up being forced to go to because you get rejected (either academically or financially) from everywhere else. But this DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THE CASE. You can LOVE YOUR SAFETY. In fact, your safety school can be your number one choice: that’s totally fine! Spend at least as much time, if not more, researching and visiting safety schools, since there is a relatively high chance you will attend there. If you don’t get the same feeling at your safety school that you get at your reach school, then don’t apply. Find one you can still see yourself at, that has the programs you want, and that has the characteristics you want in a college. “Safety school” does NOT equal “terrible school.” If you go in with that mindset, you will never be able to succeed if that is where you end up attending. 

Only when a school meets all three of these criteria can it be considered a true safety school. 


The countdown to Graduation Day is on, my friends! You’ve done it! You’ve reached your final year of high school. However, your journey isn’t over. Adulthood, college life, and a career path is on its way. 

You got this, though. If you went through four years of hell high school, you can get through the next step of your life.

Special Note: Around the end of July, I’ll post “Prep for [F/So/J/Sn] Year” guides. Which are basically to help you get through the year. The senior version will include more college prep related tips. As for now, the checklists are tips for the end of the school year.


Here’s some tips for the seniors!

  • Keep an eye out for mail from the colleges you applied for. If you applied for regular decision, you should receive news during March and April. Financial aid packages should come around in April.
  • Being on a waitlist is not a rejection. But you should keep the schools you did get accepted into in your mind. .
  • Keep active in school. Having good leadership skills and being reliable and responsible goes a long way.
  • Side note, keep up with those grades
  • Take a self care day when you need one. You should be your first priority. Drink some water, eat, take breaks between studying, hang out with friends, heck, go pet your dog or cat.
  • Consider financial aid packages carefully. If you have questions, contact the financial office of the college the package came from.
  • Prepare for final exams and standardized tests. If you are taking an AP exam(s) or CLEP (College Level Examination Program) tests for college credit, take the necessary steps to get prepared for it.
  • Make your final college decision. Send a letter of intent to the schools you applied for by May 1. Send your deposit to your chosen school and ask you counselor to send your final transcript to that college by June. Meet housing deadlines.
  • If you are still conflicted with which school you wish to attend, take one more campus visit.
  • Write thank you notes to the people that wrote your recommendation letters. They had a part in getting you to where you are going in the next couple months, they deserve a thank you.
  • Over the summer attend your college’s orientation program
  • Make the most of your senior year! You are in the homestretch, make all the memories count!
  • GRADUATE! This is the moment you have been waiting for since you first stepped into your high school four years ago. Take it with grace and pride, be proud of yourself!

Feel free to add your own tips.

Unlearning from the Inside: Belonging in Academia as a Student of Color

by Yena Sharma Purmasir

My mother started talking to me about college when I was five years old. Not so much to tell me that I had to go. She told me stories about what college was like for her. I remember sitting on the carpet, looking through her wooden armoire, flipping through her transcripts. The first time I heard the word degree, I had no idea what it meant. My mother told me that she had two degrees, from different schools. She said they both meant different things. My mother was the first person to tell me about scholarships, about hard working students that can be rewarded for all their efforts. It sounded magical: a giant boat full of brilliant explorers. Of course I was going to go to college. Of course.

The trajectory of my education is simultaneously something I try not to think about and something I am obsessed with, two polarizing sides of the same immigrant pipe dream. Where would I be in America without my two graduate degree parents? How would I have found my footing without the luck and sweat of standardized testing and accelerated public school programming? I grew up in a household with one parent who had the luxury and pain of attempting his creative endeavors, starting up his own advertising agency. My other parent has forever had the responsibility of earning a dependable, consistent wage, nevermind her masters in English literature or the growing pile of books at the foot of her bed. What I have seen firsthand of elite education was its isolating power, its heavy price.

I was sixteen years old when I decided I wanted to go to Swarthmore College. The story here is full of young idealism and kismet. I didn’t like Swarthmore for any tangible reason. I liked it for its mascot, the phoenix, which was the name of my high school’s literary magazine. I wish sometimes I had a better reason for being so drawn to a campus, so motivated to end up at a very specific, remote school. But this is the truth. I don’t know why I thought Swarthmore was right for me. It was like something in my brain clicked. I knew I would go to Swarthmore, the same way I had known when I was five years old that I would go to college.

This makes it seem like getting into college wasn’t difficult, like I didn’t spend most of my senior year of high school staring up at the ceiling of my room, thinking how my life would turn out without this fragile little miracle. I had applied to Swarthmore as an early decision student in December. I was deferred in February. I sent them a series of poems and letters, begging essentially for this narrow chance at having the life I wanted. I was accepted in March.

There’s an episode of Family Matters where Laura gets into Harvard and can’t afford to go. This story isn’t like that one. I went to Swarthmore College on a full ride. I didn’t take out a loan. I graduated with no debt in my name. If I think about my blessed reality, really think about it, I start to cry. In America, stories like this seem less and less possible. Certainly, I didn’t talk about my financial aid package at school. It felt like I was bragging and anyway, my scholarship had the divine power to make me feel very big and very small. My truth is that I could not have attended college without a scholarship. My truth, as many other classmates pointed out, is that I needed a “handout.”

Every month, I receive questions from young people embarking on the complicated college journey. A few weeks after I graduated, I got a message that said: “Wow, you graduated from Swarthmore.” It felt a bit like a punch in the stomach. For me, college has always been this thing I would have to do. I grew up understanding very clearly my responsibility to my parents, who had left everything they knew behind to start fresh in this country. So, in part I had to go to college because of my parents and all the work they did to settle us here, work I will never truly be able to grasp. But, I also had to go to college for myself. College wasn’t even a goal, it was a stepping stone. I was setting dreams of becoming a psychologist, of getting a doctorate. This was different from my dreams of being a writer, which needs no qualification, no distinction other than my own commitment and practice. But there are many professions that have their own intricate licensure: college is the most minimal thing on the list.  

For the past ten months, I have been working at an organization that supports formerly incarcerated women and their children. Last week, I was talking to an Indigenous woman in our program. She is twenty years old and juggling her motherhood with securing a job. “When do you graduate from college?” she asked me. I told her that I already graduated. She asked me how old I was when I graduated, what I majored in, how I finished so fast. “I want to go to college,” she told me, like she was confessing a great secret. “You’ll go,” I said. We listed all the women we knew who were in school part-time and working part-time and mothers full-time.

Later that night, I told my younger brother this story. He is also twenty years old. Unlike this woman, my brother is already in college. Unlike this woman, he isn’t sure if he belongs there anymore. When my brother told me this for the first time, I didn’t know what to say. I just listened. Of course I want my brother to be happy, healthy, and safe wherever he is.  I am always on his side. This is exactly why I feel so ambivalent about his choice.

For some of us, college is not just a means to an end. It is not just about a career. It becomes its own type of survival. It is about class. It is about upward mobility. It is about people listening to you when you speak. College won’t protect you on the street, won’t guarantee that you always have food to eat, won’t promise a fulfilling, or even secure, career. But college is a seatbelt in the car accident of life in America. I am a brown woman with a college degree and at the very least, people give me the most basic human respect. At the very least, people take me seriously. This isn’t just in professional settings. I have gone on dates with men, who only asked me out after learning where I went to college. “You’re a genius,” they say. But Swarthmore isn’t just an academically grueling institution: it is one of the most elite academic spaces in the country. The weight of that reputation has given a depth to my choices, my decisions, and my opinions.

For people of color in America, college is more than just a piece of paper. It is a transparent protection. It is a way to stamp out white mediocrity. It is doing well in a space that was never meant for us. It is unlearning from the inside. It is taking courses in disciplines that could be taught by our mothers and grandmothers. It is reading stories that we grew up believing. It is building powerful communities on campuses that have long histories of silencing those same communities. It is saying in front of an entire classroom that you are going to teach in a classroom. It is having everyone truly believe you. Without college, some of this isn’t possible. Without college, we cannot work certain jobs. Without college, the world can feel smaller.

I understand my brother’s pain and discomfort. I am rooting for him to become his best, whether that is in the world of academia or somewhere else. The women I have worked with this year have all told me their own college stories, how some of them worked through their four years, how others are credits away from a bachelor’s degree, and how a handful are still waiting for the day when they can enroll in their first college class. For all of them, college was not a decision they had the right to make – not when they were eighteen, not when they were twenty. It was a series of circumstances. It was just the way it was. At the very least, I want everyone to have the autonomy and freedom to choose if college is right for them.

I want to tell all the young students of color, all the mature students of color, all the people of color who think that they aren’t worth the time and cost of a formal education: you do belong there. This legacy is yours as much as it is anyone else’s. I don’t care if you aren’t good at math or have never been able to code switch, if you always ask for an extension or need a tutor to pass your history classes. You are a student the moment you decide to be. You deserve to learn. You deserve to receive credits for your work. You deserve the cost of an expensive tuition. You deserve the time to go to school. And you deserve the truth, which is that you don’t need to go to college. You don’t need to go to college.

But, it is okay to want something you don’t need.

It is okay to build big dreams for yourself, to imagine you’re an executive director of a make believe office. It is okay to apply to scholarship programs. It is okay to have a Sallie Mae account. It is okay to take time off from school. It is okay to go back to school. It is okay to graduate and feel aimless. It is okay because this is your life. This is your life and you should get to decide what you do.

I know I am lucky to have made my own decisions. I know I get to make these decisions because of my mother’s decisions. When we were children, she used to tell us, “People can take away your money and your job and your land, but your education is yours forever. No one can ever take this from you.

 It was my surest decision, to have something so powerfully and permanently mine. I knew it when I was playing with my mother’s transcripts at five and when I was walking across the amphitheater stage to collect my diploma at twenty-one. I know it even now, when I pack up my desk at my first post-grad job, when people ask me what I am going to do next. “Anything,” I tell them. “Everything.”

Yena Sharma Purmasir a 22 year old poet and author from New York City. Her first book of poetry, Until I Learned What It Meant, was published by Where Are You Press in 2013. A recent graduate from Swarthmore College, Yena has spent her first year of “real adulthood” doing a year’s worth of service at Hour Children, a non-profit supporting formerly incarcerated women and their children. Yena was the Queens Teen Poet Laureate for 2010-2011 academic year. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Chuck James Literary Prize from the Black Cultural Center at Swarthmore College. Most recently, she learned that she is one of Coffee Meets Bagel’s “top 10% most LIKED members.” She owes all of her success to her family and friends, who not only read her poems, but also continue to help her choose the perfect profile picture.