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Impatiens pallida, Balsaminaceae

If you have never seen this plant you might recognise it for a relative of the Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) I described a few days ago, but if you live in central-eastern North America you are probably more familiar with the native yellow jewelweed than I am. Overall they look fairly similar, but the latter doesn’t grow nearly as large or aggressively and I have found no indication or record of its presence in the wild here in Scotland. I was actually quite surprised when I first saw a couple of plants growing a bit stunted under an hedge at Glasgow Botanic Gardens and then a few more along a non-cultivated path and I obviously had to investigate. My guess was this species had been part of the collection at some point in the past and was still popping up as a weed here and there, but the former curator told me it was never grown intentionally to his memory. My guess might still be valid, it must mean it was part of the collection at least over 20 years ago, as there’s no other explanation for its restricted presence there and total absence outside of the Gardens.  

While I was at it I also asked about the other, much showier, North American native, the orange jewelweed (I. capensis), but that has never been grown there either. It was actually introduced to the British Isles and already recorded outside cultivation in the early 1800′s, but its distribution here seems to be restricted to southern England so I’ve not yet had a chance to see it in person (which is a shame as I really like orange flowers maybe as much as blue ones, but we really don’t need more Impatiens here).

Session Recap 9/23/17

Outside of the castle, Erwyn and Ditto both attempted to identify the craft that had crashed through the portal. With his planar knowledge, Erwyn was able to recognize it as belonging to the Illithid, or mind flayers. Deciding that facing these creatures was a challenge for a complete party, they headed up the mountain to reunite with everyone else.

Ditto however, still in poor shape from her adventure into the wall in the center of the courtyard (and as always, very small), struggled to make it up one of the icier inclines along the mountain path. She called Tik-tik near to her and asked them to get the attention of the others in the cave.

Tik-tik obliged, and fortunately Rooster (who was still keeping watch at the cave’s mouth for the imp with her crossbow) identified their shape without shooting first. When the familiar swooped around a few times, shrieking for good measure, Rooster, Kriv, and Amaranth all decided to head down the mountain in the direction they were indicating. There they found Ditto, and helped her climb the rest of the way up the mountain.

Once they were back, someone grabbed Voski (who had retreated to the back of the cave to study the necromancy book again) and Ditto explained what had happened on her mission, in the dungeons, and upon their escape. A little bit of planning as to what to do next was attempted, but no one really seemed to have a good idea of what to do.

Kriv spoke up and suggested that maybe their next move was something they should do with the entire party in working order, and everyone agreed, although Voski seemed a little hesitant. She argued that the ritual to bring Erwyn back to life required an instrument she could play while singing, unlike her oboe, but Fuzzy overheard and offered her a lute. The next thing Voski said they needed was a sort of altar to perform the ritual on, and Rose offered to turn into a dragon and move a large rock for them in the center of the back chamber of the cave.

Voski asked for the ring of mindshielding to have a brief conversation with Erwyn,in which she asked him if he had the conviction needed to successfully complete the spell – basically, if he wanted to stay dead. Because the spell had the potential to backfire and hurt people, he tried to waffle on his answer, but she demanded a yes or no answer. Finally, he gave a no. She immediately segued into asking him for a piece of the ritual – a song with some kind of emotional meaning to him. Knowing that most of his choices would be in Elvish and therefore possibly complicated to teach her, he chose a simple lullaby from his childhood with a Common translation, and sung it for her.

As the planning for the ritual intensified, Rose began crying and left the room. Bramble, however, remained present, wanting to watch – and with her mother likely distracted by her distraught sister, faced no objection. Ditto wandered over to Voski and told her she thought she was very brave for doing this, which Voski somewhat brushed off by informing everyone the she needed no interruptions to perform the ritual if she wanted to have an end result of herself and Erwyn ending up alright. The others retreated into the shadows to achieve this goal.

And then the ritual began. Voski started chanting and performing clockwise, the counterclockwise circuits around the body, which Kriv had placed on the rock Rose moved for them. She then placed the diamond, which had been removed from its setting, over Erwyn’s heart, and set about performing some gestures over his head, his feet, his left side, and his right side – still occasionally chanting the verbal components of the spell.

As she did so, a hum began to fill the cavern, quietly at first, then stronger, and small glimpses of light became visible in the air. She continued chanting, and the harmonics continued growing, until a shroud of light formed over Erwyn’s body. Voski then broke into singing a selection she from a Drow opera, because it was one of the most pious songs she knew to fulfill the requirements of the spell. She also figured Lolth seemed unlikely to object to it being used for necromancy.

When she completed singing, she noticed that there hadn’t been a flash of light from the diamond (which would signify that the ritual was progressing). The next step, however, was to plead the case of the deceased to a deity, and she pushed on – calling on, to everyone’s surprise, Pholtus. She argued that the blast that killed Erwyn had actually been meant for her, and that because he’d been stuck in the ring of mindshielding he’d never passed onto another plane that would make him the property of the Raven Queen. It seemed she was very persuasive because finally the diamond flashed with purple light.

The next step was to call Erwyn’s soul back to his body, which she began doing as she sung the folk song he’d taught her earlier. For Erwyn, it conjured up memories of being very small and listening to his mother play the song on a harp as he drifted into meditation. But something was wrong. The spell demanded that the soul be both free and willing – and the ring, though it had thus far prevented him from moving on into the afterlife, was also preventing him from moving back into his body. He asked for the voice that had greeted him when he first entered the ring and told it – hesitantly – that he was ready to pass on.

He found himself in the ethereal plane, incorporeal and surrounded by a sort of white mist. But the song Voski was playing called out to him in the form of a shimmering silver strand, and he was able to follow it back to his own body. When he entered the diamond, it glowed silver.

The next song Voski transitioned into was the “White Sand and Grey Sands” round that the party had discovered was the answer to one of the puzzle in the Faewilds. It was the only song she knew that she and Erwyn shared a connection to. But it was mixed with a simply, training melody she had been taught when first learning to play an instrument.

As the ritual progressed, however, the harmonics in the air started to falter. Voski looked drained, and something seemed wrong. The party discussed in hushed whispers if there was anything they could do to help, but didn’t decide on a course of action before Bramble stabbed the little sword the party had used earlier to show Rose as proof that they were friends into the icy ground.

Wild roses and brambles grew out from where she’d placed it, and a chaotic mass of light appeared in the ritual area, starting to pulse with the beat of the music. As Voski began the final chant, it organized itself around the body and the shroud that had appeared earlier.

Then, Voski collapsed.

Kriv raced over to her and used Lay on Hands to administer healing to the unconscious Voski. As soon as she came to, she ordered him to help her place her hand on the diamond. When he obliged, it shattered – and underneath it, Voski was able to feel a heartbeat.

Kriv administered Erwyn – who was very weak after coming back to life – a healing potion, starting to hug him softly and ruffle his hair and the others rushed over. Rooster gave Erwyn a sandwiching hug, and the others followed suit (albeit more gently). Ditto wandered over to Voski and gave her a hug, although Voski seemed more dazed than anything. Erwyn climbed off the altar and grasped one of her hands in his, thanking her for what she’d done.

As the scene progressed, there was a loud cracking sound from above them. The resounding music of the ritual had caused a large piece of ice to grow unstable on the ceiling of the cave, and it began falling straight towards everyone. Instantly, though he had no idea why or how he was doing it, Erwyn put a hand out and spoke a word he didn’t understand, letting loose a bolt of energy that vaporized the ice into harmless snowflakes. When everyone asked him what he’d done, he was as confused as anyone.

At that moment, Tavra wandered into the room and asked them if they’d done something, because the light shooting up from the castle had decreased in size. No one knew exactly how to explain this, but it was theorized that maybe when she intervened in the ritual Bramble had drawn from its power.

Deciding it might be best to get out of the possibly unstable chamber, the party started to make their way into the other part of the cave, with Rooster scooping up Erwyn and carrying him in and Kriv guiding the exhausted Voski. They made their way out, and were able to inform everyone that the ritual had been a success. Ditto set up Voski’s bedroll for her, suggesting it might help for her to go to sleep. Rooster and Kriv set up a sort of nest for Erwyn against the cave wall using assorted blankets and things, and Rose wandered over, both to introduce herself properly and to offer him some hot chocolate, which had been made over the Lilywhite Girls’ fire. Stelly also prepared something for him to eat – the first food he’d been able to have in four days. Several other party members expressed a need for something more alcoholic in nature, which the Lilywhite Girls provided.

As the two party members left weak and tired from the ritual settled in to rest, Ditto grabbed the necromancy book and wrote, in excited detail, about the ritual that had just happened. Kriv and Amaranth wandered towards the outside of the cave with their drinks to stare at the night sky.

The best thing I ever did this year was putting myself first, walking away from anything and everything that didn’t positively serve me and refusing to look back.

Along my path I found peace, reciprocal love, fruitfulness, creativity and prosperity.

Life is too short to jeopardise my future by wasting time in a bad environment.

- Meggan Roxanne

so @misspaperjoker made this incredibly hot western!au steve, and I IMMEDIATELY needed to draw a matching bucky!!!

here is mercenary!bucky, gunslinger extraordinaire

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What’s Up for July 2017

Prepare for the August total solar eclipse by observing the moon phases this month. Plus, two meteor showers peak at the end of July.

Solar eclipses occur when the new moon passes between the Earth and the sun and moon casts a traveling shadow on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the new moon is in just the right position to completely cover the sun’s disk.

This will happen next month on August 21, when the new month completely blocks our view of the sun along a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina.

It may even be dark enough during the eclipse to see some of the brighter stars and few planets!

Two weeks before or after a solar eclipse, there is often, but not always, a lunar eclipse. This happens because the full moon, the Earth and the sun will be lined up with Earth in the middle.

Beginning July 1, we can see all the moon’s phases.

Many of the Apollo landing sites are on the lit side of the first quarter moon. But to see these sites, you’ll have to rely on images for lunar orbiting spacecraft.

On July 9, the full moon rises at sunset and July 16 is the last quarter. The new moon begins on July 23 and is the phase we’ll look forward to in August, when it will give us the total solar eclipse. The month of July ends with a first quarter moon.

We’ll also have two meteor showers, both of which peak on July 30. The Delta Aquarids will have 25 meteors per hour between midnight and dawn.

The nearby slow and bright Alpha Capricornids per at 5 per hour and often produce fireballs.

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anyways i’m tired of ppl complaining about how selfish/hypocritical/aloof bluestar is in BP and how the erins should have wrote her “this way” instead to make her more sympathetic with the audience like girl!!! the erins wrote her like that in BP as foreshadowing!!!! how are u all so blind 

Sweet-Talker

Or, How Bucky Won Over The Hammer Of Thor.

(Here on AO3) 

Thor enjoyed the pleasant fragrances of Midgardian soaps. The one in the common-floor bathroom was labelled “Lavender Daydream” and was tinted a mild purple. It had a gentle floral scent with a slightly acrid undertone, and Thor wondered absently if Midgard had an actual plant named lavender, or if it was like blue-flavored drinks, with no non-artificial analogue. With Midgard, there was no way to tell. Regardless, it was a pleasing scent, and Thor would enjoy the soothing scent and gentle moisturizing properties of the liquid. 

Midgard was such a fascinating world. 

Thor toweled his hands dry and stepped out of the bathroom, intending to head towards the kitchen. Bruce had left some curry in the fridge, and Thor wanted to test his mettle against his perennial foe, the spicy pepper. 

He took one imperious stride into the common room and tripped. He caught himself on lavender-scented palms, just shy of sprawling flat on his face on the carpet. 

Sitting innocently in the middle of the hallway was Mjolnir. 

Strange. He was sure he’d left his hammer on the sofa. 


kingofmemes posted:

common room rules state that anything unlabeled is fair for anyone to use. shoulda put a sticky note on your mythological weapon of unimaginable power before you left it on my seat buddy

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CodeMageddon DAY 1 SUMMARY

DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5 | DAY 6 | DAY 7 | DAY 8 | DAY 9 | DAYS 10-13 | DAY 14

Hello, CodeHunters!

The first clue went live at about 9am PST!

[X] [X]

Our CodeHunters on Discord were able to solve this clue within a half hour, determining that the location of the clue was at Confusion Hill, California! (shoutout to Discord user DizzyDwarf [ @dizzydwarf42 ] who solved it first!)

Confusion Hill was home to the 11th clue in the original CipherHunt last summer: a jar of eyeballs. Confusion Hill is also the final resting place of our beloved Bill Cipher statue.

There rests at Confusion Hill a plaque honoring the grave of someone named Minnie. CodeHunters were quickly able to piece together that this must be the location of our next clue.

Unfortunately, we had a time crunch. Confusion Hill would be closing at 5pm, and no one currently online lived close enough to the location to be able to make it there in time.

The CodeMageddon Organizers/Time Agents imposed a time limit: CodeHunters had until 7pm PST to find the clue and inform the rest of the  discord server. If it was not found by then, they would release the clue themselves (however, the physical clue would still be at the location if anyone wanted to go find it later).

We thought that would be the end of it. But around 2pm PST, @timetravellingscientist (Discord: Xantusia) announced that they were about 2 hours from Confusion Hill and would be able to go get the clue!

A few hours later, the clue was posted on Xantusia’s twitter:

[X]

After decoding using Bill’s substitution cipher, CodeHunters were presented with a url: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B6ja8q80UrkMT2IySE9oUG5ETE0

The drive contained two files.

The first was a photograph. The photograph is “one of 1000 mileposts funded by the royal bank of Scotland to mark the creation of the National Cycle Network”

The second was a coded message. Using the Bifid cipher (Message: lsgovthdtatqyvvev, Key: umxdibwlhfzpocsrvnteqagky, Groupsize: 5, the message was revealed to say: lookatthemetadata

The meta data for the photograph read: Dragon, CH8

‘Dragon’ turned out to be in reference to the Welsh flag. ‘CH8’ is a postal code in Wales. It is most likely that the particular totem in that photograph is located along the bike path in the CH8 area, and will have to be found in order to discover the next clue.

Unfortunately, as it is currently the middle of the night over in the UK, no one was available to head to the location and check it out. So our intrepid CodeHunters took to Google Maps street view, scouring the area until they found the specific totem in question, securing a more precise address: the totem in question is across the street from The Crooked Horn, Brynford, Holywell CH8 8AX, UK.

Beyond that, the hunt has been put on hold until tomorrow, when our UK CodeHunters can go investigate in person. 

Happy Hunting! x

Five Eclipses in NASA History

On Monday, August 21, 2017, people in North America will have the chance to see an eclipse of the Sun. Anyone within the path of totality may see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. 

Along this path, the Moon will completely cover the Sun, revealing the Sun’s tenuous atmosphere, the corona. The path of totality will stretch from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse, where the Moon covers part of the Sun’s disk. Remember: you can never look at the Sun directly, and an eclipse is no exception – be sure to use a solar filter or indirect viewing method to watch partial phases of the eclipse.

Total solar eclipses are a rare chance to study the Sun and Earth in unique ways. During the total eclipse, scientists can observe the faintest regions of the Sun, as well as study the Sun’s effects on Earth’s upper atmosphere. We’ve been using eclipses to learn more about our solar system for more than 50 years. Let’s take a look back at five notable eclipses of the past five decades.

May 30, 1965

A total eclipse crossed the Pacific Ocean on May 30, 1965, starting near the northern tip of New Zealand and ending in Peru. Totality – when the Moon blocks all of the Sun’s face – lasted for 5 minutes and 15 seconds at peak, making this the 3rd-longest solar eclipse totality in the 20th century. Mexico and parts of the Southwestern United States saw a partial solar eclipse, meaning the Moon only blocked part of the Sun. We sent scientists to the path of totality, stationing researchers on South Pacific islands to study the response of the upper atmosphere and ionosphere to the eclipse. 

Additionally, our high-flying jets, scientific balloons, and sounding rockets – suborbital research rockets that fly and collect data for only a few minutes – recorded data in different parts of the atmosphere. A Convair 990 research jet chased the Moon’s shadow as it crossed Earth’s surface, extending totality up to more than nine minutes, and giving scientists aboard more time to collect data. A NASA-funded team of researchers will use the same tactic with two jets to extend totality to more than 7 minutes on Aug. 21, 2017, up from the 2 minutes and 40 seconds observable on the ground. 

March 7, 1970

The total solar eclipse of March 7, 1970, was visible in North America and the northwestern part of South America, with totality stretching to 3 minutes and 28 seconds at maximum. This was the first time a total eclipse in the United States passed over a permanent rocket launch facility – NASA’s Wallops Station (now Wallops Flight Facility) on the coast of Virginia. This eclipse offered scientists from NASA, four universities and seven other research organizations a unique way to conduct meteorology, ionospheric and solar physics experiments using 32 sounding rockets

Also during this eclipse, the Space Electric Propulsion Test, or SERT, mission temporarily shut down because of the lack of sunlight. The experimental spacecraft was unable to restart for two days.

July 10, 1972

Two years later, North America saw another total solar eclipse. This time, totality lasted 2 minutes and 36 seconds at the longest. A pair of scientists from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, traveled to the Canadian tundra to study the eclipse – specifically, a phenomenon called shadow bands. These are among the most ephemeral phenomena that observers see during the few minutes before and after a total solar eclipse. They appear as a multitude of faint rapidly moving bands that can be seen against a white background, such as a large piece of paper on the ground. 

While the details of what causes the bands are not completely understood, the simplest explanation is that they arise from atmospheric turbulence. When light rays pass through eddies in the atmosphere, they are refracted, creating shadow bands.

February 26, 1979

The last total solar eclipse of the 20th century in the contiguous United States was in early 1979. Totality lasted for a maximum of 2 minutes 49 seconds, and the total eclipse was visible on a narrow path stretching from the Pacific Northwest to Greenland. Agencies from Canada and the United States – including NASA – joined forces to build a sounding rocket program to study the atmosphere and ionosphere during the eclipse by observing particles on the edge of space as the Sun’s radiation was suddenly blocked.

July 31, 1981

The USSR got a great view of the Moon passing in front of the Sun in the summer of 1981, with totality lasting just over 2 minutes at maximum. Our scientists partnered with Hawaiian and British researchers to study the Sun’s atmosphere – specifically, a relatively thin region called the chromosphere, which is sandwiched between the Sun’s visible surface and the corona – using an infrared telescope aboard the Kuiper Airborne Observatory. The chromosphere appears as the red rim of the solar disk during a total solar eclipse, whereas the corona has no discernible color to the naked eye.

Watch an Eclipse: August 21, 2017 

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States from coast to coast for the first time in 99 years, and you can watch.

If skies are clear, people in North America will be able to see a partial or total solar eclipse. Find out what the eclipse will look like in your area, then make sure you have a safe method to watch – like solar viewing glasses or a pinhole projector – and head outside. 

You can also tune into nasa.gov/eclipselive throughout the day on Aug. 21 to see the eclipse like you’ve never seen it before – including a NASA TV show, views from our spacecraft, aircraft, and more than 50 high-altitude balloons.

Get all your eclipse information at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/, and follow along with @NASASun on Twitter and NASA Sun Science on Facebook.

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Outlander 1x07 // Game of Thrones 7x07

“Handfasting, was a tradition form of marriage or religious rite of passage for people in Scotland until the 19th century. It has now, been adapted to those practicing in more Nature based religions, to allow couples to make a commitment  to each other, regardless of ethnic culture. There is no set rule when performing a handfasting ritual, there can be only guidelines. It is up to the two people carrying out the ritual to decide “exactly” how they wish it to be performed, in order to make it meaningful. Traditionally the palms or wrists were slightly cut to shed some blood so that their blood  may be exchanged and therefore signifying how seriously this commitment is taken by both parties. In Scotland there used to be handfasting ‘chant’ that went something as follows, “ blood of my blood and bone of my bone…”. Today, couples favor just the handfasting with a ribbon without the blood ritual.  Vows, which have been written by each person are then exchanged, signifying the spoken contact between the two. Rings (or jewelry of some description) are exchanged to symbolise eternal love. After the vows and the rings, the couples wrists are then unbound and they can walk together along the same path.”

I’ve always wanted a mortal enemy just for kicks. Like no real hate, just every now and then I’d set up a pitfall trap along their path so they’d fall in but always cleverly manage to escape before reaching the spikes below, and I’d be hiding in the bushes whispering “curses! foiled again!” while secretly being happy they weren’t defeated so easily

anonymous asked:

Uhm... I-I have a plot bunny for you. Kakashi and Obito where Obito is a water creature of some sort, like a selkie or a siren, and he meets Kakashi when they're both really young. Kakashi has a new best friend, but Sakumo (who knows all about fairies and their tricks, after the naga prince Orochimaru disappeared and broke his heart) is concerned. So, he asks to meet Obito, and is surprised that instead of a tricky fae he's just been tackled into the sand by a hyper child of the sea.

I TOTALLY MEANT THIS TO BE LIKE 600 WORDS WTF. OOPS??


Sakumo is just a little worried, that’s all.

He stands on the porch overlooking the crooked path down to the sea, twisting the chain of the pendant he normally wears around his fingers. It’s a bad habit, and he always thinks he might be loosening the setting, twisting the metal out of shape. Thinks of one day reaching down to touch it and finding the ruby gone, lost forever along the paths he walks. His heart clenches just imagining it, this last gift gone and never to return, just like the sly, beautiful, cunning prince who once pressed it into his hands.

That’s the reason he’s fretting over Kakashi, really. He’s seen the signs—bits of coral, sea glass from far shores, shells that can only be found in the deepest places, pearls larger and brighter than any that land-dwellers can reach without dying in the process. He’s found bits of seaweed in Kakashi’s hair, swept the sand from his room in the mornings when he knows it had been clean the night before. Watched the way he eyes the ocean as it breaks, with something very much like longing.

Sakumo’s sword rests on the chair behind him, cleaned and polished to a mirror shine. He hasn’t carried it with any regularity since Kakashi was born, but he keeps it in repair. There are too many dangers not to, and sometimes he can earn a few coins guarding a traveler on their way. It’s not something he wants to use now, in any way, but if Kakashi’s safety is on the line, he won’t allow himself to do anything less.

He thinks of Orochimaru, of waking one morning to an empty bed and an empty home. It’s impossible to regret any choices that gave him Kakashi, no matter how he still mourns both his wife, a dear friend if nothing else, and the naga prince who stole his heart, but—

But he wants to save Kakashi the grief that he’s felt all these years, of adoring a fey creature with a mind half-full of magic and too many dreams that leave no room for more human kinds of love.

Kakashi is stubborn, smart. He won’t listen to Sakumo, not at first, but Sakumo has to try.

He hears footsteps in the dirt of the path and drags his eyes up from the ruby in his fist. Kakashi a coming, steps light, a smile on his face and a string of fish dangling over one shoulder. They’re not fish that swim anywhere near these shores, but Sakumo smiles regardless, waves to his son, and allows himself to enjoy the way Kakashi lights up a little when he sees him.

“Kakashi,” he says warmly, leaning down to offer a hand up onto the porch, since Kakashi rarely deigns to approach from the front and use the stairs. “Did you have a good day?”

“It was decent,” Kakashi says decisively. There’s a flower tucked behind his ear, one the grows near the mouth of the river that empties into the sea. It’s a fair distance from the house, and worry twinges at Sakumo’s chest again. Too far for him to hear a call for help, should it come.

When he manages to wrestle the feeling under control, Kakashi is watching, dark eyes faintly narrowed. “Are you okay, Dad?” he asks, tipping his head. “You look like a constipated frog.”

There’s nothing in the world better for the ego, Sakumo thinks wryly, than having children. “I’m fine, cub. Just—wondering if you’ll ever introduce my to your new friend.”

Kakashi blinks, but doesn’t bother asking how he knows. For a brief second, he glances down at the ruby pendant Sakumo is holding, then away, and says with perfect disinterest, “If I’d known you wanted to meet an idiot like him, I would have introduced you weeks ago.”

An idiot? Sakumo raises a brow, but doesn’t try to argue; this is already more of a concession than he expected, honestly. “Well, maybe I was waiting for you to bring him up,” he says mildly, tries to inject it with the crushing parental disapproval via sigh that his own mother always used to devastating effect, and apparently doesn’t do too badly given the way Kakashi winces.

“It wasn’t a secret,” his son tells him witheringly. “And besides, I don’t have to tell you everything.”

Sometimes, Sakumo is absolutely, entirely certain that he won’t survive Kakashi’s teenage years. If he’s already like this at seven, there’s no hope left at all.

“No,” he agrees, and keeps his tone light. “Of course you don’t. But I like knowing about what makes you happy, Kakashi.”

There’s a long pause as Kakashi stares at him, evaluating his sincerity. Then he nods once, decisively, and says, “He should still be near the beach, because he’s a loser who never gets anywhere on time. You can meet him now.” He hurries inside, leaving the door swinging, to lay the fish on the counter, and Sakumo takes the opportunity to belt his sword around his waist and clasp his pendant back around his neck. Kakashi will notice it—Kakashi notices everything, much to his chagrin—but he probably won’t say anything.

Then the rapid footsteps are back, and Kakashi takes a flying leap off the porch to land in the sun-gold grass. “Come on, Dad,” he says impatiently, looking like he’s going to dart back and start tugging at Sakumo’s belt the way he did when he was younger. “Before he leaves!”

“I’m coming, I’m coming,” Sakumo protests, stepping down and following Kakashi’s path as he hurries back down the hill. Ignoring the track, Kakashi takes the shortcut across the stream, then down the steepest part of the incline, and hits the dune well ahead of Sakumo, who isn’t quite reduced to running just yet. He watches his son disappear around the edges of the dune, and when he rounds it Kakashi is already halfway to the water, though he’s finally walking again.

“Idiot!” Kakashi calls, pitched to annoy, impatient as anything, and Sakumo strangles a groan. The very least Kakashi could do not to get killed by a magical creature would be refraining from insulting it, so of course throwing around insults is the very first thing Kakashi does. It’s probably how he introduced himself, knowing him.

“I’m not an idiot, you jerk!” a voice shouts back. Young, Sakumo thinks with some surprise as he scans the water. There’s a flash of iridescent scales among the waves, and the next time one breaks it leaves a shape behind. A long, looping tail, dark blue with a sheen of orange-gold scattered throughout, flared, feathery fins streaked with the same colors, pale skin, dark hair chopped short. A siren boy, just pulling himself up on the sand, and the soldier in Sakumo is assessing, calculating, weighing the risk of a child who clearly hasn’t even managed to change forms yet.

The rest of Sakumo wonders what a siren boy, so young and without mastery of his own power, is doing alone on the surface, far, far away from any siren chorales.

Then he turns, pushing himself up to sit as he twists to face Kakashi, and Sakumo’s eyes track over the deep scars all up and down his right side. Cold certainty sets into his bones, and he releases the hilt of his sword as if it’s burned him. Sirens are vain to a fault, and scarred chorale members are usually driven out.

Gods, but how long has this boy been alone, cast out and thinking himself unwanted?

Kakashi and the siren are still bickering when Sakumo makes his way over to them, and it sounds angry and cutting and irritated, but Sakumo knows his son better than that. Kakashi looks fond, and even if Sakumo doesn’t know the other boy, he’s fairly sure that light in his eyes is the very furthest thing from hate.

“—wouldn’t have bothered,” Kakashi is just huffing when Sakumo nears. “But my dad wanted to meet you, and he’s the only reason I—”

“Your dad?” the siren interrupts, and his dark eyes are wide with excitement, clearly not taking any of Kakashi’s bluster to heart. “He wanted to meet me?”

“Of course I did,” Sakumo says lightly, and smiles as both boys jerk around to look at him.

“So slow,” Kakashi complains, crossing his arms over his chest. “Dad this is Obito. He’s an idiot, so don’t listen to anything he says.”

Sakumo rolls his eyes, just a little, but crouches down so that Obito won’t have to crane his neck looking up at him. “It’s nice to meet you,” he says warmly, watching those black eyes widen, and gods, the boy is adorable. Especially for a flesh-eating, sailor-drowning monster of the depths, but, well. No one’s perfect, and if Obito hasn’t drowned Kakashi yet the world at large is probably safe. On instinct, he reaches out, ruffling wet hair a little, and offers, “Would you like me to carry you up the hill so you can eat dinner with us? Those fish—you must be the one who caught them, right?”

Without warning, Sakumo’s arms are suddenly full of wet skin and slick scales as a baby siren wraps his arms around his neck and hugs him tightly. Sakumo overbalances, too startled to make a sound, but Obito doesn’t let go; if anything he clings tighter, and says in a tone that’s close to desperate, “Thank you! Yes! Yes, I really, really want to!”

Sakumo chuckles, picking himself up out of the sand. “Of course. The least I could do for someone who caught us such a fine dinner,” he says lightly. He gets an arm around Obito’s back, the other underneath the glittering tail, and hefts him up.

The fin still curls on the ground, and he hesitates, not wanting to drag it through the prickly grass, but before he can say anything Kakashi heaves a disgusted sigh and stalks over, hefting the feathery end up in his arms. “Can we just get this over with?” he demands, though Sakumo can see his cheeks are a little flushed.

“Bakashi,” Obito complains, flicking his tail slightly, and Kakashi makes a deeply offended noise as it slaps him in the face.

Sakumo hides a grin. That’s certainly not how he and Orochimaru interacted. And…maybe it’s selfish of him, but he’s a little glad Obito doesn’t have a chorale to go back to, that he’s alone. Maybe he won’t disappear on Kakashi just when he thinks their happiness is assured.

Before he can ask how in the world they met, small fingers are at his throat, touching the ruby there lightly. There’s a soft sound of wonder, and Obito looks up at him, expression startled. “This is the same necklace the trapped prince is wearing,” he says. “How does a human have it?”

Sakumo would swear his heart entirely stops beating.

Trapped?” he croaks when he can finally manage to draw even a partial breath again.

Obito tips his head, like the question confuses him. “Yeah. He’s been sleeping at the bottom of the forest river since before I was born. My selkie friend says her mom told her there was a battle with the sea witch Danzō, and an earth goddess and holy monk helped the prince but even though they defeated Danzō he trapped them in the forest.”

Nine years. Nine years Orochimaru has been trapped and sleeping and waiting to be rescued, so close at hand, but—Sakumo hadn’t known.

He looks towards the forest, a dark shadow on the horizon, and takes a breath.

Well. It looks like his sword is going to see a bit of use after all.

Sanders Sides Appreciation Month

It’s almost been a whole year since The Sander’s Sides first debut! And to commemorate not only that but hitting 2 million subs, I want to unite the Fander’s so we can all appreciate the characters Thomas and Joan have created we have come to love together!

Starting Monday July 31st, Sanders Sides Appreciation Month will begin! It will span the course of FIVE weeks giving tribute to each of the separate characters in the order of their appearance.

July 31st-August 6th : Logan/Logic

August 7th-August 13th : Roman/Princey

August 14th-August 20th : Patton/Dad/Morality

August 21st-August 27th : Virgil/Anxiety

August 28th-September 3rd : Joan and Talyn (Because they do so much for Thomas!!!!!)

You can celebrate these characters in any way you want to! But, I have created a fun little project that is completely optional and will definitely make this month more entertaining. 

(If you don’t like these sets of challenges, please feel free to make your own! After all, everything points back to the brilliance of Thomas and his friends anyways. This month is all about them and respecting and enjoying what they have created.)

On the sunday before each week starts I will post a series of optional challenges all relating to the character of the week! Each day will have a title, and then three challenges that correspond to the day. By no means do you have to do all three of them, but they are there so everyone has an option. This just helps everyone’s creative juices get flowing!

To demonstrate, I will post Logan’s Challenge Calendar for this coming week:

Day 1: Monday July 31st - The First Day of School (Introducing the teacher)

a. Describe Logan in only four words.

b. 10 Headcannons you personally have for Logan: Go!

c. Write a fic or draw art of what you think would happen on the first day of school if Logan happened to be your Teacher. (Go wild!)

Day 2: Tuesday August 1st - Trouble Makers

a. Detention with Logan! What does it look like?

b. Someone switched Logan’s clothes with one of the other sides! Hilarity is bound to ensue!

c. Before Logan became a Sander’s Side, he was just known as the teacher Character Thomas played in his vines. Which one of the vines Logan appeared in was your favorite and why?

Day 3: Wednesday August 2nd - The Heart behind the Mind

a. Watch Big Hero 6 or Atlantis: The Lost Empire Today! (Your choice)

b. Read a chapter of either Sherlock Holmes or the Murder of Roger Ackroyd. (Yes you may use sparknotes. Logan says otherwise, but I say its not cheating. :) )

c. Despite being the Logical Side, Logan does display some emotions, whether he knows it or not. Try writing a poem or fanfiction from Logan’s point of view about a moment in time where he tries to analyze his emotions and the meaning of them. Or you could draw picture depicting something along these lines.

Day 4: Thursday August 3rd - FINALS!

a. Write a one page essay MLA format about your favorite TV show/movie/video game/comic book and point out all the inconsistencies you find.

b. Create a Logan themed puzzle to share! (Could be a crossword or a word search or any other puzzle you can think of) Or you can just solve a puzzle in honor of Logan.

c. Write a fanfiction or create art about how Logan would act if it was final’s week. Would he be cool and collected? Or all over the place?

Day 5: Friday August 4th - Teacher Appreciation Day

a. Out of everything Logan has said, which of his quotes stick out the most to you and why?

b. Write a fanfiction or create art about how you show your appreciation to Logan on the last day of school.

c. Share a story in your life where a teacher helped you along the path of becoming a better person. So often we overlook the ‘Logans’ in our life, when many of them made us into who we are today.

Day 6: Saturday August 5th - Graduation

a. You invite Thomas and all of his sides to your graduation party! I wonder how that goes…

b. Logan goes on vacation! Where does he go?

c. Write a letter from the eyes of Logan, about how good you were in his classes. (*cough* or how bad *cough*)

Day 7: Sunday August 6th - The Real World

a. Wear a necktie all day!

b. If Logan wasn’t a teacher, what job would he have?

c. How will you say goodbye to Logan as your teacher? Maybe go out with a bang! Or draw Logan and Roman interacting somehow. Out with the old and in with the new. We sure will miss you…Logan.

When you post your challenge to your wall, all I ask is you put what day it is and which challenge you are doing followed by using the tag: #sanderssidesappreciationmonth .

On Monday, It will officially start! I really want to try to make this a thing on all social medias! Post it everywhere! Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, all using the same tag: #sanderssidesappreciationmonth Reblogs are greatly appreciated!

 @thatsthat24  I love you and this is how I want to give back all the smiles and joy you have brought to all your lovely subscribers.

The Floor is Lava One Shot

Pairing: Peter Parker x Reader

Warnings: curse word(s)

Requested by anon:  Hi!! I really like your writing it’s incredible💙💙 can you please write a Peter Parker x Reader where they’re dating and they do the floor is lava challenge in different places just like the videos?

A/N: Aw, thanks anon :’) This was a cute idea, a little hard to write, but I love how it turned out, hope you enjoy!

word count: 2.2k


You sat on the floor of Peter’s bedroom smiling down at your phone. You were currently watching Twitter videos while Peter did his homework on his bed. Of course, you were supposed to be doing your homework as well, but you merely read the first paragraph of the chemistry book before you decided to “check” your phone. He had invited you over so you two could have a study date; however, neither of you had finished your homework, so the sooner you did, the sooner you could get to actually studying for your test on Monday.

“Is there something funny about the reading that I missed?” Peter asked with a teasing smile.

You looked up at the sound of your boyfriend’s voice. He was looking at you expectantly, probably already knowing you weren’t working, so you raised the book further to hide your phone.

“Um, yeah. I can’t believe you missed the, um,” you quickly skimmed through the page to find something to say, “covalent bonds part. The name is Bonds, Covalent Bonds.” You cringed at your attempt at a chemistry joke, but your voice held hope.

Peter tried not to smile but laughed, “Okay, that was good,”

“Really?” you mumbled, sounding surprised.

Peter quirked his eyebrow.

“I mean, yeah, obviously it was good -that’s why I was smiling…at my own joke. Not at anything else,” you quickly said, trying to save yourself.

“I can see your face glowing,” he dead-panned.

“Aw, thanks babe! I’m trying out this new moisturizer-”

“Y/N”

“It’s Chanel?” you tried.

Peter narrowed his eyes at you. “Chanel? Really?”

“Okay, I lied. It’s not Chanel, it’s an off-brand-”

“Y/N,” he laughed.

“It’s water. I’ve been drinking more water. You caught me.”

He merely gave you a look.

“My secret is out Peter I don’t know what else you want from me,” you laughed, unable to take this anymore. 

“I know you’re on your phone babe,” he said.

“Fine, fine. You caught me,” you muttered, putting the book down. “You gotta see this video though.”

You stood up from your spot on the floor to join Peter on the bed.

Peter turned away, trying to do his homework. ”Y/N no, I don’t wanna get distracted,” he whined.

“If i was trying to distract you, I could think of something better to do -if you know what I mean,” you said, wrapping your arm around his shoulder. You suggestively raised your eyebrows at Peter and he blushed.

“Um, Y/N,” he swallowed. “I don’t think we should-”

“Relax, Peter. I’m not trying to get in your pants, I just wanna show you this video,” you giggled.

He laughed nervously, “Ye-yeah, I-I knew that. I didn’t think that you were, uh, serious you know.”

You raised your brow at Peter, “So you’re saying you’re not interested?”

Clearing his throat, he mumbled, “Just play the video.”

Smiling, you played the video; it was a short compilation of “the floor is lava” challenge videos. You looked at Peter’s reaction the whole time and saw that he thought it was funny too.

“I can’t imagine actually doing that in public,” he laughed.

“Me either,” you agreed. “We should do it.”

“What?” he laughed. “No, no way.”

“Live life on the edge Parker,” you teased, lightly slapping his cheek.

He scrunched his face and held your hand in place. “My life is as on the edge as I want it to be.”

“Mm, I think it can go further,” you pushed, running your hand through his hair instead.

“Is being a crime-fighting super hero not enough?” he said, turning to look at you.

You leaned in to kiss his lips. “It’s alright, but this would make it better.”

He frowned, “I’ll think about it. Can we go back to doing our homework now?”

“How about we re-visit my previous offer,” you teased, playing with the ends of his hair. “Or do you really want to do homework?”

“Um,” he blushed. “I-”

You giggled, “It’s too fun to tease you baby.” You got up and went back to your spot on the floor. “And as much as I’d love to not do my homework, I have to get this done eventually. Don’t distract me Peter.”

Peter shook his head, biting his lip to prevent a smile, as he got back to his work.


“Peter, haven’t we studied enough?” you whined. 

“Y/N, we’ve barely gone through one section,” he said.

“One section too many if you ask me,” you said.

“Fine,” he said, closing his book. “Let’s take a break. Are you hungry?” He got up from the floor and offered you his hand.

“I’m not Hungry, I’m your girlfriend,” you smiled, standing up.

“I’m going to pretend you didn’t say that,” he chuckled, leading you to the kitchen.

“You want to pretend I’m not your girlfriend or that I made a Dad joke?” 

“At this point, maybe both,” he teased.

You scoffed in disbelief, “The audacity.”

You leaned against the counter and watched Peter rummage through the cabinets before checking the fridge. That’s when an idea popped up.

Oh this is gunna be good

Pulling out your phone, you got ready to snapchat a video. “Hey Pete,” you called. 

He was still looking around the fridge, but he managed to reply, “Yeah?”

“The floor is lava!” you exclaimed.

He looked up and shut the fridge. “What? Not now Y/N,” he said, embarrassed that you were still filming him. 

“C’mon Peter,” you cooed. “I wont post it, I’ll just save it.”

Peter sighed, but then looked around for some where to jump. He saw the kitchen island and sat on it.

“That was so anti-climatic,” you said chuckling, stopping the video.

“I’d like to see you do it!” he defended himself.

“Well, I can’t do it now! It has to be a surprise, that’s the whole point babe,” you tsked.

“It’s on,” he mumbled.

You smirked and patted his arm as you went to the fridge, “Sure it is Peter, sure it is.” 


The day after tomorrow, you completely forgot about the whole “floor is lava” thing. But Peter? No, Peter did not forget. In your defense, Peter had told you he wanted to take you out for a date in the park, so you were looking forward to that all morning instead.

Once you got to the park, Peter looked like he was bouncing with excitement. He practically pulled you along the path the whole time. You figured he was looking forward to the ice cream that you two always got from the vendor that walks around the park. And, wow, were you wrong.

“I think I’m gunna try a new flavor today, just to switch it up,” you said, looking up at Peter.

Peter looked down at you and smirked, “Trying to live your life on the edge or what?” 

“Yeah,” you said skeptically.

Why is he looking at me like that

Once you got to the ice cream cart, you went ahead to order because Peter claimed he needed more time to think. Finishing paying, you turned around, taking a lick of your ice cream and saw Peter fiddling with his phone. He held it up and, at first, you thought he was taking a picture -so you smiled. Then it hit you. And your smile turned to an expression of horror. 

“Peter, no-”

He looked you in the eyes and said, “The floor is lava.”

“I have ice cream!” you cried, looking around for a bench or something. 

I am not gunna lose to him, you thought.

You swallowed the last bit of dignity you had left when you saw a trash can and ran straight for it. In the process of sprinting you ditched the poor, sweet ice cream and used both hands to jump onto the bin. Peter, of course, filmed the whole thing and was left dying with laughter. The trash’s top wasn’t big enough for you to completely fall in, but your ass was still partially in there. Peter got closer to you and kept filming, but cut it off when he couldn’t stop laughing. It was that laugh he does where he closes his eyes, scrunches up his face, and bends over a bit. You’d normally appreciate how adorable he looked, and damn did he look adorable right now, but you were annoyed with him. You looked at people passing by and they either looked amused or bored -I mean, it’s New York, they’ve probably seen weirder stuff.

“Can you at least help me out,” you huffed, extending your hand.

Peter grabbed it to help you out. Stifling his laughter, he said, “Aw, baby, I’m so sorry but that was the best thing I’ve ever seen.”

Best thing I’ve ever seen,” you mocked, muttering to yourself as you dusted yourself off.

“I’ll buy you a new cone,” he said, biting his lip to keep from smiling.

“Fine,” you agreed. “Send me the video.”


You were definitely planning to get Peter back, the thing is, you had to make sure he wouldn’t see it coming. Now, you thought about waiting two days or so, but by Monday, Peter proceeded to show both Ned and MJ the video. It was pretty hard to have Peter forget about it when all three of them brought it up the whole week. But being the stubborn person you are, you waited until it faded out to get your revenge. Which was around the following week. 

You wanted to go shopping at the mall and begged Peter to come along since he hates shopping. Though, he changed his mind pretty quickly when you told him you would try on clothes and ask him for his opinion. The type of clothes you mentioned may or may not have persuaded him further.

Walking around the mall with Peter, you two had a great time. You almost felt bad for what you were about to do.

Almost. 

All it took was remembering that damn ice cream you had to kill in cold blood. And the smug look on Peter’s face. His stupid, but still cute, face. 

You and Peter were deciding what store to go into next, conveniently stopping by at the huge fountain in the middle of the mall.

Sorry in advance Peter, you mentally said.

You stood in front of Peter, just talking about what else you should get. You pretended to get a text and set your bags down to pull out your phone. “Hold on Pete, I needa text back my mom.”

He smiled politely and pulled out his phone to wait for you. Without him noticing, you got ready to record. 

“Hey Peter,” you said teasingly.

He looked up with a small smile, confused as to why you were filming him. “What?”

“That floor your standing on?” you said as he looked down, then back up. “It’s lava.”

He looked at you with pleading eyes. “Babe, let’s not do this-”

“What’s that? Peter Parker is admitting defeat? Say it clearly so I can capture this moment forever,” you said, holding the phone closer to his face.

He glared at you and quickly surveyed the premise. The only thing he could use was the water fountain. He handed you his phone and said, “Hold this.” He ran to the fountain stood on the ledge, balancing carefully. Turning to you, he extended his arms out in triumph. 

Damn it, I was hoping he’d fall in, you thought.

“Was that it Y/N?” he called out, smirking at you.

An idea popped into your head. You smirked back and held out Peter’s phone. His expression faltered.

“Babe, don’t you dare-”

I’m sure his Spidey senses or whatever can come in handy, right?

“Catch!” you said, tossing his phone.  

You threw it a little more to the left, so Peter had to reach further for it. In doing so, he lost his footing, but managed to smack the phone away before he fell in. Your mouth dropped in surprise as he made a huge splash.

“Oh my god,” you breathed, laughing slightly. You ran to pick up his phone, then went to the fountain. You went up to Peter, still recording because why not, and asked if he was okay as he scrambled to get up. Giggling at his form, you leaned out to give him a hand.

Spitting out water, reaching for you, he said, “I’m, I’m fine -I just got hot. I totally meant to do that.”

You stopped filming at this point and helped him climb out of the fountain, laughing slightly.

Once he got out of the fountain you whispered to Peter, “We should probably leave before we get kicked out.” 

“Yeah, yeah we should,” he said quickly. “Go go go,” he rushed, getting your bags and speed-walking away -you following after him. 

You and Peter decided to call it a truce since you both got some embarrassing footage of each other. Getting out of the mall, you told him, “Let’s just never do that again.”

“Yup. I’m never coming back to this mall,” he muttered, moving his wet curls out of his face.

“We can’t ever come back,” you agreed.

Peter nod his head in agreement and held your hand as you both pretended that his shoes didn’t make that squishy sound with each step.


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Date the gentle patter of the rain that calms you on a stressful day. Date the creaking of the floorboards, the swirl of the ominous mist that suddenly looks so welcoming. Date the subtle flicker of the lights and the careful placement of fallen leaves along the path. Date The Ambience of the world, for it cares for you very much, and wants everything to be perfect just for you.