among humans

god fucking bless tumblr user @gatheringbones, who when I said “hey I need something to listen to on a long car trip” replied “hey, check out this podcast about space and people being quintessentially human, which means angry and vicious and loving and protective and all the shades of complicated moral feeling in between, but mostly just human”

(which is my invitation to listen to to the wolf 359 podcast if you have not already, because it has been the saving grace of my last few weeks, and there is no salve to a shattered love for humanity quite like a story about how relentlessly rebelliously good we can be) 

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get to know me meme: favorite tv shows [3/10] - fullmetal alchemist: brotherhood

↳ Alchemy is the science of understanding, deconstructing, and reconstructing matter. However, it is not an all-powerful art. It is impossible to create something out of nothing. If one wishes to obtain something, something of equal value must be given. This is the law of equivalent exchange; the basis of all alchemy. In accordance to this law, there is a taboo among alchemists. Human transmutation is strictly forbidden. For what could equal the value of a human soul?

Fight, Flight, Posture, or Submit

I just noticed a dynamic between these guys that I’d never quite put together before: in precise contrast to what Will thinks he wants, he will always fail to follow through on a lethal confrontation with Hannibal if (and only if) Hannibal makes a show of rolling over for him.

Bear with me for a sec because this is kind of fascinating: a while ago, I read a book called On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society. The author Dave Grossman proposed a theory which jives with a lot of stuff I learned in anthropology classes, but he has a particularly pithy way of describing it. Between animals of the same species, he says, the choices of behavior in a confrontation aren’t as simple as the “fight or flight” choice we usually talk about.

Grossman calls his model “fight, flight, posture, or submit.” This model takes into account a common trait among most animals (including humans): members of the same species almost never jump immediately to the ‘fight’ option in a confrontation. Doing so would result in needless deaths, particularly among younger individuals who haven’t yet learned to defend themselves, and then to eventual depopulation and extinction.

Instead, animals tend to begin confrontations by posturing – by making a show of their superiority in an attempt to make the other party back down. If, during the posturing phase, it becomes clear that the individuals are fairly evenly matched, they are likely to start a physical fight in order to establish dominance, while still avoiding lethal attacks if possible.

However, if it becomes clear during the posturing phase that one of the individuals is definitely strong enough to defeat the other one, the weaker opponent will do one of two things: flee or submit. I’ll just quote the book here:

“Submission is a surprisingly common response, usually taking the form of fawning and exposing some vulnerable portion of the anatomy to the victor, in the instinctive knowledge that the opponent will not kill or further harm one of its own kind once it has surrendered.”

So, now that we’ve got all that context out of the way, let’s talk about Will and Hannibal!

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The mirror monster. 


It takes a form similar to a man and wraps themselves in clothes to hide the dark matter they really are, walking among the humans in their good disguise. If ever needing to ‘disappear’ they just return back in the mirror.

All My Friends Are Heathens, Pt.7

Summary: In an alternate universe where monsters roam freely among humans, eight of these creatures group together under one roof. Their newest member, a dark vampire, comes to meet their reoccurring house guest who may be more than what she seems.

Pairing: Bucky x Reader
Word Count: 1601
Genre: AU
Warnings: Mentions of blood, sexual content.
A/N: This wraps up a very Heathens filled weekend, thank you lovely people for sticking with me! Not sure when I’ll be posting it but just a heads up that pt8 is going to be the final installment for this series!

The song Gold by Eurielle was definitely being played during the writing process for this part so thanks @gondorgirl01 for recommending it to me months ago! And of course, Heathens by Twenty One Pilots because always.

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| Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Prequel | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7

[Previously]

He was distracted from his thoughts when you shifted positions. The thin strap of your nightgown slid from your shoulder and exposed the curves of your breasts pushing against the silky material. Subconsciously, he ran his tongue over his fangs as he imagined biting into the soft mounds. A wicked thought crossed his mind and his eyes turned to coal as he started stepping forward again. The only light in the room came from the moon shining through the windows and now the ominous glow emitting from his dark limb as he waved it as his side. He smirked when you started to react.

I’ll start making it up to you, doll. You’re in for a long night.

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71-hour Ahmed was not superstitious. He was substitious, which put him in a minority among humans. He didn’t believe in the things everyone believed in but which nevertheless weren’t true. He believed instead in the things that were true in which no one else believed. There are many such substitions, ranging from “It’ll get better if you don’t pick at it” all the way up to “Sometimes things just happen.”

– on substitions | Terry Pratchett, Jingo

angels living among us, in cities and in towns, among the skyscrapers and the street corners

angels that wonder why they now bleed red instead of glittering shades of gold and silver

angels that carry pocket knives and switchblades everywhere they go; their concealed weapons are nothing compared to the divine blades and swords that they once held, but they’ll have to do for now

angels that constantly fill their heads with starstuff and light and knowlege and love, so that they can spread it among the humans that they’ve grown to love here

angels, when two cross paths on a crowded city sidewalk, that exchange careful glances and know that they aren’t alone here. they do not speak

I always have a small bag of kibbles in my car, in case I see a stray pup in need.
And today I got to feed a small family of 5; mama, papa, and three pups.

I stg, nothing makes me happier but also breaks my heart at the same time than interacting with strays. They get so happy when you talk to them and then even happier when they see you have food for them.

I wish I had the money and space to give them a loving home.
But for now I’ve contacted a refugee for dogs, and I know where to find them again tomorrow to bring some more food, in case they haven’t picked them up yet.

My OCs ; Ebb

Ebb is a mermaid, from a tribe that used to live in the Pacific Ocean. She’s an only child, who grew up in a loving family and had a normal life. Despite only being 14, she is considered an adult in the mermaid society, and before she left home she was learning to become a hunter gatherer of materials such as seaweed and coral, and catching fish. She was also engaged to be married; an arranged marriage by her parents since she was born, since their society has a class system and Ebb was marry a man in the class above her family. Instead of rings, the mermaids propose with the most beautiful shells they can find, and despite no longer living in the ocean, Ebb still has her shell and wears it as a necklace.

Due to the high value of mermaid scales, and the prices a live one can be sold for among humans, on occasion Ebb’s tribe would have to deal with pirates attempting to capture unsuspecting mermaids. One day, an entire fleet of pirate ships attacked the mermaid city, and either captured or killed all of the mermaids they could. Ebb was lucky enough to escape, but to this day still has no idea what happened to her parents or the rest of her people. She assumes them all to be dead.

Fleeing from the pirates, Ebb made her way to an inlet of a large river running into the mainland. It was here she found shelter, out of the reach of the pirate ships. Unknown to her at the time, when Ebb leaves the water and her tail completely dries, it transforms into a pair of legs so she can walk on land. Her first experience of this was when she was washed up on the side of the river, exhausted and not moving. As with all mermaids, they have a close connection to nature and animals, and even though she has never met a land creature before, it was a deer that had come from the surrounding forest to get a drink that pulled her out of the water and onto the shore. When she woke up, Ebb found she had legs, and learned to walk from the deer that saved her.

Too afraid to return to the ocean, Ebb has lived in the forest ever since; building herself a treehouse so she can keep watch on the river from her home. Kage (who you can read about here) was the first non-pirate person she ever met, and despite lashing out at him at first, they quickly became friends, and are still best friends to this day. Despite still being timid when first meeting new people, she trusts a lot more in humans now than when she thought they were all like the pirates.

Ebb is a happy-go-lucky type of gal. As well as being a friend to animals, she can also speak to water creatures, and often claims to have made new fish friends in the river whenever she goes for a swim. To anyone that doesn’t know her she comes across as odd and almost alien, because she’s fascinated with everything human-made that she’s never seen before, and is pretty lost most of the time. Despite generally being a happy, spontaneous person, Ebb has unshakable morals that were taught to her by her people, and will fight with everything she’s got for what she believes in. She’s also known for taking temper tantrums when people treat her like a child.

In Kage’s opinion, Ebb makes the best sushi he’s ever tasted, which is a massive compliment considering that’s the only food he’ll eat. Since birth Ebb has had three small barnacles on her face, under her left eye. These are a mark of her class within the mermaid community, with one barnacle being royals, two being aristocrats, three being commoners and four & more being lower class, or criminal. By mermaid standards she is also an “okay” looking girl, which is determined by how many colours of scales she has on her tail. The most beautiful of mermaids have two or more distinct colours, and mermaids like Ebb only have a gradient of colour (her tail is orange at her body, and goes down to yellow at the end). In human terms she’s a fairly attractive young girl; the only difference being her barnacles, and instead of having body hair she has scales (except her eyebrows and actual head hair). She has unusually large, almond shaped eyes, and gills on her neck. Ebb also has a trill to her voice that almost makes it sound like she’s singing when she speaks.

girls of color are so precious!!
queer girls of color? fucking beautiful!!
nonbinary girls of color? hella sweet angels!!
trans girls of color? goddesses among humanity!!
sapphic girls of color? marvelous!! 100/10!!
disabled girls of color? so pretty!!
autistic girls of color? gorgeous!!
chronically ill girls of color? pure n adorable!!