“let’s keep this between the two of us.” Azriel and Feyre?
“Let’s keep this between the two of us, okay?” Feyre mutters to Az as he slips, unobtrusively into her bedchamber and she jumps to her feet, hurrying to meet him.
The shadowsinger just nods, ever dutiful to his High Lady’s every wish.
“No-one saw you come up here, did they?” she can’t help herself asking anxiously, glancing over his shoulder as though expecting Rhys to burst through the door at any moment and catch them together.
Azriel just gives her a flat look that implies he’s insulted she would even ask such a thing of him. Perks of being a super spy, she supposes.
“Alright, I’m ready,” she says, holding out a hand in invitation. Azriel grips it tightly and they winnow into shadow and darkness. They emerge moments later onto the pleasantly warm Velaris streets, pleasantly bustling but not overly crowded, something neither of them would have appreciated.
They set off together, Azriel quietly leading the way while Feyre follows, smiling and nodding at some of the people they pass who wave greetings to her. “Thanks so much for this, Az,” she puffs out, checking her bag to ensure she brought her purse with her. She doesn’t usually, typically relying on the convenient credit she has in most stores, but she doesn’t want Rhys to have any inclination of her purchase today. “You’re a lifesaver.”
“It’s no trouble,” he says, leading them down into a quiet, shaded street and walking to the very end, a small store tucked into the corner. “I live to serve at the High Lady’s pleasure.” She squints up at him, one eyebrow raised, and he smirks. “And entertaining as his last birthday was, I understand it’s not an experience you want to repeat.”
“No,” Feyre groans, burying her face in a hand at the shame of it. She has many talents and she loves her mate dearly, as Azriel knows, but gift buying has never been her strong-suit. And the bastard has a habit of finding exactly what she wants every single year without fail. Just once she wants to get him something absolutely perfect. Fortunately, she has a secret weapon in the form of Azriel.
“Really though,” she grumbles, pushing into the shop after him, “Who’s allergic to strawberries?”
“Rhys,” Azriel hums simply in that way that implies he knows everything in the world and that nothing could ever surprise him.
Well, he had been surprised last year when Rhys had taken a large bite from one of the chocolates she had delightedly given him and then promptly started choking. The shadowsinger hadn’t been expecting that. Unfortunately neither had she.
“And Keir,” he adds as an apparently innocent afterthought.
Feyre blinks, startled, looking round at him. She supposes it’s not too odd, Keir and Rhys are related, even distantly. Still, “I suspect that comes from the list you have tucked away somewhere that details every known method of killing that bastard; not a concern for the steward’s meal choices?” She muses lightly. That tugs a small, dark smirk out of Az.
Azriel leads her to the back of the shop then stops in front of one of the small, dusty glass-fronted cabinets to let her see what he’s picked out for her. She opens her mouth to point out that the display is stuffed full of items, she isn’t sure which one he means, but she stops when she sees it, her face lighting up in a smile. Hugging a rather startled Az she whispers, “It’s perfect.” And is relieved when he accepts the hug, smiling, patting her rather awkwardly on the shoulder to convey his acceptance of her gratitude.
Once Feyre has made her purchase and had it carefully wrapped up by the owner, who seems friendly with Azriel, well, as friendly as anyone can be with him, the two wander back out onto the streets of Velaris. Feyre insists on dragging him into a nearby shop and pressing a large amount of fine differently coloured balls of wool into Az’s protesting hands and then further insists on taking him for a quiet cup of tea.
She rarely spends time alone with the shadowsinger, he always seems to be out somewhere on some secret mission sometimes she doubts even Rhys knows about. That or closeted up in his room with Mor, enjoying the time he has with her. Usually she only has conversations with him like this when they all go to Rita’s and neither of them feel much like dancing for an hour or so.
It’s nice, though. Azriel has a quiet, oddly calming presence, even with the shadows darting around him, whispering, always whispering. There’s a comfort to being around him, a sense of safety, and an odd feeling that she could tell him anything and he would simply nod and understand. As a result, Az is the one she’s gone to more times than she can count when she’s had a difficult decision about the court to make that she doesn’t want to put on her mate. He inevitably listens to all she has to say and offers a few quiet insights that help her make up her mind. She values his opinion, and his friendship, more highly than she thinks he’ll ever know.
Not longer after they’ve sat down in a comfortable booth by the window, they’re both brought two teas and slices of cake that she hadn’t ordered, but that she suspects Azriel did, given that they’re both topped with liberal amounts of strawberries and that their arrival prompts a rare, mischievous smile to blossom across his lips.
Feyre nibbles at her cake then decides now is as good a time as any to bring up what she wants to, as well as have her revenge for this little dig about the strawberries. Looking slyly at Az over the rim of her cup she says innocently, “I’m sorry to take you away from Mor, I know you just got back, you must have been wanting to spend some time with her.”
Azriel just blinks at her, saying nothing, as he drops a lump of sugar into his tea. Then another. Then another. She’s discovered, from these little retreats they make to this place from time to time when they both need a little peace and quiet, that he takes an inordinate amount of sugar in his tea. He had confessed to her once, with a small smile, that it was his one and only weakness.
Finally, carefully, too carefully, Azriel says, “I’ll have plenty of time to brief Mor, later.” Yes, brief her, amongst other things.
“Mm,” Feyre muses, taking a small sip of tea, “Wouldn’t you rather have spent the morning with her than me?”
Azriel blinks, apparently genuinely bemused by this comment, “You’re my friend, Feyre,” he says quietly, sincerely, “I like spending time with both of you.” Damn. She really should leave the subtlety and intrigue up to Az as well as the gift choosing. And he’s too earnest and good-natured, there’s no fun in teasing him at all.
“Azriel,” she says quietly, a soft smile tugging at her lips, “I know.” He blinks owlishly up at her again, clearly implying you know what? And she just scowls at him because if she doesn’t get to tease him then she’s not playing games with him either.
A deep flush of colour burns into Az’s cheeks as he stares at her, “How?” he rasps eventually and she smirks smugly at him.
“You’re not the only one who can know other people’s secrets, Az,” she says with a grin, taking another pointed bite of the strawberry cake, which really isn’t half bad. She might have to bring Rhys here at some point, then she might have half a chance of finishing a dessert on her own without the High Lord’s spoon magically making its way over to her plate while he twitters about ‘mating bond equality’ and ‘what’s yours is mine, Feyre darling’.
Azriel’s face darkens at that and a low, protective growl rumbles in his chest, “Who told you?” he demands, hands curling into fists.
She starts in surprise at the sudden black venom in his voice and opens her mouth to say something when Azriel freezes, apparently realising how he’d reacted. The blush on his cheeks darkens and his wings twitch, clearly uncomfortable. “I’m sorry,” he murmurs quietly, and she has her suspicions that he and Mor haven’t been together for long confirmed, based on his response.
“It’s alright, I understand,” she says quietly, and she does. That need to protect, to keep her safe must be heightened for the two of them after the amount of time they spent apart. She smiles, “And no-one told me, Az,” she huffs, a faint hint of playful scolding in her tone, “I can find some things out without the help of you and your spies, you know, I’m not blind.”
“Says the woman who didn’t notice for nearly fifty years that her mate is allergic to strawberries,” Az mumbles into his tea, but she notes the playful spark in his eyes and resists the urge to kick him under the table with difficulty.
Instead she reaches over and takes his hand, “I’m happy for you, Azriel. For both of you. You deserve this,” she gives his hand a soft squeeze and finally manages to coax a faint smile from him. “But why-”
“Didn’t we tell anyone?” Azriel supplies for her. She supposes he has to find some way to claw back his composure, the best way he knows how, making sure he knows everything she does. Mostly. She nods. He shifts uncomfortably, wings rustling in agitation at his back as he shrugs. “We would have, when we were ready,” he says quietly. “We’re just…Not.” She’s never seen him so discomposed before, he’s usually the picture of articulate eloquence. But Mor…She does this to him. “Not yet, Feyre, please-”
She gives his hand another quick squeeze, smiling, “I won’t breathe a word of it to anyone, Az, I promise.” He smiles, nodding his head, and thanks her.
They finish their tea and cake and then Feyre winnows him to Mor’s townhouse before returning herself to the House of Wind to finish up her preparations for Rhys’ birthday.
The next day, her mate is delighted by the delicate ornament of crystal Illyrian wings she gives him, after having spent all of the day before painting them, accenting the details until they’re a near perfect replica of her mate’s own.
Feyre notes the way Azriel’s scarred, gentle hand slides around Mor’s waist, squeezing, drawing her in close, just for a moment while no-one else is watching….But misses the way Rhys raises his glass of wine in Azriel’s direction while she’s chatting to Mor, thanking his brother for picking out the gift. Az nods and smiles. The two of them are content to keep this particular secret between themselves for the rest of their long eternities.
Today’s excellent character of the day is Higashikata Josuke from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (Diamond is Unbreakable)!
Josuke is a goofy, happy teenager who tries not to take things too seriously. He takes great pride in his hair, which looks super cool, if I do say so myself. He loves his friends and family dearly, and will protect them at any cost! He’s a very reactive person, so he won’t exactly go looking to pick fights with other people. He loves to look great and wear fashionable clothes! Keep on being excellent, Josuke!
I have a Valentine's Day based idea! sorry if it's stupid lolol Basically viktor has planned a day to show yuuri how many people love him to help him understand that he is valued and to help with his anxiety of not being good enough (cause vday can be platonic too!!) but yuuri wakes up and has other plans ;)) and Eros mode is switched on - viktor wants to tell him it's not the best idea BC people might come in but obvs he can't resist ;)) (you decide whether they're caught or not) <3333
Victor had it all planned out. He really did. He just wanted to show Yuuri how important he was, not only to Victor, but to everyone else in his life. Sometimes Yuuri needed to be reminded that it wasn’t only Victor who got his ‘life and love’ from him. What better day to show him that than on Valentine’s Day. A day of love.
It was supposed to start with a phone-call from Yuuri’s family back home in Japan. They were going to tell him how much they loved him and how much they missed him. And afterwards, Victor was going to give Yuuri a plane ticket home for a long-weekend in a couple months to see them. He wanted to tell Yuuri that his family loved him and missed him.
Then he’d planned for them to take a walk down to the coffeeshop just around the corner with Maccachin where he’d give Yuuri a new collar he’d bought for the poodle. One that had a tag with engraved with: ‘if found, please call Victor and Yuuri at…’. It was supposed to show Yuuri how much a part he was of Victor’s small family.
Phichit was supposed to call Yuuri after coffee. He’d even asked for a specific time so they wouldn’t be caught in the middle of walking or order coffee. He was going to tell Yuuri how much he missed rooming with him - their late night talks. After, Victor was going to show Yuuri the website he’d been looking at for new couches. Big ones that could fold out into a bed, so when (not if) friends came to visit, they could stay with Yuuri and Victor.
After that, (and Victor had allowed extra time because Phichit really liked to talk sometimes), they were supposed to head back home where Yurio was going to visit. He was going to stop by on his way to practice and he was going to actually tell Yuuri how much he’d looked up to him in his youth (Victor had bribed him with the promise of choreography for next season). He was going to going to actually use his words to explain how dear Yuuri was to him. And Victor was going to suggest putting together an exhibition piece with all three of them in honour of their strange family dynamic.
Then they were all supposed to head over to breakfast with Mila, Yurio and Georgi. Victor was going to show Yuuri a video he’d had the triplets back in Hasetsu make with the videos from his phone. He’d already watched it. It was heartwarming. It included scenes of well-wishes from friends at home (Yuuko, Minami, and Minako), and internationally (Guang-hong, Leo, Chris and Phichit, mostly) interspersed with snippets of rink time here in Russia where Yuuri was laughing and skating with his fellow rink-mates.
Everything was supposed to fall into place. He’d planned it perfectly, he was sure. He wanted to make Yuuri’s heart swell with warmth and joy. Give him something to hold onto when his anxiety became too much; something Victor could remind him of when he was feeling particularly unsettled. It was the perfect sentiment for Valentine’s Day: the day of love, no matter the form. He’d planned it so the morning was for friends and family, an Agape love, with the evening reserved for him and a more Eros sentiment.
It was supposed to be perfect. But Yuuri had made plans of his own.
Victor gasps up at Yuuri as he slides his naked body smoothly over Victor’s as soon as their alarm rings.
“Good morning,” he purrs, eyes dilated and aroused. He’s put on his full Eros persona and is giving Victor a show.
“Yuuri-” Victor moans. Half of him wants to push his fiancé off, tell him to get dressed in time for his family’s call. The other half of him wants to see where this is going.
“Shhh,” Yuuri grins, pressing a finger to Victor’s lips. “I have a Valentine’s gift I want to give you.” Victor isn’t going to refuse that. And then Yuuri does something with his mouth that drives any coherent thoughts from his mind
Ten minutes later, when his phone chimes with the call. Yuuri turns on the ‘do not disturb’ function, then throws it behind their pillows somewhere where it’ll be lost for half a day. Victor doesn’t even care. Not when Yuuri’s looking at him that way. Not when Yuuri’s captured his attention so thoroughly.
It’s only two hours later, when Victor’s hands are tied up and out of the way, and he’s in a blissed-out state - Yuuri is gasping above him - does he hear the harsh slide of jingling keys in the lock of their apartment.
“Oh, shit, shit,” He curses, “Yuuri, please, love,” he cries, “we need to-”
“Eyes on me only,” Yuuri demands, grabbing Victor’s chin roughly and pulling his attention back to his lover above him, unaware of what’s about to happen.
Victor hopes dearly Yurio won’t just barge in on them because he’s powerless to stop Yuuri’s Eros right now. Yurio had been reluctant to take the keys to the apartment they’d given him months ago for his very reason - he doesn’t ever want to walk in on them.
“Oiiii,” Yurio calls from the kitchen, “You guys back yet? Lets get this over with. I’m starving. I wanna go for breakfast.”
Yuuri doesn’t even falter in his rhythm, just raising one eyebrow as if to ask Victor ‘breakfast?’.
“Yurio!” Victor calls out in the most even voice he can muster. “Just go ahead to breakfast by yourself! We’ll meet with you there!”
“Huh? Why?” Yurio calls through the door. “I thought you wanted me to confess all that sappy shit to Yuuri. I’m not doing that in public.”
“Sappy shit?” Yuuri asks quietly, but Victor ignores him for a second.
“Please, just-” he tires to explain, but breaks off with a gasp as Yuuri twists one of his nipples.
There’s a pause where Victor’s sure Yurio’s right outside their bedroom door. It takes less than a second for Yurio to realizes what’s happening. “Are you fucking KIDDING ME?” He all-but shrieks. “Oh my god! I’m leaving. And you’re taking your key back at breakfast!” He yells, just before he slams their front door shut.
“I ah, think we should finish up soon here,” Victor says reluctantly, turning his attention back to Yuuri. “We’re supposed to meet for breakfast. Actually, I had this whole romantic morning planned out-” he tries to explain. He’s afraid for a moment that Yuuri will be to embarrassed to continue.
Ok guys. I didn’t think this would ever be a problem to where it needs a formal recognition, but here we are.
My relationships are my relationships. My friendships are my friendships. My romantic relationships are my romantic relationships. I am allowing you guys to see into an intimate part of my life and if all I am met with constant scrutiny then I won’t anymore.
I have received numerous messages (as has Andy) about my relationship with Syd and Ara. And although I shouldn’t be having to explain myself as if I did something wrong, I will.
We are strictly platonic.
I don’t get along with people enough or care about certain relationships enough to be friends with them. I have many acquaintances, who I enjoy, but I don’t consider a lot of people I truly talk to friends. So when they come around I keep them close. I tell them I love them, I tell them how much they mean to me, I promise dates and adventures and baths and snuggles because that’s who I am and that’s how I show affection. And I will not stop verbally doting on my friends.
Syd is my friend. Syd is one of my closest friends and maybe in another life we might have been more, but we are not. Full stop. Syd is my friend and I love them dearly. I love them more then titles like ‘platonic’ or ‘romantic’ or 'familial’ and that’s it. If me and Syd (or me and Syd and Andy) were ever to make our relationship romantic that would be our business and not yours to know about unless we decided,. But what many of you ignore, is that Syd is also in a happy romantic relationship.
I have never met a person that I connect with moreso than Ara. We are similar in so many ways and I already love them very dearly and consider them one of my closest friends. They are such a fantastic and snarky person that I feel honored to have them in my life and to be allowed into theirs. I have never bonded with someone so quickly and I hope that I get to stay. But we are strictly platonic. Even if we rp as ships, we are platonic.
I’ve met some amazing people and I have grown close to a lot of them. And love some of them. But I am dating Andy.
Most of you have watched me and Andy meet, fall in love and move in together. Our 1 year is this week. The fact that you have the audacity to suggest I would ever cheat on Andy is so fucking hurtful and rude. How little do you think of me?
Yes I am polyamorous and if there was ever a second romantic person in my life that would be my business that I would allow you to be apart of.
You guys are allowed into my life as much as I let you, if you keep up with this insulting behavior then I won’t be sharing anymore of myself with you. Plain and simple.
My relationships are mine to have and yours to view from a distance. If you are not apart of the relationship you do not get to voice your opinion. I love my friends like Ara and Syd and I love Andy and a lot of that overlaps, but no matter what they mean a lot to me and everyone is very clear on where we stand in our relationships.
So don’t worry, we can handle our lives and me and Andy can handle our relationship.
I had never really payed attention to jkjinjimin together before you pointed it out, but they're such a good trio? They're always laughing/cracking each other up and it's such an interesting dynamic considering their ages? They seem to be close/comfortable with each other (jin makes the other two laugh a lot, I mean, jimin is easy, but I was surprised by how jk enjoyed it all too). I'd love another vlive with them! (I wonder how differently jk sees his relationship with each of them too)
Why don’t these three have an official “line” name?? I would take anything at this point: Gym Line, Man Child Line (two grown men who act like children, and one grown man who is as tall as a child), Oedipus Complex Line (two moms and a son where the son is actually dating the mochi mom)..
These three are so fun and beyond ridiculous. And somehow, Jimin is the straight man stuck in the crossfire between two grown ass men who communicate 90% of the time like this:
You can see that Jimin loves them both dearly, but is on the very, very edge of losing his mind..
EXO reaction to when their rival pack takes their mate
Xiumin: Would tell Alphas to declare war on the rival pack and help D.O plan out the war and army “No one takes my mate”
Luhan: Expect the rival pack city to be burn down into pieces when Luhan finds you. “Who told you to take my baby. I warned you”
Kris: Since he is one of the alpha, he will and won’t hesitate to immediately declare war “Be prepare for your city to burn down to pieces. I won’t give you mercy”
Lay: Yixing is usually never angry, but taking his mate will make him explode. Taking the lead hunter, Baekhyun and the hunters, Sehun and Chanyeol, he will hunt down the rival pack til the end of the earth “Where is my baby girl? You chose the wrong decision to take her”
Chen: Chen is very cheerful on most days, but the day when he found out that the rival pack took you, the cheerfulness was replaced by the thought of killing every single one in the rival pack. “You dare to try me? Don’t beg for forgiveness when I rip your heart into pieces”
Baekhyun: Not that worried, because he saw when they took you. baekhyun followed them when they took, not wanting to attack when you were taken because the whole rival pack was there and he was the only one at the moment. Expect him to inform the whole pack and telling them the location where you have been taken. “You think you can outsmart me. I am not the lead hunter for nothing”
Chanyeol: Chanyeol is very very very protective when it comes to you. He may not be the lead hunter, but he got some skills. He would ask Kris to help him form a coup d’etat on the rival pack. “It’s time we get rid of you anyway”
D.O: If Kyungsoo turn into satansoo when the Beagle line annoys him, he will do more than turn into satansoo when he finds out the rival pack took you. “They are really testing my limits today”
Tao: Tao is considered one of the warriors in the pack alongside Kai. He will do more than Wushu the rival pack’s ass if they have any “they really didn’t think their plans and consequences through. Guess I have to show them”
Kai: Jongin loves his mate dearly like any other mate would, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he rips everyone in the rival pack who was in the plan to take you “Try me again and I’ll rip everyone in the whole pack”
Sehun: Like everyone in the EXO Pack, Sehun is very protective of what is his. You are on another level and when he found you have been kidnapped by the rival pack, he will run out informing the alphas, lead hunter and hunters to help him “Now my hand is covered in some worthless peasant’s blood”
A/N: Reader and Damian are adults in these. I went all out on this, so I really hope you like the structure and everything. Feedback is welcomed. ☺️
(c/n) = child’s name
Damian as a father would include:
> Damian was excited when you told him he was going to be a father, well as excited as Damian manages to express.
> He had his concerns about whether he was going to be a good father, based on his family background and upbringing he had his doubts. However after reassuring him, that he managed to change and has become a better person his worry subsided.
> Now when he goes out on patrol, he’s more cautious and careful as he now has two people to come home to and protect.
> Whilst you’re pregnant, Damian is extremely over protective with everything. You are not putting yourself in any danger and he’ll make sure of that. He understands he’s being this way and apologised, explaining he doesn’t want either of you hurt since you’re a prime target now.
> Catering to your cravings the best he can. Sort of.
“Pennyworth, we need some strawberries and hot sauce?”
“We’re currently out of strawberries Master Damian, Miss (Y/n) has cleared them out.”
“Ugh, I’ll be back shortly beloved.”
“Really? You have to leave me, I know you’re getting stuff for me but I’m kind of annoyed by that and I don’t know why.”
> Trying to comfort you when you get emotional, but since Damian isn’t the best at it he comes up with other solutions.
“I could punch you right now!”
“Beloved, that’d be a stupid move.”
“Oh really? Because I love you… a lot and I didn’t mean that!” You were still yelling and you weren’t sure why.
“How about throwing some knives instead?”
“What?! NO! That’s ridiculous and I’m actually willing to do it. You’re such a good partner for letting me do this.” By your last statement you were crying and pulling him into an embrace.
> Both of you low-key freaking out when the baby kicks and you’re just hugging each other with massive grins on your faces.
> Receiving visits from Damian’s family, all of which are super excited to be apart of it and looking forward to having a new member in the family.
> Dick encouraging Damian that’s he’s going to be a good father.
> Bruce still not quite getting the fact his son has a proper family that’s almost normal, but enjoys it none the less.
“Bruce, you know you’re going to be a granddad right?”
“Yes of course I do (y/n), Damian is going to be a father and to be honest… it all feels surreal.”
“Tell me about it. It’s gonna be great though.”
“It truly is.”
> When your waters broke, Damian was with you since he’d estimated the most likely time it’d happen. This man was prepared, he was still the son of the original Batman.
> Damian drove you to the hospital as soon as possible, not in the Batmobile much to your disappointment but understood there’d be no easy way to explain that.
> Panicking and being exhausted throughout labour and Damian telling you to breathe.
> “Holy shit (y/n)!!!” Damian actually yelped when you squeezed his hand during labour.
“You’re not giving birth Dami!”
“You’re a lot stronger than I thought.”
“Yep, comes with being your significant other for so long! Ah shit!”
“Breathe beloved, breathe.”
> With over 10 hours in labour you finally had your child and you were exhausted.
“I did it - Dami I -”
“I know beloved, you are so strong. I’m proud of you (y/n), I love you so much.”
“Love you too.”
> Holding the baby and you simply can’t believe you’ve created something so pure, suddenly you forget all the pain because it was all worth it for this child in your arms.
> Damian holds them next, and is so smitten that you know this child is gonna be spoilt. He almost cried because he thought he was incapable of producing something this innocent, his family do not have a grip on his baby and they never will.
> The rest of the Batfam piling in minutes later hoping to see their new addition.
Dick is super enthusiastic about the whole ordeal and sheds a few tears, whilst promising to be the best uncle ever which was open to dispute.
Jason was smiling more than ever, saying “It’s up to (y/n) to make sure we don’t get another demon spawn in the family. Right now though, I’m really proud of you two.”
Tim making sure you’re alright, asking about names and how much the baby weighs before checking on the others.
Bruce is over the moon and is third to hold his grandchild, he’s quick to congratulate you both and offers for you to stay at the manor so they can all help to get you back on your feet.
Cassandra doesn’t say anything, instead hugging you tightly with a wide grin on her face then patting Damian on the shoulder who remained by your bedside.
“You’ll make a great auntie Cass.” And that only made her smile more.
General Child Raising:
> Taking turns to get up in the night when the baby wakes up.
> Morning cuddles because you’re both exhausted.
> The baby getting lots of attention and babysitters consisting of Damian’s family which you’re eternally grateful for.
> Damian still being smitten as you expected, you find yourself leaning on the doorframe and watching the two interact often, a smile making its way onto your face.
“Are you alright beloved?”
“Y-yeah, it’s nice to be apart of this family.”
You soon join the two.
> Damian teaching your child self defence from a young age and you’re not too thrilled with the idea.
“Oh my - Damian! Why does (c/n) have a katana?!”
“I’m teaching (c/n) how to wield the weapon beloved.”
“Y-yeah, couldn’t you have started with a wooden one. A real one isn’t exactly safe for a 5 year old!”
“I did. At the age of 3. (C/n)’s skills have developed since then (y/n).”
“Oh my gosh. We’re terrible parents!” You yelped, throwing your hands in the air.
> Your child learning about Damian’s culture and heritage as well as your own so they know where to come from and if they want to celebrate any traditions.
> Both of you helping out with homework from school, Damian specialising in Maths.
> Having to come up with crazy explanations as to why their father came through the window in the dead of night looking like Batman.
“Is daddy Santa?”
“Uh not exactly… It’s more like the tooth fairy?”
“We are not saying that beloved, (c/n) I’m Batman - but you can’t tell anyone as this is a family secret.”
“Ok Batdad.” You’re child whispered, giggling at the nickname.
> Damian ok with them joining the family business as long as they pass his training resumés. They don’t go out if they’re sick or injured no matter what as this increases the likelihood of reckless behaviour.
> Teaching them the ways of Wayne Enterprises since they’re the future heir now.
> Your child learning about the hero business when they get older and finally accepting their father isn’t the tooth fairy.
> Giving them the choice of whether they want to become a vigilante with you supporting them 100% and Damian teaching them League of Assassins techniques regardless of their decision.
> Joking with you and Damian about becoming a villain because they’re fully equipped to do so but knowing that’s not how they were brought up.
> Them secretly having a favourite uncle but only Damian and yourself know who it is and refuse to tell the others.
> Kate Kane being the go to person for anything LGBT+ related, if your child is in fact an LGBT citizen or not.
> Generally being quite an open family that comes with a few cracks but you’re happy.
If it’s a Boy:
> “Looks like there’s a new son of Batman now.”
“Indeed there is, I hope he’ll be my successor one day.”
> Father son bonding activities, most of which included one on one training sessions. There a lot of testosterone in your home.
> Play fights all of the time, literally with anyone of his uncles that comes over. Whether it be Dick, Jason, Tim or Duke he’s going to show them the new moves Damian taught him.
> “I’m going to be the next Red Hood. You watch me!” As your son runs around with finger guns yelling ‘pew pew’ at inanimate objects much to your amusement.
“I’m going to kill Todd…”
> You’re son actually wanting to have powers like Jon, Supermans son, who visits on some occasions. Though after a long conversation about practicality with his father, (c/n) is convinced he’ll be the next Batman.
“Well Superman doesn’t have a Batmobile.”
“But he can fly father.”
“(C/n) has a point Dami.”
> Your son imitating Damian any chance he gets since he looks up to his father more than he realises.
“I am the son of the demon!”
“(Y/n), what was that?”
“Dick, do you really want to question it? He has Dami’s genes remember.”
“That’s who he reminds me of, Damian when he was younger - such a little sh-” Covering Dicks mouth before he could finish that sentence.
> Bruce saying he looks a lot like Damian and is proud of you both for raising your son so well. (C/n) has great manners at Galas when he’s older and is a hit with the ladies. Of course, for now - you’re the most important female in his life until he finds that special someone. Damian couldn’t be more proud.
“Meet my parents, Damian and (Y/n) Wayne.”
“It’s a pleasure, I hope our son is treating you well.”
“Yes, thank you Mrs Wayne.”
If it’s a Girl:
> Literally his little princess who he loves dearly.
> Cass coming over to style your daughters hair and spend time with her. Even though Cass isn’t talkative, your daughter speaks enough for the both of them.
“Can you do plaits Auntie Cass, like milkmaid ones?”
“I bet you can, you’re really good at making hair look pretty.” Cass just kisses her forehead and starts braiding.
> Finding out that she isn’t going to be a girly girl from a very early age.
“As I have Batdad, I get to drive the Batmobile when I’m older - maybe I can race!”
“I can teach you to drive now princess, I could drive by your age.”
“No! Damian, that’s illegal!”
“So is vigilantism.”
> Barbara and Stephanie coming over to help out and Stephanie even brought your daughter a Batgirl costume. Stephanie being so involved for personal reasons and just becoming her auntie not that there was any question.
“Steph, why did you buy this?”
“Why not? She’ll follow in our footsteps one day.”
“I’ll make sure she knows all the technical tricks.” Barbara was quick to add referring to her way with computers.
> Kate Kane and Harper Row also visiting to check up on you both. Kate claiming that girls have got to stick together. Your daughter thinking Harpers hair is the coolest thing in the world.
“Mommy, can I have my hair just like Harpers? With pink in it and can I have it rainbow?”
“That would look so cool!” Came the exaggerated enthusiasm of Harper.
“When you’re older, you can dye it however you want.”
> Damian gets over protective when romantic relationships come into the equation.
“Father, I fight crime with you at weekends. I’m perfectly capable of handling a romantic partner.”
“It’s funny you think they’ll even get a chance to get close to you.”
“Mom, a little help?!”
> “Touch my daughter and you’re dead.”
“You’re dad is joking right (c/n)?” Came your daughters current interest.
“Haha, uh yeah… no. No he’s not joking.”
“So what? Beat me to death?”
“More like slice you. With his katana.” Your daughter corrected.
“And that’s only if your uncles don’t get to them first (c/n)!”
“Thanks for that mom.”
A/N: wHY is Pre-Serum Steve so underapprECIATED?! I don’t understand. But Enjoy this. I had a blast writing this. Also, a Bucky fic will be out shortly after this one. :)
I stare at her for the longest time, my sketchbook rests atop my crossed knee. The yellow wooden pencil that I bear slowly slides from my thumb and Index finger. Stupid sweat.
We both sat comfortably at a wood table in the park. I told her to sit across from me so I could sketch her beauty on paper. I still couldn’t believe I could call her mine, she is mine. She accepted me for who I was, even as I sit as a bag of bones, consumed by multiple diseases.
We’ve been together intimately for almost a year and been best friends since childhood. We’ve looked after each other for so long, it’s truly astonishing. Bucky was the one who helped us get together. Apparently, we were entirely oblivious to each other’s feelings, it was obviously true. And not to mention, I didn’t have the courage to ask her to be mine.
A/N: This imagine especially goes for the girls
who aren’t or weren’t able to meet the boys. Girls I really feel with you
because neither did I met Harry or the other boys. But don’t give your hopes
up! Maybe you’ll meet them one day, who knows? And to those people, who already
did meet them, please share your experiences with me! I’m dying to know them!
Btw, I’m so fucking excited for today! I’ve been waiting for this day since
“Sign of the Times” was released and I can’t wait to see him performing
again!!! And as Harry would say, All the
love and I really hope you enjoy this imagine! I appreciate feedbacks, no
matter if they are positive or negative! xo B.
I was a teenager, my heart was conquered by the most famous boy band in the
entire world. Their music has been accompanying me through my puberty stage.
They also saved my life and I would be always grateful for that. I was fourteen
years old as I started to fancy them. Those times were pretty hard for me. My
family was falling apart. My parents decided to divorce and their decision hit
me like a brick. I was never the same after this.
So it felt
good to listen to their music because it was the only thing that would soothe
me during my time of loneliness. I barely talked to my parents, it hurt to see
how two persons who used to love each other so dearly ignoring themselves. I
needed time to regain my strength and carry on with my live.
thanks to One Direction. The biggest boy band in the 21st century. I
was glad to get to know them. I still remember my walls being plastered with
thousands of posters and pictures. I owned every album and perfume, I still do
by the way. One Direction meant more to me than just a boy band. They were my
heroes and perfect role models for teenagers nowadays. Also belonging to the 1D
fandom was a great honor and pleasure to me and I loved being a part of them so
with my 22 years, I still adored them with my whole heart. Now that they were
being in a break, things got strange somehow. I really missed them. I loved all of them but one of them stole my
heart from the very first moment I saw him. His wonderful green eyes and his
cute dimpled smile were burnt into my head forever. Whenever I saw him in an
interview, talking and interacting with the interviewer, my heart skipped a
beat and a wide grin made its way up on my lips.
transformation was fucking remarkable. I mean, you just have to look at him in
his X-factor times and compare him with today’s Harry. How did he manage some
sort of transformation?! He looks handsome as ever and shit, I would do
anything to meet him, even for a second.
belonged to the fans who never got the chance to see him or the other boys in
real life. And that fact hurt pretty much. Every time I asked myself why I
could not just meet them? When I was 15, I wanted to visit their concert but
unfortunately I had no money to afford a ticket. I cried for days.
wish was to be hold by Harry, his arms being wrapped around me into a secured
and protective hug, his voice telling me not to cry. But I just could dream of
And also with
22 years, I still hadn’t met him. Not yet.
it’s break time!” My best friend called as she entered my office, taking a seat
in front of me and placing her feet on my desk. I took a look at the clock. It
was exactly 2 PM. I leaned back on my chair, rubbing over my eyes with my
hands. After working non-stop for six hours I became really tired. I worked for
a designer company in New York and we were about to make a new collections for
the summer. So I spent my whole day with drawing and drawing some ideas. And I
have to say I liked the most of them.
please put down your feet from my desk?” I sighed. Then, I opened my cupboard,
taking a sandwich out of it. I unwrapped the foil and bit into my delicious
and also my co-worker took a sip of her cappuccino. “So (Y/N), any plans for
your birthday?” I just roll my eyes at her question. She knew I was too busy to
celebrate my birthday this year however she insisted and tried to convince me
to do otherwise. She’s been like this for a whole month now.
my birthday came, the more suspicious my friends acted. I was aware that they
planned a big surprise for me but I couldn’t tell what. Otherwise, I could
always tell what they were planning but this time I was completely oblivious
your eyes at me, babe! We’re going celebrate your birthday like every year.” My
friend looked at me with a stern expression on her face.
I’m very busy this year and you know it. I have no time for any celebrations.
We have to concentrate on the new collections.”
you already work and work without taking any break. You need to cool down a
bit! Work isn’t running away.”
and surrendered because I knew, no matter how much I resist, she wouldn’t leave
grumbled, earning an exited screech from her. I held my hands over my ears.
be disappointed about your present. I promise!” She told me.
I took my
water bottle and drank out of it. However, what my friend said in the next
moment made me almost spill out the whole content in my mouth on my drawings.
you just said?” I exclaimed.
like it wasn’t anything excited. But for me it meant the whole world. She
looked at me weirdly. “Calm down, babe. I just said that Harry Styles is in
my heart beat increased and I felt my cheeks getting warm.
(Y/N), you’re trembling!” My friend remarked. “If I knew you would react this
way, I wouldn’t have told you.”
you know that?” I asked her, trying to keep my voice straight.
I’m watching the news and listening to the radio. I’m not like you who locks
herself up in her office and isolates herself from life.” She laughed slightly.
don’t think that I’ll meet him even though he’s in New York. I mean he could be
anywhere.” I sighed. My friend knew about my heavy crush on Harry Styles. The
whole office knew actually. They would catch me how I would talk about him
constantly. When he released “Sign of the Times” I couldn’t stop but telling
everyone how brilliant this song was. I practically forced them to listen to
it. Yeah, since everybody knew they wouldn’t stop teasing me about it.
know, babe. Don’t give your hopes up.” My friend remarked.
I’m never lucky when it comes to my favorite celebrity. Everybody meets him.
Everyone but me.”
thinking to negative, (Y/N). Just look forward on your birthday, okay? We’re
going to have so much fun!”
at the clock and saw that our twenty minutes break was almost over. “I’m
heading back to my office. I see you around, girl. And do not make a sad face
okay? I’m sure one day you’ll meet him.” She offered me a smile before she
opened the door and left. Little did I feel that she knew something.
finally arrived. I didn’t feel very excited about that but my friends in the
office freaked out for an unknown reason. I received some congrats and lovely
hugs from everybody.
finally 23!”Alyssa, a very cute girl from the office told me, her voice showing
a trace of joy.
“Yeah. “ I
mumbled. “Finally 23.”
girl.” My friend grabbed my shoulders, smiling at me. “You’re not allowed to
enter the conference room till tonight. We’ll send somebody to get you,
said, and after that everybody went back to working.
Hours and hours passed by fast and as someone
knocked on my door I just realized that it was already 8 PM. Wow, I really
worked that much?
was Alyssa who opened the door and came in. She is such a lovely and wonderful
girl. She is definitely one of my favorite co-workers.
Ally!” I greeted her. She clapped her hands.
so…” I said. I was kind of nervous though. Who would know what was waiting for
me in the conference room?
towards me and took my hand.
“I have to
ask you to close your eyes and only to open them when you’re told, okay?”
I nodded my
head and closed my eyes. “Alright.”
pushed me slightly forward. “And no cheating!”
guided me securely and safe to the conference room. I heard her knocking on the
hard wooden door. Someone opened it. I could perceive some whispers in the
background as I was pushed further into the room. My heart felt like I would
explode in my chest.
(Y/N)!” I heard my friend. “You can open your eyes now.”
And I did.
What I’ve seen took my breath away. The walls around me were decorated so
beautifully and balloons were hanging everywhere. There was also a big poster
and “Happy birthday to our wonderful (Y/N)” was written on it. They also have
removed the desks to the side so the middle of the room could be used as a
dance floor. I really wanted to cry. I had such beautiful friends and I was
grateful for that.
like it?” Alyssa asked.
I shook my
head in agreement. “Yes, fuck, yes I love it! Thank you so much guys!” I
breathed out, struggling with my tears.
already love this,” My friend said, “then you’ll love your present even more.”
I looked at her questioningly.
around, (Y/N).” She smiled softy.
And as I
turned around, it felt like everything around me stopped for a second. My eyes
meet with some enchanting green eyes that I longed to see in real life for so
many years now. There he stood in front of me and handsome as ever, holding a
beautiful red rose in his hand.
know how to react, I was utterly shook and very surprised. I was expecting
everything but this. I finally met him. My biggest celebrity crush, the king of
my world, the key to my heart, the reason for my smile. Harry Styles.
at me gently and handed me over the rose. I grabbed it with my shaky hands. I
tried hard to contain my tears but failed terribly. I put my hand on my mouth
to muffle my heavy sobs. I didn’t want
to cry. Not in front of him. But I did. And the next thing I felt was Harry
wrapping his arms around me and pressing against his chest. I clung onto him
like my life was dependent on him. The whole room was filled with cheers,
clapping and laughter.
rubbing my back soothingly, telling my not to cry. I nestled my face in the
crook of his neck, breathing his scent in. The scent of his cologne hit my
nostrils and awakened every cell and fiber in my body.
me slightly away, but so that we were still very close to each other. He put
his hands on my cheeks and wiped away my falling tears.
anymore, darling.” He said. “This is supposed to be your lucky day.” I nodded,
however it was very hard to stop crying. People who already met him know what
I’m talking about. Slowly, I regained myself and no more tears were flooding
down my cheeks.
ruining your jacket.” I mumbled.
worry about that.” He laughed. “It’s totally okay.”
As I looked
back into his eyes, just to make sure this was not a dream, it hit me. “Shit,
you’re fucking Harry Styles!” My voice was trembling.
smiled at me. “I am fucking Harry Styles.” The room erupted into laughter.
cleared his throat before he spoke again. “Happy birthday, m’love!”
slightly. “It’s a pleasure to meet you (Y/N). You’re friends couldn’t stop but
talking about you non-stop in the last few months.” My eyes widened. Months?
They were planning this for months?
could only say, turning to my best friend.
know that Harry is a busy man. We wanted to make sure that he was available on
your birthday.” She said. I shook my head, but laughed. This all still seemed
so surreal to me. How did they even manage to invite him?
they told me about you.” Harry said. “I’ve heard some nice stuff about you.”
wooden doors opened and my boss Lana came in. She walked towards me and Harry,
hugging me first and then giving him a friendly hug. “Welcome Harry, my boy.
Long time no see.”
laughed shyly. “It’s good to see you again, Lana.” I was startled a bit. They
two knew each other? My boss turned towards me. “Are you enjoying your birthday
“Yes, mam. Thank you so so much!” I turned and looked at the others in the
room. “I still can’t believe that Harry Styles is standing next to me, but I
really appreciate your effort with my whole heart. You made a dream come true.
Thank you!” Everybody smiled.
it’s time for your birthday cake.” Harry announced then, holding onto my hips. His
closeness let tingles run down my spine and I enjoyed every second of it.
arrived and I blew out the candles. We ate the cake, which tasted heavenly, and
then someone turned on the music so we could dance. Harry took my hand,
dragging me towards to dance floor.
you feeling?” He asked, his hands on my hips pushing me towards him.
best birthday I’ve ever had!” I told him.
“ ‘M very
glad you like it.” We danced like there was no tomorrow, but the closer the end
came the more afraid I got. I knew that he had to leave soon and I didn’t want
that. I enjoyed his presence so much and I refused to let him go.
Unfortunately, he had to. The party was over soon. Too soon for my liking.
to your mum from me.” Lana asked him, as they hugged each other goodbye. I
found out that my boss and his mother were friends so that’s why they knew each
Again, thanks for inviting me.” His eyes fell on me and he smiled. “Otherwise I
wouldn’t know what I would miss.” I blush crept its way on my cheeks.
to me, holding my hands. “I’m glad I met you (Y/N). I really am. I’m grateful
that your friends were bothering the shit out of me, telling me how wonderful
you were. “
third time on this day, my eyes were filled with tears. He was such an angel.
How can I even let him go?
want to end it like this.” He admitted, making my heart beating faster.”I would
like to get to know you better and I’m staying in New York for a while. So
would you give me the honor of going on a date with me?”
really happening? Or was I dreaming? He wanted to go on a date with me?
hesitation I nodded my head.
yes yes yes!”
cutely and then leaned forward to press a gentle kiss on my cheek.
Sometimes you have to make a decision that breaks your heart; but you know it’s the best thing to do for them. Today we took Starbuck to her forever home with Polly, another blind goat with neurological issues just like Starbuck, at Goats of Anarchy. I don’t worry that she won’t be loved there; because she will be very loved; but we will miss her being part of our family. She has been with us for over 8 weeks; and we have had her since she was 20 minutes old; she has only known us! But goats, just like people, do really good with a companion and this is a good match for Starbuck. Her and Polly will be good for each other. We will miss her dearly; but we know this was the right move for her. I will post a picture of them together soon
(Meet “Starbuck”: our chocolate frosted cutie with whip cream on top!; Starbuck)
Why do women want to dress like men when they’re fortunate enough to be women? Why lose femininity, which is one of our greatest charms? We get more accomplished by being charming than we would be flaunting around in pants and smoking. I’m very fond of men. I think they are wonderful creatures. I love them dearly. But I don’t want to look like one. When women gave up their long skirts, they made a grave error.
congrats on finishing madoka! did you have a favorite scene or like style thing you noticed or anything like that? and are you likely to delve into the extra lore around the show or the sequel movie at any point?
Thank you! I FEEL VERY ACCOMPLISHED
Favourite scene or style thing. Hmm. I sometimes liked the abrupt cut-aways they would do during conversations or monologues. In some cases, I found what they chose to focus on interesting. I particularly enjoyed it during the church scene between Fang and Home Run, for example.
I generally found the witches scenes to be unique, at the very least. They had a definite texture and otherworldliness, which was certainly the mood they were intending to evoke. And I thought where it all went to mostly black and whites with creepy camera angles when Home Run had her violent break on the witch was overall very effective. Her giggling certainly didn’t hurt that.
I am pretty much zero percent likely to dive into any extra lore around the show. All said and done, I really didn’t enjoy it very much. I’m still trying to gather my feelings about it to put into words, but it felt … needlessly cruel, to me. It felt punishing, in a way that I’m not convinced was in good faith.
And before anyone tries to tell me that it’s ~DARK~ and I must not like ~DARK~ (which happened last GIFTENING) you give me precious little credit. I LOVE the dark. I think some of the ideas in Madoka are amazing, and I would dearly love to see them explored in a meaningful way. But my feelings last year about the attitudes of the creators, particularly toward their characters, bore out for me until the end. They never gave me evidence that they cared about their own characters, and the attitude the narrative had toward magical girls didn’t really do much to bolster my feelings on that. They were a dime a dozen, disposable tools to be used up and tossed aside. Their wants were foolish, their hopes destroyed them, and their grasp for even a tiny bit of power was utterly and severely punished. I HAVEN’T CHECKED YET BUT I’M PRETTY SURE MEN CREATED THIS SERIES
It was instead almost wholly invested in its own ideas, which in a macro sense, I think are deeply interesting. The ideas of what heroism and sacrifice mean, altruism and reward, debt and gratitude. I think, too, the idea of how these wishes backfire is marvelous. I LOVE the entire concept of Intensealot, trying again and again and again to right a wrong, and how that changes her. The witches are a brilliant idea! I think a hard line between hope and despair and what it means to surrender to either is fascinating.
But I guess here’s my thing. I never got a sense at any point in Madoka that these were ideas being explored out of love for magical girls as a concept or a genre. It wasn’t someone saying “Man, this is fantastic, but I’d love to see what happens if we darken it up and raise the stakes.” I WOULD BE THERE FOR THAT SO FAST I WOULD HAPPILY PUSH YOU ALL OVER A CLIFF TO BE FIRST IN LINE.
What we got, though, felt like “Man, magical girls, right? So stupid. There’s no way they could withstand real darkness. Let’s break them.” There’s an undercurrent of anger to it, like how dare these other shows exist in the manner they choose. And I feel the real testament to that is that it took the magical girls out of the whole bloody series. They were sketches and ideas, not girls.
Home Run’s entire character revolved around a boy she has like twenty lines with. EVEN IN THE END SHE DOESN’T GET A CHANCE FOR ANYTHING ELSE BECAUSE OF THE FUCKING BOY.
And Madokusa, the title and central figure, is so lacking in personality, they literally just make her a vague concept because that’s all she was ever designed to be. Fang and Intensealot fare better, but really only just.
The spirit I feel behind it just overshadows everything else for me. It feels cruel and punishing, and I’m not really here for it. I’m glad I watched it, and I think some of its themes and ideas were tremendous. I just really wish I’d gotten to see them somewhere else.
I GUESS I DIDN’T NEED TO TAKE TIME TO THINK ON HOW I FELT ABOUT IT AFTER ALL DID I
Anyway, I’m sure this is going to be an unpopular set of opinions. I’ve been hearing about this show in glowing terms since coming back to start my rewatch project. I know it’s super popular, and I even get why in a lot of ways. That taken as a whole I didn’t enjoy it is a reflection of only me, not you.
eyes narrowed at him from my end of the couch, my legs stretched out in between
us as he rubbed at my feet. “Watch your language, Horan,” I warned.
“We agreed that we both needed to stop swearing now before the baby was
born so we wouldn’t have to adjust once she’s already talking and repeating
everything we say.”
rolled his eyes. “Wouldn’t want her swearing straight out of the womb,
would we?” His tone was sarcastic.
shifted, my hand rubbing over my swollen belly. I was 24 weeks pregnant
with our first baby, we had just found out she was a girl a few weeks ago,
after several weeks of keeping her legs crossed so we couldn’t see.
“That’s not what I said, and you know it, Niall. I just said that you
should start talking to her; tell her stories or talk about your day.”
was a short snort from the other end of the couch. “You don’t actually
think she can hear me through all of that?” he asked, nodded at my stomach.
lips thinned as I just looked at him. “Thanks, sweetie. You know
how to make a girl feel great about herself.”
groaned, rubbing at his eyes. “You know what I mean, pet. She’s
inside of you, she can’t hear much of anything even if her ears are working.”
do remember I have a degree in child development psychology, right?” I
questioned and he grunted; his typical response this pregnancy when I reminded
him I had become familiar with this process and how children developed from
conception a long time before we even considered having a child. “I
promise you, she can hear us talking right now. If not exactly at this
moment, she will very, very soon.”
and how did you know that?”
have been studies done that show that babies can not only hear what is going on
outside the womb, even if it is muted, but they also recognize the voices of
the people they hear the most often,” I explained patiently.
had just grunted and gone back to his TV show and that was the end of that
until a few days later while we were making dinner. Out of nowhere, he
turned to me and asked, “These studies… How do they know the baby can hear ya?”
AU - Brianna is 10. Her parents work way too much & hardly have time for each other. Clever daughter devises a surprise plan to bring parents together for a date night. Lots of fluff if you like. Thanks!
Brianna was sick of her parents passing like speeding trains on a track. Her mother was invariably at the hospital and her father was constantly at the office. The part that really annoyed her? She was stuck at home with her Uncle Murtagh, the crankiest old man alive who would trick her into learning something new every day. She secretly loved him dearly for it, despite her very vocal protestations to the contrary.
One day when her uncle was showing her how to fix a carburetor, she hatched an idea. An idea so complicated, and fantastic, that she would need some help making it happen. Fortunately, she knew the perfect person to help her orchestrate such an undertaking.
“Goistidh Moo? I need your help.” she announced. “Mama and Da are never home. Their anniversary is in two weeks and I want them to be together. For the whole day.”
“Oh, aye?” he remarked. “And how do you propose the two of us achieve such a lofty goal?”
With her hands on her hips, Brianna bestowed her uncle with a look of indignation. They both knew she was smart enough to figure out a way to get what she whilewanted. He was goading her just to be annoying and succeeding marvelously.
“You tell them separately that you’re worried about me. While you’re doing that I’ll work on looking sad.” she retorted. “Obviously.”
He nodded in agreement, “Not a bad idea at all, wee'un.”
It was the day of her parents’ anniversary and her plan had been going marvelously. Her uncle had mentioned on multiple occasions how he was concerned for his young goddaughter while she had taken to sighing loudly and reading Shakespeare’s tragedies in their original Old English.
Both her parents kissed her goodbye and told her to have a good day with her uncle. She nodded sadly as they walked out the door.
That evening the devious pair completed their assigned tasks and walked down to their local.
Brianna watched the door nervously, waiting for her parents to come into view. Her uncle gently squeezed her arm to reassure her.
“Dinna fash! I took care of it. They’ll be here.”
Sure enough, both came crashing through the door a few minutes later and collided in front of their daughter.
“Brianna Ellen Julia Fraser! Why did I get a call telling me you’d gone missing?”
Before she answered she put her hand up, gesturing for them to sit down. Her uncle did the same with a few movements of his head.
They sat down next to each other to await the reply.
“It’s your anniversary today and I want you to spend the next twenty four hours together. Alone.” she demanded. “And in case you forgot, this is where you had your first date.”
Her Uncle Murtagh took her hand, “We’ll meet to here tomorrow. Have yourself sorted by then.”
Her parents sat there agape as the pair walked out the door.
Needless to say, this was the first story Brianna told her little brother and repeated it every year on his birthday.