Prompt: Regal Believer/Granny Lucas: Regina gets advice from Granny when Henry starts teething. :)
I found this in my drafts. It must be a year old if not more. I’m very ashamed.
I had some bullet points underneath this about other things I planned to add to this but I actually quite like it as it is (and let’s face it, if I try and add to it it’ll just sit here unfinished until 2018).
He won’t stop crying.
He must be sick.
It’s the only conclusion she could possibly draw from the unusual warmth of his tiny frame against her chest, of the angry frown and flailing arms, the shrill pitch of his distressed cries that bounce of the walls and resonate inside her head, send it pounding.
She bounces on her heels, coos in his ear, strokes his warm back with one hand while holding him close with the other.
Regina’s gaze snaps up from her wailing son to the plate of steaming vegetables in front of her. She frowns.
“I ordered to-go.”
Granny shakes her head, slides onto the stool beside her.
“Nonsense, child. You look like death.”
She slides the plate a little closer to Regina who looks at it with such a painfully conflicted expression that something in Granny softens. She pats the hand that’s still caressing the ailing child.
“You eat. I’ll take him off your hands while you do.”
Her tone leaves no room for argument, and Regina would not have responded well to it if not for the gentleness in Granny’s eyes and the exhaustion that makes her weary to the bone. Regina’s loath to let go of her child, especially while he’s fighting with whatever ails him, but Granny’s arms are already reaching, and the smell of her meal makes Regina’s stomach cry out in hunger and her mouth water and-
Reluctantly, she loosens the hold on her son and hands him over to the older woman. She makes sure to give his head a parting caress, strokes across the fine tuft of hair and lets her hand linger for just a little bit longer before she turns her gaze toward the other woman.
“Thank you.” she says, almost inaudible over Henry’s persistent screeching.
Granny adjusts young Henry in her hold until he’s nestled into the crook of her arm. Another gaze to Regina to confirm that the stubborn woman is actually eating her meal (she is, and rather vigorously at that), another look down at the baby’s red-skinned, squishy face, then-
Regina doesn’t realize her hunger until she takes the first bite of her meal, until flavors burst on her tongue and exhaustion finally fades from her bones. Granny’s dish is delightsome, and Regina would have likely shoveled the food into her mouth if it weren’t so incredibly undignified.
She’s halfway through her meal when her head snaps up from her plate, mouth half opened in surprise as her fork clattering onto the counter.
Henry is silent, held onto Granny’s chest with one arm while the other… Regina’s brows furrow in a frown. … the other is extended toward her son, one single finger inside his mouth.
“Wha-” Granny lifts her head to meet Regina’s dumbfounded expression. She smiles and her chest vibrates in silent laughter.
“He’s not sick, Regina. He’s teething.”
There’s a moment of silence between them in which Regina, wide-eyed and disbelieving, takes in her son’s little face, smooth and pink again as he happily chews on the crook of Eugenia’s finger.
She stiffens. Her jaw tightens. Granny smiles mildly and extends Henry toward his mother.
“You couldn’t have known.” she says gently, urging Regina to take her son back into her own arms. “But now you do. And now he’ll be just fine with you.”
Regina’s eyes still shine with uncertainty, brows creased and the vein in her forehead throbbing, but she can’t reject her child. She takes him, gently, almost hesitantly and holds him in the crook of her own arm. A smile twitches at the corners of her mouth as she brings one finger to his pudgy cheek, gently stroking along the soft baby skin of his face.
“He’s not crying.” she murmurs softly.
“Oh, he will. That’s the first tooth of many to come, and he’ll be fussy. But next time he is, you’ll know he’s not sick. Massage his gums or give him something cool to chew on. A cold rag soaked in tea worked wonders with Ruby.”
They both turn to look at the young woman in question who’s abandoned her place at the counter to chat with Mary Margaret. Granny sighs wearily and shakes her head at the sight.
“She still has her own head, this one, and it wasn’t easy, but she turned out alright after all, wouldn’t you say?”
Regina fights the urge to say something unflattering. She doesn’t think particularly highly of Snow White’s lupine friend or her unsuspecting alter ego. But becoming a mother has opened her heart to a newfound respect for Eugenia, who’s also taken in a child in need and who loves this child so deeply despite her gruff demeanor.
So she refrains from a biting remark and instead, with a kiss to her baby boy’s head, allows for a tired but relieved “Yes. I suppose she did.”
I was going through a few of my old posts and I thought I remembered starting my blog in October, and when I looked at the actual date of my first post on here, it was October 29, 2016!! I can’t believe it’s already been one year since I gathered the guts & started this blog & started to post my writing (the very first was my Park Place series)!
in only a year, I’ve (somehow) gained 3700 followers, strengthened my love for both writing and reading fanfiction, fallen deeper in love with my favorite characters, and most importantly, formed so many friendships I wouldn’t otherwise have had I not started this blog.
so, I want to say thank you to everyone. to all of my followers and friends, who have been here all this time supporting me and encouraging me to write and broaden my creative horizons. some of you have been here from the very beginning, and to me it’s crazy that some of you have stuck around my weird self for so long, and have continued reading my work all this time. I’m insanely grateful and shocked that I get as much support as I do, but I’m no less grateful for each and every one of you. if you’re not mentioned here, know that I love you & appreciate you just as much - I wish I COULD tag each and every one of you (3703, to be exact), but that be a bit hard. also, I’m still a bit foggy from pain, but I want to write this all anyway, so just let me know if I missed anyone!
HI !!! So I’ve been following your blog for awhile and I’m loving what I’m seeing here, just all positive vibes and I’m here for it ^-^.
Anyways so I’m recently in my last year of High School. YAY!!! So I decided this year I would actually try and look good for once. Like hair nails done every two weeks, clothes pressed, smelling like I came out of the damn chocolate factory, everything lol. So I have fit for life this year, don’t know why, I was going to drop it but i decided to keep it because all my friends were in there. GIRL I’m glad I didn’t. There is this fine Japaneses guy that just transferred in. he can speak English but he struggles with some words. For roll call I sit in the front of the gym and he sits in the third row right behind me. Like Literally RIGHT IN BETWEEN MY TWO FRIENDS. So every time I turn to talk to them he’s always in my line of sight. AND HE"S ALWAYS STARING. At first I didn’t pay no attention to it, because like I tend to over think things. But every time I walk pass him or go to talk to my friend that’s next to him he’s always staring at me, even my friends brought to my attention so I knew I wasn’t tripping now.
So I decided to take the chance and talk to him. he was so sweet saying he was nervous about coming out here for the first time and all. Then I asked for his name and how he knew such good English and he said he study prior because he knew he was going to move. SO one time we were playing baseball. Girls VS Boys. There are like 30 boys and 8 girls in my class. So I was pitching for my team while the boys were out on the field, I kid you not, this boy was right behind me, watching my every move. Like if I turned around to face him, our noses would’ve touched. Like I’m not kidding, like if I remember correctly there isn’t anyone standing that close to the pitcher in freaking baseball.. So I turned around and was like. “Are you trying to distract me?” as like a joke. And he goes.. “No, I’m just glad I can catch your attention..” I ALMOST FLIPPED A TABLE. I was never good with boys, especially one’s outside my race. I didn’t say anything and just turned my ass right back around. We ended up winning the game, the boys being butt hurt about loosing to girls or whatever.
So we were walking back to the locker rooms and, We’ll call him L. L was walking right behind me talking to some guy who was complaining about the game, like boy just take the Loss and move on, so L goes, “Yeah, their team was good, I might switch..” so with a boost of confidence I turned around and went… “Yeah, come join the winning team.” This BOI Is rude. He’s gonna look me up and down and smile at me without saying anything. I’m not on the skinny side either. Definitely have some curves (Thanks mom lol) and I’m actually really short so it’s more prominent and we can wear whatever we want in my class so I’m always wearing those spandex pants and a jacket for working out. I don’t know what that meant so It got me thinking all day. Like should I take my shot or am I going over my head with this.. It would be a lot of help if I had more input on what to do…..
KM + BW: I say take your shot. Seems like he’s being a bit too attentive to you to not want to be your friend at least. And maybe he likes you more than a friend hmmm.
i'm just sad (as most people understandably are). it's just that i've seen such incredibly high moments this past year, esp with your blog and blue night and all their other group and solo activities and suddenly there's so little. it's just difficult coming home to hard days and not having a lot to look forward to. idk, i'm just venting, i guess. sigh.
all we can really do is wait. the members actually have a lot going on individually. key has his play until mid-october, minho is filming a blockbuster movie (and his first web drama just finished airing), taemin has both a reality show and drama airing and he’s preparing for both encore concerts and a korean comeback. jonghyun is obviously being quiet right now but he’s preparing music and very possibly for some sort of music release / comeback. i won’t lie: things are going to be pretty dry for the rest of the year in regards to group related activities (as we only have three confirmed schedules before the year ends - kyocera dome and the shilla concert) , but if we sit back and support the members in their individual activities and prepare then we’ll be back to group activities before you know it.
While I wait to be able to add my fic to AO3, enjoy this flawless Garashir commission I ordered from @sciderman, and their adorable warm-up doodle of the boys in their tuxedos. If you aren’t familiar with their ask blog (@ask-spiderpool), you really must go and have your feels stomped on by it. Definitely one of my favourite creators on the interwebs!
I actually requested this commission over a year ago, but now that I’m actually on tumblr, I feel like it’s my duty to share Sci’s magnificent creations (they aren’t even a DS9 person – just incredibly talented) with all you other Garak/Bashir shippers.
sophia ... are there certain foods u feel helped clear ur skin ?? i remember u said u had really bad cystic acne prior to becoming vegan. do u take anything else for it or has just being vegan really helped? my dr wants to prescribe me accutane and i'm scared it may make me depressed but i'm at my wits end. is there anything topical u have applied to ur skin that u feel has really helped? love u love ur blog and ur outlook on life <33 thank u
My acne was still there when I went vegan and it actually got worse in my first year of veganism. I went to a dermatologist in this first year and we waited months to get in for the appointment and all he did was say ‘go on the pill or go on accutane’. Then he proceeded to hand me a 5 page booklet of the side effects of accutane… ‘bleeding out of nostrils’ ‘infertility’ ‘depression’ etc etc etc …. I cried when I was reading it lol… At that point in time I was lucky enough to understand how detrimental the pill and accutane can be for our precious little bodies and hormones so I simply refused… I started working at a health food store around the same time as my dermatologist appointment and we had a beautiful naturopath lady who I started speaking to about my skin!! In my first year of veganism I was eating ‘raw till 4′ and was SO unfoundedly afraid of eating fats and salt and I was stressed and ridden with anxiety .. so those things really contributed to my acne. The naturopath made me write down what I eat for a week and answer all of these questions she gave me then she gave me some tips that actually WORKED and really helped me clear my skin. Doctors are amazing but pls remember they are paid to prescribe you things, so they will do so regardless of how badly you need it / how it will help you. Naturopaths are paid but they don’t make any extra money for telling you to eat turmeric for you skin … they just tell you.
Sorry about this rant but I’ll list some of the things that really help my skin! I still struggle with it sometimes and I’m still working things out, and pls remember everyone is completely different… It’s taken me 4 years to figure out some of the things that truly work for me!!!
- ginger !!! put fresh ginger in your cups of tea.
- echinacea tea! every single day! I drink the one by the brand ‘yogi’…its called ‘immune support’
- eating MORE foods in general!!!!! and whole foods!!!!! I wasn’t eating enough in my first year or two of veganism. Even recently if I’m noticing my skin breaking out, I start to eat more
- putting next to nothing on my skin!! i leave it alone. do not touch ur skin .. and do not pick at it … My favourite cleanser is aqua marina by lush (I don’t have any right now so I’m using dr broners lavender hemp soap but its too strong for my skin) … I would use aqua marina at night and just warm water in the morning, then I love to moisturise morning and night with the ‘acure’ sensitive skin moisturiser… sometimes I apply makeup but rarely! let your skin breath.
- controlling stress!!! find ways to centre yourself… meditation ,, creating things, sitting down and breathing … going outside for a walk… talking to someone who keeps you calm! and most importantly do not stress about your skin … you will not have acne FOREVER. and it adds to your character! nobody thinks its gross, nobody sees you any differently, so why should you put yourself down and set yourself back by stressing about it???
- eating more fats !!!! seeds, avocado, nut butters … particularly with breakfast …. I don’t know why with breakfast but thats what the naturopath told me to do and I do and it works.
Sending you copious amounts of love and sunshine and PLEASE try to stay positive about your acne! She is truly beautiful!!
been slightly-silent follower on your tumblr... i go with k**s**39 both in livejournal/when i comment on your website(for years i think). i'm just wondering about the diff of "ass pats" vs "those who actually follow you and your rules?" (i'm hoping i could join your private blog, but i'm a bit confused where i fall on your category) 😭
Ass Pats: Groups that need attn. all the time and say that they won’t release unless they get certain amounts of likes, or complain about notes. Like I said, I’ve been doing this for over 5 years and this shit needs to stop… This is the only way I know how to make sure people read and pay attn.
What I’m doing is making sure everyone reads the shit I write, not just DL and go do their own shit in another language.
This shit all came to head when I got more then one group come to me saying after I told them no unless they help in some way, that they are going to do it anyway cause we can’t prove anything. Then to top it off after I pulled my stunt the other day they emailed me back saying that they will get in our LJ, so this just makes things a lot worse for you. I have some ways to make sure they get caught… I will be doing it from now on. I just want you all to help me if things do get done and we catch them.
To top it all off, I’m on my period, my kids are fucking crazy and I’m also trying to quit smoking, so that’s why I lost my cool in a not so cool way, but I have no regrets.
To be fair, I started hating Tony & writing about it because his stans kept bashing other characters (mainly Steve) and spreading their hate everywhere. And I know for certain I'm not the only one in this case. Hell, if you actually go in the anti tag, you'll notice there's more people mad at his stans than at him at this point. And no we're not angry 100% of the time, making an anti blog on the side actually permits to continue blogging happily & normally without bothering those who don't agree
Hey, that’s weird, because that’s exactly what a lot of st*ve/st*cky people have been doing for Years! it goes both ways, pal. I’ve made posts about specific Tony things that had nothing to do with cacw and still had people Feeling The Need to let me know why tony stark is the Literal Devil with zero prompting. “tony stark is exactly the same as trump and the accords are essentially jim crow laws/the muslim ban/the holocaust” was genuine actual discourse that i had to see with my own two eyes on my posts and in my inbox. To Be Fair, one of the first posts on this blog from Several Years Ago that got notes was someone telling me I should stop drawing tony because they think he’s shitty. this has been happening for years. at no point did i become an anti whatever blog in bitter immature retaliation
It’s cool that you’re not angry 100% of the time, but having an entire blog dedicated exclusively towards hating a character and being upset that other people enjoy a character is definitely not a chill or healthy thing (and the anti-tony people who Contact Me Directly and/or jump onto my posts are very much not trying to avoid “bothering those who don’t agree”).
I don’t go into the anti tag. because i’d really like to avoid that kind of thing. and reading people talking about how they want a character who means so much to me and who has gotten me through a lot of rough times To Die Because He’s Annoying isn’t exactly something i want to see. When i’m complaining about anti stuff, it’s all stuff that’s on my radar because someone came onto my post/into my inbox/onto someone i follow’s post exclusively to be an asshole. I don’t look for that stuff. I don’t search for it so that i can have something to be mad about, because when I don’t like a character, i Avoid them instead of making an entire side blog and hobby out of being constantly vocally angry about them
i literally would not know about anti-t*ny stuff being a thing if people were not contacting me and other artists/bloggers directly just to tell us that they hate this character we like (to?? upset people on purpose?? make them feel bad about liking a fictional character? idk dude). to be fair.
Hey uhh, you ship Shaladin pairs... I heard that was frowned upon due to Shiro's age relative to the rest of the paladins? I'm not going to instantly condemn or anything, I'm just curious as to why this may be the case and you're the first blog I've seen that's actually pro (or not neutral) regarding shaladin ships.
Great question! This analysis turned out really long since I was thinking about making a post on this but never got around to it. Thanks for giving me a reason! I don’t blame you for wondering, and I’m not going to tell you what to do, but I’ll be glad to share how I came to my decision on the subject!
For the past 3 years I have worked for a private detective agency, and if I’ve learned anything in that line of work, it is how to identify good sources, rank them by value, and make decisions with them. In fandoms I determine that the highest credibility is the creators of the show; this includes the studios, websites, writers, producers, and anyone who is directly involved with creating or publicizing the show or its related material, (printed, public declarations are the highest form of source). People like the voice actors I will take into account, since they are more knowledgeable than we are, but I won’t give them as much credibility because they were not directly involved in the subject matter’s creation.
In this case, in respect to the paladin’s ages, there is very few sources of information. Let’s start at the most credible one: printed public. At the very birth of VLD, when it appeared on netflix and in multiple reviews and comics, the only statement given was “Five Earth teens.” This has not changed and remains in the official description of the show wherever you go. This came as quite a shock to me since when I saw the first episode I assumed they were all in their 20′s cause they acted like it, but oh well. I didn’t have a problem adjusting my view (deciding it doesn’t really matter either way).
The second source that started a lot of controversy is the video that was taken at a convention, (if you don’t know what I’m referring to, let me know and I’ll get you the link). The video involved a fan asking a creator and other crew members about the ages. This is a tricky one for a few reasons. The wording in both the questions and answers is not as consistent as my detective heart would like, and the persons answering were seemingly not prepared. BUT the main gist of information you can take away from it is this: there is a “safe range” of ages to choose from. If I remember correctly, these were, 14-25 or something similar. Also someone responded “yes” when asked if “Shiro was an adult, Pidge around 14 and the others late teens.” I would hesitate to say this is an official statement, but since it still fits the actual official statementabove, there is no contradiction and we don’t have a problem. In the last few months, the creators have further stated that the ages are up to an individuals interpretation, which could be taken as an official statement that expands the age limit for any character from “teen” to 25. This is as far as we can go without violating any previous canon information. What does all this mean? Simple:
The first thing you need to know about the age discourse, is that there IS no age discourse.
With this official age information, the only way a ship could be problematic due to age is for someone to DELIBERATELY choose to make one character underage and one not. I choose not to do this for obvious reasons. So if Keith is 18 instead of 17? Perfectly canon. Maybe because of the video I can push the first official boundary and make Shiro 20 instead of 19. Whatever I choose, I want to be considerate of my actions and their affects on those around me.
Hope this helped at least a little! I know lots of people who are supportive of ships of Shiro and the other paladins, though I can only speak for my own reasons. Thanks for the great, respectful question and hope you have a great day!
Hi Jess :) first I want to say that I love your blog and your twitter so much and that I'm thankful people like you exist in the fandom because you give me hope about SC! I do believe they're together, but I thought of something. I was wondering, if they were actually dating, don't you think we would have had like paparazzi pictures of them going out together or something by now? :(
Thank you lovely anon!! No, honestly I don’t. They live in Scotland for the majority of the year. Things are very different over here. Celebrities live quiet, private lives and aren’t hounded by the press unless they’re extremely famous. Sam and Cait aren’t at that level yet.
You know, I have to rant. I’m used to getting shit for being ace. But god it hurts when it’s from my own community. See, when it’s straight people, their arguments are usually stupid things along the lines of “that’s not real” or the head tilting confusion of a new word being introduced. But when the insults come from gay or bi people, oh my god does it hurt. It’s not just confusion, it’s attacks. It’s “why do aces force their way into our community” it’s “the aces don’t belong” it’s “your not lgbt if your ace” it’s “they’re basically straight” it’s “they have the privilege that we dont so the shouldn’t be included” it’s “the aro aces I know are all super homophobic.” It’s coming into our safe spaces and attacking us and belittling us and making us feel terrible all over again. When I go into an lgbtgia or a pride tag and see hate about who I am, it’s hard to just forget about. It’s hard to ignore all of the people who think less of me because I’m ace. It’s so hard, and I’m so, so tired.
Hey, I'm looking to study cultural anthropology when I go to university in a couple of years. Are there any 'beginner's guide to anthropology' type books you would recommend? I love your blog by the way!
Thanks for the blog love!
It’s funny that you should ask about this. I was recently out with a group of anthropologists that I went to university with and we were actually lamenting the lack of cultural anthropology writings that are accessible to the general public. This discussion was started by a journal article that was complaining about the same thing. Except the journal article was written in such technical language, that even the anthropology professor in our group was having a hard time following the article! None of us were really aware of anything that was really targeted to non-anthropologists. (Maybe my followers know of some and can make some suggestions??!!)
All of my “beginner’s guide to anthropology” books are actually text books, which can be quite expensive. My intro to cultural anthropology text was “Cultural Anthropology” by
Barbara D. Miller and Penny Van Esterik. The current version of this book is about $140 (Canadian) but I see some older versions are much cheaper (around $15 Canadian for a used one). I found this to be a good foundation for the terminology and general concepts related to cultural anthropology.
Looking at my book shelf, everything else seems to get very specific. I have a lot on the First Nations and a whole mess of archaeology books.
I did find a general listing of books that I made some time ago: LINK. @anthrocentric added several good ones to that list and maybe they have more to add to this post as well.
Public is cool - actually I'd love some crowdsourced opinions too! I'm having the hardest time trying to talk to this guy in my class! We've had classes together last year but never spoke and then he followed me on insta this semester and we've still never spoken. I want to go up and talk to him, but I'm having a super difficult time getting out of my own head and not making it awkward. Any advice??? p.s. love your blog and your stories and you :)
MY ADVICE IS: message him on instagram, if you’re nervous! he followed you first man, that was outreach. plus you can be all like, cool and laid back about it, like, ohh, i recognize i should be studying for the test tomorrow but what if i just scroll through the WeRateDogs instagram all night instead? and then he can be like, yeah man!! dogs!!! and you can be like, dogs!!! and then in class you guys can bond about how neither one of you studied bc you were too busy looking at dogs (but obviously that will be a lie you are both telling as an excuse to talk to each other. STUDY FOR YOUR TESTS!!!).
Hey!! ^u^ I've been a fan of your art for like um-- a year now?? Ugh! Sorry if that sounds creepy!! It's just your art is SO GOOD!! And I want to draw like you someday!! I've been following you for a long time but I'm just too shy to reveal myself to the public so I'm hiding as an anon!! >///< And I don't know if you still do requests or not but if you don't mind, could you draw Idate and Purim interacting with each other? ^v^ Thank you for existing!! <3 Sincerely, Your secret anon admirer!!
Oh my, really, this ask made me smile.
I feel bad because I can’t really keep the blog alive right now (well, until the 6th July), but I’ll do my best to become active again. ;;;
It’s ok to be shy, the anon option is here for that !! I actually don’t take request right now, but you’re too cute, and that big ask made my heart melt. So here you go !
Hey! I’m Tea! I’m not exactly new per se; I’ve had this blog for about a year but I haven’t actually started with the studyblr part. i will however, begin posting my own notes once school starts again in september!
But here’s some stuff about me!
• i’m 14✨
• i’m going into grade 9🌙
• i want to be a child/adolescent psychologist📔
• i’m teaching myself asl (i’m not exactly great but i’m trying)🤘
• i’m a slytherin🐍
• i listen to podcasts more than i watch netflix and i watch netflix instead of actual television🎧
• i go to an art school —>i’m in the drama program🎭
Hello there! I'm actually new to Block B (I know I've been lost for the past few years lol) and I wondered if you could give me some info on each of the members so I can get to know them better? 💕 thank you so much in advance! I love your blog!!!
OKAY SO I HAVE A LOT OF REQUESTS BUT I AM ABOUT TO DO THIS BECAUSE BLOCK B IS THE BIAS GROUP OKAY THANK YOU FOR REQUESTING (I’m screaming out of love)
It’s in order from oldest to Maknae (this is going to be a long post)