any excuse to stare at your face

Daddy? (M)

genre: SMUT. DADDY. SPANKING. NEED I SAY MORE?

characters: Yoongi of BTS

word count: 1768 (please excuse any errors i didn’t even edit this)

a/n: okAY THIS HAD ABSOLUTELY NO FUCKING DIRECTION WHATSOEVER SO PLEASE FORGIVE ME IF ITS SHITTY AF I WAS JUST OVERRUN BY YOONGI FEELS TODAY OTL I HAVE TO CLEANSE MY SOUL AFTER WRITING THIS IM SORRY IF ITS REALLY TERRIBLE!!!


You were pushed against the wall, completely unfazed by the coldness because as of this moment, you felt as though your entire body was on fire. Yoongi stared down at you, eyes hooded and half-lidded, his left hand brushing your hair away from your face. Your body was rigid; you have no idea what he had in mind. How the hell did we end up like this?

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Writing: Fencing, Dueling, and Sword-fighting (Part 3)

So I’ve talked a lot about swords and how to use them, how about the people who use them?

(Shhh, this totally isn’t an excuse to talk about myself).

Fencers are intelligent. No, I’m not just saying this because I am a fencer. I’m saying this because it’s a fact. Fencing is often referred to by fans as “chess for athletes” or “pincushion chess” or any other variety of nicknames revolving around “chess” and “strategy.”

Believe it or not, it takes a lot of brainpower when two people are equally equipped to figure out a way to win. Large chunks of fencing matches are devoted to staring your opponent in the face and trying not to move first.

It’s also not an activity that leads to many blows to the head like football, wrestling, or boxing, so fencers don’t deal with concussions and brain damage.

Fencers are graceful. I talked in Monday’s post about power being less important than people think. It’s true. Swords really aren’t that heavy (and your silly, 12-foot-long thing is unrealistic).

But what is important?

Dexterity.

I know very little about dancing, so I’m sure I look 200% ridiculous trying, but given a modicum of instruction, I’m not actually half-bad, because fencing has taught me to be light and quick on my feet, and to be very, very aware of where they are.

In fact, here’s a short video of a dance move called a “vine step.” Here it is again from a fencer, where it’s called a “cross over.” (Neither of those videos are particularly pretty or enjoyable to watch, but they show what I’m trying to show). Fencing is made of fluid, controlled actions.

Last time I tried describing it in writing, someone assumed it was dancing or unarmed martial arts.

All your noblemen soldiers who are awkward at dancing are trying to be awkward. They should have learned some basic dancing, and they should be able to figure it out quickly (see intelligent, above).

Fun fact! In Dungeons and Dragons, (3rd ed. on, once they added feats), you can take a feat called Weapon Finesse that allows you to add your Dexterity modifier to rapier attacks (it’s also listed as a piercing weapon, in case anyone missed Monday’s bit about how to use swords).

Modern fencers are exactly who you think they are, but nothing like you think. Wow, that’s a long and complicated point. Here’s what it means, specifically: yes, modern fencers (and assuredly historical fencers) are predominantly male (and white, in my experience, though I don’t live in the most racially diverse area), and many of them have some pretty nerdy hobbies.

But.

We’re also jocks.

Fencing is a sport, after all, and you don’t have to love Lord of the Rings to realize a sword sounds pretty bad-ass. “Chess for athletes” is still for athletes. If you aren’t one, you just play regular chess.

And a lot of nerds? Aren’t much for sports. This is how so much bad sword-fighting ends up in fantasy books and movies. Yeah, you pretty much can’t go to a geek convention without at least one or two panels on swords and how to use them…but they’re taught by a very specific and small subsect of the geeks, and frankly? Most of the people I’ve been in fencing classes with don’t like fantasy, don’t like sci-fi, don’t want to be a pirate. They just saw it went, “Hey, that’s different,” and decided to join up.

Heck, the most regular companion my older bro and I had in our classes/meets was a dude who went kickboxing the rest of the week. Seriously. And fencing has never been his or my one-and-only sport, either.

My favorite, maybe, but not my only.

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