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OTP Prompt

A is at home, sick in bed. B has to work that day. As B gets ready to leave in the morning, they check on A, who is sound asleep and bundled up in blankets. B feels horrible leaving A home, but knows that A would be annoyed if they knew B had stayed home to take care of them.

B’S SIDE OF THE STORY:

B spends the whole day at work thinking about A, and goes home during their lunch break to check on them, bringing chicken noodle soup. A is still asleep, so B puts it in the fridge with a note, saying “If you get hungry, eat this.” B heads back to work after planting a kiss on A’s forehead. Once work is finally done, B rushes home to find A is asleep, but there’s an empty bowl on the side table. B smiles and crawls into bed behind A, holding A close and keeping A warm.

A’S SIDE OF THE STORY:

A woke up about an hour after B usually leaves for work. A wishes B had stayed home, but knows that B needs to be at work or B will be a hovering worried mess. A smiles and stretches, gets up to drink some water, then goes back to bed and sleeps. Later on, A is in a state of half-sleep but is too tired to move or open their eyes. A feels B kiss their forehead, and drifts off into sleep again, feeling loved. When A awakes again, they get up in search of food, then find the soup in the fridge. A warms it up, and puts the note inside a book as a bookmark, laughing that the implications that the note has now that it’s in a book. Heading back to bed, A eats the soup and leaves the empty bowl on the side table, and lays down. A drifts in and out of sleep, and B arrives home. A loves the feeling of comfort as B’s familiar body pressed up against their back.

Modern Mythology: Iris

“The sky leans on me, me, the one upright among all horizontals.”

A modern Iris with sunlight in her veins and if one looks at her too quickly, they will be blinded by her light. Some say her eyes are of the colors that are only seen dreams and the strands of her hair are each different shades of her rainbows. She is felt wherever wonder is needed in this world, her colors lighting the sky, reminding during terror that there is still magic in this universe and there is always light, her rainbows a reminder that the gods are still listening. When she isn’t working for the Olympians, her footprints are known in each corner of this world, from mountaintops only known by the reckless and brave and the tattoo parlors where her gentle touch, as soft as air, helps to turn others into masterpieces of art. The artist and writer and all who need to lose themselves in the beauty of the sky know the pause in her breath when she tells of all the places her rainbows have connected the heavens with the sea.

The Only 12 And A Half Writing Rules You’ll Ever Need

1. If you write every day, you get better are writing every day.
2. If it’s boring to you, it’s boring to your reader.
3. Get a writing routine, and stick with it.
4. Poetry does NOT need to rhyme. Poetry does NOT have to rhyme. Poetry does NOT have to rhyme.
5. Resist stereotypes, in real life and in your writing.
6. Writers read. Writers read a lot. Writers read all the time.
7. Make lists of your favourite words and books and places and things.
8. There doesn’t always have to be a moral to the story.
9. Always bring your notebook. Always bring a spare pen.
10. Go for walks. Dance. Pull weeds. Do the dishes. Write about it.
11. Don’t settle on just one style. Try something new!
12. Learn to tell both sides of the story.
12-and-a-half: Stop looking at this post. Write something!

I finally relented and made a graphic presenting ‘both sides’ of the circumcision 'debate.' 

If this were properly seen as a medical ethics [lack thereof] issue and a human rights issue (rather than as a parenting choice issue) there wouldn’t be a call for an 'unbiased’ presentation of 'both sides’ of the 'debate.' 

Breast ironing? Scarification? Tattooing? Cutting girls’ genitals (in even the most minor form)? We don’t hear calls for 'both sides’ of those issues, because those mutilations aren’t our own. 

'Both sides’ of human rights? 'Both sides’ of equal protection under the law? 'Both sides’ of following medical ethics and normal protocols? 

It would be comical if the results of this idiocy weren’t so tragic.

~Devon

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