brain fluid

The Shameful Death of Elisa Izquierdo - Elisa Izquierdo was born on 11 February, 1989, in Woodhull Hospital, Brooklyn, New York. Her father, Gustavo, was a Cuban immigrant while her mother, Awilda, was Puerto Rican raised in Brooklyn. Throughout the pregnancy, Awilda, a drug addict, continued to abuse drugs. As a result, Elisa was born addicted to crack cocaine. Awilda carried on this drug abuse following the birth and Gustavo, worried about the safety of their daughter, filed for full custody which was granted. Gustavo was a fantastic father that doted on his precious daughter - “She was his life. He would always say she was his princess,” a family friend went on to recall. As Elisa was in preschool, an affidavit was signed which stated that Awilda had overcome her addiction, had a permanent accommodation, and was now a married woman expecting another child. On paper, she seemed to have her life together. By 1991, Awilda was granted unsupervised visitation with her daughter, Elisa. Awilda’s two eldest children informed relatives that during these visits, Awilda would brutally beat Elisa. You would think that upon hearing this information these relatives would take that information straight to authorities. They did not. Gustavo and a number of Elia’s teachers noticed that Elisa often arrived back home from these visits bearing bruising. On one occasion, Elisa even had bruising around the genitalia. It was noticed by Gustavo that Elisa had began to wet the bed and would often be sick once returning home. Gustavo went straight to the authorities to report these findings, as did one teacher. Elisa herself even confessed to the abuse to a social worker. 

In 1992, Gustavo applied to have the visitation rights ceased; tragically, the courts denied this application and the visitations were allowed to continue. By 1993, Gustavo had purchased airplane tickets and had planned to move back to Cuba, taking Elisa with him. However, Gustavo and Elisa never made the flight - Gustavo was rushed to hospital with respiratory complications and died from lung cancer. The death of Gustavo was the nail in the coffin of Elisa escaping her abusive mother. Upon his death, Awilda filed for full custody of Elisa. She was initially granted temporary custody and upon hearing this terrifying news, Elsa Canizares, Gustavo’s cousin, also filed for custody. The head teacher of Elisa’s school and even Prince Michael of Greece, who had met Elisa in her school, wrote letters to the Judge, informing him of the torment Elisa had experienced at the hands of her own mother. Regardless of the mounting evidence as to why Awilda was not a suitable mother, in 1994, Awilda was granted full and permanent custody of Elisa: a decision that would prove to be fatal. Almost immediately, the abuse began. Elisa was taken out of her preschool and sent to a different one. Here she was reported as being withdrawn and uncommunicative. She was also reported to be riddled with bruises each week and appeared to have difficulty walking. Again, this clear evidence of abuse was reported but these reports were discarded due to apparently being “not reportable.” Enraged, Awilda withdrew Elisa from the school. Upon this withdrawal, Elisa was locked in her bedroom 24/7. She wasn’t even allowed out to use the bathroom. Neighbours often heard Elisa screaming and begging Awilda to stop. This was reported to the authorities but again, no action was taken. On 15 November, Awilda called her sister and told her that Elisa was “like retarded on the bed,” and that she had some sort of fluid leaking from her nose and mouth. The fluid was brain fluid. Elisa was left on the bed until the following day when Awilda invited a neighbour inside to view the body. The neighbour immediately called an ambulance but it was far too late - Elisa was dead. 

Awilda confessed that she had thrown Elisa head first into a concrete wall two days before the ambulance was called. She revealed that Elisa hadn’t spoken or moved since the incident. Medical examiners were horrified at the sight of little Elisa and couldn’t even begin to imagine the torture she had endured by somebody who was supposed to be her caregiver. She had numerous injuries which included broken fingers (one finger bone was even protruding through the skin), burns and cuts over her head, face, and body, and internal injuries. An autopsy also revealed that her genitalia and rectum bore signs of trauma which included tearing. It was later reported that Awilda had often sexually assaulted Elisa with a toothbrush and a hairbrush. Awilda’s husuband, Carlos Lopez, also partook. They even forced Elisa to eat her own faeces on a number of occasions. It was shown that all of the injuries had been sustained over a period of time; she had been tortured from the moment she entered the house. The abuse surrounding this case is extremely abhorrent but even more abhorrent is the fact that it was easily preventable had the authorities responded accordingly. Awilda was sentenced to 15 years to life imprisonment. Her next parole hearing is scheduled for July 2016,

Why are Altean pools upside down? What is the benefit of this? How does one dive in an Altean pool without dying? Does all water float at the top of caves in Altea? Are these pools relevant to a commonly faced problem that requires practice in an upside down pool? Or is it just for the novelty of ones blood rushing to their head, confusion as to which way is the surface and the added excitement of a possibly very messy end. Do Altean pool cleaning duties include removing the bodies and scrubbing the floor (roof?) of the entrails, brain fluid and blood of the most recent person who swam too far down (up?) I am so confused.

hey guys, so my cousin karla is currently in surgery. she has gallbladder stones but she has a brain shunt. when she was a baby she had hydrocephalus which is when your brain produces to much fluid. shes is now 25 and the shunt wasnt meant to last this long. there is a chance the shunt may be infected. please pray for her and send good vibes her way. thank you <3

Shiro’s Nose

Anon: Let’s consider Shiro with a deviated septum from whatver gave him that bad-ass nose scar so he snores and is prone to sinus infections, which confuses Allura because “omg your brain fluids are leaking out!?”

A/N: CONSIDER IT CONSIDERED. I was actually just thinking about Shiro’s scar when this popped up! I also imagine his nose just generally being crooked and adorable.

This will go in the “Headcanon” category. If you want to take this idea and expand upon it, please do! Tag me so I can see what you create! And HERE are my other headcanons!

  • So this has to be Shallura because I’m weak
  • They’ve started sleeping together, both for sexy times and for helping Shiro’s nightmares and PTSD
  • And Allura did not sign up for snoring
    • She signed up for cuddles and sex with this beefcake of a paladin, she signed up for not being lonely at night and helping Shiro sleep better. She knew some snoring would be a risk, but she snores a bit too, how bad can it be?
    • BAD
  • He snores like a chainsaw, and she doesn’t even know what a chainsaw is but she agrees.
    • “That’s not even a word and I agree with you!”
  • And Shiro feels bad because he can’t help it. He’s been sleeping so much better with Allura, so he falls into deeper sleep and that makes it worse
  • After a few days of sleepless nights for the princess, she gets touchy and starts and gets into an argument with him
    • It’s not too bad, nothing hurtful was said, but it still leaves the two of them upset. 
    • But afterward, they apologize and work out a solution.
  • Shiro now sleeps with one of those strips that goes across the nose and widens his airways
    • Allura likes to put it right on his scar
  • And Allura sleeps with special earplugs. This doesn’t completely eliminate the noise, but it’s quiet enough for Allura to sleep properly
  • And then comes the sinus infection
  • It starts with a simple cold. Everyone on the ship gets it, Shiro gets it too, no one thinks anything about it.
  • But Shiro’s is lasting longer than everybody else’s. Even though he caught it last, this shouldn’t be going on for this long. And Shiro isn’t handling it well.
    • If it were a normal cold, he’d be functioning like normal. Maybe with less energy and a packet of tissues, but he’d still be Shiro.
    • Not this time. His head is pounding, his face feels like there’s cotton stuffed in it. AND he has all the symptoms of a normal cold.
      • Which makes him snore worse.
  • Everyone expects Allura to be angry. She’s getting less sleep, and Shiro’s not able to calm her down a bit when he’s in this state.
  • But instead, she’s panicked
    • “Shiro keeps leaking from the nose, Coran! Sometimes it’s clear, but sometimes it’s yellow and green, and sometimes it’s all bloody and doesn’t stop for a while! And he’s not thinking like his normal self!”
    • Coran jumps to conclusions because he’s Coran. “His brain fluids must be leaking out! And if it’s bloody, his brain might be hemorrhaging!”
  • The other paladins find the Alteans trying to push Shiro into a healing pod. They’ve gotten pretty far since Shiro’s not doing a good job with the infection.
    • In reality, Allura could just throw him in on her own, as we’ve seen before, but she doesn’t want to jostle his head anymore or else his brain might start bleeding again!
  • After a very intense Shiro custody fight, and after explaining what a sinus infection is and how he probably has a deviated septum, the Alteans finally relent and say the humans probably know more about the humans than they do.
    • They ask if they could fix his deviated septum somehow.
    • But it’s already healed, so that would require breaking his nose again and making sure it heals properly. Shiro doesn’t want this.
  • Now that Allura understands that Shiro’s just sick and miserable, she’s a lot more patient with his snoring. Even after the infection is gone, she’s happy to just gently roll Shiro over or wake him up just enough to get him to stop snoring for a while.
  • And she makes sure to give him extra kisses on the nose whenever she can.

“These cells line the Choroid Plexus, a layer of tissue that lines the inside of the ventricles of the nervous system. The swollen tips of these cells secrete the cerebrospinal fluid which bathes the brain in glucose and proteins, and prevents it from collapsing under its own weight.”

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A Group Effort

Anon: I would love to see my boy Lance with a headcold!! Make him suffer :’)

Anon: i’d like to see Lance with a headcold! and i dont care more than that. just as long as i can see my boy with a snuffly nose.

A/N: This is my first cold-based fic! I’m much more used to fever- and stomach-based things, so here we go with expanding horizons! Pray for me and spelling out sneezes. This had a lot of Lance and Keith still hating each other, it almost hurt my heart to write after all the Klance stuff.

It’s silent in space. It is a vacuum, there’s no medium for sound to travel through. Even while in their lions, practicing maneuvering through fodder the castleship threw at them, the paladins remained silent and focused.
It didn’t last long.
“Alright. That’s it. I’m done. I’m going back to the castle.”
The other four paladins sounded off in Keith’s ear.
“Wait, why?”
“I don’t understand.”
“What’s happening?”
“What is it, Keith?”
“I am done listening to Lance sneeze into the intercom.”

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In this video, Dianna from Physics Girl poses one of my favorite fluids brain teasers: if you are in a boat on a lake and you toss a rock from the boat into the water, what happens to the water level? Does it rise, fall, or stay the same? Think about it for a minute, and then check out the video. (The answer may surprise you.) (Video credit: Physics Girl)

Zombies with Superpowers

reposting because the post was acting weird on my tumblr)

So I might have gone a bit too far with brainstorming an idea presented by @bogleech in the following post: “The zombie apocalypse happens but when a zombie gets shot it resurrects the next day with a random superpower for every bullet.”

Note: long list ahead; I may have possibly got a wee bit carried away.

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ᴛʜᴇ ᴘʀɪsᴍ ᴇғғᴇᴄᴛ

“Only evil can rival evil.” Namjoon’s voice is quiet even as he continues to type, glasses perched somewhat haphazardly on his nose.

Seokjin frowns from his place on the single armchair. “Don’t go all cryptic on me, Namjoon.” Namjoon has a tendency as such, to voice a part of his thoughts the second it comes to him, raw and incomplete.

“The government,” Namjoon starts simply, glancing up. “The way to overthrow it is to be better than it in all the ways it has used to control us so far. I’ve got an idea, hyung.”

Namjoon’s excitement is palpable in the way his eyes light up behind the thick frame of his glasses, the way his fingers are unconsciously tapping an uneven rhythm on the edge of the table. Seokjin sucks in a breath. Namjoon’s ideas are never mild or mediocre; they’re always extravagant and Seokjin always, always worries. He almost doesn’t want to know what it is this time around, but Namjoon’s watching him expectantly, so he nods in encouragement.

“You know the seven deadly sins, hyung? I figured everything the government does falls into one of those. Imagine if we can create our very own seven deadly sins to counter them.”

“How?” Seokjin feels his stomach twisting, even as he tries to keep his face neutral, open.

“The prism effect,” Namjoon breathes, a smile sneaking its way to his lips. The prism effect, or so Namjoon names it. The way a single ray refracts into the seven colors of the rainbow. Or in other words, recreating seven clones of Namjoon, each with a mind and heart driven by a single sin. “I think I can perfect it in two weeks or so, then you can be in charge of administering each of them, hyung. What do you think?”

Seokjin shakes his head and Namjoon deflates a little. “But what about you? How can I run the operation myself?”

“Oh, about that,” Namjoon bites his lip, chewing lightly once, twice. Seokjin follows the movement with his eyes. “I need you to extract stuff from me for each clone so I might have to recuperate in the pod.” Namjoon pauses, gaze shifty. “It’ll be fine,” he adds quickly. 

Seokjin reluctantly agrees and not for the first time, he hates himself for being unable to refuse Namjoon. So he busies himself instead, learning what he can from Namjoon, and asking questions to make sure he’s more than familiar with everything. He can’t afford to mess up, after all, it’s their only chance. He tries not to think about how much blood and brain fluids Namjoon is instructing him to draw when the time comes.

Seokjin asks many things, but there is one that nags at him incessantly, one thing that Seokjin doesn’t dare to ask for fear of the answer that is to come.

It’s when Namjoon is settled in the pod, needle in Seokjin’s hand that he can’t help but blurt, “Will you be okay?”

Namjoon opens his eyes, smiles. “I will.” He squeezes Seokjin’s hand in reassurance.

“Okay,” Seokjin nods, brushing Namjoon’s fringe out of his eyes. “Okay,” he says under his breath.

And as he watches Namjoon’s eyelids grow heavy, Seokjin prays that when it all ends, amongst the scattered pieces, he’ll find Namjoon again.

ғᴏʀ ᴍᴏʀᴇ ᴘʟᴏᴛ ʙᴜɴɴɪᴇs/ᴅʀᴀʙʙʟᴇs/ғɪᴄʟᴇᴛs:
[ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴜᴛᴛᴇʀғʟʏ ᴇғғᴇᴄᴛ - ʏᴏᴏɴᴋᴏᴏᴋ/sᴜɢᴀᴋᴏᴏᴋɪᴇ || ᴛʜᴇ ᴘɪɴᴏᴄᴄʜɪᴏ ᴇғғᴇᴄᴛ - ᴠᴍɪɴ]


Part 1: Imagine being a patient from the supernatural ward in Eichen House and you meet Stiles.
Part 2: Imagine spending time with Stiles in Eichen House.

You never got involved with affairs of the Asylum, always ignored the accidents and echoes. Until you saw Stiles and the darkness lingering behind his eyes, overwhelming his heart. That’s what made you curious, perhaps a bit too curious.

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Certain traditions believe there is a ‘step-down’ process or condensation that occurs from the Source to our physical self. As this energy condenses it becomes more differentiated and visible to the human eye as physical form. As this condensation occurs, certain traditions believe that the initial ‘step’ into the body occurs at the third eye, or the brow center. The third ventricle, a space in the middle of the brain filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). As the energy from the Source condenses into physical form, the ‘step’ into the physical body may be into this fluid that bathes the entire inner and outer surface of the brain and spinal cord. “Fluids come together and the ‘I Am’ appears.” The CSF may be the fluid through which the ‘I Am’ appears. The CSF is a conveyor of energy. An adult produces 500ml of CSF daily. While the CSF is 99% water, the CSF is also rich in proteins, ions, lipids, hormones, cholesterol, glucose, and many other molecules. The CSF is home to many neurotransmitters and signaling molecules providing an elaborate range of biological functions. The CSF utilizes volume transmission and its components can potentially be dispersed quickly and target key brain regulatory centers simultaneously due to its fluid nature. Moreover, along the third ventricle, the pineal gland makes direct contact with the CSF, and releases information directly into the CSF for volume transmission to the rest of the brain. In addition, the CSF contains the ‘spirit molecule’ DMT that is released by the pineal gland. Therefore, the CSF may serve as a vehicle for immediate signaling to major control centers of the brain and may be significant in regulating consciousness and the sense of ‘I Am’. 


Originating in the mitochondria of all cells, biophotons (endogenous light = ‘from within’) are guided by structures with fiber optic properties along pathways leading to the cerebral ventricles, which are cavities filled with clear cerebrospinal fluid and lined with beating hairlike cilia. It is proposed that the timing of ciliary beating is synchronized with neural events so that biophotons are aimed by the cilia at discrete points within the volume of the ventricles (about 150ml total maximum). Biophotons guided into those spaces interact through wave interference with other endogenous light present there simultaneously to form dynamically resonant 3D holographic structures. Those dynamic structures together form a Nexus, a type of data connector operating in synchrony with and driven by the brain’s neuroelectrical activities with feedback such that changes in the Nexus also influence the brain’s electrical events and ciliary beating. The Nexus is thus formed from endogenous light and its properties are such that certain energies may interact with it other than those originating in the brain and body. It is proposed that the Nexus being made of light itself and having a holographic structure, is able to interact with the background energy of the universe called zero point energy, virtual energy, or energy of the vacuum among others. This vacuum energy demonstrably exists by the Casimir effect and is believed to far exceed even nuclear energies in any given volume of matter or even empty space. That vast pool of energy we are saturated in is almost completely unavailable to us however as it is somehow outside our dimensional timeline and only barely interacting with our own by popping in and out of existence very briefly. So say the physicists and if they are correct that enormous background field of energy must itself be full of wave and particle interactions in a vast kind of holographic interference system. Nexus Theory maintains that in that vast pool of virtual energy exists the source of consciousness in a higher and unitary expression than our own which many teachers and faiths have called God, with most if not all of them in one way or another referring to God as being associated with light. Just as a traditional hologram may be cut into many pieces with each piece able to regenerate a picture of the whole image originally on it, a tiny part of that larger unitary consciousness is able to interact with the Nexus to animate the brain and body with what we erroneously recognize to be our separate selves in the grand illusion that is life. Consciousness is thus derived from the same source for everyone and we are all living parallel illusions of separateness.

the signs and their influence on the human body
  • aries: immune system
  • taurus: throat
  • gemini: intellect
  • cancer: fertility
  • leo: heart
  • virgo: nervous system
  • libra: physical beauty
  • scorpio: sexual organs
  • sagittarius: circulation of blood
  • capricorn: bladder
  • aquarius: brain
  • pisces: spinal fluid

anonymous asked:

hi, i noticed that you're into tarot cards, and i wanted to ask you - how do you use them. could you guide me? cause they inerest me a lot and i've been reading about them since forever, but i still have this irrational prejudice from childhood (even being not that religious) that it's some sorta sin to use them.

Tarot is, essentially, talking to yourself. You’re externalizing your thoughts and assembling them as a narrative which asks you to understand problems or events symbolically rather than emotionally. No magic, no fuzzy crystal energy bullshit, just that thing where you talk to a friend about why you feel so knotted up inside, and when it’s done you get it, not because of anything they said, but because of what you got to hear yourself say. I use it to help curtail the constant, low-level, sickening hum of anxiety that lives at the back of my skull. The structure and the metaphor gives my brain something to focus on and build up a story around, a story that isn’t “it is very cold outside and love does not exist also.” It’s not a sin. It’s not even fortune telling. It’s helping you recontextualize where your head is at. 

So okay, next step. You’re gonna need a deck. There’s really only one way to do this, and that’s to go online and look at a bunch of them. You’re hunting for one whose art makes your brain light up, with fluid symbolism and an iconography that you find personally resonant. Lots of people like the traditional Rider-Waite deck, but I think the art is way too rigid, I end up feeling more railroaded by the motifs than guided. My drug of choice is the Wild Unknown deck, there’s a simplicity and strangeness to it that really works for me.

Once that’s done, you’ll want to investigate the basic building blocks of each card: what’s the difference between the Major and Minor arcana, why is Judgement not the Tower, how are the wands unique from the swords, all that jazz. But you’re feeling for the shape of the cards here, not hard and fast rules, and you’ll bring your own associations to each one. Don’t forget, this is about narrative, and you can’t lock that down to a science. 

And you’re good, honestly. After that it’s just fostering a relationship with these cards and the iconography you’ve chosen. A hint though: you want to feel familiar with your deck, absolutely, but maybe you want to feel like it frames your life in particular. I mean, I know I do. I don’t do many readings for other people, tarot is my way of talking through my problems without having to spill my guts everywhere. So

Many people who read tarot have a signifier card, one that, for whatever reason, has come to represent themselves. You don’t really pick one, you just sort of end up gravitating towards it, maybe because of the symbolism, maybe because of where it showed up one time, it’s hard to say. However it happened, that card is for you. But because I oriented my deck around myself, I took it a step further. There are a small handful of people in my life who push me and shape me and provide me with new ways of looking at the world. You have them. Everyone does. I assigned those people cards too, not according to who they are as individuals, that’s difficult to do for someone else, but according to who they are to me. What do they bring out in me, how do they challenge me, what do they represent? 

Be judicious in how you do this. We are only talking about the capital-i Important people, here. For example, my sister and two brothers all have cards. My best friend has a card. My robot heart has a card. (I’m allowed to assign my own averted death a card, okay, that’s allowed.) I find it keeps the process of teasing out your problems from becoming too myopic. There are people who matter to you, and they loom as large in your life as the abstract concept of, say, Temperance. It also lets you do little spreads for them; I’ll hunt up who my sister’s signifier is between, and use those bookend cards to think about our relationship for a while. 

Anyway, yeah, that’s it. Hitchhiker’s very basic guide. Have a good time, be flexible, build associations, and remember that this is a lot more fun than talking to yourself in the shower. 

Rosamond the Second: Being the True Record of the Unparalleled Romance of one Claudius Fuller. Mary.Mears. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1910. First edition. 

A scientist rebuffed by Rosamond constructs clockwork androids, using brain fluid to give them artificial intelligence. But the androids have no souls and the double of Rosamond (“as perfect a companion, as a man ever had – provided he wound her up”) cannot love him. He destroys the androids and wins the hand of the human Rosamond.

The Signs as Supernatural Monsters (CW)

Aries: Demon. Demons are human souls that have been tortured in hell to the point where their souls become twisted and dark. Their true form is a dark black smoke, but most demons encountered throughout the seasons are in form of human because they are able to possess such beings.

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Taurus: Pishtaco. The pishtaco is similar to a vampire but they feed on human fat rather than human blood. They are very cunning yet satisfied (mostly) with what they have. 

Gemini: Shapeshifter. Shapeshifters are common in this tv show. Shapeshifters are able to transform into any human they wish to be but in order to do this they must go through the grueling process of shedding their former skin..and teeth..and nails.

Cancer: Wraith. Wraiths feed on human brain fluid while at the same time infecting said human with high levels of dopamine. This can leave the victim with an increased state of delusion therefore leaving others to believe they’ve gone mad. 

Leo: Dragon. Dragons in this show are similar to other dragon lore including their knack for hoarding precious treasures and their fire breathing qualities. However these dragons are able to take on the appearance of humans and they only feast on the purest of mean aka virgins. 

Virgo: Leviathan. Much like shapeshifters, Leviathans are able to change appearance except they do not have to go through the same process as all shapeshifters (with the shedding of skin). Instead Leviathans are able to change form by merely touching the person they wish to be. In addition leviathans are basically immortal and impossible to kill. 

Libra: Amazonian woman. In this series, Amazonian woman aren’t fighting for the greater good. Instead, these super strong, super fast almost-human monsters seduce men into bed for reproduction purposes only. Those children (all female) then grow at an increasingly fast rate. When child reaches age of maturity they are required to kill father in cold blood. 

Scorpio: Reaper. Reapers are able to give and take any life they see fit. They are also able to stop time and make themselves appear in any form they want. These creatures are normally very fair but once on their bad side they have the power to punish you with the life after death. 

Sagittarius: Werewolf. Werewolves were once human, but now have the power to transform into a wolf whenever there is a full moon.  They become werewolves by being bitten by one of them. After becoming one, they hunt down humans and they kill them to feed on their flesh. They always eat the heart. 

Capricorn: Kitsune. Kitsune’s seem to be very rare and uncommon. They feed on a certain part of the brain to live, and without it, they will die. Kistunes looks like a regular human being but have the ability to partially shapeshift themselves into animal-like qualities. A Kitsune’s primary weapon is their claws.

Aquarius: Jefferson Starships. The name Jefferson Starship was given to these hybrid creatures by Dean Winchester when stumbling upon their new species. They are a hybrid race with the teeth of a vampire and the spike of a wraith.

Pisces: Djinn. These creatures come from Islamic and Arabian Mythology. On the TV show, Djinn’s are not the wish making creatures that they are normally depicted as. They put their victims in a dream state, making the victims believe their wishes have come true. During the victim’s intoxicated state the djinn slowly feeds off the human until they die. 

Hey! So heres the next collab. I had so much fun working with pizzastrology! Her blog is super cute and awesome so make sure to follow her. Love you Supernatural Family!