In the light of Kissing Day celebrations, I’ve been more inspired than ever to write a whole lot of fluffy things. And since I love and adore my friends’ OCs, I have written some stuff to celebrate their relationships :D This one is for @puddle–wonderful and her beautiful Brigid Trevelyan. You can read the original fic over here.
Pairing: Cullen Rutherford/Brigid Trevelyan
Prompt: Rushed late for work kisses, a flash of heat before hurrying out the door
“Void take it,” Cullen’s voice echoed against
the walls of her chambers with a certain level of force. “How is it so
Brigid smiled sleepily at the mild panic in his
voice and lazily shifted within her bed sheets; for once, she had no
early morning appointments. Instead, she turned to watch him run back
and forth, collecting his things, organizing papers, putting last pieces
of clothing into place. He had failed to finish grooming his hair so
stray golden curls flopped about his face, making him look both younger
and even more handsome.
He was just about to step down the stairs when she loudly cleared her throat, calling his attention to her.
“You forgot my goodbye kiss,” she said and tapped her puckered lips.
tilted his head, quite reminiscent of the mabari he loved so much, and
an indulgent smirk curled his mouth. He slowly stepped forward and
stopped a few paces from her bed.
“Inquisitor, you are quite demanding of my already limited time,” he noted in a voice that was purposefully even.
“I give you permission to use that as an excuse for why you were late,” she replied and leaned forward expectantly.
An amused chuckle rumbled deep in his chest. He closed the gap between them and leaned in to bestow a chaste peck on her lips.
was never Brigid’s intention, though; she swiftly wrapped an arm around
his neck and pulled him closer, crushing his mouth in a passionate
kiss. Cullen gasped in surprise and she promptly swallowed the sound,
taking the opportunity to slip her tongue against his. She had no idea
how long they kissed, but when they broke apart, her Commander looked
significantly less rushed and lot more dazed. A slow smile spread over
his face while his fingers gently ran a path along her neck.
“That was sneaky, my beloved,” he pointed out.
“But that was what I wanted,” she replied with a coy smile.
He laughed in earnest this time and leaned in to press his lips against hers one more time.
“You will be the end of my good reputation,” he said as he turned to leave.
“I’m pretty sure everybody already knows why you’re late so much,” she pointed out.
amused laughter rang against the staircase as he left the room, while
Brigid bundled deeper into her sheets, memory of his kiss bright and
fresh in her mind.
Got a lot of work to do before Imbolc, however I’m having a super productive day! I made some protection pouches!🌿💚 (Let me know if you guys would like a post about some of the pouches I’ve been making!)
Kissing Day falls on the second Saturday of Kingsway. No one knows how the day started, though there is some suspicion by the more jaded that it was an advertising stunt for a Lowtown bakery hoping to generate business during a particularly poor sales period. The earliest observations of the day were simple: sweet treats and sweet kisses, iced cookies in the shapes of hearts and lips, pastries thick with vanilla and a little cinnamon heat. It didn’t take long before the flower vendors were looking to cash in, and then the bards. Soon there was a song in every tavern about the lovers’ day.
Writers, please check the links below your name and make sure they’re working. Also that I have the correct pairing/characters. These have been my beach reading this week and I love every single one, but there are so many! I admit they may run together in my vacation brain.
I think that’s it? If you have any questions or if I missed something, please send me a chat before monday. I’ll be going back on hiatus and this time I’ll only be checking in once or twice a week. <3
Imbolc is the holiday when we see the first signs of spring,
at this point winter is by no means completely over but we can see the first
signs of spring with the first leaves/plants sprouting and often snowdrops
coming through. This is the day we honour the rebirth of the sun and celebrate
the goddess Brigid (a Celtic goddess) If you can make it, with your hands
Brigid rules it, and Imbolc is the time to communicate and honour her by
lighting multiple white candles along with yellow and red candles for to remind
us of the passing winter and transition into spring. Imbolc can also be known as
‘candlemass’ or ‘Brigids’ (said breeds) day.
Ostara is the spring equinox along with being the pagan Easter,
it is a day in which is nether harsh like winter but does not have the warmth
of summer. Ostara is usually a time of wonder (often children) eggs are painted
and used as decoration and spring flowers are placed in baskets.
This is often a good time to perform self-banishing spells
or rituals to help with productivity, along with performing rituals to gain
things we have recently lost or even gain quality’s we wish to have in the
Incense/herbs: rose, jasmine.
Decorations: coloured eggs, spring flowers.
Colours: yellow, light green and pale colours.
Beltane- May eve – April 30th/may
Beltane is the union between the goddess and gods, so hand fasting
and vows of commitment are quite popular around Beltane, it is also a time for
fertility and the harvest a time for gaining wealth from the seeds that have
been sown. Celebrations include, circling the maypole for fertility, braiding
hair and jumping the Beltane fire for luck.
Incense/herbs: frankincense, lilac.
Decorations: maypole, ribbons, flowers.
Litha – summer solstice (mid
summer) - June 21st/22nd:
The summer solstice is said to be the most powerful day of
the year for the sun god, and because this is honouring the sun god fire plays
a role in litha, fire is very easily seen and has a number of other uses such
as; cook, consume, shed light and purify. As it is the longest day of the year
this represents the god in full power, since this sabbat revolved around the
sun and fire a candle should be lit for the full day, especially if its gloomy
Incense/herbs: sage, mint, basil, lavender, st johns wort,
Lammas is a festival celebrating the results of the
harvest, it is a time for baking bread and making corn dollies. Some people
during Lammas go for a walk in nature (in the woods/park/fields/country side)
and meditate to connect with nature and take in the beautiful soundings.
Mabon is in the middle of the harvest, and is on the day
when the day and night are of equal length of time. Mabon is a time for giving
thanks for what the earth has provided, and for finishing up on going projects
and plans. This is a time to reflect on your life and make plans for the
future, along with being a time for resting and celebration. Warm autumn days
and cold nights, as the sun god moves back into the embrace of the goddess.
Incense/herbs: Nutmeg, Cloves, Cinnamon, juniper, oak moss,
Decorations: corn/maize, pumpkin, herbs, apples. (Items
that have been harvested, and will last a few weeks).
Colours: Red, Bronze, Orange, Yellow, Rust.
Samhain – all hallows eve-
Samhain is pronounced sow-en/sow-een not sam-hayne. Also
known as Halloween.
Samhain is one of the highest holy days for witches, it is
one of the last times to dry herbs for the winter, and it is also a day in
which fairies are said to be afoot causing mischief.
Samhain is also a ‘day of the dead’ and is a time to honour
and remember ancestors and loved ones that have passed, this time of year the
veil between the two worlds is at the thinnest so spirits and souls of loved
ones have the energy to come and visit us in our world at this time food and
wine is often left out for the spirits.
The winter solstice is the rebirth of the sun, and is quite
important as it marks the shortest day of the year, it will also start the
increase of the day time until the summer solstice when the darkness becomes
ascendant once more. Yule is a celebration, and a time for a family to come together
and celebrate. Yule logs are traditionally served along with wassail. A
large red, green or blue candle is burned, the candle is decorated with sprigs
of holly and/or evergreen sprigs. The candle is lit every night for 12 days.
Incense/herbs: bay, cinnamon, frankincense, birch, pine,
Decorations: nuts, pinecones, acorns, yule log (wooden not
cake for decoration), candles.
Imbolc (pronounced eem-bolgh or eem-bullugh), also called (Saint) Brigid’s Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Bríde ), is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring.
Most commonly it is held on 1st February (it usually begins on the night of 31st January), about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.
Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man: it is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals.
It is believed that it was originally a pagan festival associated with the goddess Brigid and that it was Christianized as a festival of Saint Brigid, who herself is thought to be a Christianization of the goddess. At Imbolc, Brigid’s crosses were made and a doll-like figure of Brigid, called a Brídeóg, would be paraded from house-to-house. Brigid was said to visit one’s home at Imbolc. To receive her blessings, people would make a bed for Brigid and leave her food and drink, while items of clothing would be left outside for her to bless.
Brigid was also invoked to protect homes and livestock. Special feasts were had and holy wells were visited.
A calm and serene meditation to start the year, an opportunity to do some mental spring cleaning. A time for renewal and new life, new inspirations for projects long left in the dust…
As something new for this video- if you turn on closed captions, you can follow along with a guided exercise to accompany this meditation to help you shake off the winter blues and welcome in the new year! A key to help you get the motivation you need to fuel you inspiration for the year!
Many Pagans use this festival to welcome in the spring and the start of new life. Some choose to honour Brigid on this day so she will bless the household, and prepare a bed for her if she so chooses to stay the night.
“By the time we get to the new year, we are often filled with idea of what we want our new year to be like. We look at others new year’s resolutions and copy them in a vague attempt at trying to better ourselves. But often if we do not assess ourselves, and instead turn to others about how to fix ourselves we come back with jarring and conflicting information. So this time of year is good for mental spring cleaning- getting back to your roots, going back to the core of your being- that initial seed from which you grow and flourish. We’re going to do an exercise here to help you do that~”
Groundhog Day lore is actually telling the story of Demeter and Persephone. The groundhog seeing his shadow means a longer winter is in store because Demeter, having to leave her daughter Persephone with Hades in the Underworld longer, won’t emerge and blanket the planet with the rebirth of spring until they are reunited. Merry Imbolc!