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for you pt. 7 [m]

Pairing: Taehyung x Reader

Genre: Badboy!Taehyung, angst

Word Count: 5.3k

Originally posted by vminv


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Six Months Later

You walked down the hallway of the academic building slowly, the weight of the paper in your bag causing you to drag your feet. Each footstep bringing more and more uncertainty about the next chapter of your life. You noticed that the door to your professor’s office was locked, and a small sigh of relief escaped your lips.

You didn’t want to have to explain to him how all your interviews had turned to dead ends. You didn’t want to have to explain how you were still going to be stuck in this town. Stuck in the memories of the past year when all you wanted to do was move forward. There was nothing that you wanted more than leaving. If he could leave, so could you. But instead you had gotten hired at the coffee shop in which you first met him. Left to repeat the same memories over and over again.

And as you left the building for the last time, you didn’t feel any different. The emptiness that had filled your chest the day he left was still there. You held your phone up to your ear, the familiar number having been dialed like clockwork. “We are sorry, but the number you are trying to reach is no longer in service.” seared through your ears after the first dial tone.

You kicked at a rock while waiting to cross the street. There was no reason for you to continue to call that number. But there was still a large part of you that hoped he would come back. That when you called his voice would saying hello on the other end. But no one had heard from him. Not you. Not the boys. It was like he had erased himself from your universe.

Taehyung crept into your mind during your most vulnerable moments. Like when the sun hit your skin in the middle of the afternoon, reminding you of the hours you would spend sitting next to him in the front seat of his car. Driving the two of you around while blasting old music and singing along so out of tune that everyone else would stare at you from their cars.

You missed him when you couldn’t get a jar open, not because he was strong enough to open them. But because you would hunch over in fits of laughter as you watched him turn red in the face while trying to open it. He wasn’t much of a muscle pig, but you thought his effort was the cutest.

He was in the worn out t-shirt hidden in the back of your closet. A piece of clothing you didn’t know you had until your nose caught the smell of his cologne the first time Mina came over to your apartment to do your laundry since you hadn’t left your bed in weeks. You had her put it down, worried that if she held it for too long you would forget what he smelled like when he held you.

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anonymous asked:

Imagine there was a fic wish fairy and they granted you 3 wishes, so 3 of your favorite unfinished stories could be completed. What 3 stories would you choose?

Great question anon and thank you for asking! I wish for more wishes! Three was really hard and I’ve seen many other great wishes that I would have wished… and I have other wishes on my list that I feel are close to being finished… so here’s three wishes I haven’t seen yet and the ladies will surely love the spotlight. Sorry (notsorry) for the pressure to finish these tales of delicious angst!

@areyouserial‘s Under The Bleachers

@katnissdoesnotfollowback‘s Ampersand

@papofglencoe‘s Errata

The hero’s bond “Teamwork” Part-3

Part-4

Part-1

Part-2

The hero’s bond (original post)

I uploaded this one in groups of 3 panels rather than individual images, so hopefully mobile users can see the posts now. (you should see all 15 pictures, if not please let me know).

I hope to wrap this mini story soon so I can get to the other ideas I have for this comic series going.

This particular story was me trying my hand at action scene mixed with some mild interaction between to two Links. From what I can seen now, people tend to like the more talkative parts of this comic so I going to adjust accordingly and bring more dialogue into the next “chapter”.

See you in the next one!

Writing Advice

I’m not an expert in writing, but someone asked me earlier how I write emotions for certain scenes or how I focus on particular areas/make it interesting etc. So I just thought I would post this and see if it helps anyone out. I’m not saying this is professional advice because it’s not, but this is just personally what helps me to write and hopefully it can help some other people too.

If you’re stuck on how to write the characters reaction to a certain scenario, relate it to a time you’ve been in a similar place or frame of mind: Obviously if you’re writing about a character murdering someone or hunting monsters it isn’t going to be able to be related to. However, if you look deeper into what is going on you will be able to find something you can relate it to. For example, your character has to make a big decision, and it’s a life or death situation, no matter what they do the outcome will be bad. Relate this to a time in your life where you had to make a decision, it doesn’t even have to be anything wild. It could literally be choosing between two different toppings for your ice cream or pizza, but you have to focus on what you were thinking at the time. How did you come to a final decision? Did you find a compromise? Did things go well in the end or did things go badly? Was it a risk or did you stick with what you knew to be safe?

Paint a picture in your head of the exact scene before you write it so that you know it well enough to give a brief summary that will make the layout of the scene easy for the reader to follow: An example would be if the character/s were in a kitchen and you described where the table, counter and oven were and what room the door led to if they were going to exit. Sometimes it’s important to go in to detail about the setting but sometimes you just need a brief summary so that the story can start. It’s easier for you as a writer to follow this and let the story flow if you know exactly what this place looks like.

Know your character: If it’s an original character, make sure you write a fact file on them first and get to know them. Ask yourself questions about them that might not seem important like what’s their favourite animal and why? Why are they here? Who do they choose to keep around them? What’s their opinions on politics? Are they sexually active? Does everyone around them support their life choices? Etc. If you’re writing a fan fiction of a character that already exists, try to think about how they are as a person and how they may have reacted in similar situations to what you’re writing. If it’s a reader insert and you’re writing it specifically for a reader to be put in you might want to avoid certain pronouns or descriptions. Unless your reader is supposed to have a particular trait e.g. Their gender may be referenced to, their skin colour, weight, body shape, hair colour, eye colour. But if it’s not specific to a certain criteria, for reader inserts you might want to steer clear of those little details.

If you’re experiencing writers block, write something that you never expected to write or take a story in a direction you had never considered before: If you are having writers block in the sense of you have no idea where to start your fic/story/book, go somewhere to come up with a character and a story line should follow. Go and get the train or the bus to somewhere and pay attention to a few different people. See how they react to different things like people sitting next to them or the train stopping. Are they alone? Why could that be? Or are they with someone? How many people? Is the person they’re with someone they like or someone they’re forced to be around? (Like an abusive partner, a disliked family member etc). Once you have a better idea for a character, ideas start to stem of what situations they would end up in or maybe even struggle in which would make an interesting dynamic. If you are finding it hard to carry on with a scene, move on to the next chapter or paragraph. If it’s a short story or fic then write the ending, then build the rest of the write up to that end. If you don’t know where to go with the rest of the story there a few ways to mix the story up.
1. Kill a character
2. Bring in a new character that threatens the status of the protagonist
3. Bring back a character that left
4. Bring back a character that ‘died’ or faked their death
5. Write the next chapter in the POV of a different character or writers POV
6. Introduce a new problem

Write out a plan for your story: It can be as messy as you want but always write a plan. Get all of your ideas for the fic/story/book written down. Whether it’s in your notes or written on paper. Just write down quotes you have in mind for the characters to say at some point, beautifully written sentences that you imagine writing for the situation, scenarios, the actual plot, who’s involved. As soon as it’s all down, when you get stuck while writing it you can go back to it and see a quote or idea you wanted to use and it might help you with your writers block or move your story along.

Again, I’m not a professional when it comes to writing but these are just some things that help me so I’m hoping that this will be able to help some other people too. :)

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Now the next chapter of Killing Stalking brings a lot of possibilities.

Will we actually see Sangwoo show some understanding for Bum’s painful abusive past?

I think Sangwoo’s character is too messed up for him to see the irony in the situation and change something about (let aside ending ) the abuse he himself is inflicting on Bum.

But to see him direct some of his characteristic vengeful anger that he usually saves for people who have even mildly inconvenienced him at someone who has severely damaged Bum would be a development I’m looking forward to.

Falling slowly

So, I definitely got more out of my second read through of Of Bright Stars and Burning Hearts. 

One of the things that struck me is how Viktor thinks about Yuuri, and when he does it. We know that at the end of the chapter, at the age of 23, Viktor is ‘completely in love with Yuuri’. But the bit before he says this is very telling: 'Viktor had known for a long time where the path he was walking would eventually lead’. See that? He had known for a long time.  Perhaps he didn’t think it in the words he uses at the end of the chapter, but he knew he was falling all the same.  And when I read through the chapter I just saw so much evidence of Viktor falling. He’s been falling slowly for a long time, and we can see it happen through the chapter. 

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anonymous asked:

Paula said Lizzy went to the place where she belongs. Could Lizzy be possibly thinking about agreeing to be turned into a bizarre doll herself?! I know the idea is weird and not thought out well. But it's crossed my mind and I just wanted to share it with you.

Hello and thanks for sharing Anon! But nope, Lizzie is still alive and well and what Paula meant…

was about Lizzie’s duty as “Ciel Phantomhive”’s fiancée. As we know, the situation is harsh on Lizzie because she can’t decide between doing her duty or following her heart, because of a lot of different factors, but still in the meantime she’s following Real!Ciel, her fiancé, which is why she is “where she belongs”.

I am supposing that Real!Ciel will announce that Lizzie is here too, in the next chapter, or Bravat will bring her soon enough, so that our!Ciel will be able to witness that Lizzie too “chose his twin’s side”.

((Remember that I personally think Lizzie is basically nothing more than a hostage, a pawn used to hurt our!Ciel since she’s the person he cares the most about.))

I hope it answers your question, Anon! Have a nice day :)


Hello Anon! And yes, I’m afraid that this is precisely what’s going to happen in the next few chapters.

As I was saying above, either Lizzie is already at the manor or Bravat will bring her soon enough (”she has gone where she belongs”), and Real!Ciel will tell his story in front of her and the servants so that he will be able to depict a truly despising picture of his brother in front of witnesses.

…Unless Liz already knows, which isn’t impossible of course. It’s just that in case she doesn’t know yet, I’m pretty sure she will find out very soon.

There are two reasons explaining why she has to know eventually: 

  1. Real!Ciel is trying to hurt his brother, so depicting him as a terrible person and showing him that Lizzie “took his side” will very probably hurt our!Ciel considering that Lizzie canonically is the person he cares about the most
  2. While I don’t have many doubts about Lizzie eventually choosing our!Ciel’s side because she’s in love with him (and Real!Ciel also did some unforgivable stuff like killing Agni), Lizzie finding out about the truth will surely bring her and our!Ciel closer which is necessary for his character development as I was explaining here.

So yep, the next few chapters are probably going to be very sad, but that’s necessary before things can take a better turn. In the first place, it’s true that this situation happened because our!Ciel had survivor’s guilt and lied for 4 years about his true identity. I don’t blame him because his reason was motivated by what he went through, but that’s still why we’re in this whole mess in the first place.

I hope it answers your question Anon, please have a nice day!

Master List

 Updated as of 6.28.17! Enjoy my lovely readers!<3

Sweet Dreams, My Dear

 Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart FivePart SixPart SevenPart EightPart NinePart TenPart ElevenPart TwelvePart ThirteenPart FourteenPart FifteenPart SixteenPart Seventeen, Part EighteenPart NineteenPart TwentyPart Twenty OnePart Twenty Two, Part Twenty Three, Part Twenty FourPart Twenty FivePart Twenty SixPart Twenty SevenPart Twenty EightPart Twenty NinePart ThirtyThirty OnePart Thirty Two… The Finale!

Bring Me a Dream

First chapter! (Each chapter now has ‘Next’ and “Previous’ links so hopefully that all works out well and if there are any problems, tell me :D )

One Shots:

Even In Your Dreams

Just Breathe

Morning Surprises

Wait For Me?

You Oblivious Dork

Mini-Series:

Decisions: Leaving It Up To You (Pt.1) , Curious Situations (Pt.2/ End)

Darkiplier x Reader

Out of The Woods: Fallen Leaves (Pt.1),  A Most Decietful Wolf (Pt.2),  A Rather Clever Mouse (Pt.3/Finale) 

Requests are currently open! So feel free to fire some off at me! If any of the links do not work, please tell me so I can fix them :)

Pure - Chapter 6

Summary: I’m a survivor. At least that’s what someone once told me. He was probably right, which explains a lot about me. Survivors are selfish and despicable, although I think he meant it as a compliment. Problem is, what I’m surviving for is sometimes hard to tell anymore.

A what if Katniss had gone to Cray, alternate Panem story.

WARNINGS: RATED E (I’m not kidding about this one) for language, canon compliant mentions of child abuse, mentions of drug usage, prostitution, underage (17 years old with older partners), mentions of assault, and explicit sexual content. Buckle up. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride.


I’m not sure how long I’m out here when the door opens and Peeta’s heavy steps cross the patio before he sits down next to me. I immediately take his hand in mine and search his face for some kind of hurt.

“My brothers say you’re sharpening your battle axe. So who’s the enemy?”

I snort and shake my head. “Shouldn’t we talk about you?”


Chapter 6 is now posted on AO3 and Fanfic.net


We’re just over halfway done with this story and I wanted to thank all of you who’ve taken a risk on this story, given the rather disturbing opening. Hopefully, I can bring it to a satisfying conclusion for you. Since the next three chapters are already drafted, and chapter 7 has already been through the beta process, updates should occur fairly regularly from here on out. Thanks as always to @peetabreadgirl for editing and keeping me on task…even though there’s that one story idea that we’re both just DYING to write/read. ;-)

Don’t Fear the Reaper

Sam Winchester x Reader

1200 Words

Warnings: None

Chapter 1: The Beginning

Summary: You are a reaper, actually one of Death’s favorites.  You’ve been following the story of the Winchesters for a while, staying out of sight, never letting them see you. You slowly fall in love with Sam, even though he doesn’t know you exist. But that all changes one day. Set in Season 5

Chapter Summary: The beginning of your story, and the beginning of your association with the Winchesters

You were a Reaper. It wasn’t as mysterious or interesting as it sounded. Your life was spent following your fathers orders, taking poor unfortunate souls and helping them move on to the afterlife.

You had seen everything, Just as much as the Angels had. But while they stood watch, and guard over God’s creations, you stood and waited for them to die, much like a vulture watched over its prey. You watched as the humans grew and developed. Only dealing with them when you had to, when Death issued the order and you had to swoop down and guide them onto their next chapter in life.

It was a dull, lonely existence. Who would want to be friend a Reaper, a person who brought death with them wherever they went? Of course there were the other reapers, many of whom were older than you, and full of themselves. You were one of the last reapers Death had created, and you were looked down upon by many. Especially since Death seemed to favor you more so than others, giving you easier tasks, leaving the evil and dark souls to those of his more seasoned children.

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Chapter-by-chapter analysis: A Court of Thorns and Roses, Chapter 1

Book: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Oh, Sarah J. Maas. We meet again. And this in many ways manages to be even worse than Throne of Glass. Sometimes I try to be nice even to books I dislike, because I can tell the author meant well, even if it failed. Not here. Brace yourselves for a smorgasbord of racism, sexism, homophobia, and much more! In the immortal words of Jezza Corbyn:

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One Year | A Gaston Story (Playlist)

Originally posted by luuuuuke-evans

Okay, so this post officially ends One Year :(!!! I love making playlists! It definitely helps when I’m writing and trying to describe tone/scene, so I wanted to include the tracklist for One Year because I absolutely love all of the songs, and they fit incredibly well with the story! One of the reasons I used Disney references is because the entire story revolves around nostalgia and memories, so I wanted to kinda create that same feeling when yall were reading it. I thought the playlist should simulate that, so on the tracklist, you’ll find Disney songs, instrumentals, and other songs that fit a chapter/moment in the story. I posted the link to the full playlist on YouTube, but if you want to listen a song individually, just click on the [X] by the description!

Thank you again for all of your love and support!!! <3 I’m so sad to say goodbye to this story, I’ve never had more fun and have never met such wonderful and amazing people. Thank you all for everything!! You’ve gone through 26 LONG chapters with me and I am so appreciative of this little journey we’ve gone on together. I’ve met some wonderful people through this story, and I truly love each and every one of you!! I’m emotional now hahahah. Much love, and I hope you enjoy the playlist! <3 :D

Prologue | One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine | Ten | Eleven | Twelve | Thirteen | Fourteen | Fifteen | Sixteen | Seventeen | Eighteen | Nineteen | Twenty | Twenty-One | Twenty-Two | Twenty-Three | Twenty-Four | Twenty-Five | Epilogue |

Tags: @harleyscheekheart ; @jordyhaley ; @araceli91103 ; @the7thsilence ; @blackxthexbeast ; @hobbithorse19 ; @epicfallenismine ; @imoyu-trashblog ; @naildiva87 ; @dracsgirl ; @girl-next-door-writes ; @afairytaledream ; @kek-eek ; @samaxraph99 ; @vinylmadwoman ; @my-whataguythat-gaston ; @thestrugglesofateenagedirtbag

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Heaven’s a Heartbreak Away II

Originally posted by clubeskimo

Word count: 1.3k

 Everybody was going crazy over the marriage of the nation’s favorite actress, not only that, she was also marrying the most famous, the hottest, and most demanded music producer, and rapper of the country. They successfully shocked everybody, not only have they revealed their relationship, they also announced their engagement and they become the country’s hottest, and most envied couple. Every magazine, TV and radio show wanted a photo shoot or interview with them. Hence, the past few weeks I have spent running from photo shoots to interviews, from interviews to photo shoots. From one TV station to a radio station and the other way around.

 The beginning was hell, I always had to be around them, I also had to take care of his outfit, too, to match it with hers. Their outfits had to be in complete harmony to symbolize they were meant for each other. They made me hate my job, I hated to wake up, I despised every fashion and lifestyle magazine, every TV show in which they appeared. I tried avoiding interaction with them as much as I could; I especially avoided him. Whenever I had to put accessories on him, smooth out his shirt, or arrange a clothing item on him, I tried to do it without having to touch him for too long, or too many times. 

 He tried to coax me up, he cracked his lame jokes in hopes of making me smile, but it rather made me wanna cry. When he realized I wouldn’t be all smiles and happy, he tried to talk to me, but I avoided him, always finding an excuse to go off. It went like this for more than two months, he looked for me, in response I hid. I never spent more time around them than it was necessary. I couldn’t stand that he persisted talking to me. We had nothing to talk about.

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Wanted (Sam Drake x Reader) Chapter 7: With or Without You

Hello everybody! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day or night and I’m here to bring you the next chapter of Wanted! We’re almost to the end, hang in there! As always and always and always, I love your feedback and let me know what you think! xoxo

I know this chapter is going to be very intense and leave you with questions, but all will be explained!

Words: 1,831

Tag List: @lucilaura, @impossible-box, @dragonjedihobbit, @jodiereedus22, @brutal-crazy-joker, @heroes-x-thieves, @unchxrted


One Year Ago

You trusted him.

That was your first mistake.

He left you for dead. He left you on the ground, bleeding, with the chalice in his hands. He left you to deal with The Boss on your own.

“Johnson, please!” You cried out, trying to stop the bleeding from your arm.

“Sorry, sweetheart, but this is why you can’t trust anyone.” He knelt to you as you writhed on the ground. “Especially people like me.”

The last you saw of Johnson was his silhouette leaving the museum doors, and security barging through with their guns aimed at you.

The announcement of you being locked in a jail cell was not thrilling to The Boss. He was not happy to send one of his men to bail you out.

You could see his annoyance, his anger, and his cold eyes as you sat before him in the empty shipping warehouse, a bandage wrapped around your arm.

“Where is Johnson?”

You remained quiet, knowing any answer that you gave would be the wrong one.

“Where is the chalice?”

“He took it.”

The Boss’s hand landed hot on your face, leaving a burning handprint on your cheek. The stinging on your face stayed, yet you had to hold back your tears or else there would be another.

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How to Draw Someone Getting Punched in The Face

AKA: The first of many posts where I don’t just lose my shit over Hajime no Ippo, but I explain to you, in stupid amounts of detail, whhhyyy.

Layout Disclaimer: Any sequential pages will be laid out right to left. That’s how it goes in Japan and it’s important to the motion of the page to keep it the way the artist intended it.
Also, I don’t own any of the following artwork. If you’re a publishing company and want me to take it down, just ask and I will.

SO!

Let’s start with the basics. Let’s have one of Japan’s greatest living artists, Inoue Takehiko, rewind like thirty years of his life and show us the early years of Slam Dunk as an example of how most artists show someone getting punched in the face. (Non-sequential excerpts)

So on the right, we have a decent and typical page: we can’t really see the person who’s hitting our protagonist, his eyes are flat for comedic effect, and we’re in the split-second right after the punch. To tell us the strength of the hit, we have strong motion lines, mild distortion of the character’s face, and some ink splatter for blood from a split lip. In the other page, we get even less info, not even seeing their faces. We still get the sense of the strength of the big guy’s hit, both from the motion lines and by how much the guy dominates the panel. 

It gets the point across that someone was just punched in the face, and it does it a lot better than most. (Have you ever seen someone get punched in a shoujo manga? It’s pathetic, they really need to pick up their game over there.)

But in order to talk about this, let’s introduce a timing/effectiveness numbering  system:

So 0 is the point of impact. 1 is right before it. -1 is right after it. So a 5 might be “Hitter walking up to Hittee” while a -5 might be “Hitter walking away from struck Hittee”. So that’s the timing numbering. And then let’s add a second number in there to account for power. As you can see in 1:2, it’s the moment before impact, but it looks a hell of a lot more effective than 1. and in -1:2, that impact actually looks like it hurt, as opposed to -1. 

I’d put the Slam Dunk panels at -1:1. So they’re both right after the moment of impact, and they’re effective punches, but I’m not thinking that someone’s gonna get knocked unconscious.

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Losing game (bulletproof chapter 2)

(This is part 2 of a multi chapter fic! Check the tag bulletproof to read chapter one.)

We interrupt your current programming to bring you (drum roll, please) the other plot! Don’t worry, the next chapter picks up right where we left off with Roman and Logan, but for now here’s some moxiety. I wanted to set the scene a little more before we get into the spicy stuff, but don’t u worry it’s on it’s way. This chapter is a little short, but we aren’t really too far into the plot yet. Sorry for the crummy formatting, as always, I’m writing on mobile, so it’s not ideal. >:/

This au is getting too fluffy for me to handle tbh. Get ready for some Domestic Hurt Comfort Boys™ in the future… *rubs my little gay demon hands together* here we gooooooo

Ps: the song anx sings is “Love is a losing game” by Amy Winehouse. If you listen to the demo version you can kinda tell what it would sound like on guitar!

TRIGGERS:
Swearing, food mention, character forgets to eat

Chapter two:

Today… was not a great day. Alex huddled close to the side of the building, trying to get under any kind of ledge he could to stay out of the rain. It wasn’t pouring, necessarily, but it was more than a drizzle. Unfortunately, his usual rainy day spot at the subway station had been taken by some asshole with a violin, so he was stuck busking out side of some hipster lunch place.
It was a pretty good spot when the weather was clear. Bunch of environmentally conscious college students, sitting outside eating farm fresh whatever? Just spout out some edd sheeran and that’s his rent check.
Today, however, the weather was not clear, there was no one sitting out side, the shop didn’t have an awning, and he was getting really sick of singing edd sheeran. (He didn’t mind it, just… there’s only so many times he can play the same four songs without wanting to snap his guitar in half.)

He sighed, staring at the few soaked bills in his case, and tried not to feel bitter. It didn’t really work. His hands started strumming cords lazily, almost without thinking about it, trying to remember what song it was from. It hit him, after a bit, and he started singing, half to himself, half to passers by, barely trying to be heard over the rain.

/For you I was aflame.
Love is a losing game.
Five story fire as you came.
Love is a losing game./

He forgot he taught himself this song. It wasn’t a popular one for guitar, but it was fun to sing. He closed his eyes, leaning his head back against the building.

/One I wish I never played,
Oh what a mess we made.
And now the final frame,
Love is a losing game./

When he opened his eyes again, the sky was obnoxiously yellow. His hand stopped on the cord. Someone was holding an umbrella over his head. He turned to find a man about his age, maybe a few years older, holding an umbrella patterned with gaudy, bright sunflowers.
/…what the hell…/
The umbrella guy covered his mouth like a cartoon, his eyes wide.
“Oh I’m sorry! I didn’t mean to make you stop!” Alex blinked at him.
“It’s fine… did you… uh… need something, or?” Umbrella guy started grinning. Alex had thought the flowers were bright, but they had nothing on this guys dimples. Holy shit.
“Nope! I’m all good.”
It took Alex a minute to process.
“…Then why are you standing here?” He didn’t mean to be rude. Except he kind of did. It’s not like he had a pr department.
“Well. It’s raining!” The stranger said, like that explained everything.
Alex looked out onto the street, and turned back, deadpan.
“…Yup.”
It took the guy a bit to realize he wanted further explanation. When he did, he rubbed the back of his neck, looking almost embarrassed. But clearly, anyone with that umbrella couldn’t be embarrassed if they tried, so Alex figured he was faking it.
“Well, I figured if you’re playing you can’t hold an umbrella, so I’ll come hold one for you!” Alex narrowed his eyes.
“I can’t exactly pay you much, man.” He gestured to his nearly empty case. “And I don’t really do favors.”
Umbrella guy chuckled. “Oh, that’s ok, I’m on my lunch break.” Alex looked at him like he just grew another head and kissed it.
“This is what you chose to do. With your lunch break.”
“Yup!”
“Shouldn’t you like… eat lunch, or something?”
The guy smacked himself on the forehead with his free hand.
“Ohhhh, I forgot I hadn’t eaten yet.”
How the hell did Alex get in this situation.
“What, all day? Really?”
The guy bit his lip, nodding.

/god danm it./

Alex started to pack up.
“Where are you going?”
“I’m buying you lunch.” He grabbed the small handful of cash at the bottom of the case and shoved it in his pocket.
“Oh, you don’t have to do that!”
Alex glared at the guy. “I’m the reason you’re not eating lunch on your lunch break. I’m
buying.”

He swung his guitar, now in its case, over his shoulder and started walking towards the door to the hipster food place they were standing outside. The guy followed him, still babbling that he really didn’t have to. He strolled up to the counter, and slapped his handful of cash down. He had… what, a little over ten? Enough for a sandwich. Umbrella guy had folded up his umbrella, and followed him up to the counter. Maybe it was just the rain, but his cheeks were bright pink.

“I’ve got enough for a sandwich. What’d you want?”
“I- you really don’t have to-”
“Look, I’m just going to order something, and if you don’t eat it I will.”

A girl came up to the register from the kitchen. Alex was about to order when she turned to the guy, confusion on her face.
“…Boss?”
If he was pink before, umbrella guy was well into red now.
“I told you to call me Moe, Julie…” he mumbled. Alex wanted to scream at something.
“You… work here?” The girl he called Julie snorted.
“Work here? He’s the owner. What’d he do this time?”
Alex ignored her in favor of her boss, who was at this point clearly past embarrassed.
“You own a lunch place and forgot to eat?”
He knew his voice was getting high pitched, but his dismay over took any instinct to lower it. Julie tutted.
“Boss, again? I keep telling you, set a reminder on your phone.” The guy (Moe?) threw his hands up in defeat, chuckling.
“Alright, alright, I’ll have an iced tea and a house special.” He shot Alex a look out the corner of his eye that made his skin feel warmer.
“Make that two.”

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