but i tried to make it at least somewhat original in the execution

When the Moon Rises

Pairing: Remus X Reader

Prompt: Set in OotP, the reader is currently staying with the rest of the group at Grimmauld Place. Remus continues to struggle with his werewolf condition, even if Sirius was there to support him. You decide to take your gander at helping the poor man.

Warnings: Mentions of scars, and overall sadness from our poor wolf boy Remus.

A/N: I know it’s been a while, but I hope this one is good for you guys! I slightly altered the original prompt to make it more fitting/canon.

Originally posted by blue-bun-21

He was already fidgety the night before the full moon. During dinner, you couldn’t help but notice that Remus was quiet with his head down, barely even touching his food. You couldn’t help but internally sigh. He deserved so much more than this. Suffering every single month for something he had no control over. 

Despite the noisy table filled with Order Members, Harry, his friends, and everyone else who could fit in the place, all you could focus on was him. Everything else just sounded like muffled chatter.

“If you’re not going to eat the soup I’ll take it,” you attempt a joke. “Molly swatted me out of the kitchen last time I tried to get seconds. Said she couldn’t keep up with everyone wanting seconds.”

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Ann Rule, friend of Ted Bundy and author of “The Stranger Beside Me”, dies at 83

Ann Rule was best known for her friendship and insight into Ted Bundy. She met Ted in the seventies when they worked at a Suicide Prevention Hotline together. Their friendship continued for years, and she ended up writing a novel about Ted Bundy titled, “The Stranger Beside Me”. Below is a great article from the Washington Post about Ann Rule and Ted Bundy.

Washington Post Article by Justin Wm. Moyer (original here)
The Twisted Friendship of Crime Writer Ann Rule and Serial Killer Ted Bundy

Few journalists are lucky enough to stumble into stories that grab the national consciousness for decades. And when they do, even fewer are lucky enough to know their subjects intimately enough before the news breaks to offer readers not just a scoop, but a kind of dual biography.

Ann Rule, who died Sunday at 83, was one of these. Though she would become a prolific writer — a woman who “reinvented the true crime genre and earned the trust of millions of readers who wanted a new and empathetic perspective on the tragic stories at the heart of her works,” as the president and chief executive officer of Simon and Schuster put it — Rule was just another anonymous writer in Seattle in 1971. A former police officer turned crime reporter on the wrong side of 40 with four children at home and a dissolving marriage, Rule volunteered at suicide crisis hotline one night a week.

There — fortunately and unfortunately — she befriended a young man who would commit dozens of horrific murders a few years later: Ted Bundy. This friendship between a great crime writer and her greatest subject was as unlikely as it was fated: the equivalent of Bob Woodward sharing a schoolyard see-saw with Richard Nixon.

“I liked him immediately,” Rule wrote in “The Stranger Beside Me,” the book about Bundy that brought her fame in 1980, ultimately selling more than 2 million copies. “It would have been hard not to. He brought me a cup of coffee and waved his arm over the awesome banks of phone lines.” Bundy’s first words to Rule: “You think we can handle all this?”

In an era when a mass killing seems to happen every week and David Duchovny stars in a TV series about Charles Manson, Bundy’s notoriety may have faded somewhat. But for a generation raised on true-crime pulp and TV movies about Bundy, he remains the face of serial murder in America — the killer of at least 30 women who was so terrifying because, unlike Manson and many of his ilk, he seemed like a stand-up guy.

”Ted Bundy was a complex man who somewhere along the line went wrong,” a prosecutor of one of his crimes said when Bundy was executed in 1989. ”He killed for the sheer thrill of the act and the challenge of escaping his pursuers. He probably could have done anything in life he set his mind to do, but something happened to him and we still don’t know what it was.”

If it’s rare to hear a district attorney pay a tribute of sorts to a man who beat women to death and sexually assaulted their corpses, it wasn’t for Bundy. People loved him. He volunteered for the Republican Party; with Rule beside him, he convinced people not to kill themselves over the phone; he dated; and he was kind of hot.

Rule, for one, thought he was smokin’.

“His physical attractiveness helped to make him a mythical character, an antihero who continues to intrigue readers, many of whom were not even born when he carried out his horrendous crimes,” Rule wrote in “The Stranger Beside Me.” Even further: “As far as his appeal to women, I can remember thinking that if I were younger and single or if my daughters were older, this would be almost the perfect man,” she wrote.

Yet, down the line, it became clear that Bundy fell far short of Mr. Right.

Beating the streets of the Pacific Northwest for stories, Rule, in 1974, followed the bloody path of a killer who preyed on young women. A witness reported hearing a suspect identify himself as “Ted” and police thought he drove a Volkswagen. Though Rule didn’t think Bundy owned a car, she was concerned that her old friend from the suicide hotline matched a description authorities were circulating, and tipped off an officer she knew.

The ensuing interaction went beyond tragedy into comedy.

“I don’t really think this is anything, but it’s bugging me,” Rule wrote she told police. “… His name is Ted Bundy. B-U-N-D-Y. Call me back. O.K.?”

The officer reported back: “Would you believe [he drives] a 1968 bronze Volkswagen Bug?”

Rule thought the officer was kidding. “Come on … What does he really drive?” she asked.

Officer: “Ann, I’m serious.”

Unfortunately, flooded with leads, police didn’t recognize Rule’s hot tip for what it was. Bundy continued to kill — and Rule continued to be his friend. Even after Bundy was initially arrested for kidnapping in 1975 in Salt Lake City, Rule had lunch with him in Seattle while he was out on bond and bought him a carafe of Chablis.


“When this is all over,” Bundy told Rule, “I’ll take you out to lunch.”

“I knew that he was a prime suspect but that was all I knew at the time,” Rule wrote. “I had no knowledge at all beyond the few innuendos I’d read in the papers.” She asked Bundy if he had read about the missing women — after all, she was writing a book about them. He shrugged the questions off. In early 1976, they hung out again and talked for “five hours,” Rule reported.

“I have to tell you this,” she told Bundy. “I cannot be completely convinced of your innocence.”

Bundy: “That’s O.K.”

It was the last time Rule would see Bundy “as a free man,” she wrote. Bundy was convicted of kidnapping in 1976 and began a prison sentence as authorities in other states tried to build murder cases against him.

Still, Rule corresponded with him. She visited him. She sent him $20 — he paid for a haircut with the money. Then, in 1977, Bundy escaped, was arrested and escaped again. After the second escape, he killed three more women before he was arrested in Florida.

The jig was up. And even as she was being courted by Hollywood, Rule was trying to facilitate Bundy’s confession.

“I tried, literally, to save his life,” Rule wrote. “I began to phone Washington state agencies to try to arrange something that would allow Ted to confess to me, and, through plea bargaining, to be returned to Washington for confinement in a mental hospital.”

It wouldn’t work. Bundy was found guilty of capital murder in Florida in 1979 and sentenced to death.

Rule was on board — sort of.

“I believed that the verdict had been the right verdict, but I wondered if it had been for the wrong reasons,” she wrote. “It had been too swift, too vindictive. Was justice still justice when it manifested itself as it had in the less than six hours of jury deliberation?”

Ten years later, after his execution in the electric chair, she offered a postscript that stood in marked contrast to those who shouted: “Burn, Bundy, burn!”

“At long last, peace Ted,” she wrote. “And peace and love to all the innocents you destroyed.”

And 10 years after she wrote those words, Rule’s fondness for Bundy seemed to have faded.

“People like Ted can fool you completely,” she said in 1999. “I’d been a cop, had all that psychology — but his mask was perfect. I say that long acquaintance can help you know someone. But you can never be really sure. Scary.”

She added: “I felt sick when Ted was executed — but I would not have stopped it if I could. He was going to get out, and he would have killed again and again and again.”

Some Thoughts on Story

By Dean DeBlois

I was asked to write a short essay regarding storytelling [for the Artella audience], and while it’s flattering to think that anyone would want to hear what I have to say on the subject, it also comes with a disclaimer. These are ideas and techniques that resonate with me. They, by no means, represent laws of storytelling. 

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anonymous asked:

I love that you ship Westallen, but how can you ship O/F? Supporting O/F is like supporting B/C. The O/F shippers played a huge part in Laurel's death because they pushed for Felicity to replace Laurel as the show's female lead, and I don't want Iris to have the same fate.

Bruh, why you gotta be like that?

I ship wherever the chemistry’s at, and the chemistry is clearly with Westallen, as well as Olicity. I also ship people who are in love with each other, and that’s still Westallen, as well as Olicity. Not only that, but both make the most sense in terms of overall story of each show. I’m a very simple TV viewer. I understand comics are source materials, and so I go by what I’m shown on the shows. And the shows have established that Iris is Barry’s lightning rod, and Felicity is Oliver’s light.

And no, supporting Olicity does not, in any way, equal to support for B/C. At least, it doesn’t for me. I can show you better in eight gifs than I can probably try to explain in words. So for a visual explanation, go here. But if you must try to understand why I ship what I ship through words, carry on reading.

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diamond designs!

so, a few things about the diamond designs i have been pondering.

firstly, this might be obvious, but something i’ve noticed about each diamond’s aesthetic; each look seems to represent a distinct “type” of power / authority / status?

blue’s elegant draped robes and throne resembles royalty, specifically indian royalty as someone pointed out, and the walls of her moving throne room shares some of that similar cultural aesthetic.

yellow looks like a powerful, modern business executive (yeah, everyone were right on the money with the 80s business aesthetic), and seems to have both the typical stress and technology associations to go with it. she’s the “important job” kind of powerful, and going along with some theories, might have “worked her way up” rather than being born into it.

to some, rose’s look feels rococo-era european royalty, and i can certainly see that (and the marie antoinette look can certainly be associated with revolution, of course in a very different context)… but to me, a lot of her imagery gives more of a “goddess” feel.

barefoot with a white dress, how she’s oft talked about as this larger-than-life figure, who the crystal gems followed almost, well, religiously.

she has healing powers, there are statues in her honor, and a huge picture above the door to the crystal temple.

also, in how her followers wear a specific symbol (she did originate the star, even if some members took it up after her death), and heck, being dead but not “entirely” dead (obviously her gem is still around, and she “exists” partially as steven) / somehow “reincarnated” is also something of a trope in some religions. 

as a small cross-fandom reference, her simple white dress reminds me a bit of how zelda was (design-wise) intentionally stripped of all her royal regalia and given a simple dress that was white, but carried symbology, in order to make her look more “goddess” than “princess” in skyward sword (she also wore some simple sandals, i believe). 

of course, white is the mystery. i think we can rank the moon base depictions as most accurate in current canon (though i’m sure the others will be explained, which i’ll talk about below), and i think that goes for white as well.

i can’t really associate her with any real-life “form of authority”, but she does look like the quintessential idea we had of the diamonds back in serious steven (appropriately?). 

if i were to make a theory for this design similarity myself, i would go as simple as calling it a wartime look. i like the idea that the diamonds have “superforms”, that might look more like the serious steven depictions, and that would obviously be something to pull out during desperate war. why they look like white is up to interpretation, but if she was the “High leader”, it could be to signify uniformity and strength in her image. 

another idea is that they’re war leader’s helmets (yes, we’re doing another helmet theory, but i do have a point here).  

think about the “standard” quartzes we have seen thus far.

they all have what looks like the same helmet (of course, with one exception, but that would be redundant). 

to me, it makes sense that going into battle, the diamonds would wear similar ones to each other, but naturally more extravagant (and probably weaponized, as they do look awfully spiky and important) than standard-issue quartz helmets. 

in fact, it makes total sense the diamonds would gear up in whatever armor they have for this war. whether they did that by donning physical armor or regenerating is up for interpretation, but it could explain the similar design.

so i think it’s possible that for once, there could be something to a helmet theory, although i didn’t like the old ones any more than you did. if not, my money’s on some kind of “superform” or war-specific regeneration, perhaps in white’s image because she’s supposed to represent the ‘perfect’ diamond or the High leader (or just represents communication and unity between them, as they have vastly different looks and she’s the basic color center of them all). 

that’s about all the diamond design musings i have that are at least somewhat connected (i could probably make a longer post about YD’s design alone, and the gem that looks like YD in the sky arena is a totally different post), i hope these thoughts aren’t too scattered to reply to! 

Honestly, you’re right, this does seem like a better take on the helmet theory, because given the Diamonds are depicted in the murals with very spiky, star-like ‘hair’… well, there’s a very specific spiky headpiece (crowns) that rulers tend to be known for (I’m talking about crowns)

Something I found interesting about the Diamonds is, as strong as the connection between fancy hats and royalty is the popular eye, neither Rose nor Yellow have anything on their head and Blue just wears a simple, unadorned veil. 

But the idea that they each represent different forms of authority- Yellow as a bureaucratic official, Blue as royalty, and Rose as divinity (and there are plenty of historical rulers that have tried to pass themselves off as gods or obtaining their right to rule from gods; Rose has an ethereal quality to her design that Blue and Yellow don’t really, with her extra detailed shading) and White as something we don’t know enough of her behavior to place quite yet.

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