but it just looks really cool okay i love historical stuff

Okay so it’s time for fluffy headcanon about MC and Damien’s happily ever after:
- MC’s handwriting gradually starts to improve because he and Damien write letters to each other constantly. Like every day. He’s not at Damien’s level of penmanship, but he’s getting better. He still seals his letters with the kitten wax seal though.
- They keep up the letter writing even after they move in together. ‘My beloved, could I trouble you to purchase a dozen of the finest eggs when you pay a visit to the grocer after work? I had hoped to make french toast when Amanda graces us with her presence this weekend.’
- They both write letters to Amanda while she’s at college too. She usually sends back a torn piece of notebook paper with ‘ok cool, love ya pops’ written in colorful gel pen and sealed with a sticker (she saves the actual catching up for phone calls and visits, but she thinks the letters are hilarious)
- She usually refers to Damien as her dad’s ‘suitor,’ until they get married and then she starts calling him stuff like ‘esteemed father.’ She also calls him Gomez Addams or Lestat at times.
- Lucien is slow to admit it, but he really warms up to his new family too, especially since his dad is so happy. He and Amanda become good friends and text often, he finds her easy to talk to and she grows fond of her new gloomy bro who’s actually sweeter than he seems.
- After Lucien goes to college and moves out, MC and Damien decide to get a dog. They want a hypoallergenic one though, because of course they want Lucien to be comfortable when he visits. They end up with a tiny fluffy Bichon who they name Queen Victoria. Of course.
- MC and Damien attend pretty much every Victorian themed museum exhibit or event or movie or whatever they can get their hands on. MC has honestly gotten interested in the stuff and lets Damien design him a whole historically accurate outfit too. He doesn’t wear it every day, but it’s kind of fun to put that stuff on for dates and special occasions.
- They avoid scary movies, but every so often there’s a gothic horror movie that’s just SO accurate with the Victorian costumes and has such FANTASTIC attention to detail and…yeah, they’ve got to go see it. Damien holds MC’s hand the whole time and hides his face on his shoulder during the really scary parts (MC lets him know when the scary bit is over and it’s safe to look again.)
- MC is usually pretty adverse to the outdoors, but he really likes working with Damien in the garden. It’s relaxing, and he likes to listen to Damien talk about the flowers and their meanings while they work.
- Damien really helps MC deal with the grief about his late spouse that he just wasn’t able to let go of yet. Damien’s attitude toward death and grieving is really just the thing he needed, and Damien assures him that it’s fine to take all the time he needs. It doesn’t matter that his spouse passed a while ago, that grief is still perfectly valid. Turns out it’s a lot easier to finally work through everything when he’s not trying to put on a brave face all the time for Amanda.
- When they finally get married it’s the most extravagant affair. A very historically accurate recreation of Victorian weddings down to the last detail (except for, of course, no one batting an eye at the two grooms.) MC cries because he’s a big softy. Damien cries too because he never thought he’d find such happiness. Those fancy monogrammed handkerchiefs get a lot of mileage.
- Just Damien and MC being so happy and healthy and in love!!

The Other Side of the Ocean


Rhode Island is for … friends

Taylor stops at the crosswalk, the two handles of the stroller firmly in her grasp, as she looks both directions for the absence of approaching cars. Blake stands next to her in a flowy white peasant dress, her hair tucked under a large wicker sunhat.

“Okay James,” Taylor says, as she pushes the two-year-old into the street, “we’re almost to the horsies!” Two-year-old James is curled up in her stroller, sucking on her thumb, wearing heart-shaped pink sunglasses, hair in a short ponytail, and a matching two-piece skort and t-shirt.

“Haw-sies!” James cries out, her thumb coming out of her mouth just long enough to cry out. “Haw-sies!” she says again, pointing across the street at the spinning carousel.  

Blake laughs and turns to Taylor as they reach the other side of the two-lane road. “It sounded like she said ‘hussies’!”

Taylor giggles and her eyes dance from behind her red-framed sunglasses. “That is on the *other* side of town,” she smirks. “I can take you there later if you wanna go…”

The two women laugh again, and as baby James overhears, she joins in with her mother and friend, giggling loudly too.

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The Basic Anglophone Les Mis Adaptation Formula

Or BALMAF for short

If you’ve seen more than one non-musical Les Mis movie in English (whether it’s American OR British), you might have noticed that sometimes they’re eerily similar to each other. I’m talking about the 1935, 1952, 1978 and 1998 movies, as seen above.

I honestly think these are all at least somewhat based on each other. They all follow the same rough structure, they share suspiciously specific details… it’s not really hard to make the connections. So I figured I’d try to put that structure into words.

Disclaimer: I’m not necessarily saying these are all bad things. (Although most of them are.) They’re just shared features and I get that plot needs to be streamlined when you adapt a giant novel into a movie. But it’s amusing to make fun of them. Also I only included the ones that show up in at least three of the movies.


1: This is the story of Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert, everybody else is mostly just there to drive the plot forward.

2: Prison porn, lots of prison porn Okay okay not literal porn but you know what I mean. (exception: ‘98)

3: Fantine? Who’s that? Oh right Cosette’s mom. I guess we should give her a couple of scenes then… (exception: in ‘98 Fantine gets an actual story arc.)

4: We should really linger on this Montreuil-sur-Mer part of the plot, that’s the good stuff (but we can’t call the town “Montreuil-sur-Mer”, that would be ridiculous.)

5: The Thénardiers can only appear once, when Valjean goes to pick up Cosette, or not at all. Who needs all those plot points later on, this story is about the EPIC CHASE between Valjean and Javert!

6: You can have either Gavroche or adult Éponine but never both and they’re not related to the Thénardiers because we’re done with the Thénardiers already, didn’t I just tell you? Child Éponine may be allowed with the Thénardiers but she’s never named and has no lines.

7: Wow, Hugo really went off the plot rails after they arrive in Paris, didn’t he? There’s barely anything about Javert hunting Valjean in here! Let’s fix that and remove all this irrelevant stuff about all these side characters. We’ll just keep the love story because you gotta have a love story

8: I guess the revolution thing is kind of cool as a set piece for Valjean and Javert’s DRAMATIC REUNION. But we don’t really need to explain the politics and ideology and the fighting and all the minor character stuff, all that has nothing to do with Valjean and Javert!

9: Oh wait I guess we should still kill off whichever not!Thénardier kid we decided to include, though, for Dramatic Effect and to show how Tragic and Horrible revolutions are. (Exception: in ‘52 Gavroche doesn’t die)

10: Obviously Javert should go to the barricades to find Valjean, that’s much more important to him than “spying on the revolutionaries” lol (exception: '78)

11: Sewer chase scene! Yes, finally we’re back to the REAL story of Les Mis! Javert chasing Valjean in the sewers!

12: Well, Javert is dead so I guess we’re done now. VALJEAN WON! WHOO! HAPPY ENDING!

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Headcanon: If the SLBP guys accidentally time travelled to the future (part 2)

A.N: Thanks for the long wait :3 This is part 2 ^^ and I am terribly sorry if I wrote ooc because well… I don’t really write some certain characters tbh… well I’ll just tag @jemchew, @honeybeelily and @rainbowatnight then 😂😂😂 Part 1 is here by the way



• one word to describe you both during these seemingly exciting and new-ish days.

• It begins with a “Awk” and ends with a “ward”

• you can’t help it

• Ever since he fell from the sky on your porch, scaring the living hell off you with his dangerously alerted gaze with a real katana in a sheath worn to his waist

• ever since he got to his senses and realised what really happened; which includes him pointing the katana sharp point at your face and assuming you as a… you forgot what was the certain word but nah that’s not the point

• he is chill

• you can not start a conversation with him because

• he just nods his head whenever you made a remark, or would just simply give you a one worded answer to brush it off

• what the heck boi give some expression than that poker face of yours

• You thought to yourself, flashbacking each and every miserable attempts to let him unclam himself

• this is going to be tough

• “Well it won’t stop me from being me!” You declared loudly, and violently started to bash your half washed clothes onto the washboard.

• while singing “Poker face” along with your washing

• *cue horrible ear pitching voice*

• You are quite into it actually

• till you heard a awkward sound of someone saying

• “…You… don’t have to wash that for me.”

• You stopped abruptly as if you are the one being caught manhandling a cookie jar

• or in this case, clothe-handling

• you turned your head in slow motion

• to see a blushing Masamune

• *internal girlish screams projected*


• “Uh, its okay there’s no need to worry! Its not like my first time washing men’s clothes so… just leave it to me!” you exclaimed to him, smiling, while holding up his… loinscloth, or technically called a “dong”

• “!!!!!” Masamune stared at you, shocked

• “N-no I think I’ll wash it myself… thank you!” He reached forward to grapple on the piece of cloth with reddened cheeks, but you swatted his hand away

• “Not a chance bro I am in the mood for washy whishy you are not stopping me for cleaning your loins!” You exclaimed and bent backwards to dodge his attempts

• “I am serious..!” he seized your blouse with a free hand and reached forward to reclaim the offending garment off your claws

• but he underestimated the force of gravity as well as momentum

• “A-ahhh!!!!”

• You gave a almighty scream as he tumbled down on you and you crashed onto your basin of clothes, soap, bubbles and all.

• You both are sopping wet to the toes

• him frozen gazed at you

• you wide stared at him

• A second dropped

• You laughed heartily and he looked at you in shock

• then he started to laugh alongside you, even though a faint one

• Well

• what beats snatching a boi’s undies and

• hurling a guy into bubble water

• to break the ice?

lol I am just kidding

do not try this at home kids


• “Kojuro?”

• He glanced back at you

• “Is there anything I can do for you Miss-”

• You interrupted him

• “Don’t call me Miss… It feels too stiff and it sort of makes me feel too formal. Just call me by my name, and-“ You took your keys off the kitchen table “I think you need some certain things for your own personal uses so I am bringing you out to buy them so you won’t have to share with me.”

• He looked at you, a little baffled “I don’t think it is appropriate to use your hard earned money for my own needs… Miss-”

• You hushed him with a firm slap on the back

• “No calling me ‘Miss’, thank you very much, and I don’t really care.”

• He merely smiled before apologising discreetly, and followed you out the door.

• *a moment later*

• “Okay we had this…. and some clothes and….”

• You rummaged through the stuff you and Kojuro had just bought, him looking at you like a 5-year old

• “I think that’s all! We can go bac- wait…” Your eyes happened to glance onto a book that you are recently interested in on the display section of the bookstore

• “Is something the matter…” Kojuro looked at you, following your gaze to the bookstore “Oh”

• “Yeah.”

• “Do you.. want to go in?”

• You nodded, and walked into the store with him.

• “You can look around if you want to, I’ll be nearby… do tell me if you want to leave.” You told him and he smiled

• and so you went to have a look at your favourite book

• *some time later*

• Ah

• you had quite a good time

• That book was really something

• and you decided to buy it

• You can feel your heart swell in happiness oh yes… You are so lucky you came here in time for the newsellers…

• Eh but wait

• there’s a nagging feeling in your noggin like you had forgotten something

• why did you came here actually?


• you berated yourself for forgetting and started to search high and low for him

• Eventually you found him, or his tuff of hair just behind a bookshelf

• “Kojuro, we can go back now I’m done-”

• You turned to the corner where he sat, and

• Um…

• Kojuro?

• You looked at him; all surrounded by historical books.

• “Kojuro.” You touched his shoulder and he flinched, looking up at you.

• “Oh dear… is it that time already?”

• “Yes.” You nodded “I am going to buy a book I guess… do you found something you want to buy?”

• His eyes shone “…can I buy.. these?”

• you deadpanned

• “All of these..?!” You pointed at the thick books which are all neatly stacked on the floor, some suspiciously had the same titles engraved on the sides.

• “…is it a bit too much?” He asked, looking at you pleading puppy eyed mode on and you mentally facepalmed

• this is so not fair

• “….fine”

• Kojuro brightened up immediately, but that didn’t lasted long

• “But you can not buy two books with the same title Kojuro its the damn same content I don’t care what you are going to say, choose one you want or just leave them all.”

• You said finally, and left dumbfounded Kojuro to his own devices (pity him)


• It all begun with a flyer

• “We really can’t go?” you turned to face Hideyoshi who was putting on a face

• “Hideyoshi… we can’t just go to a circus like that…. We don’t even have tickets.” You look back at him, sighing

• “Well we can buy them, right?”

• “In fact, no.” You heaved a deep breath, preparing to go over this conversation to Hideyoshi again “The tickets were long since sold out for like two weeks ago. There’s no way we are going to buy one, not to mention two.”

• “Oh… its okay”

• He smiled, but there was a odd tone in that cheerfulness.

• you felt guilty seeing him like that, like something bitting inside you

• its then you decided

• you are going to make amends

• “…If we can’t go to the circus…then.” Your eyes brightened “How about we go for a walk?”

• * after 10 minutes*

• “Ahaha…” A shrill voice of laughter was pierced into the air – yours

• “Funny right? And Lord Nobunaga was like ‘WHAT ARE ALL OF YOU DOING YOU FOOLS!!’ Honestly I was speechless-” Hideyoshi paused, and imitated a face-

• “Pss-taahahahahaha! What even is that" You doubled over in fits of giggles

• yes, you and Hideyoshi are walking along the streets, telling each other jokes to pass the time and lift the downcast spirits away

• you thought maybe it won’t really cheer him asap

• But gigantic contrast to your imaginations here; Hideyoshi is being himself again *cheers*

• Hurray for making amends

• You are mentally congratulating yourself until suddenly Hideyoshi stopped walking

• “Huh? What’s wrong…Hideyoshi?” you looked at him

“Can we change courses to that place?” you followed his gaze to see

• a pet shop

• cool is he into animals?

• “Alright” You said, and nodded him into the store

• First thing you saw is

• “Meow~”

• “AWWWWWWWW THIS IS SO CUTEEEEE” You held up the kitty and nuzzled its nose

• the kitty gave you a affectionate nudge on the cheek and you fangirl screamed “AWWWWWWWWWIEEEEEEEEE” much to Hideyoshi’s surprise

• “You like cats?”

• “Sureeee i do~~~~ and cats love me~!!” You hugged it closer to you and sighed contentedly

• but what you didn’t expect is-

• “Meowwww~♡"

• the kitty fumbled out of your arms, leaped on the floor elegantly and catwalked to Hideyoshi’s side

• “What’s up little one..?” He smiled “You don’t want that cute lady over there?” He kneeled down and stroked its back lovingly

• the cat gave a soft purr and rubbed its head on Hideyoshi’s ankle

• “Oh aren’t you a adorable one… what’s wrong-?” He paused, sensing a murderous aura wafting in the air and looked at you, who is looking back at him

• “You-“ you paused, searching for a suitable word to describe him, which came almost instantiously

• “cat affection thief.”

Inuchiyo/Toshiie (WHATEVER, you choose your way of calling him)

• “Down on with the drinks!”

• You screamed, holding some big bottles of sweet, cold alcohol fresh from the fridge

• He looked at you like you were crazy

• “Woman how are you going to drink… all of these?!” He pointed at the big bazookas just in front of you “These look like they’ll knock you dead with just a sip”

• you deadpanned

• “Are you saying that I can’t hold my liquor well mister snobby face?” you levelled a glare on him

• “Who are you calling snobby lady..! You definitely can’t hold your liquor well, look at you!” He pointed at you “You tell me, how can a fragile body like yours hold this much?”

• you stared at him

• “Are you underestimating me?”

• “Well yes, so?” He met your gaze with a fiery one.

• “Tsk tsk… men these days… no wait, men those days… they really think we women are useless huh?” You sighed, closing your eyss and opening them with fire in your orbs

• “I dare you to beat me at drinking then!” you exclaimed

• he looked at you sharp in the eye

• “Hell no I am obliging to this”


• “I can’t just challenge a girl like this, no way.”

• You raised a eyebrow. “Just admit it, you don’t have the guts to call on a duel because you’re afraid of losing.“

• oops

• seems like you struck a nerve

• “Like hell I would!!!! Who’s even afraid of you!!!” he yelled and grabbed a bottle off the table, uncorking it

• “That’s the spirit!” You too uncorked a bottle of Germany liquor. “The last one standing, wins!”

• “Its gotta be me of course!!!” He started to gulp down the liquor and you sipped on it slowly; then increasing your speed

• The first bottle was quite smooth, what with enthusiasm doing the job for the both of you

• when it comes to the third bottle, though, you and Inuchiyo are starting to pant

• “I.. must s-say..-y-you… can… hold… your liquor quite well… for a womaann….” He sloshed yet another mouthful of alcohol and you giggled

• “I…mush sayyyy the sa…meee to youu tooo…” You poured the liquor down through your throat, feeling the spicy liquid flowing down your already numb throat. “yoooour not halff badd… butt defini-ently not betterrrrr than mehhhh”

• You choked, and coughed slightly before getting another sip.

• “Ohhh yeaaaah? Let’s see after thiisss…. merrghhh-”

• “I woooonnnnn???? AAha ahaahahaha….”

• You slopped over the table

• and passed out dead to the world

sorry not sorry MC and Inu

• the next day

• you both woke up to find yourself sleeping on Inuchiyo in a … interesting position…. well…

• now you are suspicious if you’d played strip poker with him last night

• But now…

• this doesn’t seemed to be the case because-

• “AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHGGHhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

• just like that.


A.N: yes I meant it, sorry not sorry :3

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First Date with Sirius

So finally I wrote something! It’s a little shitty but I’ve had awful writers block, so thank you so much for being patient with me and now my exams are drawing to a close I’ll hopefully be able to write much more over summer! Enjoy x

The museum opened out onto a little courtyard with a square of grass and blossom trees planted around it. The path was still cobbled, but it was neater here, well cared for. My heart was hammering in my chest, nerves writhing in my stomach at the thought of seeing Sirius again; I knew all the girls in my year would be thrilled to be in my position, but I just felt anxious. I stood at the corner of the grass, clutching my satchel bag to me tightly. Where was he?

Just as I was about to go in search of him around the museum, a voice appeared behind me.

“You’re late.”

I jumped and whirled around, glaring at him. “Do you always have to do that?” I demanded, shifting my bag uncomfortably. He looked just as handsome as I remembered in a long-sleeved grey top and black jeans, his dark hair tucked behind his ears and grey eyes sparkling in the sunlight; my throat went dry at the sight of him. He smirked, and butterflies exploded in my stomach.

“Do what?” he asked, his voice dripping with innocence.

I scowled. “Come up behind me and-” seeing the amusement twinkle in his eyes, I cut off abruptly. “You’re messing with me, aren’t you?”

He laughed. It was a startlingly pleasant sound, filling with warmth, and I had to wonder where the hell his sarcastic twin had gone- the usual snarky Sirius I crossed paths with seemed to have disappeared off the face of the earth. “I’m known to be a troublemaker, (Y/N).”

He winked at me, but his joke bought back the unease I’d felt earlier; why would Sirius Black want to go on a date with me? It had to be some kind of joke. “Speaking of which, you haven’t bought anyone, have you?” I checked, glancing behind him. “James isn’t going to jump out from behind a bush, I hope.”

He laughed again, tucking his hands into the pockets of his jeans. “Nope. That I can promise. Just me.”

Hmm, I would never describe Sirius as ‘just’ anything, but let the comment slide, feeling relieved. “Good.”

There was a slight pause.

“So,” he said, running a hand through his hair. “What do you want to do first?” He glanced around and I felt a twinge of worry; I loved this museum, hidden away in the middle of London, but I wasn’t so sure if Sirius would. He’d probably think it was boring, and me nerdy for liking it.

“I was thinking we could go around the museum first?” I suggested, tugging nervously at the sleeves of my jumper.

He swung his arm around my shoulders, dispelling my worries with that easy grin of his. “Lead the way.”

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Sterek Fic Recs

The Accidental Hale Brood by Julibean19 [Sterek, M, 42k]
Kidfic, adoption, fake/pretend relationship, fluff, cuteness, police officers

Author’s summary: Stiles and Derek have been BCPD partners for years when they are assigned Halloween duty and run into a couple of kids from the orphanage. One fake marriage and two real adoptions later, they somehow become a family.

This is lovely. Fake relationship is one of my favorite tropes, and I love kidfic with well written, realistic kids. This is long enough to be satisfying too, with lots of characterisation and context. A good read.

Lunches, Knitting and Definitely Not Dating by Noxlunate [Sterek, T, 10k]
Mpreg, aboverse, past Stiles/OMC, acquaintances to lovers, deputy Derek

Author’s summary: Just a weird mpreg fic with Derek and Stiles totally kinda dating without realizing it, and Stiles figuring out this whole having a baby thing.

It’s not weird, the author’s being way too harsh on themself. I love a good mpreg fic. There’s not enough mpreg in my opinion. I could read mpreg fic all day every day and still want more. So I enjoyed this very much. It’s got great characterisation, especially for Stiles being terribly practical about it from the moment he finds out he’s pregnant, and yet oblivious about how he and Derek find each other without quite realising. Cute.

When You’re Gone by illusemywords [Sterek, T, 27k]
Mystery, unreliable narrator, illness, memory loss due to trauma, angst, character death (the Hale fire)

Author’s summary: Stiles Stilinski suffers memory loss and terrible headaches after an accident he had the summer he was fifteen. He doesn’t remember what happened that summer or why the Hales left town, and no one seems to want to talk about it. Now he’s just turned seventeen and he decides that if he ever wants to know what happened to him that summer he’ll have to figure it out himself. Eventually, memories start coming back to him, and he starts piecing them together.

I love fic that’s a bit different, and this is definitely different. It’s got a very unusual narrative structure, but it’s perfect for the fic, which has a creepy, unsettled vibe, due to the nature of the story its telling. It’s angsty and sad and beautiful. I really liked it.

Scowls and Sarcasm by dr_girlfriend [Sterek, T, 26k]
Pride and Prejudice Au

Author’s summary: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single alpha in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a mate.

This is a Pride and Prejudice AU. A good one. I don’t know what more information you could possibly need. It veers off radically towards the end for the sake of drama, which I’m not completely convinced was necessary if I’m being brutally honest, because P&P is epic and perfect just as it is, but Peter Hale as Lady Catherine De Bourgh honestly makes up for anything. Heh.

Married at First Glance by Wonderwolf [Sterek, E, 63k]
Reality TV AU, fake/pretend relationship, one-sided Paige/Derek

Author’s summary: Married at First Glance gives its participants seven weeks. Seven weeks, starting when they meet and marry their “perfect match”, to decide if they want to stay married or divorce. For Stiles and Derek though, the challenge lies within trying to pretend that they don’t absolutely hate each other’s guts. When you’re married to a werewolf who dislikes humans, however, this can get a little tricky. But the sweet, sweet cash reward at the end will be worth it. Right?

I’ve never watched these reality shows, they’re not my thing tbh, but they’re undeniably and awesome premise for a fic, and this one really does the concept justice by putting meat on the bones and taking enough time over it to make it feel like a proper story, not just a precursor to Sterek getting together. I followed this as a WIP and read each part as soon as it came in because I was enjoying it so much. Good stuff.

Written Can’t Be Denied by lookslikenico and winglesswarrior [Sterek, T, 55k]
Actor Stiles, Photographer Derek, soulmates au, soulmarks, single parent derek

Author’s summary: The story goes that, the first time you meet your ‘soulmate’, the universe will give you a sign in what should be the most obvious way - somewhere in your immediate vicinity the word ‘soulmate’ will appear. …  A fact that causes havoc the day that up and coming actor, Stiles Stilinski holds up a bottle emblazoned with the word ‘soulmate’ in the middle of a press conference where Derek Hale is working as a photographer, in the middle of the worst day of his life.

The trend for soulmate/soulmark AUs has cooled off a bit recently, I think, which is fine. It’s just the natural rhythm of fandom, tropes come and go. There have been some really intriguing explorations of the concept, and some that have just used the concept to tell beautiful stories, and this fic falls into the second of those categories. It’s depthful and interesting and well characterised and I was rooting so hard for those crazy kids.

Seat Belts & Gravity by calrissian18 [Sterek, E, 22k]
Friends with benefits, mostly canon compliant

Author’s summary: People leave in Beacon Hills, give up on the town, the people, on life itself. And he and Derek are still here, six years later, still able to drink a beer and share space. It’s kind of remarkable in a really understated way.

I love the way this author writes. I love their style, and I love their characterisation. They have an absolute gift for writing Stiles especially in this quirky way that feels more canon than canon, like it’s what Stiles should be if the show wasn’t so hampered and trapped by stupid bullshit like being written by a bunch of apes at typewriters under instructions from network executives who think viewers just want more love triangles. To be honest, if I were you I’d just run straight to AO3 and read everything this author’s ever written, and then find their Tumblr and read the stuff there too. You will not regret it.

Whatever Our Souls Are Made Of by Lissadiane [Sterek, T-ish, 15k]
Character death (not Sterek), coffee shop au / college au, ghosts, ghost animals

Author’s summary:  In which Stiles Stilinski sees the ghosts of animals with unfinished business, and Derek Hale is unaware that his dearly departed sister left a few things unfinished.

Fair warning, this made me cry. When I read the summary, I went “phhh that sounds dumb”, but it’s actually beautiful. Just go and read it. But have a box of tissues handy.

The White Hart of Winter by DarkAthena [Sterek, E, 65k]
Historic AU, aboverse, mpreg, evil Kate Argent, period typical violence, pre-verbal / animalistic Derek

Author’s summary: Sent to marry the Hale Beast Stiles finds himself alone in a castle left to ruin and watched over by Kate Argent, who he thinks is sleeping with his new husband and seems determined to destroy him.

Oh lord. Where to start. Look, this is not the best written fic in the world, not least (I think) because the author wrote it during NaNoWriMo, so it’s perhaps not been beta read or edited as well as it could’ve been. But it had me absolutely gripped from start to finish. I loved the storyline (it’s historical abo mpreg, I was in heaven), and the historical stuff, you can really tell the author knows what they’re talking about. It’s dark and bloody at times, but Stiles is pretty awesome throughout and Derek as “the Beast” is explained and developed very well. If, like me, you love a bit of abo mpreg and historical high drama, and you can overlook a few typos, this is fantastic stuff.

I’ve Been Everywhere With You by Leslie_Knope [Sterek, E, 61k]
College Au, escaping from Beacon Hills, everyone gets therapy, life goes on, friends to lovers

Author’s summary: “Dude, you should totally come with me.”
“What? Like on the road trip?“
“No, come with me. To Austin. Get out of Beacon Hills.”
Derek paused. “What?” he asked again.

This is one of those domestic type fics where there’s no angst or high drama, just people living their lives and finding ways to be happy. I love this author’s style, and this fic is no exception. Lovely, happy, satisfying.

Millstone by eleanor_lavish [Sterek, E, 31k]
Sex worker Derek, client to boyfriend stiles, college au

Author’s summary: Derek waits until the door is shut behind him before he turns around. He holds out his hand, plants his ‘if you’re not weird about it, I won’t be’ smile on his face and says, “Nice to meet you, Stiles. I’m Michael. What kind of a good time are you looking for tonight?”

This is a particularly good example of the sex worker trope because it’s not really about Derek being a sex worker, it doesn’t glorify or condemn, it just examines it the same as it examines the other ways Derek responds and reacts to what he’s been through. And it’s told through Derek’s POV, which I liked. Plus Stiles is adorable and supportive in a completely non-pressuring way, which I like to think he would be. Charming.

i have always been the storm by stilinskisparkles [Sterek, E, 25k]
Stormchaser Stiles, photographer Derek, break up make up

Author’s summary: that twister au i’ve been trying to write for three years and finally used a "pining exes” prompt to do so with.

Stilinskisparkles. What can I say that hasn’t been said before. Do you need anything more than to see their name to convince you this is worth reading? Perhaps you do, perhaps you’re new to Sterek. If so, you’re in for a treat. This, like all their fics, has wonderful characterisation, dialogue, emotion, depth, and universe building. It was just so atmospheric. They have a particular gift for showing everyone’s thoughts and motivations while staying within one POV, Derek’s in this case. It sounds easy but it’s really really hard to do subtly, and this author absolutely nails it. And everything else. Go. Read. Now.

The Hollow Moon by thepsychicclam [Sterek, E, 180k]
Post s4 fix it, memory loss/alteration, slow burn, mystery

Author’s summary: It’s the summer after Stiles’ first year of college, and he’s working a crappy job and dealing with nightmares and anxiety - but he’s okay, he swears. He makes it through most days without too much trouble. Then, a certain werewolf comes back into town. Which Stiles doesn’t care about, nope, not at all.

After two and a half years, Derek returns to Beacon Hills with his small Pack. Though he tried to move on, something just kept drawing him back to Beacon Hills, he’s just not sure what. Now, he figures he can start building something like a life - but he keeps getting distracted by Stiles Stilinski of all people.

As you’d expect from something that’s 180k long, this is plotty and deep and takes its time taking you on a journey. It’s quintessentially a fix it fic, fixing all the things the author (any many others) didn’t like about canon at and after season 4 of the show. Which means, spoiler alert, a lot of people who are dead in canon are not dead here. But the way everything is explained and how it all fits together works so well, I didn’t mind in the slightest. It’s a bit like everything you wished canon could be, and that’s certainly not a bad thing. I almost wish I’d waited and read it all in one rather than as a WIP, because as much as I usually don’t mind reading things as WIPs, I feel like this should be read the way a novel is read - all in one. So if you can do it that way, I’d recommend it. If you can’t, read it anyway. It’s the canon we all deserve, and if Jeff won’t give it to us, we’ll damn well make it ourselves.

  • James Potter to Why has prongs added evans? :
  • James: Lily you left your book at the house yesterday.
  • Peter: oooooo why was she at our house james. why.
  • James: she was studying with Remus you prick. Change the name of this group.
  • Sirius: No way you trashed our group by adding her. now you have to live with the consequences.
  • Sirius Black changed the group name to; James has a boner for Evans:
  • James Potter removed Sirius Black from the group:
  • Lily: what is going on?
  • James Potter removed Lily Evans from the group:
  • .
  • James: hey Lily you want to come over and revise?
  • Lily: you do a biology degree? I do history??
  • James: divorced. beheaded. died. divorced. beheaded. survived.
  • Lily: ...
  • James: I'm also ordering pizza for everyone.
  • Lily: I'll be there at 6.
  • .
  • Remus: Sirius you need to stop annoying Lily.
  • Sirius: what??? how dare you... Evans loves me
  • Lily: you piss me off Black
  • Sirius: betrayal...
  • Lily: i'm sorry but you took about a thousand photos on my phone of your newly done eyebrows and filled up all my storage.
  • Sirius: you should b honoured.... Remus would b
  • Remus: Sirius, I have to spend enough time with you showing me in person.. I really don't need pictures.
  • Sirius: you guys suck. I'm adding Jamie
  • Sirius Black added James Potter:
  • Sirius: you love my eyebrows don't you James?
  • James: of course Pads
  • Sirius: awwww see
  • Lily: but Sirius my phone isn't working because of your stupid eyebrows
  • James: fuck your eyebrows Sirius.
  • Sirius Black added Peter Pettigrew to the group:
  • Sirius: Pete, you like my eyebrows right
  • Peter: yeah i guess?
  • Sirius: haha! told you guys
  • Remus: ugh..
  • Lily: srsly
  • Peter: wait you've all been on a chat without me?
  • Peter: ...
  • Peter: hello?
  • .
  • James: Pete did you put my green jumper in the wash?
  • Peter: it was on the floor of the bathroom.. so yes I put it in the wash.
  • Peter: have you considered therapy?
  • .
  • Lily: hey can I come over and steal some of your food? I'm broke and hungry... plus your house is really warm for some reason?
  • Remus: Okay, but i must warn you James is doing shirtless karaoke in the sitting room with Sirius.
  • Lily: thats okay.
  • Remus: Is it now?
  • Lily: be quiet and come open your front door.
  • .
  • Lily Evans to; I guess she's here to stay then..:
  • Lily: oh my word Sirius I just looked... my eyebrows look amazing
  • Sirius: I told you. Say it. I'm a genius.
  • Remus: Oh be quiet Padfoot.
  • Sirius: Make me.
  • James: ugh guys take the sexual tension somewhere else pleaseeee
  • Sirius: gladly.
  • Lily: hahahahah
  • James: where are you right now?
  • Lily: coffee shop on the corner. Why?
  • James: because my house is no longer safe for my precious ears. I'm running away to find you.
  • .
  • James: oh my god shes so pretty
  • Peter: i know
  • James: and her eyes
  • Peter: I am aware
  • James: ugh and her hair
  • Peter: yup....
  • James: god she is so beautiful
  • Peter: so why aren't you telling her this?
  • James: don't be an idiot Wormtail.
  • .
  • Sirius: mooonyyyyyyyyyy
  • Sirius: moony my ray of sunshine
  • Sirius: light to my darkness
  • Sirius: hope to my dismay
  • Sirius: my brightest star
  • Sirius: mooooooonnnyyyyy
  • Remus: What.
  • Sirius: I love you.
  • Remus: ...
  • Remus: What did you do.
  • Sirius: I got jam on your jumper by accident... not a big deal i think i can clean it
  • Sirius: oh shit no i've made it worse
  • Remus: Fuck you do not touch anything I swear to God Padfoot. I'm coming home right now and stabbing you.
  • Sirius: I love you
  • Sirius: Remus?
  • Sirius: crap okay I'm hiding
  • .
  • Lily: Rem you're staring at Sirius' butt
  • Remus: He has a nice butt.
  • Remus: and nice hair.
  • Remus: damn I'm so gay for him.
  • Lily: I would hope so, you've been together for like two years now?
  • Remus: He has great eyes too..
  • Lily: James has nice eyes
  • Remus: :-) what
  • Lily: What? Me? What?
  • Lily: pretend i didn't just send that
  • Lily: my point is you're staring at Sirius' butt and the lecturer has noticed and is glaring at you.
  • Remus: oh shit.
  • .
  • James Potter changed the name of the group to; Party tonight and we are all going bitches get yourselves ready:
  • Remus: That's really how you're going to announce it?
  • Sirius: gets the point across, I like it
  • James: thanks pads
  • James: I've invited Lily too.
  • Peter: oooooooo
  • James Potter added Lily Evans to the group:
  • Lily: woo hoo party!!!
  • .
  • Sirius Black changed the name of the group to; 'James got drunkkkkk af':
  • Sirius Black changed the name of the group to; 'Lily got smashed':
  • Sirius Black changed the name of the group to; 'and they totally kissed':
  • Sirius Black changed the name of the group to; 'like a proper snog alll nightttt longggggg':
  • Sirius Black changed the name of the group to; 'James wants to sleep with Evans':
  • Sirius Black changed the name of the group to; 'and now he finally knows Evans wants to bang him tooooooo':
  • Sirius Black changed the name of the group to; 'they in loveeeeeeeeee':
  • James Potter removed Sirius Black from the group:
  • Remus: He's not wrong though...
  • Lily Evans removed Remus Lupin from the group:
  • Peter: what no how did i miss this historical moment!!!!!
  • James Potter removed Peter Pettigrew from the group:
  • .
  • James: hey
  • Lily: hi
  • James: how you feeling?
  • Lily: okay i guess...
  • James: cool cool cool...
  • Lily: look about last night-
  • James: about last night
  • Lily: haha...
  • James: I'd do it again.
  • Lily: what?
  • James: I mean if you wanted to obviously! and not like drunk and sloppy like last night haha... but i would kiss you again... if you would want me to... I mean i know we're just friends and stuff but... you're really pretty is what I'm trying to say....
  • Lily: I'd like that.
  • James: what?
  • Lily: if you kissed me again.
  • .
  • James Potter added Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew to the group:
  • Lily: I'm still here.
  • James: :-)
  • Lily: :-)
  • This was inspired by another post like this i saw a while back, but now can't find, and from suggestion i recently got.
  • Send me in any other ideas!

anonymous asked:

you have witch powers? i've always been fascinated with "paranormal" stuff, including magic, so i was wondering if u could tell me stuff about it. is magic real? what kind of stuff did ur grandma do? are ghosts and spirits real too? what kinds of spells can witches cast? is it like supernatural? sorry if i'm asking a lot of questions i'm just so fascinated and curious. i didn't even know witches were like, legit until i read ur tags, i just thought that people back then said that so they had 1/2

2/2 a reason to burn a woman they didn’t like. ok now i’m rambling but in short, what can u tell me about witch stuff? i’m just asking cause i’m really curious :)

(about my tags on this)

#whenever phil gets out the tarot cards and pulls something scarily accurate i’m just like…. yes…. good…show us your witch powers…… #(my own experience with tarot? so reassuring. and calming. it’s like asking for a friend’s advice but that friend is your own brain.) #also my great grandmother was a witch by profession and i definitely got some of her magic #i have not yet learned to recognise a feeling when i feel it.. but when stuff happens later i’m like OH THAT WAS MY MYSTERIOUS FEELING #one of our sheep died a week or so ago.. and for two days straight i was outside in the middle of the night staring at the moon #and wondering why i felt death in the air #and the rain made me cry and it felt like release but i didn’t know why #and i immediately started worrying about our sheep but didn’t follow up to see if they were okay #then two days later my mother comes in and tells me one of our sheep died and two days ago had given my mother “the death look” #if you’ve never seen someone or something die… there’s this look they have that’s like a disgraced peacefulness and self-awareness #but basically i knew the sheep was gonna die without any reason for me to think that #and i need to learn to follow up on my instincts because they’re ever-present and i never know when it’s a psychic thing or random anxiety #disclaimer: IS IT ALL BULLSHIT who knows? but science doesn’t know a whole lot about a lot of things and this stuff is natural to me #so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

okay!! i was expecting someone to ask, so here goes. (in case anyone’s wondering, this is a personal post, and no, i’m not making this stuff up.) (feel free to reblog if you want. but it’s so goddamn long aaah)

first off, an opinion: whether or not you believe magic is real in this world is entirely related to whether or not it is real. at least in my books. magic/paramormal stuff can always be observed, but if you don’t believe it’s anything beyond coincidence or skilled trickery, it’s not gonna impact you.

i do believe in ghosts (or djinns, or something else human-like), but in my experience they don’t really do anything except exist in some other realm and occasionally become visible when i’m at my most lucid, at that point between waking and sleeping. most people (myself included) would say it’s just a hallucination. but like…. who’s to say it isn’t real, just in a way we as humans don’t yet understand? y’know?

the most interesting ghost sighting i’ve experienced was when i was fully awake, not hallucinating. i was in a car with my sister, my sister’s friend, and her mother - and we drove over a bridge, and i saw a fritzing semi-translucent black figure walking along the peak. i looked back and it was gone. it wasn’t scary, it was just really cool. i saw that with my own two eyes, i have zero doubt i saw it, and for that moment, it was there.

other times i’ve seen things pass through walls, or felt presences in the room that vanish when i look. i get deja vu maybe once a week. the ability comes and goes in phases, switched on and off whenever i tell someone about it. it’s like that part of my brain gets really shy and goes into hiding when it’s mentioned.

sometimes it can be pretty powerful. there’ve been moments when a deja vu begins, i remember it from a dream, fast-forward through the memory to remember what happens, and i get ahead of present time, so i predict what’s in front of me by about one to three seconds. usually it’s snippets of conversation, or my hands moving to complete an action, or words i’m typing. (let me tell you, it’s so freaking bizarre when you’re consciously typing, thinking about what you’re typing, and simultaneously remembering typing it before, and knowing what you’re about to type despite not yet knowing. and then seeing it happen. i think a lot of people reading this would be like “what?” but i know there’s someone out there who knows exactly what i mean)

for a long time in my teenage years i told people i’d see coloured figures, like auras without physical people, just hanging around out there in the world, but due to health issues a lot of my teenage memories are gone, and the only memory i have of that stuff is the recollection of me telling people about it, and remembering it while telling people. it’s really weird. i sometimes think maybe i made that up?? but i don’t understand why i’d do that when i do actually see other things sometimes.

once, my family visited this old historic building, and i remember seeing a woman in a maid’s outfit duck through a doorway. but she wasn’t actually there. so. idk.

my great-grandmother (or great-great grandmother?) on my mother’s side used to sell love spells to the people in her Indian village. my mother told me about it when i was little. my [great] great grandmother would write a spell on parchment, and the client had to go home and burn it in their fire. and she would curse people, in exchange for payment. that’s all i know about that. but my grandmother (also on my mother’s side) used to have some kind of power, i never got to ask about it while she was still alive. (she was an awesome woman. one of the first women in her country and generation to go to university.)

personally, having been raised as a muslim, i always felt really disconnected from the culture and practices of the religion, even though i believe in the supernatural aspects of it right down to my core. that’s despite my ultimate acknowledgement of facts being deeply rooted in hard science. recently (like, in the past few months) i’ve started to rediscover my faith - directly following on from a quiet interest in the pinterest & instagram aesthetics of paganism and new age magic, which as a concept i was never really sure about. i just really liked how it looked. basically, it clicked in my brain that islamic prayers could, in essence, just be spells. you gotta take everything with a grain of salt. they might not work. but that’s the beauty of it.

a few weeks ago i stumbled across a prayer on tumblr, and read its intended purpose: “Allah will grant whoever recites this seven times in the morning or evening whatever he desires from this world or the next”.

and… i started to think, maybe the purpose is not to actually do that. nothing ought to be a get-out-of-jail-free/do-this-and-your-life-is-made type thing. maybe the purpose is to make you believe nothing can go wrong. and that every bad thing that happens–? it happens so that you can learn from it. and eventually, after many things change, you realise what you desire was not the thing you thought you desired. (idk how to explain that. an example from my life: i really wanted to be a veterinarian growing up. then i got sick, dropped out of school. and now i’m a writer. i want to be a writer more than i ever wanted to be a vet. i had to get sick and my life had to fall apart before i could discover that. writing was never something i’d have considered before.)

my point is, if you believe everything that happens to you will ultimately be a good thing, bad things don’t hurt so much.

and if you take something as a sign, it’s a sign. it’s just your own brain taking hints from the world around you and using them to conjure up a decision. if you wanna believe it’s magic, it is.

personally i like protection prayers/spells and just…generally positive ones. i say prayers for sick friends, people who i see on my tumblr dash who are having a bad time, and if i see or hear about disasters or worldwide events. i’m not expecting it to have a visible impact, but like.. what’s the harm? at the very least it makes me feel like i did something if i don’t have money to give, or i can’t be there with a friend, or the world is falling apart and i’m helpless. praying or saying a spell is just hoping, really, really hard. if some greater being is out there, listening? cool. (but what if god doesn’t wanna do anything? maybe it’s like my cupcake theory. god puts the ingredients in a baking tray, shoves it in the oven, forgets about it. the universe rises as a cupcake. god made it. but the universe is doing its own damn thing.)

regarding tarot cards: again, it’s self-reflection. you can believe answers come from outside influences, but it’s easily just as much about interpreting generic advice and making it mean something to you. but personally i’ve drawn random cards, and known that no other card in the deck would’ve been as relevant at that moment. i’ve used tarot cards to determine the endings for my stories, and coincidentally pulled cards that directly represent my title characters.

one time i was thinking about my fic “The Moonlighter and the Magician” and the card i pulled first was The Magician. and i was like gee thanks tarot cards that’s helpful. (but actually? it meant those cards were on the same wavelength as me. think about it. 78 cards, there’s a one in 78 chance i pull that one on my first try.)

apart from my wonky first-ever tarot readings with the Rider-Waite travel-size tarot deck (which belonged to my mother), i’ve never pulled anything that didn’t eventually make sense. i use The Wild Unknown cards now, i relate to them so much more. plus they’re mine, not borrowed or abandoned for years, which probably helps. (buying those cards was the most money i ever spent on anything. i don’t regret it.)

is any of this like the show ‘supernatural’? not really. the closest i can say my experiences have come to the show would be the episode “faith”. just, the whole episode. it doesn’t matter if it’s the real deal, so long as it works. and boy, does it work for me. and a lot of other people.

like i said, all the spirit-like entities i’ve encountered have been perfectly benign. no monsters, except things i’m pretty sure are nightmares.

but on that note, i take a lot of things to help me sleep. if i didn’t, i’d be waking up screaming night and day (i hit whistle register while screaming, once). i see faces in the dark and creatures in my bedroom, even when my eyes are closed and i’m awake. i sleep with a light on, and i prefer to sleep in the day. i cannot even deal with the presences in my room.

for that matter, my room is definitely the most presence-heavy room in the house. now, although it’s obviously just in a drafty area, i feel the cold spots. all. the. time. i’m feeling one right now as i type this. the door and window are both closed. the heater is always on. the draft comes from the same corner of the ceiling my cat stares at when she’s “staring into space”. there’s definitely something there, but it legit doesn’t bother me. it watches me get dressed sometimes, but it’s not weird about it. like i said, benign.

i feel energy everywhere i go. i can’t stay in my family’s open plan living room comfortably for more than a few minutes, because that room is filled with people and pets coming and going all freaking day, and even when it’s empty, it’s so LOUD. there’s vibrations and voices coming out of the walls, because the house absorbs it all. as a generally tired person, that room exhausts me. i can only stay there if i have social energy. (yes, even an empty room.)

i am so, so sensitive to people’s moods and the energy they let out (to the point where i burst out screaming if i see a negative microexpression during a personal conversation). i find phone calls very difficult, not just because of social anxiety, but because i can’t sense energy as easily as i want to, and is natural for me. skype calls aren’t the same as being there in person. a lot of this could also be autism-related, but nearly everything about me is autism-related, because i’m autistic. go figure.

one time, the day i had my first period, i passed out in a maths exam. all the other times in my life, i’ve seen black or maybe red when i passed out, but this time it was a striking cobalt blue. and i heard SO MANY VOICES, i thought the whole classroom was full of people shouting. my P.E. teacher was observing that exam, she carried me out of the room and lay me on the floor outside. i told her about the voices, she looked at me in confusion and said “there were no voices?? the whole room was silent for the exam.” obviously that was a weird day, but given the amount of times i’ve lost conciousness in my life, before and after that day, i know the warm muggy feeling of slipping away, and i guarantee that one was just a little bit not-normal.

my cat Wilson follows me everywhere. if you’ve ever seen a picture of a witch and her familiar, that’s me and Wilson. she leaves the house if i leave, and she’ll walk down the road beside me to make sure i stay safe. she only lets me leave completely if i go in a car, but even then, she tries to come too. i know what she says when she talks. she speaks in words for me. it translates naturally in my head without a thinking process.

there was this one time when i was about 15 my parents took me to an after-hours medical centre because apparently i was ~speaking in tongues~ or whatever. i don’t remember it, i remember ‘waking up’ with a doctor’s flashlight in my eyes, crying, then holding my sister’s hand as we looked at the fish in the fishtank afterwards. i can’t say how legit that is because i just.. don’t remember it.

one time as a kid, i am absolutely sure i was possessed for about 30 seconds. i was walking down the street on a balmy English afternoon, pine needles scattered underfoot, with my elderly grandmother (paternal), my grandfather, and my sister. i must’ve been 6 or 7? and a streak of evil just bolted through me. and i stuck out my foot and my grandmother fell flat on her face. my grandfather tried to help her up, a car driving by pulled up and asked if they needed help, grandfather said no, and got her back to her feet. i can’t remember if i felt remorse. i think i just knew instinctively that it wasn’t me who did it. but like.. i wasn’t just A Nice Kid, okay, i was The Nicest Kid. i just don’t do things like that. ever. especially not to a kind and generous grandmother who i love so very dearly. i never had before, and i never have since. that’s the single most evil thing i’ve ever done in my life and it came out of nowhere. being more aware now, i think it was a djinn (aka a demon in christian beliefs, i think). they’re known for being mischievous. (my grandmother was fine, by the way. this is the first time i’ve told anyone about this.) now i think about it, i remember cobalt blue behind my eyes then, too.

whoops, this is a really long post now. but uh… basically, i’ve just always been open to feeling these things, and believing in what i sense for myself, without subscribing to whether or not the science has been done yet. in fact, i think i’m open to it because i experienced the same stuff when i was young. the energy i feel is very much real to me, completely tangible. i’ve never been able to see auras, but i feel them on some people. i think just being open to feeling something makes it more likely to come to you. i try not to ignore my instincts (because they’re always right. always.) but i find it’s super hard to distinguish between anxiety (which i feel often) and magical ability (which is far less commonly felt). also sometimes the instinct is so faint it doesn’t even become a passing thought, just a blur of something i half-considered. but in hindsight i realise what it ought to have been, had i paid proper attention.

i can comfortably manage to go outside in bare feet, shut my eyes and let the moonlight do its thing. it has an immensely powerful energy, i always feel cleaner inside when i go back in. (my cat Wilson sometimes asks me to go outside with her when there’s a full moon. almost every night, especially on warm nights, but even freezing ones, we can just stand out there for an hour together. watching the moon set is transcendent. far more so than a sunset.)

right now, due to years of bad health, i have to force some natural abilities away (like the nightmares) because they’re too much for me to handle. i think as i recover, over time it’ll be easier for me to accept that stuff back into my life.

oh, one more thing, regarding my health - i have celiac disease, which has kept me essentially bedridden for the last 7+ years - WHICH BY THE WAY, my family spent literally 9 years trying to diagnose. my doctor kept doing an anaemia test, telling me there was nothing wrong with me and sending me back to school. i saw various specialists, herbalists, a naturopath, physiotherapists, cardiologists, had an MRI scan, saw family counsellors, school counsellors, a hypnotist, etc etc - basically consulted every medical professional under the sun when a simple blood test would’ve done it. stupid misogynistic doctor who thinks all teenage girls fake it to get out of school.

but one thing we did do was visit a psychic, who told me i had something called a candida. my dad, a sceptic and nonbeliever, googled it and said it was “some kind of magical thing in the gut”, and was therefore bullshit, so we continued the search for a diagnosis. years later - years - after a change of doctor (who i chose because i got a good vibe from her picture) we find out it’s celiac disease, a disease of the gut. of the hundreds of people we saw, the only ones to even pinpoint the right body part were the psychics. i googled candida just now and guess what? literally celiac disease. this woman diagnosed me with celiac disease by kneeling at my feet, holding my hand, and shutting her eyes for 30 seconds.

for the record, slightly off topic, i know very few men in real life, and this is what the men in my life have been. my doctor, dismissing me as a liar because i was a teenage girl. and my father, dismissing my declining health as “not trying hard enough”, even now, more than a year after i was diagnosed by a doctor. i think this is why i take refuge with male fictional characters. they’re better. i want them to be soft and understanding like the men i’ve never known.

anyway, this is the part of my life’s story i never really pieced together until right now. it’s a lot, more than i expected. i happily call myself a witch. most of my magic goes into my stories, and i think a lot of people who read them feel it, even if they translate it as passion or love or good vibes or something. the amazing comments i get would speak to that. i love the energy i get from comments, because it does come through in typed words, even if it’s much fainter than seeing people face-to-face. some comments just hit me with waves of goodness, even if the words themselves aren’t so powerful. so i really appreciate that stuff. it’s good stuff.

yep. that’s all. i hope this satisfies your curiosity, anon!!! <3

Barb’s November

Summary: She’d known since she was a little girl, looking around at the others and thinking that calling her friends princesses and kissing their cheeks couldn’t possibly be wrong, only to be slapped on the wrist for it a year later. She’d known since she was a third grader, and she’d known since the first time she’d changed in front of Stephi Danvers in seventh grade and felt a shiver go down her spine. She loved the way girls made her feel. She loved the way Nancy made her feel.

She let out a sigh, and walked a little faster.

Words: 6589

A/N:  Hey guys!!! This is the longest fic I’ve ever written and guess what, it’s femslash!!!!! What a surprise…. Enjoy babes :3c

Beta’d by the lovely @beep-beep-trashmouth

READ IT ON AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10612878

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suck-my-nonexistent-dick  asked:

Any recommendations on good nonfiction books regarding racism, feminism, and queer issues? Maybe answer publicly so others can see too? Thanks!

frick yes, loving this question! also I will be the first to say that I try super hard not to be a White Feminist™ but I make mistakes sometimes, so if I miss a super cool writer or otherwise goof in this answer, somebody PLEASE correct me.


if we want to go for the triple with race/gender/queer issues, I’d really strongly recommend checking out Audre Lorde’s work. she wrote essays, nonfiction about her own experiences, fiction based on her experiences, and poetry. she focused heavily on her identity as a black lesbian woman, mother, and intersectional feminist/womanist, and explored what those identities meant very thoroughly.

bell hooks has also been pretty influential, at least in racial and feminist issues. I’m not going to pretend I personally love her work, but I would never discourage anyone from checking her out! just because she isn’t my cup of tea doesn’t mean her work is bad.

two of my favorite contemporary black bisexual women in nonfiction are Samantha Irby, who’s published two books of memoir-essays called Meaty and We Are Never Meeting In Real Life, and Roxane Gay, who has her essay collection Bad Feminist and a memoir called Hunger.

if you like historical nonfiction I’d check out Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures, the book that inspired that movie. I haven’t gotten a chance to read it myself yet, but it sounds fantastic. Shetterly herself is a black woman, which I think is super important to telling that story.

if you want a super comprehensive overview of America’s history of racist lawmaking and legalizing discrimination, Carol Anderson (also a black woman) has a book called White Rage that’s a great place to start. she makes a LOT of very dense history and legal stuff pretty easy to read, and it’s a really eye-opening book.

another book I’m really looking forward to reading is Diane Guerrero’s In The Country We Love, which discussed immigration issues including her family being deported to Mexico when she was only 14 and being left alone in America.

all of these books vaguely fall under the feminism heading, probably, but one of my favorite specifically feminist nonfiction books I’ve read in a while is Sady Doyle’s Trainwreck, which is 1.) SUPER accessible for casual, non-academic readers and 2.) is a FASCINATING look at how and why women like Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan get turned into jokes by popular media.

any of Hanne Bank’s history books are a good read. I just finished Virgin, which looks at the social construction of the significance of virginity in Western culture, and I’m about to start Straight, which is the first book I’ve ever encountered that seriously delves into the idea that heterosexuality is a social construct as much as queerness is. she’s another super accessible, casual-reader friendly writer, which is such a relief in academia honestly.

other miscellaneous nonfiction I’ve enjoyed: The Purity Myth (Jessica Valenti, examines modern obsession with virginity and harmful effects), The Sexy Myth (Rachel Hills, an informal study about people’s warped perceptions of what a “normal” sex life is - spoilers, they’re all wrong. Includes a chapter specifically to address queer identities, which is nice, and even includes an asexual person and their experiences with aphobia), Modern Romance (Aziz Ansari, a REALLY INTERESTING sociological look at how 21st century technology has radically changed dating, includes interviews with people from multiple countries and some cool historical nuggets), The Art of Asking (Amanda Palmer, just a really cool story about Amanda’s life as a musician and learning to be vulnerable and ask for help, also the book doesn’t really talk about it much but she’s kinda bi which is rad).

OKAY I hope this helps and something on this list tickles your pickle! 

anonymous asked:

what would the paladins do with their s/o on their honeymoon?

Heyo! It’s Mod Enki! I tried to make these a little more exciting and personalized so I hope you like it!


Shiro: He takes his s/o to the mountains in a cabin rented to them for skiing and such. It’s a giant resort and there are ski lifts and everything so there is still contact to civilization and such. But still enough privacy for other couple activities like the horizontal party. Shiro really enjoys the snow and the nice, crisp air of the mountains as he takes his s/o around to ski. But since it’s relatively isolated and private the slopes aren’t exactly the best and are a little hazardous. His s/o isn’t as experienced as he is with skiing and ends up getting in an accident while they’re doing one of the more advanced slopes and breaks their arm. He has to rush his s/o to the hospital while apologizing profusely to them. They’re in a lot of pain but keep telling Shiro that it’s okay as they get their arm all bandaged up and in a sling. For the rest of their honeymoon Shiro just waits on his s/o hand and foot because he honestly feels like it’s his fault. They end up only going sight seeing and other small activities around the mountain until they can go back home. Despite it being hectic, it ends up being a honeymoon that they’ll never forget.

Lance: THIS BOY goes to the beach with his s/o to have a fantastic honeymoon. It’s definitely a nice resort that he and his s/o are staying at and there are tons of things to do around the resort. And especially in the bedroom. Everything seems perfect until after sampling some of of the local cuisine. Lance get’s a super bad case of food poisoning. His poor s/o has to clean up after him and try to find some sort of medicine to help him with his constant firing from both ends. They playfully joke with him about “wanting a divorce” while he’s trapped in the bathroom. For most of the honeymoon he’s marooned inside the bathtub or glued to the toilet and he thanks his s/o for having the patience of a saint in taking care of him. He slowly gets better and eventually is able to get back to his old self. They spend whatever time they have left at the resort doing all the activities they were denied to do while trapped to their room. Lance’s s/o wont let him live it down for years. Will probably tell the other paladins about it when they ask how the honeymoon went.

Keith: Oddly enough, he takes his s/o deep into the woods for some hard core camping. He and his s/o somehow come up with the idea since Keith isn’t the kind of guy for going to a place occupied by tons of other people. Since he lived out in the middle of no where for a while he feels right at home trying to rough it out camping. He makes sure his s/o is completely comfortable with camping and everything he’s going to do before actually going through with it. Although he might try to show off and end up catching a deer and gutting it in front of his s/o which might not go too well with them. Hopefully they wont puke or possibly pass out from the whole ordeal. Knowing Keith he also probably accidentally attracts a bear and has to fight it with his knife and defend his s/o. 100% Kills the bear and skins it to make a bear pelt for his them because it’s Keith and why the hell not. He’ll take his s/o around and try to find the best places to sight see and just enjoy the wilderness. He’ll be more affectionate than usual and feels free to be himself out in the middle of the woods with his s/o.

Hunk: He honestly strikes me as someone who wouldn’t go out anywhere extreme. If anything his honeymoon with his s/o would be at home so they can just spend time with each other very leisurely. But they don’t just sit around and do nothing, they both book a spa day and spend the entire time being pampered and relaxing! After that they might go to an aquarium or museum to look at a bunch of cool stuff. It’d probably take his s/o to convince him but they’d also try going to an amusement park and get three day passes. They’d go see a bunch of shows and maybe ride a few of the tamer roller coasters that won’t scare the poop out of poor Hunk. And then every few days they’d go out to a very chill, but still relatively fancy, dinner dates to wind down from the week’s activities. The whole honeymoon with Hunk and his s/o is very sweet and full of love. You bet your buns they’re going to snuggle up with blankets and watch movies on the days they don’t feel like doing anything. Nothing but the best cuddles for his s/o.

Pidge: Pidge and her s/o would travel around Europe. Since there are a lot of breath taking and beautiful places to visit it just turns into a trek around Europe learning about the history. Pidge keeps a relatively solid itinerary for them to follow but it’s open for other things to do in case things take longer or less time than planned. Her s/o might try to be cliche and try to look for the ancient couples that are in each of the area’s history just to fluster her and she might even do it back. They have fun running around the historical areas and taking their time admiring them for what they’re worth. But they may or may not try to trespass to get to the “good stuff” that’s actually interesting. Pidge might try to come up with conspiracy theories and the like just for the fun of it and to mess with her s/o. If they get caught trying to get into a place they simply run and hide like some high stakes game of hide and go seek. There’s no greater bonding time than breaking the laws together. :3c They do spend a good amount of time just relaxing and enjoying the landscapes but they’re never really in the same place for long before Pidge finds another interesting thing to do. After a hard night of trespassing they like to curl up and sleep in the next day to start the whole thing over again. 

anonymous asked:

mm prompt: mc takes the boys on a date to an amusement park!

sooo i definitely did this with DisneyLand in mind, because DISNEY

(bonus MC/Jumin but with everyone else tagging along at the end – thank you @theussenterpies for helping me come up with that as well as stuff for seven’s!)


  • SO EXCITED because he’s always wanted to go!! He’s never been before!!! And now he gets to go, with you!!!!
  • Reluctant to wear Mickey ears (bc heaven forbid he look childish) until you buy a matching set for you and him. He can’t resist looking that cute with you.
  • Rarely lets go of your hand. 
    • “We don’t wanna get separated!” 
    • “Sure, Yoosung,” you giggle, but tighten your grip on his hand. He blushes and grins sheepishly.
  • A bit nervous about the big rollercoasters but he really wants to impress you so he goes on them if you want to. 
    • Afterwards he realizes it wasn’t as bad as he thought it would be! and gets a little confidence boost. <3
  • Insists on buying you a relatively expensive souvenir.


  • Normally would be more interested in learning stuff about Disney history and how they made their movies and whatnot rather than the actual attractions…
    • but omg you’re so excited and it’s infectuous and now he’s pretty pumped to go on rides and eat ridiculously expensive junk food too
  • “Which Disney prince would I be, MC? I can act as any of them, I’m sure. I mean I am pretty much a real live Disney prince all on my own, aren’t I~? *wink*”
  • Goes with you to take selfies with ALL the face characters. Copious amounts of couple selfies are taken anywhere and everywhere else as well.
  • Gets you a piece of jewelry that has something from your favorite Disney movie on it.
  • You have THE most romantic evening watching the fireworks. You get super lucky and find a seat with a great view and not too many people crowded around. You’re leaning into his shoulder and he has his arm around you, and during the finale he kisses you and what the heck this is straight out of some movie or romance novel you stg but hey you’re not complaining


  • Has had business relations with Disney before. Not surprsingly, he’s pretty nonplussed about the idea of going to the park, but if you want to go he won’t protest.
  • Offers to rent out the entire goddamn park just for your date.
    • “nO THAT’S OKAY. We can just get a ton of FastPasses! ^^;” The thought of the park being so empty is a little disconcerting.
    • “Really? All right, if that’s what you want…” He doesn’t get it, but whatever makes you happy haha
  • Member of Club 33 and now you’re his +1 omg
  • You get him a Goofy hat. And he wears it completely straight-faced. You are nearly in tears. He’s just glad he’s making you laugh.
  • Baffled by the appeal of meeting face characters (”you know they’re not real, right” “yes jumin i know omg”), but feels way more warm and fuzzy inside than he cares to admit when you introduce him to characters by saying “This is my prince!”


  • Initially hesitant to go at all, but once you convince him and he arrives, he is 10x more excited than you are.
  • In your hotel room after the first day he buries his face in his laptop, researching all the ~cool secret sights and events~ and whatnot.
    • Assorts a list of all the obscure stuff that you guys HAVE to go see/try out by the end of the trip, if not by the end of the next day.
  • If you look at a thing in a store for more than 2 seconds, he buys it for you.
  • Adores pretty much everything in Tomorrowland. Gets WAY too into the Buzz Lightyear shooter ride.
  • You guys ride California Screamin’ approximately 18 times in a row. You’re puking, he’s puking, you’re both laughing and having the time of your lives.


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My Top 10 Studio Ghibli Films

In light of the Studio’s not closing (and my boundless boredom) I made a top 10 list of their films in accordance to how I feel about them, so I’m only including ones that I’ve actually seen…and I haven’t seen some pretty important ones so there.  

10) Ponyo

Ponyo! Everybody loves this movie because it’s ridiculously loveable, and I love it too! I just don’t think it’s that great. The thing I like most about this movie is the animation because I really love the way Hayao Miyazaki animates water. It’s just so damn cool! I really like the setting as well. It’s pretty standard Miyazaki fair, y'know it’s about the environment and stuff. But it’s very pretty and very fun! 

9) My Neighbor Totoro 

Another movie we all love! And only at number 9. Don’t get me wrong, this movie is great and iconic and is a great, safe way to introduce the concept of death and tragedy to young children, as I know many have.  But, I just don’t think there’s that much here for an older audience. Which is fine, but yeah, it doesn’t do all that much for me. Most of the movie is the main characters going about their lives while occasionally running into Totoro. Which, for the record, is the best part. The animation on Totoro is great and you get a real sense of texture and weight. HE JUST LOOKS SO FUZZY.

8) Nausicca of the Valley of the Wind 

Okay technically not a Ghibli movie but it has pretty much the exact same creative team so shut up. This movie is epic. I just really love the world here. Post apocalyptic but also really medieval but futuristic with a little steampunk thrown in, it’s great. And the creature animation is fantastic. For me, I don’t personally find it that engaging, but I think the word I would use to describe this movie is interesting. It’s just a really interesting movie. And I like it a lot.

7) Kiki’s Delivery Service 


Okay, this movie is so important. I cannot think of a single better movie to show a kid who’s growing up. You know why? Because this movie teaches that feeling sad is okay. When’s the last time you saw that in a movie (it was probably in another Ghibli movie tbh)? Kiki is awesome, she’s determined and mature but is still a kid. And Jiji is just THE BEST SIDE CHARACTER, it’s a really pleasant movie. It’s a good one to watch when your down. I love this movie. It’s great.

6) From up on Poppy Hill


I like this movie for a lot of the same reasons I like Kiki’s Delivery Service. It’s a really quiet, comforting movie. The film takes place just before the Tokyo Olympics, Japan is still recovering from World War II and everyone is ready to throw out the old and bring in the new. So when a historic clubhouse at Umi’s private school is going to be torn down, our heroes band together to stop it. The movie is really simple and straightforward and noticeably devoid of supernatural elements, but it really gives you a sense of place. You really get a feel for what Japan was like in the early 60s. And the movie has a very pretty Japanese pop soundtrack that’s really nice, and there’s a really intimate romance (that’s imo the best one in all of Ghibli). Love it.

5) The Wind Rises 


This film is a masterpiece (AND IT SHOULD HAVE BEAT OUT FROZEN FOR BEST ANIMATED PICTURE BUT THAT’S ANOTHER STORY). This is Hayao Miyazaki’s last movie, for real this time. And boy does it show. By telling the tale of a real life genius aviator who is forced to use his creations for evil, Miyazaki ultimately shows us creativity is fleeting. That you can only be a genius for so long, commenting on his own career in the process. Miyazaki felt like he just didn’t have much more creativity left in him. Whether or not he was right, we’ll never know. But at least we know why he retired. It’s kind of like The Tempest of Miyazaki films, and it’s amazing. 

4) Princess Mononoke

Oh yeah. Now we’re getting down to it. This movie is epic. In fact, this movie so epic, it gives Lord of the Rings a run for its money. I mean DAMN this movie is huge. Our heroes travel over vast mountains and fields and engage in huge, epic battles, which by the way, are so brutal that the violence is never glorified. It’s definitely the most violent animated film I’ve seen, and the creature animation is GLORIOUS, and Ancient Japan is just as great a setting as you’d expect it to be. So good.

3) Porco Rosso 

God I love this movie. Miyazaki knew exactly what kind of film he wanted to make, and boy did he make it. In it we have Porco, our Humphrey Bogart-esque loner who’s best friend is his plane, and he’s being hunted down by Bounty Hunters and the newly Fascist Italian Government. And he’s a pig. For some reason (well it’s probably a metaphor). And did I mention that this takes place in an alternate history on the Mediterranean Coast after WWI where fighter pilots use militarized sea planes to fight? Oh yeah. There’s that. This movie has great character development, a host of entertaining side characters, and it’s actually really funny, and has some great action scenes. It’s criminally underrated and I enjoy it immensely. Go watch it. 

2) Howl’s Moving Castle

I’m a sucker for a few things, and a few of those things happen to be French things, Steampunk things, and WWI history. AND HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE HAS ALL OF THAT in one way or another, so it’s no surprise that I like this movie. A lot. I also really like Sophie’s character arch. For those of you who don’t know, Sophie has never believed that she’s beautiful, and is cursed to be old, but the curse deteriorates the more confident she gets. It’s just really empowering and amazing. 

1) Spirited Away

(Okay I know original right) but SERIOUSLY this movie is insane I don’t even know where to begin. The movie starts of with Chihiro in the process of moving, and she’s terrified, and then she gets trapped in the spirit world and her parents are cursed. From there on, this movie, is unbelievable. One thing I love about this movie is that Chihiro gets scared. She gets so scared. But she keeps going. It teaches kids it’s okay to be scared. And I just love that this movie feels so lonely. Which might sound like a weird way to describe a movie but I think it fits. The scene on the train (gifed above) is maybe my favorite scene ever in a movie. You just get this feeling. Like you’ve been there. Like you’ve sat there quietly in a scary situation having no idea what’s coming next. It’s almost indescribable but it really speaks to me. And I just keep coming back to loneliness. I feel like every character here is afraid and lonely (except for a few). It’s just so different, and I find that oddly comforting. Because we feel lonely all the time don’t we? But media never seems to show that! We have our character and their group of friends. But here, we have our character, and a few outcasts, who I can’t say are friends. They’re just sort of brought together by their common alienation. And when Chihrio returns home, she’s not afraid of moving anymore. And if that’s not comforting as fuck, then I don’t know what is.  

History Rant: Shinsengumi/Bakumatsu

Okay, it’s been a while since I asked about what you guys wanna know about Japanese history, and I haven’t forgotten you. I guess I’ve got a few thoughts bouncing around in my head so I’m just going to rant about the shinsengumi and the surrounding time period for a bit cause I feel like it. Uhh if you need sources and want to read more, I could probably find some for you, but this is all from my brain lmao. I repeat: this is definitely not even remotely everything I could say on the subject nor is it researched or sourced okay please read this post lightly and not as a scholarly article!!! That being said, DO feel free to use the information below as a springboard for your own interest and research. 

This is my absolute favorite time period in Japanese history. When I was about 14 (in the ancient year 2000), I discovered the shinsengumi via Rurouni Kenshin. Sure they were the enemies, but I wanted to know who these people were and at the time there was little to no information on them. Then I just started learning a lot about Japanese history and taking Japanese classes, lol it was a gateway drug. Contrary to what everyone might think, I could not chose anyone in the Shinsengumi as my favorite historical figure, but I love them like something out of a really cool story. I think history is supremely interesting; often more interesting than novels. I hope you’ll enjoy learning a bit about them too. 

First of all, a brief history. You have to know that the Shinsengumi (which just means the new group/squad/whatever) came around in a time of civil war. After ~200 years of isolation, the Tokugawa shogunate and its system of keeping the warlords under its control had turned the balance in economy and social structure upside down so that the people on top (the samurai) were the poorest. The shogunate itself also became weak and ineffective, and by the 1850s when Perry showed up to force Western trade on Japan there was legit NOTHING to be done except accept his offer or face utter defeat in the face of a West that had advanced while Japan hid in its own borders with minimal outside contact. 

Two major factions came out of this: one for opening to the west, and one for expelling the foreigners (most notably headed by the Choshu, Satsuma, and Tosa clans, who were not among those in favor of the shogunate). The second one later came to support getting rid of the shogunate and reestablishing the emperor and became known as “sonno joi” which is easier to type than all of that. 

So where do the shinsengumi come into this?  They were formed from a bunch of ronin to protect the xenophobic wimpy emperor in Kyoto (aka hold him captive) and uphold the laws of the also wimpy shogunate. Originally they were stationed outside of Kyoto, but were eventually given permission to police the city. 

And they were AWFUL. Straight-up, the worst. They were given a lot of nicknames, most famous of which is the Wolves of Mibu. They hunted down and slaughtered the emperor’s supporters.

They had very strict rules, which on the surface seem almost honorable - following bushido (which is just a bunch of bs made up by the ailing upper class btw), no personal fights, no personal income, can’t leave the shinsengumi - but they resulted in a lot of members having to commit suicide or having to die in battle. And they did mercilessly enforce their code. An example that comes to mind is Yamanami Keisuke, who was a vice commander of the shinsengumi like HIjikata, and had to commit seppuku when he tried to leave. 

The Ikedaya incident aka map 6 is what really got them famous and made people want to join them. They crushed a group of sonno joi supporters and probably?? prevented them from setting fire to Kyoto. 

The shinsengumi are really famous and romanticised today, as you well know. Like most of Japanese history, the bad parts are glossed over! But I do love them, so I can’t say anything. 

Returning to the general view of historical events, what I think is really interesting about this time period is how things ended up. Sonno Joi did win in the end. The shogunate gave up power, and they reestablished the emperor, but—! The emperor’s supporters moved the imperial hq and set him up as a puppet ruler, making themselves the actual ruling council (aka just like the shogunate) and then began a very seriously intense westernizing of Japan! Expel the foreigners indeed, haha. 

UM, I want to post something more in-depth about the swords and their characters and stuff but I’m still thinking about it >__> so you get this shitty nonsense instead. About 50% history, 50% my thoughts and JUST Hijikata and Okita for right now bc they are kind of like the BIG 4 popular sword group (sorry Nagasone) and also (my) faves. Although I feel like I wanna add Kondo he’s just kinda boring and then I also wanna write about Sakamoto Ryoma (who Kondo was executed for killing lol IF HE DID???) but I haven’t even mentioned him thus far and tbh he deserves his own post. 

Hijikata Toshizo, Vice Commander, devil creature?, hot guy

Here he is, wow look at this handsome fella. Yes that’s right this is my icon. I have read that Kane’s personality is based on him (in the same way that Yam emulates Okita) but I don’t think so at all. Mostly because Kane is a stupid muffin and actual Hijikata was known to be a serious samurai guy. Just a farmer guy (and kind of .. pharmacist?) being the best he can be. He was mostly in charge of keeping things in order in the shinsengumi, and also did a lot of interrogation… and may have done some very, very gruesome things. But also, he wrote shitty haiku, which is p charming. Apparently he was incredibly handsome and people fell in love with him like all the time and I know that’s true bc I’m also in love with him. 

After everything, he kept on being the best and led what was left of the shinsengumi after Kondo was executed, trying to fight the new government. But he was gunned down in the battle of Hakodate (lmfao the Kane/Hori scene in map 1-1 which tells you the order of these…. is none). 

I’m pretty sure that Kane’s design and personality are LARGELY influenced by the more romanticised versions of Hijikata in things such as Hakuouki (which I haaaate, no offense). But I like to think that a lot of it comes from him being a sword from a proper name, just without an real antiquity or heritage. Like Hijikata is a farmer-born ronin following bushido and upholding the samurai lifestyle, Kane is kind of a weird excited kid who is a fancy sword…? Well, maybe it’s a stretch. Just aiming really high and being super hot.

Horikawa is kind of a mystery though. I think his outfit at least stems from the more modernized Hijikata you can see above, but I can’t really get the rest. Like I said I didn’t like.. do research for this post, so I’d be interested in hearing other opinions or ideas! 

Okita Souji, 1st squad leader, child prodigy, eventual cat-hater

OTHER THAN artists’ renders?? this is the best photo I’ve ever been able to find and I’m not sure if they ever confirmed that it’s Okita. 

What does he look like, who knows.  Regardless…  he was not beautiful like Hijikata, but we can keep pretending. This bitch was so good at swords when he was a kid he had mastered like all the things by the time he was 18 and became an instructor himself. He was the leader of the 1st uh, troop of the Shinsengumi and famous for being really fucking good at stabbing dudes in the fucking neck and also being a generally funny happy guy. I’ve read he liked to play with kids too, which is p cute (or creepy). He’s like always paired with Hijikata (in EVERYTHING) but idek if they were friends. He had tuberculosis as everyone knows, and it’s said to have been discovered when he collapsed during the Ikedaya incident, but the cause of his collapse is debatable.  Still, as a result he had a very very short life, and so died outside of the fighting in a hospital at about about 25ish? He tried to murder a cat he kept seeing in the garden and he couldn’t, and that really pissed him off. 

What can I say about okitagumi?? It’s already well-known that Kashuu looks fancy because the sword broke and couldn’t be repaired. I don’t need to address that or really anything about him. Except that I love him. Both he and Yams look p young because Okita was very young himself, so I like to imagine they both reflect his age despite their own age/origins/etc bc they have such a deep connection with him. I also hope that every time they’re pictured with cats, it’s bc of the above reason. 

But YAMS??? Now I have at least one thought about his design. Of course he was made to reflect Okita bc he looks up to him so much. But…????

The aforementioned (prettier movie/ova version of) Rurouni Kension version Okita Souji is always the one I imagine bc just….!?? Whenever I look at Yams this is legit all I see. If you have not seen this movie, then please watch him in action here in this clip of the Ikedaya incident, just the first minute or so. I’m right, right? You know I’m right. Except for the clear gap in design details, Yams looks like he’s copying him 100%. Also his bubbly/kind personality that gets a little bit creepy/idgaf in battle is soo the stereotypical Okita personality, it’s so good.

Anyway, PLEASE feel free to send me your thoughts/theories or requests or anything like that. I’d love to hear what you think! 

Suggested reading:

So if you’ve made it this far, congratulations on reading this… masterpiece. I wouldn’t consider it a really good reference or anything (PLEASE), and I honestly just wrote it bc I felt like it. Future history info will be more informative with actual research and references/sources, and I’ll probably do another, more educational post on the Shinsengumi and the time period in the future. HOWEVER for now, if you are very interested in the Shinsengumi and want some actual intellectual and organized information, I URGE you to please read this book: 

Shinsengumi: The Shoguns Last Samurai Corps by Romulus Hillsborough

It is THE English book on the Shinsengumi. I recently bought it again for my kindle (I left my hardback copy in america lol) and it is just as great as I remember. Seriously worth the read. 

anonymous asked:

I remember you mentioning in one of your posts that if we were to start over again as a society, that we would have completely different gender roles because gender is a social construct. I'm trying to come up with some creative ideas for a society with completely different gender roles without using the "females took over the world" trope; I've come up with quite a few ideas but I'd love your input.

(anon is referencing this post on the social construction of gender)

i feel u, because while i love hypothetical matriarchal societies as much as the next person, i feel like a lot of time they’re based on the same concept of “visible genitalia as gender” which is not really all that out of the box. i think it’s important to note that for actual, real life examples of variants on gender, we need look no further than wikipedia (tw for cissexist language at the link)(you may also find this nb wiki page helpful). a lot of cultures historically haven’t followed the strict sex/gender binary that western culture uses. however, in case you are looking for other ideas for gender systems, i present to you:

  • “gender” based on height. no one is assigned a gender until their late teens, when they have finished growing. short people are hunters, because they can most easily dart underneath the stomachs of large fauna to stab at their hearts. tall people become gatherers cuz they can easily pick stuff off of tall trees. medium height people are given the option to choose one camp over the other, or stay at their village encampments to raise the children. sometimes short people defect to the tall or medium height groups, because they lack the athletic ability needed to spear mammoths, and that’s A-Okay.
  • “gender” based on occupation. there are no strict biological markers for gender. differences in genitalia and/or reproduction are treated much like differences in hair color. instead, gender roles are largely based on your occupation–which you choose yourself, based on your skills and interests. hunters are expected to be athletic, obviously, to better catch stuff, but also value stuff like the ability to set good rabbit traps and be quiet for long periods of time. occupations also heavily influence dress, obviously. in the future, all doctors will ask for your occupation early on medical forms, as everyone knows that occupation correlates highly with risk for certain diseases/conditions. as society becomes more specialized and new jobs functions are created, the number of genders increases a thousandfold. at some point along the line, people start talking about how inefficient this whole gender thing is. “that’s ridiculous!” says michael from your bio 101 class. “your gender is based on biology! people can’t just choose to be good mechanical engineers, pamela! they’re born that way.”
  • “gender” based on vocal range. you are either a soprano, an alto, a tenor, or a bass. in such a society, music would be ubiquitous and quasi-religious in nature. the traditional family structure would include four parents, one of each vocal range. “you can’t just marry three other tenors!” your grand-soprano says, shocked and horrified. “how will you participate in family choir time? what if you have a soprano? who will teach sopranoself how to sing? think of your children, darryl!”  entire tumblr accounts are created to support the liberation of tone deaf people, and everyone calls them social justice warriors.
  • no gender. no one gives a crap what your genitalia looks like. no one tells you that you should stay home and raise the children because of x, or that you must like monster trucks because of y. everyone wears dresses sometimes, because let’s be honest, it’s a lot easier than matching a top with a pair of pants when you’re already running 10 minutes late to your 8:00am lecture.
  • because in each of these situations, there is less focus on biological reproductive mechanisms, it is totally normal for people with similar genitalia to get hitched. as such, there are considerably fewer barriers to adoption. surrogacy is a well respected occupation. monogamy is not necessarily the norm. the nuclear family as we know it doesn’t exist.
  • so yeah, speculative fiction writers out there, please give me some cool fictional societies. especially you, sci fi, i am fucking tired of all these alien cultures adhering to the western gender system.
  • anyways, i hope this post has impressed upon you the ultimate arbitrariness of the male/female gender dichotomy. it was not handed down to humankind on a stone tablet engraved by charles darwin. so you might as well fucking respect people’s gender identities, whatever they may be. (this is a general you, not directed at anon, btw)

anonymous asked:

as that yt topic just kinda came up - could you imagine a youtuber AU especially with a broWynaught/EarpSisters/Wayhaught focus? any headcanons?

okay um wynonna would run a channel with waverly, maybe they started it together to keep connected with each other when wynonna left town. but wynonna posts videos of her down fun adventurey stuff or pranks or just rambling about assholes she meets and all the hilarious bad situations she ends up in while waverly talks about all sorts of educational historical and language things, sometimes stories about the drunk people she’s dealt with and even more rarely she sings. (mostly cause wynonna dares her) and they actually have a surprisingly popular channel as something like “The Earp Heirs”

nicole doesnt really spend a lot of time watching youtube videos shes too focused on school (criminal justice and english double major, she doesnt know where thats going to take her yet but whatever), but she gets caught up with wynonna in a fight (some dudebros were harassing a girl and things devolved into a fight) and wynonna’s kinda like “youre cool and you actually know a lot about like what rights you have in a situation like that. i have a youtube channel you wanna star for a day?” and nicole is kinda ?????? okay????

and actually wynonna ends up staying in town for a bit because the bros are trying to press charges (theyre clearly in the wrong here but also have money so its a hassle) and she and nicole become friends. nicole doesnt really consider the youtube thing because it never really occurs to her as a Thing. until someone from a class shes TAing in is like “arent you in that Earp Heir video about knowing your rights? that was so funny” and nicole’s like “maybe i should find out what exactly ive put on the internet about myself”

so she looks into the channel and the top video is like of waverly singing and nicole falls Immediately for her. and like shes friends with wynonna and wow she doesnt want to make things weird by having a celebrity crush on her friend’s sister. thats weird, right? besides in the other videos waverly mentions champ (though he neglected to ever show up on camera) so its pointless anyway

but after the semester is over and the legal whatever is dealt with wynonna invites nicole on a roadtrip because theyre buds and also nicole has nowhere else to go for the summer. nicole agrees and ends up in a bunch of wynonna’s roadtrip videos because wynonna enjoys trying to fluster nicole on camera. they flirt outrageously (and platonically) together. they end up with a huge crowd of shippers tbh. nicole becomes famous in her own right because shes funny and wynonna made her do a cooking video when she found out nicole is actually an amazing cook.

and back in Purgatory waverly watches these videos and wow she falls for nicole a little bit. but also shes pretty sure nicole is dating wynonna? i mean they havent said anything but the way it comes across on camera is kinda couple-y? not that it matters, shes with champ anyway (it totally matters).

so wynonna and nicole end up stopping in Purgatory and as soon as waverly and nicole see each other its instant pining (wynonna quickly quashes any ideas that wynaught is a romantic couple). like full on lingering touches and longing staring pining. wynonna decides to extend their stay because of “car trouble” and then starts making private vlogs of her efforts to matchmake. eventually wayhaught ends up together and the videos of matchmaking go online and wayhaught reaches instant celebrity status.

(when nicole goes back to college she starts making videos for waverly and is minorly popular in her own right.(her audience is 90% in love with her))

anonymous asked:

rfa + v and saeran, mc has a gaming channel and allows them to be in one of her gaming series!


- yoosung knew entering the relationship you had a gaming channel
- he loved to watch your videos so much
- he always secretly wanted to be in a series with you since you did some with your other friends
- when you picked up a copy of skyrim to play for your channel, you decided to ask him
- skyrim was a fantasy-looking rpg game where you got to design your own character and hoard all of the items you possibly could, of yoosung’s favorite things
- he was so excited to be in the series and wanted to make a good impression so he wore a nice outfit
- you two spent an hour in character creation trying to make sure your character was perfect
- when yoosung saw the dragon he grabbed the remote thinking he was going to be able to kill it
- although he didn’t get to, he kept playing with hope that he would
- yoosung’s favorite part was the combat. yours was stealing as many of someone’s stuff until they noticed and jumping off the cliffs to see if you would die.
- you guys have so much junk in your inventory that you can’t run
- it’s worth it though
- when you go in the mountains, yoosung runs bask and forth so he can hear the sound of the snow beneath your character’s feet
- you steal some armor and thankfully DONT DIE
- it makes combat and missions much easier
- you two got so into it that you played for over five hours and took up all the space on your camera

- jumin never really played video games growing up
- once he started dating you, he liked to watch you play the games for your channel
- you got so into it. when you beat a level, you cheered and hollered around the house; when a character you really liked died, you snuggled up into his chest and cried about how unfair it was.
- he wanted to feel emotions like that when playing a game, too
- you kept a lookout and you picked up a copy of until dawn
- you heard that the story was very good, the characters were enjoyable, and quick-time events kept you on your toes
- all of your viewers had requested ur so WHY NOT
- you gave your subscribers a disclaimer that jumin had literally never played video games before
- he eventually got the controls, after a lot of explaining
- jumin liked the idea that the choices you made could make or break your ending
- he became very emotionally invested in protecting emily at all costs
- “people misunderstand her, just like some people misunderstand me.”
- :(
- he hates mike though, so much so that he refuses to play when control is switched to him
- “any man who would trick a woman like that is not a pal of mine”
- the both of you have an argument about whether or not jess should really undress in sub-zero weather
- “jumin, she’ll freeze to death” “you know just as well as i do that when you need to have sex, it doesn’t matter where you are!”
- touché
- jumin has you do the quick-time events
- you guys play daily and it takes you only a week to finish
- “that ending SUCKED-”
- he actually CRIED
- jumin chill
- lowkey me too though

- zen has only ever played lolol once or twice at yoosung’s place
- he’s never been into them but he says if you find him a REALLY good game he’ll reconsider
- you decide on the walking dead game bc zombies
- the killing of the zombies gameplay isn’t particularly hard but the storyline and characters are a+, according to the online reviews
- zen is excited to be on camera and he hopes that “your fans don’t faint at the sight of him”
- he makes really snarky comments whenever the character you have to control, lee, says something “stupid”
- “lee you just killed him with a shotgun why would he answer you”
- he hates lilly and larry so much, because according to him “they’re a more outright aggressive version of jumin”
- he likes how all the dialogue options and the choices you make affect the game in small ways later
- he cries every time clementine gets upset
- the ending has him totally dumbfounded and he can’t speak for a solid five minutes
- “zen?”
-“…..i can’t believe this…..”
- “zen, are you okay?”
- he literally breaks down into a sobbing mess, and turns his chair away from the camera
- “you got me, mc,” he chuckles as you wipe tears from his cheeks, “i’ll play more games with you”
- he literally doesn’t shut up for the next month about what an injustice the ending is and how he’s going to write the company just to tell them that

- jaehee is a little experienced in gaming but not like you
- however, she finds a copy of murdered: soul suspect in the discount bin at the store and finds it so interesting that she has to buy it
- you see her installing it on the game console after you get home from a jog and your jaw DROPS
- “JAEHEE!!!! Do you know how long I’ve been looking for that game in the stores?”
- you get so excited that you set up your camera and audio and everything
- “wanna be on my channel?”
- jaehee eagerly nods - this could be a chance to experience something new and exciting, with her girlfriend too!
- she finds the intro video so COOL but it ends up being really sad and makes her cry
- she’s in love with ronan because he’s so cynical but is just trying to help people
- the enemies are so hard to beat and it takes her around half an hour to kill only three
- the game has historical background and she LOVES IT
- the game ends up being really spooky so she snuggles up to you in case she needs hugs
- which she does. many times.
- “jump scares, i can’t help it!”
- when the mystery is solved, she cannot BELIEVE who did it
- it was so unexpected and NOT who she thought it was in the end
- “mc that game is evil why did i do this to myself”
- good question, jaehee
- your fans love jaehee because they literally have almost all the same reactions she did

- saeyoung has played almost every game known to man so when he tells you he wants to play a game with you for your channel, you are SO lost as to what game to play
- you just got a copy of the new game “the sims 4” so you pitch the idea to him
- “i’ve played the sims 3!” he exclaimed. “i should be so good at this.”
- you guys boot up the game after downloading a bit of custom content first
- you decide to design a married couple to start as
- saeyoung puts up the body thickness, muscle, head size, and ear size as high as they can go and the feet and hands as low as they can go. he makes the guy bald with thousands of tattoos and thick rimmed glasses, and puts him in a speedo-looking outfit. his name ends up being “billy bob omelette”
- you actually take time and put effort into the female character. you name her scarlett and damn is she gorgeous.
- you move them into an empty lot so you can build your own house
- billy bob is a secret agent and scarlett is an at-home author
- for some reason saeyoung finds it funny to make them pee their pants
- “they just look so sad doing it”
- he begs you to make the title of scarlett’s book be “but that’s none of my business”
- he insists on lavishly decorating their house even though you only have $15,000 left in funds
- he likes to fish or dig in the stones for treasure and collectibles
- he tries to tell you this fake story about how they worship the llama God which is why it’s on everything, but little does he know you’re a lowkey sims nerd too, and you know his story is fake
- you let him have this victory, though
- you run to the bathroom for five minutes , telling him to make sure the camera doesn’t fall over
- you come back to find that scarlett has died of overexertion
- “saeyoung! what did you do??”
- “…..i made them woohoo ten times….”

- your subscribers are always asking you to feature your boyfriend v in a series with you and you finally oblige
- you get life is strange because it has a seemingly interesting story, plus it seems to have quite a bit of photography references that he’ll appreciate
- well my pal, he did more than just APPRECIATE them
- after the mention of daguerreotypes, he gave you a twenty minute lecture on daguerre and other famous photographers
- he takes every opportunity to get the optional photos and even rewinds so he can pretend to have a photo shoot
- “warren, step aside, for i am King of The Nerds”
- of all characters, v likes the non-centric ones (like juliet, dana, trevor, and logan)
- the plot line has him literally shook
- he treats the characters like he knows them in real life
- “how dare you victoria i could’ve taken that unflattering photo of you but i DIDNT and this is how you repay me?”
- the end literally kills him and he ends up crying into your shoulder
- “it’s not fair, mc….”
- it’s okay v, we know
- you get him a shirt that says “ready for the mosh pit, shaka brah” and he doesn’t take it off for a week

- you want to help saeran get over his nervousness to talk to people and be on camera
- you figure that having him be on a series for your gaming channel will help
- it’ll help him be more comfortable and you’ll get to play a good game, two birds with one stone
- you pick the wolf among us because it’s by telltale, your favorite game company
- saeran is nervous in front of the camera at first but you hold his hand and reassure him that you’re here for him
- he appreciates the humor of the game and finds it hysterical that the characters are such assholes but don’t even realize it
- he also likes that the story is modern fairy-tales
- “i’ll have to tell saeyoung these jokes”
- snow and bigby remind him of you him and himself; you’re snow, the beautiful, optimistic badass and him, the guy who may appear scary on the outside but isn’t on the inside
- his favorite character is toad because his voice is so funny it makes all his jokes 10x funnier
- he really enjoys solving the mystery and trying to put the clues together in his head
- the person who did it is not who he expected at all and it has him confused
- he gasps at what he calls “plot twists” every five minutes
- it’s kind of adorable how he’s gotten so into the game that he forgot about the camera
- his gasp at the end of the game is so loud you’re sure that you’ll have the police called on you
- “mc, what the fuuuuuuuck”
- he buried his face into your stomach
- “please tell me there’s a season 2” “unfortunately not yet” “UGHUGHUGHUG”

Halloween Reverse!verse for dahliasheng

“Cas? Cas? C’mooooooooon.”

Castiel groans and closes his eyes. You’d think that, as an angel, the green-eyed being would be a lot more… angelic. But, in the two months they’ve been working together, Dean has only managed to be a heavenly pain in Castiel’s ass.

He’s curious about everything, spends an inordinate amount of time watching television, and has singlehandedly managed to use up Cas’s monthly data for porn. As if all this isn’t bad enough, the worst angel in the garrison has been hounding him for an entire week about Halloween of all things.

Castiel has, insofar, been successful in ignoring his questions about candy and modern celebration, biting back that if someone hadn’t used up all the data he could search for answers on the internet, but for some reason, Dean has fixated upon the tradition of dressing up. “But why? What’s the point? Cas? Cas? I’m gonna keep asking until you explain it.”

Eventually, Castiel had explained Halloween: costumes and all. Unfortunately, instead of silencing the angel on the matter, Dean had only become more incensed.

Apparently, he really wants to experience Halloween.

Apparently, he needs a costume a do that.

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bodhilukes  asked:


also requested by the 1 and only ihadaneel

Gives nose/forehead kisses

  • richard campbell gansey III is the grossest most besotted sap in the WORLD okay 
  • adam will be trying to be all serious and academic and gansey will just sneak in little forehead kisses while he’s distracted 
  • also there is ALWAYS a nose or forehead kiss goodnight (followed by a real kiss) while noah/ronan/blue make dying animal noises of disgust 
  • lowkey let me die 

Gets jealous the most

  • ADAM 600000% 
  • what happened to henry cheng after he hit on gansey?
  • nothing u can prove 

Picks the other up from the bar when they’re too drunk to drive

  • adam sighing fondly and rolling his eyes while gansey literally shouts about glendower 
  • or animatedly ruminates on what language ducks think in 
  • or cries bc he forgot to cut the crust off noah’s sandwich yesterday (see: Mom Friend)
  • adam has to gently remind him that noah is dead and therefore cannot eat 
  • ffs

Takes care of the other on sick days

  • ok so when adam is sick gansey goes into full Gansey Mode but. subtly because he thinks adam doesn’t like it
  • but adam knows anyway and he secretly loves him for it so like 
  • gansey sort of tries to play it cool while adam’s awake, just gets him an advil or some cough drops 
  • but then as adam’s drifting off to sleep he can hear gansey pacing and muttering stuff like: “temperature is 99, that’s alright, that’s normal, his forehead is warm, get him a cool cloth, gansey, come on, maybe some fluids, where’s the damn orange juice…..”
  • and he just sort of smiles as he curls up into the pillows and falls asleep 
  • and when gansey is sick he tries to pretend he’s totally fine but adam is the one who sees it and makes him stop and get some rest 
  • it’s brusque and he’s shy af about it but its real love and it makes gansey so happy like 
  • adam will bring him a thing of soup and be like “here i found this lying around” 
  • or like there’s gansey’s bed actually made for once with fluffed pillows and adam’s just like “get some sleep or don’t. doesn’t matter to me” 

Drags the other person out into the water on beach day

  • its canon that gansey is a good swimmer and enjoys the water but i feel like adam would be nervous about swimming?? if only because he’s so cautious and he’s prob never actually done it before (its a luxury of time he can’t afford) 
  • so one day they go out to the beach and gansey can tell adam is nervous so he just sort of gently leads him in and is so loving and encouraging 
  • and then it ends up with giant water fights and holding your breath underwater competitions because these NERDS 

Gives unprompted massages

  • gansey? GANSEY. 

Drives/rides shotgun

  • my first instinct is to say adam rides shotgun in the Pig while noah/ronan/blue sit in the back making kissy noises and just generally being really immature (”adam and gANSEY SITTING IN A TREE…”)
  • but also consider 
  • gansey riding shotgun in the hondayota because watching adam drive gets him all hot and bothered 
  • the furrow of concentration between his eyebrows, the way the tendons in his arms shift when he shifts gears, the little smile he gets when he finds the sweet spot on the clutch…
  • and adam looks over like WhAt???? and gansey looks away in about .0005 seconds and is like “nothing” 

Brings the other lunch at work


Has the better parental relationship

  • gansey obvs 

Tries to start role-playing in bed

  • idk i feel like neither of them are particularly kinky 
  • but if it was going to be one, adam is the kinkier one for sure 

Embarrassingly drunk dancer

  • adam isnt a good dancer either but at least he’s subtle about it jeSUS H CHRIST GANSEY, IS THAT THE SCUBA DIVER??????
  • ronan has so many videos

Still cries watching Titanic

  • adam mostly just snickers to himself and then feels guilty when he sees how Strongly Affected his boyfriend is 
  • so he’ll like hug him while still rolling his eyes 
  • at Blue, who laughs 

Firmly believes in couples costumes

  • except that adam wants to be superheroes or transformers
  • and gansey wants to be historical figures 
  • so they compromise 
  • how adam parrish manages to wear a captain america costume and powdered wig and still be devastatingly attractive is one of life’s great mysteries 
  • not that gansey’s complaining 

Breaks the expensive gift rule during Christmas

  • gansey would want to but he wouldn’t to respect adam’s wishes 

Makes the other eat breakfast

  • he probably buys adam a poster saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and puts it up in st. agnes
  • adam is not ashamed to say he took it down and burned it 

Remembers anniversaries 

  • neither of them would tbh 
  • gansey would feel guilty about it because he was so busy doing other things 
  • adam would always laugh and reassure him that it doesn’t matter 
  • and they’d go to nino’s for dinner and blue would spend her whole shift catching adam’s eye over gansey’s shoulder and pretending to vomit into various people’s drinks 
  • gansey is all self-conscious because he doesn’t know what adam’s laughing at 

Brings up having kids

  • idk i feel like neither of them would want to??
  • but if one of them was to bring it up it would be gansey

send me a ship 

saltkettle  asked:

re: expensive unique thing for bitty to buy Jack. what about a vintage WWII camera, originally owned by a queer soldier? that came with a box of vintage gay pictures?? :D

whooooahhh this is perfect i Love

the soldier, robert *convenient loud noises*, maybe got some kind of commendations for bravery etc and he was minorly important historically, but his sexuality is erased from anything that mentions him. there’s even a whole book about this guy that doesn’t touch his sexuality at all, it’s kinda ridiculous. but if you look at the historical documents (maybe the letters of his estate survived) it’s pretty apparent he had a long term male partner? jack wrote a paper about him (and talked about the erasure of queer identities in historical figures in general. shitty loved it & made everyone in the haus read it. jack is always way too embarrassed to have people read his papers if they don’t ask to but he’s happy that shitty told everyone to read it since he was pretty proud of his work on that one. he’d gotten to do way more primary research than usual just because there wasn’t anyone talking about how this dude was obviously in love with a man!!!)

anyway. robert’s partner, arnaud fournier, was parisian (and actually pretty cool in his own right too), and bitty manages to trace down the people that inherited his estate, matthieu and vanessa fournier (matthieu is the great nephew of arnaud). bitty has bob help him write them a letter in french that basically goes like, hello! so, this might seem out of the blue, but my fiancé is really into wwii history and he wrote a paper about your great uncle and his partner. we’re coming to paris for our honeymoon and if it wouldn’t be too much trouble, he’d totally geek out over seeing any parts of your great uncle’s estate that you might have!

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