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Immortal AU Fake AH Crew where the members are varying centuries old. When they die the first time they get stuck that age forever, regardless of how many times they die. 

Geoff looks the oldest, having died at thirty eight, but he’s only about two hundred years old, shot during the Civil War after turning sides against the Confederates when he realized how actually shitty their ideals were and the Union was pretty cool.

Jack watched Marie Antoinette get her head cut off, and soon after joined her, of course, as a rich woman of the time. How she lived from decapitation, who knew. 

Gavin’s actually the second oldest, born in England as a young nobleman and died from the plague, of all things.

 Michael was killed during World War One. Damn that land mine.

Ray is the youngest, who’s only been returning from the grave since he was killed in the 1980s during a mugging gone wrong. Which side he was on, he doesn’t like to say.

Lindsay died during the Great Depression, and hoards money like a dragon.

Ryan’s the oldest by far, having seen the Roman monarchy rise and fall from the small group Remus and Romulus began it with, then the Republic, the empire. He still harbors respect for his Roman gods, whom he believes are the cause of the immortality. 

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The Edge of the Abyss (The Abyss Surrounds Us #2) by Emily Skrutskie

Three weeks have passed since Cassandra Leung pledged her allegiance to the ruthless pirate-queen Santa Elena and set free Bao, the sea monster Reckoner she’d been forced to train. The days as a pirate trainee are long and grueling, but it’s not the physical pain that Cas dreads most. It’s being forced to work with Swift, the pirate girl who broke her heart.

But Cas has even bigger problems when she discovers that Bao is not the only monster swimming free. Other Reckoners illegally sold to pirates have escaped their captors and are taking the NeoPacific by storm, attacking ships at random and ruining the ocean ecosystem. As a Reckoner trainer, Cas might be the only one who can stop them. But how can she take up arms against creatures she used to care for and protect?

Will Cas embrace the murky morals that life as a pirate brings or perish in the dark waters of the NeoPacific?

Disclaimer: I received a copy free from the publishers via Netgalley is exchange for an honest review

The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie follows the events in the previous books. Cassandra Leung has pledged her allegiance to the ruthless pirate queen Santa Elena, rather than return to the safety of her home. The Reckoner she was training, Bao, has been released free into the vast ocean. Cas is now training, she’s in the running to take over Santa Elena in being the captain of the ship. However, that is the least of her problems. The Neo-pacific and the whole eco-system is in danger. Bao isn’t the only Reckoner roaming free, there are many other illegal Reckoners sold to pirates that have escaped their captors and are wrecking havoc in the ocean. It’s up to Cas and her fellow crew members to stop it.

There are so many things I love about this duology. It is a futuristic science fiction book, a fantastic one at that. It has pirates! Sea monsters! A f/f romance! And just a lot of badass ladies.

The world building is fabulous as usual. I really liked the introduction of the pirate alliance and expansion of the pirate world, that was a really interesting aspect. This series is very action packed, which I also really enjoyed. Skrutskie has a really good writing style which makes this a very easy and quick, fun read.

I was a massive fan of Swift and Cassandra’s relationship in The Abyss Surrounds Us and I loved the further development in this instalment. They are truly a great power couple. In The Edge of the Abyss, there was a lot of conflict in their relationship between them following the revelation in the previous book, but also due to Santa Elena showing a lot more interest in Cas and her role in potentially taking over the ship. This led to some really surprising development with Swift. We find out what really motivates her. We explore her internal conflicts, her wants and wishes, and I really loved that.

Santa Elena is also another favourite of mine. She’s intelligent, brave, fearsome, manipulative, and ruthless – she’s a true pirate queen. I’m a little disappointed in how it all ends for her. The rest of the supporting cast were also great, which came as no surprise.

Overall, though, this is a great ending to a fantastic duology. A duology that I’ll forever be recommending.

I’ll definitely be reading more from Emily Skrutskie because I love her writing – I’m especially excited her next novel Hullmetal Girls, pitched as a YA Battlestar Galactica ‘in which two girls risk everything they have for new lives as mechanically enhanced soldiers; after a rebellion against the governing body forces dark secrets to the surface, the fate of the entire fleet is left in their hands.’ HOW AWESOME DOES THAT SOUND?!?

RATING: ★★★★☆

more about the Immortal FAHC

Ryan and Gavin having long talks to each other in Latin, because they both speak it fluently. Jack and Ryan having conversations in French. Ryan knows about thirty languages and takes the time to teach the other Crew members some long forgotten languages so they can use it to communicate privately during jobs. 

Gavin and Ryan met once before, at a showing of one of Shakespeare’s plays, and when they figure that out they start arguing over who’s met more famous people. Ryan wins.  

Geoff yelling at Gavin every time Gavin brings up Geoff’s age. “You’re older than me, dumbass! Just ‘cause you died first you look younger! At least I don’t get carded every time I walk in a bar!”

Lindsay and Jack going dress shopping together because they keep ending up ruining their dresses with the blood of their enemies, oops. Hey, this one reminds me of the one the Queen of France wore, before she got her head cut off! Lindsay immediately buys it. 

Michael and Gavin arguing about whose first death was worse. Sure, Gavin, you had boils and shit all over you, but I got my limbs blown off, I think I win. 

Gavin flipping his shit whenever one of the crew has the sniffles. 

5

picard:  data,  what are you doing?
data:  apologies,  Captain.  i seem to have reached an odd functional impasse.  i am…  stuck.
picard:  then get unstuck  and continue with the briefing.
data:  yes,  sir.  that is what i am trying to do,  sir,  but the solution eludes me.
geordi:  my hero.

Based on this ask I got the other day. In which Ryan reads to children. 

He’s in jeans and a t-shirt with a video game logo on it, his sweatshirt unzipped. His long hair is tied back in a messy bun and his face is clear of paint and mask. He is completely unarmed. Well, except for the one knife in a sheath on his thigh, just in case, and the arsenal in his car.

Why did I agree to do this? He thinks to himself as he looked at the library. It’s a Saturday morning. There is a get-together every Saturday for the kids of Los Santos here to play and read and for moms to converse and gossip. The librarians tried to have someone come in to read stories to the kids every week. Lindsay did it at once a month and if it weren’t for a previous arrangement with the lads, she’d have gone to read to the kids herself today. She pleaded with Ryan to go in her stead, and now here he is.

He takes a deep breath and walks up the stairs to the library and goes inside. It’s impressive, of course, and his fingers itch to open every book. Not that he hasn’t read most of them anyway, but that’s beside the point. He goes to the front desk.

The librarian greets him with a friendly smile. Ryan’s put off by it, so used to screams of terror, but hides it well. “Hello, ma’am, I’m here to volunteer to read to the kids today.”

“Ah, Ryan, right? Miss Lindsay called earlier and let us know she would be sending a friend today. Thank you so much for this.” She sounds earnest. “The kid’s room is through this door and on the right. You can’t miss it.” 

Ryan thanks her and walks to the room, waiting any moment for someone to call him out, for gunshots, screaming, explosions. But it’s peaceful. 

There are seven children, all ages three to six. Two are related, sisters. The mothers watch their children fondly and chat idly with each other. When they see Ryan, one gets up.

“Are you Ryan?” she asks.

“Yes, ma’am,” he replies, offering his hand and hoping she won’t notice the callouses. She doesn’t, or doesn’t say anything about it, when she shakes his hand. 

“I hope you’re patient. The kids are a little wound up, it’s been rainy all week and they’ve been stuck inside.” She smiles at the kids. “I’m Maggie, Jordan’s mother, I’m the one who sets this up every week. I’m glad Lindsay could find someone to help this week. It’s a shame she couldn’t be here, the children love her.”

“She seems to enjoy reading to them,” Ryan replies. He’s not sure how much these people know. “She likes volunteering and doing charity work. She’s a good person.”

Maggie agrees. “Now, the book you’ll be reading, it’s about medieval dragons and knights, I hope you don’t mind.” She leads him to the chair by the bookshelf. The children have stopped playing and are watching with big, curious eyes. Maggie turns to the children. “This is Mister Ryan. He’s going to read to you today, so be on your best behavior!” 

Ryan sits in the chair as Maggie goes back to the other moms. He’s nervous about this, his palms sweating. He’s the most dangerous person on the entire planet, and he’s going to read a book about dragons to toddlers. It’s almost laughable. 

“So,” he begins, looking at the children sitting at his feet. “Who are all of you?”

They shyly introduce themselves and each other. Ryan greets them each in turn, memorizing names with faces. He picks up the book. “Are you all ready?”

They chorus an agreement and Ryan opens the book. It’s whimsical, very childish, and he feels silly reading it. But the children seem engaged, and it encourages him. He starts to feel more comfortable as the little humans listen to the story with emotional eyes and exaggerated reactions. It warms his heart. 

The story ends, and Ryan isn’t sure what to do. He glances up, but the other parents aren’t paying attention. Ryan looks back to the kids. “So, uh, what did you guys think?”

They are quiet until little Jordan speaks up. “I didn’t like the ending.”

Ryan raises his eyebrows. “No? Why not?”

“Cause in fairy tales, isn’t the knight s’posed to get the princess?”

Ryan laughs, startled by the answer. “No, not always. She wanted to be with the prince. The knight is her friend and wants her to be happy.”

“That’s what’s important!” Sarah adds. “Happiness is the best thing!”

“Can you read another one?” Zack asks. 

“Hmm, I don’t know if I’m supposed to.”

The kids ‘aw’ in disappointment. 

“But if you can listen, I can tell you one.”

The kids are interested. They sit and wait.

Ryan had read many stories in his life. His memory was good. Which to tell? “I have a good story, one about a beautiful African princess who saves her village from an evil wizard.” It’s a short tale, one Ryan was told by an aspiring author years before. He dulls down the battle scenes and described the African princess’s culture, how she defeats the evil wizard with his own magic and her cheetah companion. He doesn’t realize how animated his words are, how smoothly they flow from his mouth for once, although the story is translated. The kids are excited, asking questions, so very into the tale. He doesn’t realize, either, that the mothers have stopped to listen as well, not until after the princess lives happily ever after.

Maggie rejoins the group after a few moments. “What did you think, everyone?” she asks the kids. They are over the moon with Ryan’s story. She gives him a thumbs up and a smile, and he notices how relaxed he is. 

“It’s time for everyone to gather their toys and go home,” Maggie announces. “What do we say to Mister Ryan?”

The children chorus, “Thank you, Mister Ryan!” and scramble off to collect their things. and find their parents.

Maggie asks another mom to watch Jordan for a moment and leads Ryan out to the other room. “Did you come up with that on the spot?”

“Oh, you heard that whole thing?”

“Much of it. It was lovely.”

“It was told to me a long time ago by a friend. He wanted it published, but unfortunately passed before he could get his collection completed.”

“I’m sorry to hear that. He must have been a talented writer.”

“One of the best,” Ryan affirms. “Comparable to Shakespeare, honestly.”

Maggie laughs. “So… do you think you’ll be coming back? The children seemed to really like you.”

Ryan considers. “You know… I think I will. It might sound a little, y’know, strange, but I had fun. I’m glad the kids liked it.”

The next week, Ryan comes back. There are more children. He’s nervous again, but the parents welcome him as eagerly as the children, who demand another story. 

Lindsay joins him sometimes, and the two together make up stories for the kids. Ryan tells them magnificent tales from all over the word and from all time periods. Some of them are true stories, things he witnessed in his own life. He converses with parents on the topics, careful to seem like a history buff than a man who saw it all. 

And thus the scariest man alive told stories to children. The man who washed blood from his hands an hour before showing up, whose mask sat on the backseat of his car beside a body bag and a bloody baseball bat. No one knew, and it was okay. The children were happy, their parents were happy, and he could feel that somewhere in Elysium that maybe his children could hear his stories.

ineversaiditproperlybefore  asked:

Hi, I was in the Misha lounge when we were talking about autism, there was a lady who told Misha that her son (who has autism) relates to Cas a lot. Misha said that he thinks that Cas is on the autistic spectrum, and he says that a lot of people he's met have told him they relate to Cas because they're autistic. There was also another lady in the lounge who thanked Misha for the way he plays Cas because she's autistic herself. Hope that helps :)

I hope you don’t mind me publishing this (if you do let me know) but I wanted to keep this forever

Thank you so much!

Immortal FAHC AU where Gavin learns Ryan is from ancient Rome and starts bugging him about it.

“Ryan, did you wear a toga?”

“They’re pretty breezy, let me tell you.”

“Ryan, did the Romans really drink wine a lot?”

“Why do you think I don’t drink very much? I’m sick to death of alcohol. Pun intended. Dying of alcohol poisoning sucks, Geoff can attest to that.” Bonus Geoff in the background: “Totally worth it!”

“Ryan, do you still believe in the Roman gods?”

“Yeah, I do. I believe they’re a bunch of fucking assholes. Jupiter especially. I swear half the people of Rome were his kids, and the other half were Apollo’s. They’re probably still having kids now.”