carrie the assistant


At the Russian Court (2/?)  R U S S I A N    I M P E R I A L    W E D D I N G 

It had been a tradition since the 19th century that every brides of the Russian Imperial family would wear the same jewels on their wedding day.

The imperial nuptial jewels consisted of the imperial nuptial crown, created in 1840 by the jewellers Nickol and Plincke, using diamonds set in the great girdle of the time of Catherine the Great. The diamond tiara of the Empress Elizabeth Alexeievna with at his center the Paul I pink diamond. The collier d’esclave, a total weight of 475 old carats, some of the diamonds have a blue or pink tint, producing an enchanting effect. Diamond earrings in the form of cherries that belonged to Catherine the Great. These earrings were so heavy that they had to be supported with wires looped around the top of the ears, as the day wore on, the wire cut into the flesh, causing Alexandra much pain. Her niece Maria recalled on her wedding day :My earrings hurt me so that in the middle of the banquet I took them off and hung them, to the great amusement of the Emperor [Nicholas II], on the edge of the glass of water before me.“  

 And the great clasp of Catherine the Great’s imperial mantle.They also wore a mantle of crimson velvet. Except for the wedding of Alexandra, as a concession to her rank as bride of the emperor, her imperial mantle was of cloth-of-gold, lined and edged with ermine. These robes were so heavy that eight pages - four on each side - and the chamberlain, carrying the hem, had to help carry them; without their assistance, Alexandra could scarely move.
Their hair were swept back and coiled into a bun at the back of their heads, by tradition two ringlets hung down on either side of their faces. 

“These were, first, the diadem of the Empress Catherine, with a pink diamond of extraordinary beauty in the centre and the small crimson velvet crown all covered with diamonds.  Then came the diamond necklace of large stones, the bracelets, and the earrings in the shape of cherries, so heavy that they had to be attached to gold hoops and ringed over the ears. […] Finally, they laid upon my shoulders the crimson mantle of velvet, with cape and edges of ermine, fastened by an immense [diamond] buckle.  Someone helped me to rise.  I was ready.”  Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna

A witness on the wedding of Alexandra recalled : "How beautiful she is! That expression followed her all along her path, and it is true that her appearance was positively magnificent as she stood there in her bridal array of silver cloth… Her unusual height helped her to bear the weight of her dress and set off its splendor in its best light.”  This imposing yet formidable ensemble dazzled everyone and was a formidable mirror of the pomp and splendour of the Russian court.

Sources : The Jewels of the Romanovs : Family and Court by Stefano Papi || The Court of the last Tsar by Greg King.

Witchy EDC

Originally posted by thewitchystuff

An EDC, short for Everyday Carry, is a set of items you carry around every day to assist you with your common problems, as well as emergency situations. These usually include, for normal people, flashlights, knives, wallets, smartphones and multitools.

But we’re witches and that means that the span of “common problems” and “emergency situations” we might encounter is a bit more… peculiar. This is why if one wants to be a fully, personally prepared witch, their EDC should contain some more items than the usual ‘muggle’ one.

This kit idea is different from a portable altar/witch kit in the sense that it is not designed to be your complete resource in a mobile, compact form, as many closeted witches treat their portable supplies, but rather a help set for times when you don’t have time or place to tackle stuff in a more elaborate way. A kind of set that allows you to perform a vast variety of spells from types of magic you might want to do on a daily basis,

Here’s a couple items you might want to carry around in your EDC if you’re a witch, grouped by use:


  • tealight candles/birthday candles
  • lighter/matches
  • marker pen
  • knife
  • reference copies of your most commonly used sigils (if you can’t draw them from memory)
  • clear quartz
  • basil
  • pieces of paper/sticky notes (for writing incantations or sigils down)


  • salt packets
  • acorns
  • bay leaves
  • black salt/charcoal tablets (charcoal tablets will come in handy if you have tummy problems, too)
  • rosemary (if you get rosemary essential oil, it can also be used to de-congest your nose and improve mental focus!)


  • amber
  • ground garlic (also useful to spice your food up ;))
  • mint (also useful for tummy aches)
  • chamomile
  • green aventurine/jade
  • carnelian


  • glamoured lip-balm/lipstick with your common blessing (courage, charm etc.)
  • lavender
  • thyme
  • tiger’s eye
  • Peacekeeper’s powder


  • rose quartz
  • sodalite
  • amethyst
  • orange peels (dried)
  • chocolate


The herbs can be carried in packets made from plastic straws or as teabags, which you can brew to make an instant potion or tear to have the dried herb itself available. 


“We are at a lap dance. It’s a celebrity lap dance, which is where celebrities of all shapes and ages sign autographs for cash prices. It’s sort of like going to a strip club, except they don’t stuff cash in your underwear. But that’s… kind of it. […] They love [Leia] and I’m her custodian, and I’m as close as you’re gonna get. She’s me and I’m her.” – Carrie Fisher

“So this is one of those things we go to… at least once a month. Kind of a mini Comic-Con. Carrie resisted these lap dances for years. But… it’s amazing. You see these thousands of people behind me? They line up in 9 in the morning, they’ll stay here until 9 o’clock at night just to have two seconds with Carrie.” – Carrie’s assistant

I have learned something absolutely terrifying about salt firing, which I had to share with you for the EU ceramics department.
The byproduct fumes of a salt firing will eat the paint off a car.
So a longstanding deal with some Gentry with the self preservation to understand the implications, that the wind is always just right during firings, that the fumes never get blown over the school, the wind carries it up and away(assisted by a chimney so tall it /shouldn’t/ be stable), where it can’t fall in invisible toxic clouds over student and Gentry alike. The ceramics department might be well protected and beholden to their own strange gods of mud and fire, but I can’t imagine the Gentry being so proud as to refuse to protect themselves when the other party is willing to cooperate.


anonymous asked:

hey! what are your top 5 favorite klaine fics?

We’ve created an entire tag that has all of my all time favorite Klaine fics - HERE and since you’re making me choose 5…  ENJOY!

Everyday by WhatIknew

A few days after their 2nd wedding anniversary, Kurt is in an accident and falls into a coma. Blaine struggles with the decision to let him go, and the night before they’re set to pull the plug, Kurt wakes up. One problem: He thinks it’s 2008 and that he is 14 years old. No New Directions, no Finn and Carole, and no Blaine. Blaine helps Kurt try to remember his old life while they consider starting a new one.

Where There’s Smoke by Stoney

Fireman AU, set 7 years after graduation. Kurt is Kurt, except that he never met Blaine Anderson. Blaine grew up in Brooklyn with his mother and firefighter father. Rachel and Kurt have graduated NYADA, Kurt gained a Masters from Tisch, and now they’re in their first post-college apartment together ready to tackle their dreams. Unfortunately, Rachel never learned how to properly cook and almost sets their new house on fire. Enter Dreamy McFirepants. (has several one shot sequels to it as well)

The Crema Verse by @twobirdsonesong

Kurt’s just landed a job at Vogue as Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant. One of his tasks is to bring her coffee in the morning. Enter Blaine, the barista. This is the story of how they change each other’s lives.

Snapshots by @borogroves

August 27, 2044. They say a picture paints a thousand words… and Kurt and Blaine have a whole scrapbook.

Headway Verse by @blaineydevon

Snapshots of Kurt and Blaine’s life together, unconditionally loving each other despite dealing with lifelong consequences of a traumatic brain injury.

  • Winter: God, my back is so sore. I really shouldn't have-
  • Ironwood: Been fooling around with Qrow at work? No kidding.
  • Winter:, I shouldn't have been carrying all those crates without assistance. I haven't even seen Qrow all day. Even if I did, I would... escort him off the premises rather than indulge him in any manner
  • Ironwood: Really? You haven't seen him?
  • Winter: No.
  • Ironwood: ...Then why did I hear him grunting from inside your office?
  • Winter: Wait, what did the grunts sound like?
  • Ironwood: Like he was in excruciating pain.
  • Winter: Oh, thank god. Don't worry, that's just my ringtone.

Day 6 of Adrinette Month is Modeling! Adrien struggles through his day modeling for his father, while Marinette follows his orders as part of her internship under M. Agreste. Unfortunately, a model goes missing from the shoot, and they need an emergency stand in.

Additional note: Here is the music I listened to while writing this chapter, in case you’re into that.

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anonymous asked:

Wait I thought billie did take care of Gary

He went to live with Carrie’s old assistant because he was getting a little depressed and they thought it’d be better for him to live with someone who was around Carrie more often.

Gramander Cute Nerd/Bad Boy AU

Right so, thinking of who would fill the position of the cute nerd, I bet some of you think Newt would be perfect for the role. Well, he is. But seriously, please consider Percival Graves as the cute nerd. He’s smart, hard-working, sharp, fully dedicated to his role as the prefect of the wampus house. He’s a bit hardcore at times, a pain in the ass in others and a terror 24/7 but he’s a total sweetie on the inside. He checks on the kids who come from a bad home life, make sure nobody touches his ‘kittens’ and can be counted to boost morale when the wampus house is doing bad in inter-house competitions. 

He’s not particularly thrilled with having Newt Scamander transfer to Ilvermony after being expelled from Hogwarts but he does highly recommended by Albus Dumbledore so there’s that. Except, he’s been trouble since his first day. Bringing in stray creatures, breaking rules, causing magical accidents where thankfully nobody has been hurt. Newt Scamander is an adorable accidental bad boy. Graves is grateful not to have the boy sorted into his house, the boy being sorted into Thunderbird, but he’s a headache for prefects of any house.

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Klaine Christmas Fic-List

So this is a bit later than I had intended but work. But here is a list of everything on my reading list for the next few days. Most of these have Christmas or winter or snow that feature in them and make me think very holiday thoughts. If you have any other suggestions, let me know them! 

My Heart Waits in Winter by Misqueue 

Ever since Blaine was cursed by a fey witch as a small child, he’s been locked in a tower of his father’s keep. Still, he dreams of freedom, though those dreams are haunted. For klaineadvent 2015.

feliz navidad by villageidiot

Blaine Anderson meets his best friend when he’s in Kindergarten. He doesn’t know it yet but it’s also when he meets the love of his life.

Crema Verse by Twobirdsonesong

Kurt’s just landed a job at Vogue as Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant. One of his tasks is to bring her coffee in the morning. Enter Blaine, the barista. This is the story of how they change each other’s lives.

Cooking with Blaine by LuckieDee

Klaine holiday fic inspired by this gifset. When Kurt accidentally sets his saucepan on fire while watching the first holiday episode of Cooking with Blaine, he sets off a chain of events that leads to a life-changing December.

Exsanguination: A Love Story by inkystars

In the wintery mists of Provincetown, a grieving boy who wants to die and an undead boy who doesn’t know how to live help each other to find out the meaning of being alive.

Shatter the Walls for a New Sun by whenidance

AU in which Blaine was raised by highly religious parents and escapes to NYC with Quinn, moving in next door to Rachel and Kurt. (Alternately: Bible!Blaine meets NYC!Kurt. Shit happens.)

Is It Weird? by A Simple Rainbow

Blaine sends his Topics in Contemporary Music mid-term essay to the wrong e-mail address, writing an extra m where it was supposed to read Humel. Kurt, spending a semester abroad in Paris, is having a challenging night of essay writing and procrastination, and goes a little bit beyond letting Blaine know he got the wrong person, sparking what will soon be described as a “weird pen-palish thing we got going on” that takes them both by surprise and leaves them hopeful and giddy.

All I Ever Wanted by Knightlycat

Blaine Anderson doesn’t believe in magic, but when he meets the mysterious Kurt he just might have to change his mind. Blaine knows Kurt doesn’t belong in his well-ordered world, but he may end up being just what Blaine and his family need most. AU

Take it Like a Man by Idoltina

A Legally Blonde AU. Blaine Anderson has it all. He’s a member of both the polo and fencing clubs, founder of the charity Songbirds in Schools, and the lead soloist of the university’s famous all-male a capella choir, the Warblers. In his senior year at UCLA, Blaine – a show choir major – wants nothing more than to be the future Mr. Blaine Anderson-Smythe. When Sebastian breaks up with Blaine instead of proposing and heads off to a more ‘serious’ life at Harvard Law, Blaine sets his sights on following the love of his life to Boston to win him back. But Harvard holds a lot more obstacles than Blaine anticipated: challenging coursework, Santana Lopez, and an admittedly cute graduate by the name of Kurt Hummel.

anonymous asked:

Ok but I would much rather have Billie taking care of Gary. Or even Todd. I know Gary wouldn't be used to it but he would learn

Well I guess they did what they thought it was best for everyone. I just hope they know Carrie’s old assistant is now getting money from Gary, basically. If they’re okay with it then I guess there’s nothing to be done.

unaccompaniedescapist  asked:

" Your hand looks heavy. Let me hold it for you. "

Hit on my muse

  ‘ I… don’t understand. Perhaps the suit is confusing you? Although it may appear that it adds weight to my hand and my hand alone, I assure you, the weight of my hand has not increased majorly. Perhaps by a few decimal points, given the presence of my glove, but not enough for me to require your assistance carrying it. I do appreciate the offer, I assure you, but the weight of my hand is not stressful or a burden to me. It has not been for the past twenty-seven years. I will be sure to inform you if you need to carry my hand, due to being unable to do so myself. Although, if that day comes, I would recommend being mildly concerned for the healthiness of my hand. ‘

Party Kitten - A mystic Messenger Fanfic (MCxJumin) One-Shot

A Mystic Messenger Fanfic

Pairing - MCxJumin

Genre - Fluff/humour and kinda OOC

Summary - C&R Company is holding a party and MC is thrilled. She had the perfect outfit for her and her partner. Only problem was persuading him to wear it too.

Looking at the time on his watch, Jumin sighed as he realised he was late in leaving the office again, he had been going home late for the past week. MC had been very good to him, waiting up and not complaining. Making a quick decision, he gathered the documents he needed and headed out his office, only to find Jaehee and MC was both with their heads down in paperwork.

“MC?? What are you doing here? Why didn’t you come in? Did Assistant Kang ask you for help? Assistant Kang we will talk about this later” Jumin says all too quickly

“Mr Han..-” Jaehee blushing bright red, she could sense the slight anger in Jumin’s tone of voice

“She didn’t ask me Jumin, I volunteered to help” MC got up from the seat and walked over to him

“You volunteered to help Assistant Kang and decided to not even say hello to me?” Jumin replied with a slight pout, MC giggled at his jealousy.

“Jumin, I know you have a lot of work to do, I didn’t want to disturb you, plus helping Jaehee means that you and her will have things done quicker. You’ve been coming home late lately, I’m worried that you and Jaehee will end up passing out due to so much work. Don’t be angry okay?” MC says giving her fiancé a hug and a small kiss on his cheek

Jaehee witnessed how Jumin suddenly softened and relaxed as he puts his arms back around MC.

“Amazing…” Jaehee mutters

“I’m sorry, what was that Assistant Kang?” Jumin asks not looking away from MC

“I was just saying, MC is amazing, with her help. We are actually nearly done, just one more proposal to go through” She replied diligently pulling all the documents in order of time and date

“She is isn’t she” Jumin smiles and pulls MC towards him

“Please refrain yourselves in the office” Jaehee sighed at the sight of the love birds

“Sorry Jaehee..How much work do you have Jumin?” MC asks, letting go off him, though her body yearned for the warmth again

“Not a lot, I was going to bring it home and work there, I didn’t want to keep you waiting, but you’re here now, so you can come in while I finish” Jumin says opening the door to his office again

“Okay! I’ll be right in” MC smiles before turning back to Jaehee, surprising Jumin that she didn’t walk straight in, he stands waiting.

“Jaehee, why don’t you leave that to me and go home, you need sleep” MC says to her and piles the documents together, taking the one from her hand.

“….But…No….MC, it’s okay, I can do it, it’s my job….Mr Han, I won’t let her work, I apologize for letting it happen in the first place” Jaehee rambled

“MC, you really don’t have to, assistant Kang is perfectly capable to-” Jumin was about to stop MC when she gave him a stern look

“Jumin” MC cooed but with a slight sharpness in her tone, knowing that he would probably regret it if he had carried on

“Hm, okay, assistant Kang you can go home, me and MC will finish the rest here….and…thank you for working hard” Jumin says to his assistant sincerely

“Oh..are you sure…? Um, thank you Mr. Han, it’s no problem…” Jaehee trailed off as she was still not use to his sincerity.

“Yes yes, go home Jaehee, don’t forget to eat!” MC gives her a smile while waving a hand as to shoo her.

“Yes, thank you very much MC, I shall see be going then. Goodnight both of you” Jaehee gives her a warm smile back before grabbing her belongings and leaving

MC smiled at Jumin and tiptoed to give him a small kiss on the lips and bounced into his office. Jumin watched as his fiancée went to the couch and sat herself down, getting straight into the the proposal that Jaehee was working on before. Feeling a sense of pride, he didn’t want to bother her just yet, he wanted to finish his work as fast as he can. Closing the door, he gets back to his desk and pulls the documents out of his briefcase.

When finally finished with arranging the proposals, she stands and stretches her arms before taking the documents and lining them up in order on the table by the door. Jumin was writing something down before looking up at her and watches as she laid out the proposals in order, she knew where everything went and how he liked them, the table by the door had everything he needed for the next day all in order of when it will be needed. A sudden sense of warmth filled him as he realised how grateful he was to have someone as special as MC in his life. Piling up his documents neatly on his desk, he makes his way towards his fiancée. Unaware of Jumin being behind her, she jumped as his arms snaked around her waist pulling her towards him until her back was against his chest. She relaxes as he starts kissing her neck gently, making her knees weak.

“Jumin…I need to finish…” MC says trying to hold her posture

“Thank you for tonight” Jumin says, still close to her neck, feeling his breath tickled her.

“Oh this isn’t for nothing” MC replies with a smirk, putting the final proposal down.

“Hm..of course, is there something you’d like?” Jumin asks

“You know the your office party is soon…” MC turns around facing him

“The Halloween party? Yes, we do it every year for the employees. It’s a waste of money if you ask me, but my father says I have to show my face every year, and this year is no different, although you’ll be coming with me, so I guess it won’t be so bad” He sighed just thinking about it

“Hm, I don’t think it’s a waste of money, your employees work hard here, this is like a little reward for them, to relax and have a bit of fun, get to know other colleagues” MC explains

“If they want to get to know each other, they can do that outside of working hours, what they do after work is none of the my business” Still not understanding her point, he says while grabbing his jacket

“That’s not the point Jumin…..”MC sighs, leaning on the table, she looks at him as he stopped and folded his arms.

People would have found him to be intimidating at this point, but she knew that he was confused and wanted to know what MC was trying to say. MC walks over to him and places her hands on his folded arms, pulling them apart gently and placing them on her waist, and putting her hands back on his chest. Looking up at him, she could see the little frown that’s between his eyebrows.

“What I’m trying to say is, that your employees do a lot for this company and it will be good for them to be rewarded in many different ways. Think of it as a way for your employees to get to know one another for teamwork, they will work much better if they are all on good terms with one another. You want to be able to let them know that you appreciate their effort and hard work, the happier they are with you and your company, the more loyal they are and the more efficient they will work, because they wouldn’t want to let the company down. I’d like to think that your father approved of the parties for such reasons or similar” MC  explains further, watching his face for an reaction.

“You are right, father did say something similar. I guess I never really took what he said to heart, I thought that with us giving them a good wage was enough, but you explained it in a different way, a way that I understand. Thank you again MC, you have taught me something new” Jumin says giving her a kiss

“I’m glad you understood. Now, let’s go home, I want to show you something” MC says with a twinkle in her eyes

Not sure what to expect, Jumin didn’t think much on it as he happily let his fiancée pull him out the office.

Standing in front of their bedroom, Jumin gives MC a look of disbelief as she stands here holding up some cat ears and tail. MC gave him a small smirk and put on the white cat ears, raising an eyebrow at her, he found himself blushing from how cute she looked. Twirling the black cat ears in her hand now she gave him a knowing look.

“MC, when you said you had something to show me, this is not what I had in mind” Trying to hold himself together, Jumin was aware of the look on her face.

“Please…we will be so cute at the party..” MC pleads with a sweet voice, inching slowly forward towards him

“I have not and will not take part in dressing as an animal or any other weird things people dress as for Halloween” Jumin backs away slowly, holding both hands up and shaking his head

“Why don’t you try it on? I got black one’s so it goes with your suit” MC smiles about to pounce when Jumin had ran to the kitchen

She did not expect it to turn out to be a chase around the pent house, Jumin was surprised at how much fun he was having, having her chase him. When she laughs, he wanted to hear more, he loved how natural things seem to flow. Lost in his thoughts he felt himself being pushed, as he falls onto the couch, he looks up to see MC straddling him, holding up the cat ears with glee.

“I….got…you…….let’s they…look” Breathless from all the running, but still smiling, she tries to put the cat ears on his head as he keeps moving his head.

“MC….I don’t want to look ridiculous at the party!” Jumin say holding her arms so that she couldn’t move.

Sighing in defeat, Jumin felt her arms relax, he lets his hand slide down her arms and onto her waist. He could see that she was pouting as she looks at the cat ears she’s holding.

“I have to keep my image for the company” She heard him say

“I understand, don’t worry” MC replies getting up from him

Slowly getting up, he watches as MC walks towards the bedroom, twirling the headband again. He watches as she swayed her hips at each step, feeling himself getting hot he stands to follow when MC stops at the bedroom door frame, turning her head round slightly, she could just about see him from the corner of her eye.

“(Sigh)…well…I suppose I can always ask Luciel or Zen to wear it, and come to the party to matc—ahhhh” MC shrieks as she suddenly felt herself being picked up and twirled, before thrown onto the bed.

“No other man will be attending the party as your “match”, I am your partner and I will be the only one to match!” Jumin says sternly, taking the cat ears from her and putting it on his head.

MC looked at him and couldn’t help herself blush at how adorable he looked, but she was happy that what she said worked. Not realising that he was leaning slightly closer to her, MC lost in his eyes pulls on tie towards her until their lips met. The kiss deepened as Jumin started a hand up her leg and stroking her face with his other hand. Pulling apart, he looks at her hungrily.

“You look so cute in those ears…..I love you my kitten” Jumin says smiling at her

“Mmm…meow?” MC teases, watching Jumin blush brightly making her giggle.

MC found melt into another deep kiss, with her body giving him permission to take her, with the cat ears on.

quartz for the signs
  • aries: blue onyx - a member of the quartz family, often recommended to athletes. increases strength, endurance, perseverance, and explosive energy. Opens throat chakra and can help facilitate clear communication with others.
  • taurus: green chlorite - a member of the quartz family. a healing stone on all levels. also known as prosperity stones, attracting wealth of all kinds.
  • gemini: lithium quartz - calming and meditative abilities. beneficial for mental disorders due to it’s calming and balancing of the brain and emotions. great for heelping with depression and mood swings.
  • cancer: pineapple quartz - dissolves negative thoughts, anger, fear, resentment and emotional blocks. softens negative energy. acts as a protective stone, providing an energy barrier around the user.
  • leo: rose quartz - helps the user to develop self-love and attract love. excellent for healing emotional wounds. brings calmness and clarity to the emotions and restores the mind to harmony after chaotic or crisis situations.
  • virgo: lemon quartz - enhances creativity, organization, optimism and well-being. helps to focus on your goals with a clear and bright outlook to make your future the way you want it to be.
  • libra: aqua aura quartz - enhances intuition and communication, calms nerves, and energizes mental abilities. promotes one's inner beauty and attracts wealth and success.
  • scorpio: opal aura quartz - helps to protect and balance the aura and brings health on all levels. helps one move toward ‘right action’. lifts the spirit and helps to bring tranquility and peacefulness and contact with our inner wisdom.
  • sagittarius: double terminated quartz - can transmit or receive energy through both ends. assists in meditation and dream state. Provides protection, carrying one can assist in maintaining one’s energy shield. brings stablility, perseverance and patience.
  • capricorn: smoky quartz - excellent for elevating moods, overcoming negative emotions, and relieving depression. relieves stress, fear, jealousy, anger and other negative emotions by transforming them into positive energies
  • aquarius: nirvana quartz - it stimulates the third eye and crown chakras and helps one reach enlightenment or “nirvana”. excellent for meditation, allows one to embrace a state of inner silence, also great for enhancing psychic ability.
  • pisces: fairy quartz - brings peace and calm to those in its energy field. extremely beneficial for emotional pain or illness. It can help alleviate depression, stress and anxiety.

older women usually give me shit when I come up for carry out assistance but I helped one woman out today who said “eh youre all muscles you got it” and it like made my day. love it

When the pious people of Tarim sent their children out on an errand they would say to them: “If you come across a blind person show him the way, if you find someone carrying something heavy assist him, if you find the door of a mosque open close it so that no animals enter it and if you find something harmful on the ground remove it.” Thus they would teach them many intentions for which they would be rewarded even if they did not come across any of these things.
—  al-Habib Omar bin Hafiz

anonymous asked:

favourite fics?

Well, I put 4 stars on the fics on my FIC REC list (CC fics can be found HERE) when they’re one of my faves but here’s my top ten:

****Everyday - by whatIknew   (NC-17 Complete)  (This the best Klaine fic I’ve ever read - heartbreaking, romantic, insanely well written. Simply put - it’s PURE KLAINE! A MUST READ!)    A few days after their 2nd wedding anniversary, Kurt is in an accident and falls into a coma. Blaine struggles with the decision to let him go, and the night before they’re set to pull the plug, Kurt wakes up. One problem: He thinks it’s 2008 and that he is 14 years old. No New Directions, no Finn and Carole, and no Blaine. Blaine helps Kurt try to remember his old life while they consider starting a new one.

****Someone Like You by iconicklaine  (NC17 - COMPLETED - probably one of the best scenes ever in a fic *Chapter 3* - so damn good - seriously READ THIS FIC!!) -  Kurt and Blaine keep up their very own version of “When Harry Met Sally” for years, a friendship fraught with sexual tension and longing, until the agendas of Adele (yes, THE Adele), a bored NY socialite and a super-sweet hetero couple bring our boys together. The only problem is… they’re both in committed relationships.  *One of my top three fave fics EVER - will live in my heart and soul forever.

****The Muse by Cimmerians (Rated NC17 Complete) Ignore the age difference and just bask in the love and honesty of this perfect fic.  Truly beautiful.  One of THE BEST FICS EVER. It’s a constant REread for me.

****Go Your Own Way by Zavocado (Rated NC17 - Complete)Kurt Hummel just wants to get through his Junior Year at McKinley in one piece. But when the new guy from Dalton Academy Reform School for Boys takes an alarming interest in him, he’s certain he’s going to be in for a wild ride. Badboy!Blaine, Klaine, AU Simply the BEST Badboy!Blaine fic EVER!  Everyone MUST read this fic (multiple times!)

****Where There’s Smoke by Stoney  (NC17 - COMPLETE)  Fireman AU, set 7 years after graduation. Kurt is Kurt, except that he never met Blaine Anderson. Blaine grew up in Brooklyn with his mother and firefighter father. Rachel and Kurt have graduated NYADA, Kurt gained a Masters from Tisch, and now they’re in their first post-college apartment together ready to tackle their dreams. Unfortunately, Rachel never learned how to properly cook and almost sets their new house on fire. Enter Dreamy McFirepants. (has several one shot sequels to it as well)  This is definitely in my top 5 fave fics EVER.  I have read and reread this several times - it’s sweet, sexy and perfectly written - you will fall in love with Captain Anderson and Klaine - it’s simply BEAUTIFUL and a MUST READ!!

****A Political Romance by Yadiva  (NC17 -COMPLETE) Blaine is the son of a conservative politician. He’s not allowed to have a boyfriend but he falls in love with Kurt however something about Blaine isn’t quite right. Something dark and slightly twisted. Rated M for language, smut, gay sex and dark themes.   This is not for the faint of heart….it is dark and kinky but it’s by far the strongest and deepest Klaine love story I have ever read.   It’s unbelievable - you won’t be able to stop reading.

****A Legal Romance by Yadiva  (NC17 - COMPLETE)  The sequel to A Political Romance  (it literally took me days to get over the ending of this fic - it wouldn’t let go of me)

****THE SYMPHONY VERSE   (Rated M - Complete in 6 works)

Blaine has spent most of his life feeling like the only thing people notice about him is that he stutters. He’s working hard to overcome his (mostly self created) roadblocks when he meets Kurt in an online class the summer after his freshman year of college.

****CREMA by twobirdsonesong  (Rated M - Complete)  

Kurt’s just landed a job at Vogue as Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant. One of his tasks is to bring her coffee in the morning. Enter Blaine, the barista. This is the story of how they change each other’s lives.  *I adore this story! Don’t forget to read all the prompted one shots!

****Headway by BlaineyDevon (Rated M – Complete)

“The accident took a lot of things from Blaine, but it never touched his ability to love.”

Snapshots of Kurt and Blaine’s life together, unconditionally loving each other despite dealing with lifelong consequences of a traumatic brain injury.  *I adore this story – a very touching, beautiful and powerful love story

****Headstrong by blaineydevon (Rated M – Complete)  Prequel to Headway

The evolution of how Kurt and Blaine grew from best friends to boyfriends to soul mates, learning how to merge two complicated lives into one.  *There aren’t enough words to describe how much I love this verse

****Until Further Notice by lostinfictionalworlds (Rated M – Complete)

Money can’t buy happiness. Businessman Kurt is still trying to figure that one out, and performer Blaine thought he knew what he wanted, until he came across a Personal Assistant Ad. A story of acceptance and love, from one’s self and that of others, more specifically, one other.    *really enjoying this so far – two lost souls connecting.  Beautifully written.

****Until Forever by lostinfictionalworlds (Rated M – WIP)

Money can’t buy happiness. Businessman Kurt is still trying to figure that one out, and performer Blaine thought he knew what he wanted, until he came across a Personal Assistant Ad.

This is the sequel of a story of acceptance and love, from one’s self and that of others, more specifically, one other. - Now Join the boys in this sequel as they continue their story, but this time they’re together, professionally, personally and very, very intimately

thoughts/hcs on dalish society wrt player class selection

in complete seriousness, the only class likely to have any combat ability whatsoever is gonna be warriors, & even then it’ll likely be lessened compared to a trained soldier/mercenary/practiced criminal from the rest of thedas because most non-dalish soldiers don’t spend half their day chopping firewood and milking hallas

regardless of whether you go with presented canonical materials that clans are like 50 people (which is a terrible underestimation imo) or several hundred, it takes a lot of effort and tasks being accomplished to keep a civilization of any sort up and running

dalish just don’t have the numbers to afford clan members who only specialize in doing exactly one (maybe two) things, because then if these people’s ability to do their One Thing was taken away, they’d just be dead weight and when you’re a teensy tribe surviving by the skin of your teeth and hurrying from place to place to avoid being set upon by the angry humans who colonized your lands, you’re gonna wanna minimize as much sitting-around-not-really-doing-anything as you possibly can

so you’re gonna have kids assisting with domestic chores, you’re gonna have the elderly who are too feeble to move around much working on handicrafts or minding the kids and telling them stories, and all your able-bodied adults are going to be doing a whole host of things related to keeping the camp running (including but not limited to: spinning and weaving cloth, making repairs in damaged goods, cooking meals, fetching water, tending to the hallas, inspecting and making repairs to the aravels, wood- or ironbark-working, leather-working, fetching/splitting/storing firewood, gathering and preserving food and herbs available in the area, AND BASICALLY A SHITTON OF OTHER STUFF)

so in their day-to-day mundane camp-managing lives, your mages (even your firsts) are going to be spending a lot of time cutting, fixing, carrying, and assisting in all the boring duties of the clan members around them; they aren’t special or exempt from labor because they can shit lightning on command

while it’s true they have experience controlling their magic, and likely have run through drills given to them by their Keepers to ensure they don’t set everything around them on fire in the event that they need to defend themselves, outside of being under attack by humans or the local wildlife there really isn’t any way for them to practice combat magic enough that they’d be particularly good at it (mundane magic, however, is another story entirely; your Dalish mages are going to be fucking fantastic at starting fires and closing wounds and cooling food)

your hunter rogues aren’t going to be spending 100% of their days dashing through the woods in pursuit of prey, they’re going to be coming home once it gets dark and putting down their bows and daggers and picking up a hammer to repair a wagon axle, or a blanket that needs a frayed edge cleaned up

hunters might even panic at the prospect of killing things that aren’t animals, having hammered into themselves all those mantras about the give-and-take in the natural cycle that allowed them the use of another creature’s flesh to sustain themselves, and to use that skill to murder a sentient being (even one trying to kill them) might just feel kind of wrong and culturally fucked up

your warriors are going to spend the majority of their time doing non-warrior things, and in peacetime (or, without a concrete, palpable threat hanging over their heads) will only get to practicing their combat skills once there really, truly, isn’t anything else immediately in need of doing

not because your clan doesn’t realize the importance of training people to defend you against the forces of evil or whatever, but because 99% of the time they literally need someone to fix this hole in the roof more than they need someone who’s really good at stabbing things, so numerically if you line up the hours spent practicing on a dalish warrior vs. a soldier in their country’s imperial army, the army guy’s gonna win most of the time (excluding external factors)

related thought: becoming too consumed in a single role/occupation (the way humans can afford to because of the size of their population) might be frowned upon in clan culture due to the necessity of splitting one’s time among many tasks, so your warrior-classes might even get lectured on the importance of developing other skills that make them valuable assets to their communities because otherwise they might turn out like those beastly humans who dedicate their whole lives to war and bloodshed and are so restless during peaceful periods that they pick fights with each other just for the thrill of it

fortunately once your Warden/Inquisitor/etc meets up with outsiders, they can get properly schooled in all the ways their techniques “clunk,” but until then it’s likely any assessment of their fighting skills is going to be less than favorable (but damned if they can’t darn a sock with the best of them)

Kid One Day You’ll Do Great Things.

Originally posted by ramplings

Pairs: Poe x Reader, Kylo Ren x Reader

Warnings: none

Prompt:  if you did can you pretty pretty please do one where Reader (a Jedi who’s trained by Luke and is Kylo Ren’s twin) is fighting him (reluctantly) with Rey & Finn after witnessing him kill Han Solo. After winning and going back to the base, she put up a strong front for all the people (especially her mother) then she goes to her favourite spot to be alone then Poe who has followed her there, confront her and finally she breaks down in front of him?

A/N: I’m so sorry the Anon made me do it!

You sat silently next to Finn, trying to distract yourself by tending to his wounds as best you can. If he died you’d never forgive yourself, it was your fault he was lying here dying. You hesitated and now he was lying here nearly dead.

 "You know him don’t you?“ Rey said beside you.

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