Eric Bittle is becoming a problem. Not the problem Jack thought he was going to be in the beginning, no, he hasn’t had to worry about Bittle not pulling his weight on the team since pretty much the first time they played together. And certainly not now, when they work so well together on the ice. And off of it, too; it was surprising, but Jack considers Bittle to be one of his greatest friends, even if sometimes it feels like there’s maybe something shimmering around the edges of their relationship, something Jack doesn’t quite understand, it’s good with them, comfortable and fun in a way Jack isn’t used to.
But he’s becoming a problem, worse, a distraction . A menace, really.
The first time it’s a problem, Jack and Shitty had gotten back from a beer run, and Shitty was explaining some essential feminist theory to him as they made their way from the car to the Haus, “And that, my Canadian friend, is why intersectionality is so important. Like, you can’t really understand anything unless you understand all of the realities and identities that inform a person’s existence, my man. I me-” as Jack turns to enter the kitchen, the rest of Shitty’s lesson is lost to a loud thrum in Jack’s ear that he distantly realizes is the rush of his own blood through his veins as he almost fumbles the case of beer and the bag of fancy nuts and chocolates that he thought Eric might appreciate- for his bakin g- and had purchased on a whim.
He manages to save the beer and the bag of goodies, but not to suppress the inelegant “ Buh -” that escapes his slackened mouth. Because Bitty is bent over at the waist, looking into the oven and making a satisfied little hum at the progress of whatever is baking in there, and he’s wearing those shorts, the short, short shorts that barely qualify as such in Jack’s opinion. And the way he’s bending is causing his muscles to tense and bulge, and his butt . Oh, Crisse , his butt is like a work of art and on display right in front of Jack, and he is in so. Much. trouble.
Jack manages to turn his random noise into a reasonable approximation of “B-Bittle,” and to reassemble his face into a generally neutral expression as Bitty stands and turns toward him and Shitty, who now stands next to Jack and thankfully doesn’t mention his near stumble. The late afternoon sun slanting through the window catches in Eric’s hair and he appears to glow for a moment, Jack manages not to choke on his sharply indrawn breath at the sight, because Eric Bittle is beautiful, and Jack is awed that he hadn’t noticed it until now.
“Oh, hi, y’all,” Bitty says brightly, a genuine smile lighting his face and stretching his lips distractingly. “You’re just in time, because this pie is almost done, so if you wanted some, you’ll just have to wait for a few while it settles,” Bitty checks the timer with a brief glance before looking back toward the doorway where Jack is still frozen, he quirks a perfectly shaped blond brow as if to ask what Jack’s problem is, but when he speaks again, he says “Did you two have fun at the store?”
Shitty moves into the kitchen, patting Jack’s shoulder on the way, “It smells swawesome in here, Bits. You’re the best!” Bitty grins and a slightly pink tinge paints his cheeks as he watches Shitty begin to put away his beer and the few other groceries they procured. He looks back at Jack, eyes darting briefly to the bag he is clenching before settling back on his face, a curious little smile on his pink lips. It spurs Jack into action, finally, and he moves into the kitchen holding the bag out like an awkward shield.
“These are for you,” he says, sounding too loud to his own ears, and maybe too loud in general, because Shitty looks over from where he’s stacking beer into the fridge with a strange look on his face that Jack will not analyze later. He continues, careful to regulate his volume this time, “Um, for your baking, I mean. I thought you’d like them,” he amends. Jack can feel his face heating, hopes Bitty doesn’t notice, that he writes it off as the heat from the oven, but when Bitty takes the bag and their fingers brush he feels the flush deepen. It gets worse still when Eric opens the bag and he makes an excited little sound.
“Oh, gosh, Jack, thank you! I know just what to make with these,” Bitty places his hand on Jack’s forearm and squeezes gently, repeating a thank you and grinning at him, his smile is open and fond and it warms Jack in a different way than the hot flush that he knows is painting his face and neck now.
“ Bienvenue ,” Jack says, voice a little too quiet and close now. Bitty smiles at his slip into Quebecois. It’s almost too easy to slip into the quiet of the moment, the little bubble of space around them, warmed by the sunlight through the window. They stay close, looking at each other for what feels like a long time, but realistically can’t be more than a second or two, then the sound of Shitty shutting the the refrigerator door and exclaiming “Shit, Bits, that pie smells fuckin’ delicious! Think it’s done yet,” effectively breaks the moment.
Bitty laughs and turns away from Jack, his fingers trail along Jack’s arm leaving a warm tingle lingering on his skin. The buzzer sounds as Bitty steps away fully, and Jack shakes himself, realizes he’s still holding the case of beer and places it on the counter. Bitty looks at him briefly as he takes the pie from the oven, and Jack feels the confusion rumbling through him play across his face, but Bitty thankfully looks away before he notices.
Feb. 10 - Social Media Shenanigans – Jeff kind of wishes that he didn’t know
Kent and Alexei apparently sext each other through Snapchat pretty regularly. 1.3K
“What the hell are you doing?” Jeff asks, a towel over his head as he
enters the locker room.
Kent doesn’t even look remotely embarrassed as he pulls his shirt down and
pockets his phone. “Sexy snapchatting my boyfriend.”
Alexei Mashkov likes his men blond, shameless, and a little stupid, he
supposes. There’s no helping taste.
He shouldn’t be that surprised when, that night while marathoning Game of
Thrones by himself, he gets a notification that he’s received a snapchat from
Kent. When he opens it, he nearly drops his phone and spills his cup noodles
all over his crotch.
Miss you lots babe, when you coming to
Vegas??? Providence is no fun, the caption says. The Kent in the photo is
lying down on what seems to be super soft blankets, the picture taken from the
up-down to showcase Kent’s exceptional abs all the way down to his low
waistband. He has an actual finger in his mouth, like he’s trying to play coy. It’s
clearly sent to the wrong person.
can you do an imagine with Jeff Atkins where he doesn’t die, and the reader is
hard of hearing (not deaf). They’re just friends before, kind of like
acquaintances, but then she mentions that she doesn’t think she’ll find someone
bcos they’re never patient enough to repeat things or look at her. And no one
really wants to date someone with a disability. But Jeff is kind and takes her
on a date and it’s all cute and stuff. I want to send this to my friend, it
might make her feel better. Thank you!
A/N: I did so much research to get this right and
I hope I didn’t mess up the hard of hearing element! I liked writing this
though, I’m very interested in ASL and the Deaf Community. Also, thank you so
much for the 1.500 followers!!!! Hope you enjoy!
You were standing in line at the cafeteria for your lunch. Normally you and Jeff would stand in line together but he was celebrating his latest win with his other friends. Everyone was being very loud so all you heard was buzzing and not distinct conversations people were having. Someone especially loud was standing beside you, probably talking about the game Jeff won.
Suddenly you were grabbed by your shoulder and roughly turned around by a boy behind you. You winced and a face very close to yours was screaming. “I was talking to you, bitch!” The guy yelled and unfortunately you were able to read and hear it.
You turned around and the lunch-lady knew what you were having so she quickly gave you a plate with food. Silently you thanked her and nodded your head to her. You speeded out of the line and walked by Jeff’s table. Tears were running down your cheeks as you threw your lunch in the trash and walked out of the cafeteria.
Jeff had run after you and knew not to approach you from behind so he stopped you when he was in front of you. He grabbed both of your hands and walked you to a corner. You sat against a wall and he crouched in front of you. “What happened?” he said as you looked at him. “It happened again,” you said and Jeff nodded, knowing what you meant.
“I’m hopeless.” you sniffed and buried your face in your hands. Jeff took them away so you could look at him as he talks. “Why are you saying that?”
“Nobody wants to date someone with a disability, nobody wants to repeat something if I don’t catch it right away.” you sniffed and Jeff squeezed your hands. He signed the word “bullshit”, something you learned him to do, and you giggled a little.
“You are amazing Y/N. Don’t you dare say that someone won’t date you because you-”
You scrunched up your face as you couldn’t follow the words anymore. Jeff understood it immediately.
“I’m taking you on a date, Y/N. What you’re saying isn’t right.” he grabbed both of your hands to help you get up. He kissed your forehead and you blushed. You and Jeff only saw each other as friends normally, but now he was taking you on a date.
You looked at him confusingly, wondering what all this meant for your relationship.
“We’re going on a date, now,” Jeff said as he grabbed your hand and walked out of the school with you.
“As what?” you asked him.
“As a boy who wants to date the girl and as the girl who is still making up her mind.” he winked and squeezed your hand.
[Interview]B.A.P Brings Party Baby Tour Stateside, Talks 'Wake Me Up': 'We Are Part of the Current Generation'
From the first moment of “Hurricane” to the final note of their encore performance of “Bang X2,” Korean boy band B.A.P hyped up the crowd at New York City’s Terminal 5 on Saturday (April 8) night. The second stop during the US leg of their 2017 Party Baby world tour, the set list was built around the group’s most danceable songs to create a club-like environment where the band and their fans, known collectively as BABY, could party it up and revel in the group’s artistry.
Water guns, a costume contest, and a handful of solo sets – beginning with the two youngest, Jongup and Zelo, each of whom showed immense growth as singers since their last visit to New York – helped set a festive, intimate tone for the night, which saw B.A.P radiate with joy throughout as fans cheered and danced along with their high-energy performances. There was certainly a lot to celebrate on this latest tour, which was the group’s fourth throughout their time together: Five years into their career, B.A.P has seen multiple No. 1 albums on the World Albums Chart, including last year’s Noir. More recently, the group returned with their Rose EP and the profound single “Wake Me Up” in March, their first new music since rapper-songwriter Bang Yongguk returned after taking a break last year from B.A.P’s promotions due to mental health-related issues.
Billboard sat down with the K-pop act (Zelo, Bang Yong Guk, Him Chan, Dae Hyun, Young Jae and Jong Up) ahead of their New York show to discuss their latest releases and what makes the Party Baby tour a new experience for B.A.P and their fans.
Welcome back to New York! How does it feel to be performing here once again?
Him Chan: It was hard getting over from Atlanta to New York as there were some [weather-related] difficulties. But the fact that we’re here in New York right now fills us with positive energy. We’re looking forward to putting on another amazing performance for our fans tonight.
You toured the United States multiple times in the past, but is there anything that you’re looking forward to particularly on this tour?
Young Jae: I’m looking forward to going to Washington D.C., just because I’ve always wanted to visit. Him Chan: On our first US tour we went to Washington, but because a lot of things have changed since then we’ve wanted to visit again.
This is the Party Baby tour even though in the past you’ve always brought your Live on Earth tours to the US. How are the two different?
Jong Up: Compared to previous concerts that we’ve put on in the past, we tried to orientate Party Baby more towards interaction between ourselves and fans so that we can have more of a party or a club atmosphere and just be able to have have a good time. I think that, compared to our previous performances, we want to focus on the whole collaborative effort of just all our fans and us working together to create one performance.
To get more involved you provided fans with a dress code, with a different style corresponding to each specific member. How did you come up with that idea?
Young Jae: This dress code idea for the tour was something that us as the artists – along with the tour directors – thought up since we thought it would be a good way to interact with our fans.
The tour’s set list seems to focus a lot on your newer songs and doesn’t really have a lot of your older music on it. What does that choice say about B.A.P’s musical growth as performers?
Him Chan: We’re really not holding back on this tour. We’re just unlocking all of our abilities and our skills, putting them together for this show. This time, we wanted to be able to show our fans everything that we have. There’s no significance of us not performing many older songs. We just want to be able to put on a good performance with all of our recent songs.
B.A.P has had multiple No. 1 albums on the World Albums Chart. How has that made you feel as a group?
Young Jae: We think it’s amazing, and we’re really fascinated that we can continue to find love from across the world from all of our fans. We’re always grateful and we’re always thankful towards our fans, and we want to continue to show them love for their support for us.
There are only three songs on your new EP Rose, but they each are distinct stylistically. How did that come about?
Young Jae: We’ve released happy songs and we’ve released songs with strong, positive messages, but it’s been a while since we released an album so we wanted to show a third side to B.A.P, one that we knew we were capable of doing and really wanted to show to our fans this time.
Him Chan: “Dystopia” was one of those songs where we just wanted to show B.A.P in all our attributes with rock, heavy metal, and just pay homage to that. For “Wake Me Up,” it was one of those songs for our generation, because we are part of the current generation, where we just wanted to show that we’re present and that we are with the fans and how they feel about current events. As for “Diamond 4 Ya,” we wanted to be melodic, we wanted to play with pitches and instrumentals, and that was something we were looking forward to showing as well.
How was approaching your return with the single “Wake Me Up” different from your past releases?
Him Chan: When we were approaching this album in comparison to previous albums we just wanted to have something that’s more lively, more one on one with our fans. We wanted something that would resonate with our fans, through the message that we’re trying to spread.
Dae Hyun: We feel that we’ve grown a lot individually and together as a group and we wanted to show that in our work this time.
The music video for “Wake Me Up” featured one of the most diverse casts that K-pop’s ever seen. How did that come about?
Dae Hyun: Every time we shoot a music video we have meetings with the producers who help us create them and we put together all of our ideas. Everything from the individual shots of the video to the casting of everyone who will appear. We just come together and put together our ideas, and then we put it all into a final product. But the most important thing is that our ideas have changed, and that helped shape how we felt towards this music video and how we wanted it directed. Initially the plan was to use a Korean cast but after the members got together and we put together our thoughts, we wanted to go with a more diverse cast to show that we have an accurate representation of our society today. Not just of in Korea or America, but all over the world. We wanted to express that through our music video, which is why we decided to go with such a diverse cast.
Him Chan: It was never really something for us that we wanted to do, just stick to a Korean cast because we are Korean. We wanted to represent every part of the world and pay homage to the fans who’ve come out to support us.
The music video’s storyline, which features messages about self-care and mental health, was incredibly progressive, but while making it did you expect that it would resonate with so many fans from around the world?
Him Chan: When we were putting together the music video, we didn’t think that extensively into it, but we did intend to insert multiple meanings into certain aspects of it. We just wanted it to be interpreted by the fans.
B.A.P has been together for five years now, so how do you keep motivated during the rough times?
Dae Hyun: What’s kept us together as a group so strongly was our fans. We really feel that because of the support from our fans we’ve been able to continue stronger and better than ever each time we release a new album as a group. It’s really all thanks to the fans, and we want to pay respect to them.
Young Jae: Before I got on the stage in Atlanta, I really wasn’t feeling well. But as soon as I got on stage and saw the faces of all our fans I felt so much better and became energized and ready to perform.
You guys have shown a lot of different artistic sides over the years. Are there any other sounds or concepts you’d like to try, or musicians you’d like to work with?
Dae Hyun: What I’ve always admired, and what I’ve wanted to do a lot recently, is a duet. That’s something that I’m going to look forward to doing in the future.
Zelo: I don’t really have anything I want to focus on but I want to connect with the fans and show a more amazing, more awesome performance each time and that’ll be reflected in my music.
What’s next for B.A.P? Are you working on anything new?
Dae Hyun: The [Party Baby] concept of this tour is completely new for us and we think that the most important thing for us right now is to finish the rest of this tour successfully, then return to all our fans across the world and back home in Korea. So that’s our priority currently.
Do you have any final words for your American fans?
Zelo: [In English] I love you.
Him Chan: We want to tell our fans in the United States that we’ll continue to work tirelessly and continue to show them a new, better improved performance and better side to B.A.P every time we can visit and perform for them.
All answers have been translated from the original Korean.
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Bitty has never been the biggest fan of confrontation. On the contrary, he spends a great deal of time avoiding most conflict these days. Even on the field, confrontation is Bitty’s mortal enemy, a fact proven by the way he freezes up and nearly passes out every time someone threatens to check him.
There is one place Bitty accepts (if not exactly welcomes) confrontation, though, and that’s in the safety of the lax house. Or, more often, the safety of the front lawn of the lax house when the pesky hockey team across the street starts trouble. Realistically, he knows his own team contributes to some of the bickering and fighting that goes on on that lawn, but more often than not it’s the hockey team who barges over uninvited to complain about this or that.
Summary: Dan wants to have Phil just once. Rating: Explicit Word Count: 2777 Tags: Angst with a happy ending, Friends to Lovers, Getting Together, Pining, Unrequited Love, Anal Sex, Slut Phil Author’s Note: Did I just write two fics in one day? This started out as a companion piece to this morning’s fic, “The Condom Conversation,” but turned way more serious, angsty, and smutty.
If Dan hadn’t been so drunk, he never would have gotten up the nerve to kiss Phil, but here they were, grappling desperately in the dimly lit hallway of their flat, panting into each other’s mouths, unbuckling belts and toeing off their shoes as quickly as they could manage.
They’d been at a party celebrating Louise’s latest subscriber milestone, and Dan had been feeling sorry for himself, watching Phil flirt with some guy Dan didn’t even recognize, and he’d drunk probably more than was good for him, but it had loosened his inhibitions enough to lead to this, so he couldn’t be sorry.
“Bedroom,” Phil growled, dropping his coat on the floor and just leaving it there, tearing off his t-shirt and discarding that carelessly as well. Phil’s hair was ruffled and his eyes were dark, pupils dilated to nearly hide the pale irises. Dan swallowed, eyes roaming the bared skin of Phil’s chest and then his luminescent back as he turned to walk away. Dan followed of course.
Disclaimer: I do not own anything except for the story. Please do not copy or credit this as your work. Photo above is not mine.
Requested by Panda: Since drunk Jacob is back on our dashes again, I wanna see what it would be like when his s/o finds Jacob drunk off his ass and has to help him get back to the train. You can come up with what happens XD
A/N: Dammit I love drunk Jacob so much lol. He would be like Edward but even sillier I think. I pity Evie a lot in cases of extreme drinking. Also, I headcanon that Jacob has a tendency to forget after a little while under the influence of alcohol.
You take a deep breath, close the book you were reading from and hop off of the train, knowing that the Rooks and the Fryes would be celebrating their latest victory over Lambeth in a nearby pub. As you walk there, you try to theorize about what may have happened to the Piece of Eden that had been buried in London and why it was more important to the British Templar Rite than any other before it.
Loud cheers and yells resounded across the entire street as you slowly approached a local pub. From the fully lit windows, you could see Rooks shouting and clapping each other on the back for their achievement against the Blighters. As a few Rooks move out of the way, you see Evie in the corner and enter the pub with as much discretion as possible. You manage to shove through the crowd towards her and she finally catches you slowly moving towards her.
“Y/N, thank God you’re here. Any luck with the Piece of Eden?” She asks and you shake your head.
“I can’t find any details as to what it could be. Perhaps we have to infiltrate one of the more heavily guarded Templar strongholds to get what we need.” You suggest and Evie nods in agreement.
“We can go over it tomorrow. My dearest brother has been looking for you.” She informs and tips her head behind you. You turn slightly to see him laughing with a beer in hand.
“Has he now? Seems to be enjoying himself. I’ll disturb him at a later time.” You shrug and Evie laughs.
“He does, doesn’t he? But I will warn you, he is on his fifth beer of the night and we both know what happens if he drinks a little too much.” She winks and you smirk at the memory.
“Ah yes, the urine incident. Don’t believe any of us are keen on reliving that experience. Alright, I’ll get him back to the train. I’ll meet you there alright?” You say and Evie nods again before you make your way to Jacob.
“Alright, love, I think you’ve had enough for tonight.” You tell him as you snatch away the beer bottle before he can object.
“Ah Y/N! Heard about the celebration, eh love?” Jacob shouts above the noise around you and you smile.
“Of course I did. But I really think you should go back now. There are more boroughs to conquer.” You reply and he tries to nod but it was almost comical in the way he did it.
‘He acts as if his head is a large stone.’ You say to yourself as you hand the bottle off to a passing Rook.
“I will see all of you Rooks tomorrow! Have fun lads!” Jacob hollers as you lead him to the exit.
Choruses of ‘Night Boss!’ and ‘Have fun tonight!’ echo around you as the two of you leave the pub. Well more like Jacob stumbling out and you partially carrying him.
“So which borough to conquer next, love? Southwark? Ooh or maybe the Strand. Heard the leader there was a challenge.” Jacob muses as you try to steer him on the path from where you came.
“Victor Lynch, yes. He is a handful. You will need your rest for that.” You answer and you try to hide an amused smile behind your words.
“Aye, Lynch can go and try to challenge us but I promise you, love, we will win. Hell, I might hand that over for you to keep.” Jacob slurs as he nearly slips out of your grasp.
“I’m not sure Evie would agree with that decision, darling.” You reply and he scoffs.
“Who gives a damn about what Evie says? She doesn’t have a say in everything I do.” Jacob responds almost angrily and you roll your eyes mentally.
“Come on Jacob. Let’s go.” You sigh and he complies upon hearing your forceful tone.
“So what have you and my sister gotten up to while I was taking out the Templars?” He asks and you ponder your next move.
“Besides searching for the Piece of Eden? Not much.” You reply nonchalantly and he doesn’t say anything. For a second, you think you’ve offended him by even mentioning the Piece of Eden. However, he just buries himself into your neck and presses sloppy kisses against it.
“Jacob, we’re almost there.” You sigh and he relents as he lets you drag him into the train and onto a bed in the middle of the sleeping car.
You help him in bed and take off his top hat as he flops onto the mattress. As you finish pulling the covers over him, he tugs on your wrist and motions you to sleep next to him. You give him a look but he pouts in response and you roll your eyes again before shuffling into bed next to him.
“G’night Y/N.” He murmurs into your ear and you press a kiss onto his cheek.
“Good night Jacob.” You reply as the two of you fall asleep to the sound of the train tracks.
Summary: This started as a 4+1 setup on Lin asking you to marry him. It devolved into a study of a year plus some in a relationship, and how you can be so close to the end and yet so far in the blink of an eye.
Word Count: 7414 (oh god I’m so sorry)
Warnings: Badly translated Spanish, lots of swears.
Notes: I do not speak Spanish, nor have I ever been on Broadway. I put a lot of research into this stuff to make it seem as realistic as possible, but if you can tell me how to fix a situation or change a translation to make it better, please let me know, I’m happy to listen.
I took a lot of inspiration from random things, but I want to point out some of my sources because they are important.
The Hamiltome gave me most of the original cast/crew names and timelines for when things happened (transfer to Broadway, opening night, etc.) I also heavily relied on the timeline on the Hamilton Wiki page.
One of the recurring quotes throughout this work comes from Peter Pan. Kudos if you know it.
The song [Y/N] sings is Still Hurting from The Last Five Years. Many versions exist of this beautiful musical now, and one movie adaptation. Link
One text and the last lines come from prompts by @caceerps. There are plenty others where they came from, please go look!
Ileana Ferraras really is Alex Lacamoire’s (very beautiful) wife and she is a professional life coach, which came in handy here.
Spanish translations are courtesy of Reverso Contexto. Better than Google, but I’m sure, not infallible. Let me know if I’m way off the mark.
Title comes from the Jon McLaughlin song of the same name. It is the over arcing theme song for this fic. Link
This is the first thing I’ve written in at least 5 years, and it’s the first thing I’ve written for a Broadway fandom in 10+ years. Please be kind.