the h2h tiebreak is so dumb that i kind of love it…like if chicago and orlando end up tied, chicago wins, if chicago and seattle end up tied, seattle wins, and if seattle and orlando end up tied, orlando wins. but if all 3 end up tied, chicago wins followed by seattle. what kind of nonsense
Oh yeah, no angst and emotional trauma here. Hope a few of these fit what you’re looking for, anon:
These Lies We Cherish by Semira Pairing: Gen | Rating: PG-13 | Wordcount: 4,999 | Archive: AO3
John responds a little too enthusiastically to Sam’s snark when he uncovers his son’s acceptance letter, and Sam leaves, injured and betrayed. Thankfully, it doesn’t end there. For the prompt: What happened during the Stanford fight and how Dean felt about his brother leaving (and not wanting him to go). Anything about this would be great.
Punching In A Dream by felix-felicius
Pairing: Gen | Rating: PG-13 | Wordcount: 30,326 | Archive: ffnet After being told he can’t go to Stanford, Sam is found with his wrists slit in an apparent suicide attempt. Only thing is, he doesn’t remember doing it
Only One I Need by zana_zira Pairing: Gen | Rating: PG-13 | Wordcount: 3,220 | Archive: LJ
John’s never been supportive of Sam’s academics, but even Dean never imagined he’d try to forbid Sam from going to his own graduation. The fallout is bigger than John probably intended, but now that Sam’s made his choice there will be no going back. Ties into Sam’s acceptance to Stanford.
They Then Ate The Sailors by coyotesuspect Pairing: Wincest | Rating: R | Wordcount: 24,364 | Archive: AO3
The summer before Sam leaves for Stanford, Sam and Dean sublet a student apartment in a heat-wave gripped Chicago. With John tied up with a case in Iowa City, Sam and Dean are left to figure what’s behind a recent spate of drownings. Sam wrestles with the weight of the secret he’s keeping from Dean, while Dean struggles with his feelings for Sam. Things come to a head when a young girl goes missing and Sam nearly drowns.
falling through by cautionbeware Pairing: Wincest | Rating: NC17 | Wordcount: 3,400 | Archive: LJ
Sam is seventeen years and one day old when his world rapidly collapses in on itself.
Two-Headed Boy by dollylux (sequel to The Ballad of The Invisible Boy) Pairing: Wincest | Rating: NC17 | Wordcount: 57,490 | Archive: AO3
Sam’s life from sixteen to twenty-two years old. This is a story of the last days of innocence during a sweltering Southern summer when Sam is so in love with his brother, he can barely stand his touch. It’s the pain between them through lies, through jealousy, through seeing each other with someone else. Theirs is a story of leaving and Stanford, of Dean feeling lost and Sam nearly losing himself without his brother. It’s fire and reunion and a love never lost - ever-present and no longer deniable.
You'd guessed that Mystery Science-based Organization was a hot mess based on how disorganized the interview offer was, right? Was it even messier than you thought? Does the job at least have some fun perks?
Well, that was just HR, they can be a mess sometimes. I mean if there’s one thing I’ve learned about business, it’s often that even if they are making a concerted effort not to “silo” departments off from each other, frequently one part of the company can be GREAT while another part is drowning. So I never judge a company by its HR department unless they are seriously ignoring/encouraging abuse and violations.
In this case, really, the department I’d be working in was refreshingly upfront about what a mess they were. Like, they don’t want someone to come in under false pretenses and then quit when things get rough; they want someone who understands that what the department needs is order and innovation to get it back on track. It’s actually one reason I’m considering it still, because it feels like the department wants change and I think I’m in a really great position, knowledge-wise, to facilitate that.
I think the question is more:
Do I want that job, and if so Do I want that job at the pay they’re offering, and if so Do I want to give up the life I have in Chicago for that job
I have relatively few ties to Chicago in terms of family; if I left I probably would not have a reason to return for a long, long time.
It’s time to re-read Decisive and see what wisdom it can offer me this time.
Estimated by counting tweets that use the official hashtags and produce Twitter’s voting widget. Some repeat votes might be counted in this estimate, while some votes might be omitted if Twitter fails to publicly list them.
SotW turnout is considerably higher not only than Week 6′s (1,201) but any week’s (1,397 on week 2, also the last time a non-GK won the award).
Sheridan gained some ground overnight, but not much. Colaprico becomes the 2nd Chicago SotW winner in 3 weeks (Naeher, 2017 week 5) and their 3rd overall.
Colaprico ends polling with more votes than any 2017 Save of the Week nominee (was 696, week 4, for Ashlyn Harris).
Sheridan’s 529 votes would have been enough to win in weeks 2, 3, 5, or 6–in other words, any week Harris wasn’t nominated.
None of the nominated players had won Save of the Week before.
No player for Sky Blue FC (18 nominations) or the Washington Spirit (15 nominations) has ever won Save of the Week.
This is Kopmeyer’s 10th nomination without a win, the most in the league, and Labbe’s 8th without a win. While it’s early to call a winner, I’m confident neither Kop nor Labbe will overcome their 330+ vote deficits.
A Chicago player has been nominated for Save of the Week a league-leading 22 times.
The Reign pass FCKC and Boston with their 17th Save of the Week nomination, placing them 4th overall behind Sky Blue and Portland (18) and Chicago.
Sheridan’s nomination is her first, and the first of the year for Sky Blue FC, ending the longest SotW nomination drought in league history (6).
Colaprico’s nomination is the 8th for a midfielder, and her 2nd (2016 week 4). She joins teammate Vanessa DiBernardo as the only non-GKs to be nominated multiple times, something no defender has accomplished.
To put that last point another way: Becky Sauerbrunn, a defender, has won Goal of the Week twice (counting this week) but has never been nominated for Save of the Week. DiBernardo and Colaprico, both midfielders, each scored goals in the Red Stars’s week 7 match, and each of them have been nominated for Save of the Week twice, more times than any individual defender in the league.
Labbe marks the latest instance of a player on a team that started or finished the week in last-place getting nominated for a weekly award. The rest have been Orlando Pride players.
GotW turnout easily beat last week’s (1,776). Sauerbrunn’s votes have passed Rachel Daly’s week 1 golazo, and her votes alone are likely to overtake all weeks’ total Goal of the Week turnout except weeks 1 and 6.
Easily called for Sauerbrunn. With about 6 hours of ballots in the box, Sauerbrunn led by 810 votes and with nearly 2/3 of the total vote. While that lead shrank overnight, most of the gains were by third-place Debinha; Sauerbrunn’s percentage dropped, but her vote lead increased to 1,168 and ended at 1,210. This is Sauerbrunn’s 2nd Goal of the Week award (2016 week 9).
Sauerbrunn is the only player to be nominated for Goal of the Week multiple times and win each nomination.
Sauerbrunn is the 4th player to win Goal of the Week multiple times, joining Alex Morgan (2), Rachel Daly (3), and Christen Press (5). I bolded this because it blows my little pea-brain mind.
Defenders have won Goal of the Week 5 times (19.23%). Sauerbrunn accounts for 2 of those; the others are Camila (2017 week 3), Ali Krieger (2016 week 2), and Steph Catley (2016 week 1).
These are the first nominations for Katie Johnson and Vanessa DiBernardo, and the second nominations for Sauerbrunn and Debinha.
Katie Johnson is the third rookie nominated this season, after Danica Evans (2017 week 2) and Rose Lavelle (2017 weeks 3 and 5). Evans is the only rookie to win this season, and was the first and only rookie to win Goal of the Week.
Johnson is the second player with a Mexico WNT cap to be nominated in a row for Goal of the Week, after Sofia Huerta’s nomination (and win) last week.
This is the 2nd time a FC Kansas City player has won Goal of the Week in 13 nominations (2nd-fewest nominations overall). Both wins were Sauerbrunn’s.
A Flash/Courage player has been nominated for Goal of the Week 20 times overall and 5 times this season, both more than any other team. No Flash/Courage player has ever won Goal of the Week.
Only 1 Reign FC player has won Goal of the Week (Jess Fishlock, 2017 week 4) in 17 nominations (5.88% win rate, worse than any team but Sky Blue FC’s 5.56%, and the Flash/Courage’s and Boston’s 0%).
Reign FC and Chicago (17) are now tied for 4th-most nominations, passing the Pride and Thorns FC (16).
This one took a while, but hawkeye-hawkeye requested ‘Steve and Bucky - art museum or art gallery date’. Anybody who knows me knows that I’m a total art nerd and I’ve actually been trying to write this fic for a while.
The above painting is Greyed Rainbow by Jackson Pollock, 1953. It’s at the Art Institute of Chicago.
“Oh,” Bucky says.
Steve turns his head from the painting to Bucky, who is staring at it, lips unconsciously parted, long hair pushed back from his eyes for what seems like the first time in ages.
“Buck?” Steve asks, giving the painting a second glance.
Jackson Pollock, Greyed Rainbow, 1953.
It’s not Steve’s first choice, but Bucky steps a foot closer to it, unable to tear his eyes away.
“I think I.” He cuts himself off.
“Buck, what is it?”
When Bucky doesn’t answer him immediately, Steve searches for some kind of answer in the splatters of paint. Abstract Expressionism may have began in the 1930s, but Steve was never really introduced to it. He was too enamored with the Modernists and the Regionalists, the Magical Realists and Surrealists. The other side of the Art Institute has a whole wing of the paintings that seem so familiar, the ones that were just being painted when he was in school and still thought he could end up an artist. He likes to see that Georgia O’Keeffe is now more famous than her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, even if she wasn’t at the time. There’s Charles Demuth and Marsden Hartley, who were purportedly queer and whose careers Steve had followed carefully. It’s the first time he sees any of Albright’s paintings up-close; his close ties with Chicago meant that Steve never saw his work in New York. And Hopper’s Nighthawks, lonely but popular, reminding him too much of those lonely months before he had met Sam and before Bucky had come back to him.
There’s even a large painting by Stuart Davis. It’s from the fifties, but it reminds Steve of the time he met Davis, when they had briefly talked about Davis’s beliefs on politics and art. He had snuck Bucky into Radio City to see Davis’s mural in the men’s room after that; the security guard dragged them out by their ears.
While Steve had chattered away in that area of the museum, Bucky walked quietly, barely saying a word, only there to humor Steve. Bucky was never all that interested in any art besides Steve’s but not even seventy years apart kept Bucky from humoring Steve in the museum. So they went through the American art and the early European. Bucky only vocally scoffed when they saw Duchamp’s Hat Rack hanging from the ceiling. But this is the first time he’s seen Bucky look at a painting and…
“It’s my head,” he says quietly. A tourist hovers next to the painting, having their partner take a picture of them smiling next to it. Bucky shuffles to the side but doesn’t stop looking.
Steve doesn’t like the abstract expressionists. The de Koonings seem like scribbles to him, the Rothkos confusing. But the Pollocks… He knows how much they go for at Christie’s and Sotheby’s, how collectors would fight to the death for the chance for one. He knows that this painting in front of him is the one that tourists come to this Museum to see. People buy umbrellas with this pattern at the gift shop. It’s important. It’s special.
And Steve doesn’t understand.
Years of art school, training himself to be open-minded and yet, this painting does little for him. If anything, it makes him want to look away. It’s ugly. It’s hard.
He looks at Bucky looking at it, though, the way that he’s nodding with a short little movement as his eyes rake the canvas up and down again and again, and he thinks that maybe it wasn’t painted for him.
Bucky pulls his eyes away to glance at Steve. “I like this one,” he says.
Steve reaches out and smooths back Bucky’s long hair. “I’m glad,” he says.
The corner of Bucky’s lip quirks. “You hate it.”
“I don’t understand it.”
Bucky’s expression becomes serious again. “That’s good,” he says, too earnest. He’s more careful with his words now and when he speaks, whatever he says matters. “I don’t want you to.”
Bucky’s blue eyes haven’t left Steve’s. Steve feels short of breath; that’s not anything new, not since Bucky came back to him. Steve takes a step closer and Bucky melts into him when Steve wraps an arm around his shoulders.
They look at the painting for another minute, tangled up in each other. Then Bucky says, “Let’s go home.”
Steve pulls him in tighter and leads him out of the gallery.