coal walk

-Kinetic Abilities Prompt List A Edition

Acidikinesis - Control Sloth

  • I have a personal vendetta against someone wildly more successful than me so I’m trying to make them lazy.
  • You don’t know how to relax so I’m literally filling you with laziness but you just won’t stop.
  • I work at an animal shelter and I sometimes make the animals fit what people are looking for by removing or adding laziness. You haven’t lived until you saw a cat with 0% laziness.

Aciukinesis - Control Sharpness

  • Did you know that most man made spheres are still more jagged than the earth itself? You haven’t experienced softness until you felt a perfectly smooth ball. There’s also not a lot of traction so please cup it in your hands.
  • I’m one of the only chefs here that doesn’t have some sort of hot or cold ability. But me being very clumsy, the ability to make all my knives dull saves my fingers a lot.
  • I keep making all the knives in the kitchen blunt so I can watch my parent-in-law get frustrated and lose their dominance over me.

Aerokinesis - Control Air

  • I can control the air but that doesn’t do a lot so I just got a few wind turbines for my property, so I get power for free. It’s a small win, but I like it. 
  • Sometimes I go to the beach and set up a kite rental booth while making it windy. It doesn’t make much but it helps with rent.
  • No one thinks that controlling air is that cool of a super power until I take it out of their lungs.

Aestatekinesis - Control Summer

  • I hate sweating so I made this summer really mild but it’s affecting my town’s farming economy.
  • I forgot that Alaska’s still supposed to be pretty cold in the summer and I may have made the ice caps melt a little more.

Aggressiokinesis - Control Anger

  • I work in tandem with a crisis clinic and so far, there isn’t a patient I can’t calm down.
  • My anti-aggression dog classes are the best in the business. I even stop by pet shelters.
  • I just love watching these people tear each other limb from limb with blind rage. I’m gonna be sad to see you go though.

Aidoskinesis - Control Humidity

  • One of the only things good about my powers is that I can make my boss’ office so humid they have horrible hair and sweat stains for their meeting with corporate. 
  • My greenhouse is always at the perfect humidity even in the dead of winter.
  • I’m gulty of making someone so humid they’ve taken off their shirt before. It’s a blessing.

Alcokinesis - Control Alcohol

  • You always get too out of hand with your drinking so I just take the alcohol content out of your drinks.
  • My coworker bugs the hell out of me and they’re going in for a company-wide drug test today. I made their breakfast have a healthy amount of alcohol.
  • It’s very fun to see someone pantamime being drunk when they think they are when in actuality I’ve taken all the alcohol out of their drink.

Amokinesis - Control Love and Desire

  • Shit are you actually in love with me or did I manipulate you into liking me?
  • As a joke I was going to make my classmate fall in love with whoever came in next but you did and now I’m very jealous.
  • I make people forget about me when we break up so it’s easy on them but I can’t get rid of my own love for them, even when there’s no chance of getting back together ever now. 

Anthracokinesis - Control Coal

  • I like being alone so I move to Centralia and just turn off the surrounding coals when I’m walking over them. It’s very quiet but very smoky. I need to leave town to buy a gas mask.
  • I bought a bit of land and made a little mine before buying a truckload of coal and just stiking it in the walls. Then, I compressed it all into diamonds.
  • So my parents gave me a little tough love as a child and gave me a piece of coal one christmas. I’ll admit, I was a naughty child. But that piece of coal made me learn of my powers. It’s the only piece I’ll never manipulate anymore.

Antikinesis - Control Antimatter

  • No you can’t come to my antimatter dimension. It’s very private.
  • I think we had a good run, I’m just gonna get a black hole in here real quick.
  • I always wanted to visit Chernobl, good thing I can just sort of turn off the gamma radation and go for a walk. 

Argentokinesis - Control Silver

  • Whoops I’m in werewolf country better make all my clothes and stuff have silver mesh.
  • “Yes this is genuine gold” I say to someone when I took the silver content out of a ring.
  • So I don’t have the best impulse control. I made my rude neighbor’s prized dog into a silver statue and now it’s like… eighty sets of flatwear.

Arthrokinesis - Control Joints

  • I may be a very inactive person, but damned if my joints ever pop. I’m doing sprints anytime I feel like it.
  • I got too excited testing how much I could let my joints move and may have dislocated by shoulder. 
  • Yes, I tried to suck my own dick. Yes, I should have realized that there is actually bone stopping me from bending my spine like that. Don’t laugh at me.

Asterokinesis - Control Cosmic Energy

  • I’ve ascended to be the god of the universe and all I want to do is to stop being in charge and just have some time off for once.
  • I saw how much earth was desperate to meet other beings so I made some closer planets support life. 
  • I’m not just some giant being in space. I’m a regular person. I buy groceries, collect rocks, and I’m desperate for people to never know I made them. 

Astrakinesis - Control Astral Energy

  • I am nearly constantly disassociating. The good news is that I have like thirty dream selves I can be while the others go on autopilot. 
  • I can see spirits so I just deal with ghosts for a living. Most of the time they’re just confused.
  • I can work as a medium for ghosts to talk through but you roleplaying with your dead datemate is the last straw.

Astronkinesis - Control Remnants of Cosmic Substances

  • I realized that in my lifetime I would never see a mission to a star so I made some much closer to us.
  • I don’t feel like this world’s really going anywhere. I’m just gonna supernova the sun next weekend. 
  • My tarot card readings are always perfect and I sincerely want you to leave the country.

Atmokinesis - Control Weather

  • I am the best weather forecaster the world has ever seen. I work for a small town in rural country though. I think I have five hundred viewers on a daily basis? 
  • I always make sure my neighbor’s/parent’s/friend’s/etc farm gets the best weather.
  • My entrences are always punctuated with lightening and I love it.

Atomkinesis - Control Atoms

  • It’s like 3-D printing, only much better. Check out this awesome watch I made.
  • I hope you like nuclear wastelands, because that’s what you’re getting.
  • Surprise, your house is full of radon gas!it’ll stay that way until you do what I say.

Audiokinesis - Control Sound 

  • Nothing quite like a day of absolute silence when you have an audio processing disorder.
  • Movies are very fun to watch when I can make one character silent and just ad lib the dialogue.
  • The fact that I can chat style silence someone is the best.

Aurokinesis - Control Aura

  • I can see how people act before ever talking to them, that’s why you’re the only one in the room I’m going to talk to. 
  • Where I live, auras are very important. So I can easily hide among them as someone without giving an inkling of malice.
  • I personally hate you so now you get too radiate bad energy until you apologize. 

Aurokinesis - Control Gold

  • I’m allergic to what they use in fake gold but I have no money for good jewelry so I just make it gold after I buy it for cheap. 
  • It’s not quite the Midas touch, but I’ve pulled that prank before. 
  • I make golden jewelry and sculptures by making them out of clay/wood/etc and turning them into gold for huge profits.

Autumnuskinesis - Control Autumn

  • My hometown capitalizes on my love of pumpkins and sweater weather by becoming a destination for those looking to beat the heat but don’t want to own a down jacket. 
  • I can make things rot. So I rotted my neighbor’s garden a week before harvest. 
  • I make autumn immediately follow winter so now the world’s harvesting systems are fucked because I get pollen allergies. 

Avarikinesis - Control Greed

  • I’m trying to make the world fair by taking all the greed out of high-ranking officials but sometimes that was their only driving force and they have no actual job experience. 
  • I made someone comically greedy because being a superhero in a town in which no banks need protecting is boring.
  • I want so desperately to not have to take greed out of anymore people. It’s getting so tiring. I need to go on a vacation. 

Avikinesis - Control Avains

  • Having hawks fly to my aide when my boss was giving me shit in the parking lot was definitely a sweet move.
  • I may live in this cottage alone, but these birds are more than enough company. One of them just told me about someone who ate shit on pavement last week in a city ten miles away. It’s awesome.
  • “Bats fly, right? Why can’t I control bats?” “Please just let me do my work.” ‘What about bugs?” “Please go home.” “Do flying fish count?”
- -Love?- - like stitches carved into bleeding canvas

I fell through every window I looked out of

just to hear someone say “I love you.”

I am 

still, silent

before recognizing a chance to shatter. Again.

The same words that built my warm-light, skyscraper

heart are the ones that destroy 

cities, make volcanos explode, allow two people to 

grow dizzy enough to dance. 

The squares of light

slowly flip off until the whole city is dark

and the lovers fall asleep in different beds.

The red yarn sewn into my thigh 

is shaped it like a question mark.

I was once too

young to question single words, so

I stopped eating until someone could

see my emptiness 

instead of my question marks. 

Now, when I hold words meant for me but never mine, I 

want to know I can kill them; put them in a vase of water and

watch them wilt. 

I lean against windows, warm light leaking 

into the skyscraper afternoon, measuring

how much weight it takes before they

shatter.

Doggie Play Date

Pairing: Dylan O’Brien x Reader

Author: @ninja-stiles

Words: 3800

Author’s Note: @mf-despair-queen gave me this idea (as usual) and I thought it was good and decided to write it. It’s super adorable and I hope it doesn’t seem like, rushed. I hope you guys really enjoy it :) Mal has also proofread this for me ‘cause she’s amazing.


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I was tangled in my comforter as I slept, dreaming about what it’d be like to be in a relationship that I’d be happy in when I heard my door creak. I ignored it, turning around as I pulled the comforter up to my chin, breathing heavily through my nose. I felt a hot breath fan over my face as I furrowed my eyebrows, moving my face into my pillow. I groaned when I felt a tongue lick my face and I sat up, seeing my adorable black lab standing at the side of my bed, wagging his tail. I sighed, rubbing my cheek of his slobber before running a hand through my hair, checking the time. 10:20. I pet his head as he jumped up on the bed, laying his head in my lap as I picked up my phone, looking at notifications from different apps, finding nothing super important. Coal whined, nudging my hand as he hopped down off the bed, heading to where I assume is the kitchen. I place my hair into a quick bun, following him out as he sat by his dog dish, wagging his tail and breathing heavily, tongue hanging out and all.

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i think the narrative should explore the fact that clary is valentine’s daughter.

by which i mean - clary is dangerously charismatic. even alec, who hated her and has been forced to pick up after her, becomes close to her in the end. clary has stomped on every tradition and rule he was raised with, endangered countless lives - but still in the end he forgives, thanks her for saving isabelle’s life when she’s the one who endangered it.

maybe it is jocelyn’s daughter that saves the little mage child. but it is valentines daughter that went marching to magnus’s in the first place. jocelyn went to magnus when she was ready to hide - clary went to him when she was ready to fight. and when she brings the vampires and werewolves together - that type of leadership and manipulation is valentine. jocelyn helped save the downworlders by running from valentine and stealing the cup - clary doesn’t run. from the beginning she doesn’t run.

she fights, but not alone. she draws people to her, like moths to a flame. even meliorn is impressed by her, grants her a favor he’s granted no other. she negotiates with vampires, with simon’s help yes, but on her own.

and speaking of simon - valentine turned his best friend into a werewolf, and clary turned hers into a vampire. granted he was trying to kill luke and clary was trying to save simon, but still. jocelyn left luke wounded in a barn to make his choice, but clary made simon’s choice for him.

valentine and clary act - jocelyn only ever reacts. jocelyn may be a fighter, but she’s not a leader. she’s a soldier. luke is a soldier. but valentine and clary are smart enough and charming enough and ruthless enough to be generals. clary is always convinced she’s doing the right thing - even when lives are in danger and people are getting hurt she thinks she’s making the best choice for everyone. and she can usually convince most of everyone that she’s right. this is dangerous.

she’s not the same kind of leader that valentine is now. valentine is hard and violent and makes you walk over coals for his approval. but once upon a time he did what clary did - was kind and charismatic and told people that he knew what was right, that by listening to him they would be saving the world. clary has been in this world a couple of months and already she draws her inner circle around her, already she has allies that no one else has ever had before.

people are right to be wary of clary for being valentine’s daughter, but not for the reasons they think. clary will die before she joins her father, but she has the potential to succeed where her father failed. clary doesn’t like the clave, doesn’t agree with the clave, and she is valentine’s daughter more than she is jocelyns. those who knew valentine must see all his best and most terrifying qualities shining out in her. she may succeed where her father failed, and if she decides the clave is doing more harm than good - what’s to stop her in leading her allies in tearing it to the ground?

she is joan of arc, she is julias caesar. people believe in her, are willing to fight and die with their worst enemies for her, break oaths to their queen for her.

the only way to get rid of people like her is to stab her 52 times in the senate or burn her in a holy fire. but then she becomes a martyr and then shes more dangerous dead than alive.

there is someone in the clave who’s seeing clary and is seething, panicking, because this little girl is her father’s daughter, and she has the potential to amass an army that will destroy them all.

clary is valentine’s daughter.

her enemies should fear her - including valentine himself.

Puppy Love

Pairing: Stiles Stilinski x Reader

Author: @ninja-stiles

Words: 1931

Request:  So you are really good at fluff and I had this dream that I would love for you to write! So stiles(the dream was about Scott, but either works for me) is keeping your dog for you over night because you couldn’t get your normal dog sitter.he knows how much you love him so he gets nervous and calls you every five seconds to make sure he’s doing something right, when he eats or that the sounds the dog makes is normal❤️❤️ I have a pug so he makes a lot of noise 😂😂but it could just be an old dog…

Author’s Note: So, I loved this idea cause we have puppies now and it was fun to write. My baby boy, Coal, is in this and he is such a cutie, omg. I hope you like, seriously. I’m beginning to doubt my writing, but I’m trying to be optimistic. Thanks to @lovelydob for proofreading this for me!


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Unexpectedly Smitten

The man by the water
The violinist
It’s worth the mention
That I said the night was beautiful but really you stole the show
We breathed air that carried notes
And made music of our silence
Creating muses with the movement of your eyelids
We shouldn’t play with fire
But I did
The warm walk across coals for you
What is cold with you
Your insecurities are what I’m into
Your eyes are just who confide in mine
The air was what I needed that night
But you – you are what I breathed in
So when I tell you to ease into our season
It’s worth the mention
That I’m past the fall

What she says: I’m fine. 

What she means: I’m still not over how they treated Pam in The Office finale. Jim gets to thank the doc crew for giving him the ability to watch himself become a husband and a father. Pam says that she didn’t watch the whole documentary because it was “too painful” and talks about how “I spent so many years being less happy than I could have been. Jim was 5 feet from my desk and it took me four years to get to him.” She even says she would like if other people would learn from her own mistakes in not finding happiness earlier. 

I’m sorry, (and I love Jim and Pam together as much as anyone, maybe more) but can we talk about what actually happened here??? 

Jim and Pam had a mutual crush while she was engaged. The end of Season 2 is the first time that Jim says “I love you” and he’s kind of a jerk when she says “I can’t.” Instead of giving her space to process what he’s said, Jim then kisses her without permission and the next (day? week?) leaves town to work at a different branch. He is the one who starts dating Karen and then says that Karen should move to Scranton with him so they can continue to date even though he knows that Pam called off the wedding.   

Pam makes a move in asking Jim out for coffee after he moves back. She backs off when she finds out he’s dating Karen (it’s called being respectful) Pam dates Roy again but breaks up with him for attacking Jim right in front of her. Jim is really rude when Pam says she was stupid for dating Roy again “Yeah we’ll see.” He had just been attacked, but come on.

After the coal walk Pam gives a speech and tells Jim she called off wedding because of him but doesn’t try to break up him and Karen. She is the one who took that big leap to confess her feelings and unlike Jim she doesn’t immediately transfer to a new branch when he stays with Karen. 

So Jim leaves Karen for Pam and they are together in about one year from when Jim first said “I love you.” That’s not being stupid for four years. That’s relationships being messy and hard. 

Pam and Jim have a really solid relationship from first dating, through an unexpected pregnancy, getting married, and another kid. It’s not until Jim keeps taking a new job a secret from Pam that they start to waiver. Even then she supports him, and they both continue to make big romantic gestures for each other.

They’re ok until Pam lies about having trouble at home to protect Jim and Jim plans for them to move to Philadelphia without telling Pam. They both get worse at communication and start feeling overwhelmed (Like the writers were so aware of this that as the relationship gets rocky, the opening sequence shortens to just a kiss between Jim and Pam to reassure us that they’re going to be okay).

The miscommunication culminates when the sound guy mentions that Pam has been crying and Jim feels threatened. Pam is the one who says “I want you to stay and I want to fight” when Jim is just going to go back to Philly on Valentines day. She is the one who took that step towards saving their relationship. They go to counciling and even though Pam is really “blocked up” emotionally, Jim is able to reach through to her. He gives up his dream job for Pam. When she gets worried that he’ll resent her down the road for it, he doesn’t blame her or say she’s crazy.  He finds a way to show her that she means more to him than everything else with some help from the doc crew and the letter from the teapot he gave her before they even started dating (but, may I add, changed his mind about giving it to her back then. Something that might have brought them together sooner than the “four years” Pam took).

I guess the writer’s differed in opinion though, because the one that wrote the finale included questions at the documentary panel that completely blamed Pam for her reactions. “We’d all love to know, Pam, what romantic thing did you do to pay Jim back for leaving Athlead?” and  “Everyone watching sees how much you love each other and how you’re soul mates. So, Pam, how could you doubt that when Jim moved to Philadelphia?”

Jim takes some of the blame and is supportive, but it just feels like the writers want to play up him being the “nice guy.” Later in the finale we find out that Pam got an offer to sell the house as a surprise for Jim so that they can all move to Austin and he can work his dream job after all. It’s a great romantic gesture, but she certainly didn’t “owe” Jim anything and we didn’t need to have her attacked in the panel to believe that she just might be ready to move now when she wasn’t before.

Which brings me back to the ending comments and Pam being so hard on herself for something that she and Jim took equal steps backwards and towards throughout their years together. They could have kept the lines at the end without all the bullcrap about wasting time and being unable to see love right in front of her.  

“…it would just…just make my heart soar if someone out there saw this and she said to herself ‘be strong, trust yourself, love yourself. Conquer your fears. Just go after what you want and act fast, because life just isn’t that long.’”

This is exactly what Pam Beesly actually did. Pam is an important character to me. So I take this line and reject the rest.

Don’t Love Me

I want to give to give you chopped up rose petals. I want to fondue myself in expired chocolate. I want to pour candle wax all over your heart, and let it drip down to ends of your toes. I want to set you alight on the inside and wrap you in the fire blanket quilted from flaws and failures. I want to be grotesque, ugly, vile, disgusting, and loathsome; because if you call me handsome, I will dig fingernails into your back deeper than thorns could ever scrape. If you call me sweet, I will taste more and deeper of you than any critic could hope to describe. If you say I light up a room, I will pick up the hot coals you walk on and sear my name into your bedroom wall to ward them off. If you call me a warm relief, I will make an addict out of you and an addiction out of adoration. If you call me tomorrow, I will call you forever. If you call me “forever,” I will call you “tomorrow.” I want you to hate me, because if you don’t I will love you essence deep and existence far.

this is for my girls who swallow their tails, who sink their bodies into their mouths and wait to be reborn. you drink from yourself a wine that is full of teeth.

this is for my girls with bodies of burned rubber — stacks of mutilated, road-burned tires scorched by the sun — with their souls intact.

this is for my girls who can’t swim, who hold their bodies flush to the water long enough for it to kiss to their flesh but never long enough to be devoured.

the is for my girls with mouths full of nectar, dripping from their canines; she speaks and kisses with that sticky-sweet mouth — sometimes, it’s hard to swallow.

this is for my girls who grow vines from their chests, who bloom red like spring, white like spun cotton. your tongue is in knots but your body flowers in the most beautiful colors.

this is for my girls with heavy lids and weary eyes. atlas could not support this world; what you see, girl, is too real of a monster for any man to battle.

this is for my girls who walk on coals and burn themselves when they cross their legs; you glow white from the inside out and you go quick; the brightest go quick.

this is for my girls with hair pulled tight from their scalp by cinder blocks. you shed your tears, but there is no a place stronger than a woman’s head.

this is for my girls who hide matches in their teeth. you bite hard on the inside of a thigh and your mouth fills with flame, scorched gums and dying embers on your tongue.

this is for my girls who turn men to stone. you flash like light and weave like a river and he can’t help but stumble wide-eyed underneath your heel. do you regret crushing him?

this is for my girls who carry their mother’s body on their back. she sinks her teeth in and begs you not to leave but you see the sun flood the sky and you rush to meet it.

this is for my girls with broken ribs. the heel of god strikes down hard and you fill the color of an oil spill. you stand back up.

this is for my girls with brass knuckles and hearts of gold. your chest dips and palpitates. you tear it apart sinew by sinew and a child climbs in.

this is for my girls who stare into the sun. your eyes melt out of your head and down your face in the form of a two-headed snake, one rearing anger and the other being fear.

this is for my girls who spit their seeds out. you are rough, raw; your tongue sharp, your hands callused from everything you have ever destroyed in your life.

this is for my girls who are rotten to the pit. but you are not. you gleam with everything once over, twice as better. you grow until your limbs ache, until the world can’t contain your expanse.

so you bear your own.

—  MEDUSA, d.k. (written as a gift ages ago to sar)

Robin head canon: 

In Gotham there’s a collection of fast food places, late night diners, 24 hour convenience stores, and street venders who have all been saved over the years from robberies or worse that keep a R in the window (or on their cart) which means Robin is always welcome to drop by and grab some food or a drink for free. I like thinking of small figures in green boots and yellow capes with coal black hair walking into a 7/11 at 4am and grabbing some gummy bears (Jason), or a Starbucks for coffee (Tim) or stopping at a falafel stand (Damian) the city might respect Batman, but Robin, Robin it truly loves.

CHASING SUNS: Chapter 12 Sync

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About BLOODY TIME, EH?

Tagging the baes with soulmate fics of their own, @nifwrites and @blindbae

She had to tell him.

Or show him, for that matter. Cam whipped back against the side of the building, pulled out her phone and opened the camera, sticking only the lens passed the door frame and snapped multiple shots. She checked to see they were in focus, cringing at how clear they turned out before she tiptoed around the building and headed for the showers.

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the strength of the wolf is the pack

the animal in my head scratches at the walls,
its claws ever sharpening in the event
that something goes horribly awry.  i tense,
i flinch at every passing body, at every
footstep that crunches just a little too loudly
on the gravel.

my own feet ache when i walk across coals,
each callous on my heels thicker than the rind
of a watermelon.  i have sprinted along this path before,
have darted from tree to tree in the hopes
that no one would see me cowering there
(the darkness was ever a friend).

now during every night that’s void of stars
i pray that the moon will disappear too,
will be swallowed up and pushed down the gullet
of a wolf larger than my own life could ever be.
i imagine that it sits there in its stomach,
twisting and churning in the brine it used to pull.

Hey! I want to say something!

I’ve been trying to be more honest lately, and I need to say some things. I did the coal walk! Just… I did it! Michael, you couldn’t even do that. Maybe I should be your boss. Wow, I feel really good right now. Why didn’t any of you come to my art show? I invited all of you. That really sucked. It’s like sometimes some of you act like I don’t even exist. Jim, I called off my wedding because of you. And now we’re not even friends. And things are just weird between us, and that sucks. And I miss you. You were my best friend before you went to Stamford. I really miss you. I shouldn’t have been with Roy. There were a lot of reasons to call off my wedding, but the truth is I didn’t care about those reasons until I met you. And now you’re with someone else, and that’s fine. That’s whatever, that’s not what I’m…. okay, my feet really hurt. The thing is, what I’m trying to say to you, Jim, and to everyone else in the circle, I guess, is that I miss having fun with you. Just you. Not everyone in the circle. Okay. I am going to go walk in the water now. Yeah. It’s a good day. 

Pam Beesly, The Office

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Harry really doesn’t care about that anymore. He stays by the coal walk, staring at the glowing coals, at the fire flickering up the sides. He still thinks he could do it.

He’s been trying so hard to become a more fulfilled person. A more honest, courageous, raw person. He feels like he’s been shedding all the parts of himself that are holding him back. And he just imagines that doing this coal walk would feel like letting go.

He breathes, and he looks up at the sky. Night has fallen, and the stars are out. It’s a beautiful clear night, and Harry just feels so special, looking at the stars. The universe is so vast and beautiful, and he’s lucky enough to exist in it. It makes him feel like he should be living his fullest life.

Harry takes one last breath and then he runs across the coals. His feet are burning, but after a few seconds he stops feeling it. He just feels like he’s flying. When his feet touch the cool sand, Harry stops and breathes and feels like his head is clearer than it’s ever been.

Harry and Louis have worked together in a difficult office environment for six years. They’re best friends; Louis is the bright spot of all of Harry’s days. But Louis is in love with Harry, and Harry’s engaged to someone else. And that’s only the beginning.

The Office AU. More or less follows the first five seasons. A lot of pining and misunderstanding the depth of feelings and rejection and angst, until there isn’t.

@nobodymoves​ wrote this fic for Round 5 of Big Bang

TS2 CC-hoarders:

Let me give you a few tips on keeping your multitudes of CC working!

***Disclaimer1***: This will NOT help with custom-created EPs/SPs such as the “Angel&Nurse Pack”  Those should be considered incompatible with all other hacks.
***Disclaimer2***:  This does NOT fix every crash but can help limit the amount of crashing you will experience.
***Disclaimer3***:  This is not a substitute for due diligence with reading the documentation on any hacks you download & using the Hack Conflict Detection Utility & SimPE’s GUID scanner to look for possible conflicts.

1.  Make a subfolder in your Downloads folder.  Name it some variation of “ZZZHacks” so that it appears at the BOTTOM of the folder list when you open Downloads as sorted by alphabetical order.  Move all your hacks into this folder.  Hacks are  anything that modifies the way the core game works by adding, subtracting, or changing behaviors, such as:

  • Prolonging or shortening age durations, including college terms
  • Preventing new Sims from spawning automatically
  • Preventing undesirable Sim behaviors (NoBathroomDishes, NoDropTiredBaby, NoShockForOutgoing)
  • Adding custom NPCs (multi-PT, custom service Sims)
  • Modifying Sim behaviors (Always Flush Toilets, Use Inaccessible Beds)
  • Automating Sim behaviours (Macrotastics, BathroomUsesYou, BusinessRunsYou)
  • Adding new Sim behaviors (School, Jail, Surfing)
  • Adding custom edible items or foods to the game
  • Adding custom harvestable or craftable items to the game
  • Large mods such as Insim, Inteen, ACR

2a.  If you have converted Stories content,  make a subfolder in your Downloads folder.  Name is some variation of “ZZStories” so that it appears JUST ABOVE your “ZZZHacks” subfolder but below all other subfolders in Downloads.  Move all non-standard Sims Stories objects into this folder, including:

  • Castaway Stories harvestable tropical plants
  • Pet Stories portapotty
  • Castaway Stories limbo bar
  • Castaway Stories hot coals fire-walking thingy
  • Castaway Stories windmill thingy
  • Castaway Stories water tank thingy
  • Castaway Stories floor tent beds
  • Castaway Stories bongo drums
  • Pet Stories obstacle course

2b,  If you have Argon’s bundles of converted content for any of the Stories games, WITHOUT renaming the files, ensure that they will load first in your “ZZStories” folder.  You can achieve this by creating subfolders named “Argon” & “EverythingElse”, & moving items to the named folder that corresponds to them.  (Obvious…)

3.  Test the game, make sure you can get to all catalog pages, make sure that any hacked objects you have work.  Here’s a partial list of things for you to check functionality on:

  • limited-access doors
  • surf objects
  • custom food stands/food dispensers
  • mood boosters
  • animated animals
  • carousel
  • hot air balloon
  • poseboxes
  • ride-able objects (lawn mower, bicycle, skateboard)
  • custom harvestable plants
  • custom crafting stations 
  • custom caged pets

4a.  If you experience any catalog or load crashes at this point, you need to remove or reorganize some of your hacks or content.  Keep in mind that hacks can also be affected by load order, read the documentation on your hacks to find out which ones must load first.  Generally, hacks originally written for previous EPs (Squinge hacks) should load first.  Beyond that, be patient & play with load order until something works, & don’t be afraid to remove things to test different configurations.

4b. If you’re experiencing any loss of functionality in your hacked items but no crashes, create a subfolder in your Downloads folder named “ZZZZ” so that it appears at the BOTTOM of your Downloads folder when sorted alphabetically, BELOW your “ZZZHacks” folder.  Move all nonworking content into that folder.

Go back to step 3, test it again.  Did anything change?  Is it BETTER, or WORSE?

5a.  If it’s BETTER or if everything works as intended, CONGRATULATIONS!  You’ve just crammed more content into the game than it was ever intended to handle!  Keep fine-tuning your load order until your game works as well as you want it to.

5b.  If it’s WORSE or if you’re still experiencing loss of functionality or crashes, this tells you that some of the content in your “ZZZZ” folder (check first) or elsewhere in your Downloads folder needs to be removed.  Use the half&half method  until everything works as well as you want it to.

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Why it works:  Large global mods & hacks, specifically those that radically alter the behavior of Sims, are more carefully programmed for mass compatibility than other types of content.  By loading them last, you allow those carefully-planned behaviors to overwrite any other sloppy coding that may be unknowingly attached to an average object.
What I tested with: Around 50Gb of rotating CC, about 15-20Gb at a time, ranging from very old (2005/2006) to very recent (like a couple months ago)… & from benign (recolors, clothing) to more risky (animated animals).  I have a very large set of hacks that I use & was able to significantly reduce the amount of crashes that random benign content used to cause.
How I tested:  Put stuff in the game.  Move the load order of the hacks around by renaming their containing folder.  In every case where a crash was fixed by changing load order (which, I must emphasize again, was NOT every time), it was by changing the subfolder containing hacks so that it would load AFTER everything else.
What you should know:  I can give you a place to start but I can’t tell you what your load order should be.  It depends on what hacks/mods you use, & what other content you have.  This can be a very time-intensive process, but it’s well worth it in the end.
What I do not want to hear:  Complaining about it not working.  It doesn’t work every time; I’ve told you it doesn’t work every time.  It’s not a substitute for the 50/50 method & it’s not free rein to download items with known conflicts, it’s a workaround to try to trick the game into letting you cram more crap in.  It only works often enough that I felt people should know about it.  Be smart about it.

Good luck!