you knew only the taste of blood;
of battle, and of victory.
you knew the violence of storms,
for it was in your heart.
you knew the ferocity of earthquakes,
for it was in your fists.
you knew the rage of volcanoes,
for it was in your veins.
you did not walk the paths carved by man;
you broke the spines of mountains,
tore the tendons of oceans,
made them bow and move for you.
(and then you met her.)
then you were the one bowing, moving;
the clouds of your heart parted, the storm calmed,
and your hands were gentle wherever they touched.
and all that you had conquered
meant nothing to you without her.
now you know what fear is.
you had only ever gained.
you took because you could;
and all that you had,
nothing could take from you,
and nothing could be taken.
now the one thing you did not take
is the one thing you cannot bear to lose.
(and you realized how truly terrified
you are capable of being.)
wow okay i just read your fic all that you've conquered and it has to be one of my favourite check please fics ive read so far!! the characterisations! the poindexters! it was amazing i loved it! if you have time, you mentioned in the notes that we could ask about what was going on in nursey's head, and i was wondering if you'd write anything about what he was thinking when he was dancing with dex, both practice and irl, specifically maybe when he dipped dex that first time?? i loved it so much!
thank you so much for the wonderful message anon!! i ended up with a partial rewrite of those two scenes (from this fic)
and then a third additional scene because i’m a gooey marshmallow who
needs my kids to be happy. pls enjoy!! (poems referenced are Terrance
Hayes’ Beckoned, Tracy K. Smith’s Credulity, Jack Gilbert’s The Friendship Inside Us, and Carol Ann Duffy’s Ship; the song they’re dancing to at the end is 100% this one)
Dex finally seems to get the hang of it on the fourth week,
as Ben Gibbard is singing Someday You
Will Be Loved from the tinny speakers of Nursey’s phone.
They’ve gone silent, and Dex’s brow is furrowed in
concentration – he has yet to break the habit of glancing down at his feet, but
Nursey might actually expire if they’re trapped in this room for more time than
is critical. Dex learns fast, and his hand is calloused and warm where it holds
The song is almost over, and Nursey’s going to call it quits
after it’s done – he thinks about it, then shifts his hand and steps forward,
pressing Dex downwards into a dip as the alarm registers on Dex’s face.
Nursey holds him up with some effort, hiding his selfish
grin in Dex’s shirt before looking up and laughing a bit at the way Dex is
turning scarlet in patches.
I am torn in two
but I will conquer myself.
I will dig up the pride.
I will take scissors
and cut out the beggar.
I will take a crowbar
and pry out the broken
pieces of God in me.
Just like a jigsaw puzzle,
I will put Him together again
with the patience of a chess player.
How many pieces?
It feels like thousands,
God dressed up like a whore
in a slime of green algae.
God dressed up like an old man
staggering out of His shoes.
God dressed up like a child,
even without skin,
soft as an avocado when you peel it.
And others, others, others.
But I will conquer them all
and build a whole nation of God
in me - but united,
build a new soul,
dress it with skin
and then put on my shirt
and sing an anthem,
a song to myself.
Well HI! First of all thank you so much I discovered so many great fanfics because of you ! Do you know any King Jongin fics ? Royalty related fanfics ? Or one of them is a knight, something like that please ? Thank you ! ☺️
Hey! Thanks a lot! That is always nice to hear. Sooooo I did do King Jongin during the last round of requests you can check it out here. you can check out the other royalty lists here: 12345. This is what I know of that I haven’t recced before OR is knight related. Enjoy
Good Graces: Ongoing. Princes They both have sort of extra powers that separate them from normal people, and they go on a quest to save Jongin’s uncle
The Third Path: Complete 4 chapters. Jongin is the royalty who hires Kyungsoo to help him with his cousins dead body
I’m a lot like a lot of wrestling fans and enthusiasts, in that when I think about wrestling, I always recall my favorites through the years. Wrestlers I grew up with, idolized, watch their careers flourish. Guys like Edge, Triple H, Chris Jericho, etc who I saw through various stages of their careers. It’s hard to picture where many main-eventers and Hall Of Famers would be if their careers had never included The Undertaker.
For three decades, the Deadman conquered them all, broke streaks, stood tall as champion numerous times, held every single piece of glory imaginable, and for good cause. Many wrestlers, and by many I mean every one I’ve ever seen mention him, cite The Undertaker as beneficial to their careers. His work, his mind, his abilities have helped everyone around him, as he’s always been willing to do business both for himself and the company, and did the best he could for the fans. On Sunday night, a pivotal piece of my childhood was removed as The Undertaker took off his gloves, coat, and hat, raising his fist as three final gongs sounded throughout Orlando.
I remember being a child when I first got into wrestling and seeing The Undertaker come to the ring. As a kid who loved horror movies, there was something so impressive about this monstrous man, who could fly through the sky and drop massive wrestlers on their heads with ease. I remember my cousin lying to me and saying that he once touched the ‘Taker’s glove at a show and it was slimy. Shit like that stayed in my mind for decades, because even though I’ve always known he’s full of shit, it wasn’t completely far-fetched. This terrifying creature became part of me, no matter who else I was focused on.
[Age 13 with a birthday gift from my sister: an Undertaker Wall Takers frame.]
For longtime wrestling fans, imagine your childhood without The Undertaker. No feud with Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, no Hell In A Cell, no emergence of Kane, no Ministry Of Darkness, no American Badass, no Jeff Hardy ladder match, no feud with Paul Bearer and Mankind, no Boiler Room Brawl or Buried Alive Match. Imagine all of that taken out. Now, tell me what happened in wrestling around the same time that any of that took place that had nothing to do with the Deadman. Think of the most exciting storytelling taking place at that time. I’ll wait, because it’ll take you a while.
The Undertaker is a part of wrestling history that has been the strongest definition of glory, sacrifice, and pain for three decades. I’ve gained and lost friends since I first saw The Undertaker. I went from a child to a man. I was watching The Undertaker wrestle before my first kiss, my first date, before I lost my virginity, before I bought a car, before my high school graduation, before I ever fell in love, before I’d ever eaten at most of my favorite restaurants, before I’d traveled to other cities and countries. Hell, all of the things I find normal that have been a part of my life for ages haven’t been in my life as long as The Undertaker has.
[The Deadman at an autograph signing at OVW, June 2001.]
Simply put… it’s shocking to think that The Undertaker, a man who has been on my TV and computer screens since I was old enough to whisper “fuck” behind my mom’s back, may never step into the ring again. Despite his physical health, his inability to perform like he could 20 years ago (which was 1997, holy shit), and despite the fact that he’s one of the last wrestlers still standing from HIS era, it’s unfathomable that there may never be another Undertaker WrestleMania match. Wrestlers in the world right now are working their asses off to have one day potentially had that moment of glory, that may never come.
The Undertaker has given us his life. Thirty three of his 52 years on this Earth have been spent giving his body to professional wrestling. Throughout all the emotions I feel toward his retiring, above them all is thankful. Thank you, Taker.
she wears her heart on her sleeve and I respect that.
Still confused on wtf her hair color is.
SHE IS NOT THE FRAGILE WEAKLING OTHER PEOPLE SAY, BREAK THAT NOTION.
Delicate flower but can still pulverize u, noob.
Chakra points crusher co-co-co-combooo.
In dire need of a stylist, tbh. I VOLUNTEER.
Her crippling shyness struck us hard cuz u know deep down u can relate to that shit.
Her love for Naruto is either adorably romantic or terrifyingly
stalker-like, and I love it either way.
Naruto would be like, restraining-order-no-jutsu! Just a joke. jeez lighten up.
SHE IS MORE THAN JUST HER BREASTS.
Whenever i look at her angelic face it makes my non existent dick so hard and i dunno whyyyy wtf is this withcraft?!
4. Sakura Haruno
let’s be honest, there is a lot of hate and flak about her…and frankly my dear i don’t give a damn.
She does not deserve that kind of treatment.
SHE DID SOME REALLY STUPID SHIT BUT HEY, SHE IS HUMAN. SHE IS FLAWED AND IT’S OK.
She already proved she is a fucking titan. Ya just can’t mess with her.
SHE WILL END YOU.
She can rip yo asshole in half and would still have time to rip u another asshole, too.
SHE AIN’T THE SAME CRYBABY AS BEFORE THO SHE STILL IS, MAYBE JUST A LITTLE BIT. Have u seen the op & ed songs of the series? Why is she always crying?
IT’S OK TO CRY, JUST NOT ALL THE TIME. KEEP IT TOGETHER, GUUURL
Tsunade is so proud that she surpassed her in every way. Maybe not in the chest area though. FOR THAT she is relieved.
MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE.
She bloomed into one of the greatest shinobis of her generation.
THE DOCTOR WHO WILL EITHER HEAL YOUR PAIN OR BE THE CAUSE OF IT.
Pink hair, don’t care. Fabulouuusss
3. Kushina Uzumaki
She is the OG.
All hail supreme goddess!
JUST TAKE A MOMENT AND GAZE UPON THY CHILI SAUCE OF BEAUTY.
She’s got guts, strength, charm and a nine-tailed beast cursed inside of her so ya better watch out, fam.
SHE FUCKING SACRIFICED HERSELF ALONG WITH MINATO TO SAVE THEIR CHILD. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AT ITS FINEST.
Heart of gold
HER FLAMING RED HAIR REMINDS ME OF TENTACLE PORN. I KNOW! LIKE WTF?!
Her WARM SMILEjust lights up the perpetual darkness in my soul.
Dominated, conquered all them haters with her fierceness
MinaKushi is definitely relationship goals.
ANGER MANAGEMENT CANNOT HANDLE HER.
I cry everytime she and naruto have their family moments in the series. It’s like they remind me that I ain’t dead inside yet & that comforts me a lot.
NOT YOUR TYPICAL HOUSEWIFE, YEAH SHE WILL MAKE U A SANDWICH AND IF U TICK HER OFF, SHE WILL SHOVE IT DOWN YER THROAT WITH NO REGRETS.
Easily has the best mom award hands down.
She will smack all the sense into you when you really need it. She is practically your idiot-avoidance therapist. be grateful
CUTEST LITTLE PATOOTIE YOU WILL EVER SEE
She is a lowkey comedian. I snicker at the thought of her traditional humor. Yeah fuck you, kishimoto she is hilarious af in my headcanon
The big sister you wish you had.
Dayum her fashion sense is always on point, teach me sensei.
Lee’s own anchor, believe me he needs it.
PETITION FOR TENTEN TO HAVE HER OWN DAMN SPIN-OFF SERIES.
She does not have a surname and we all know people with only one name are fucking lit. (Madonna, Beyonce, Adele, Eminem, Prince… Enya?) wtf
Her hard work and determination gives me hope.
NEVER EVER UNDERESTIMATE HER, THEM BLADES WOULD CHOP YOU OFF FROM A MILE AWAY, HER AIM GAME IS FUCKING STRONG.
Weapons Merchant in the streets, Weapons dominatrix in the sheets.
SHE DESERVED BETTER
underneath those cute chinese hair buns and soft brown eyes are heaps of badassery & metal tools that will kill yer sorry ass.
YA KNOW, HER KUNAIS DON’T LIE
1. Ino Yamanaka
well, obviously were u even that surprised?
Beauty, brains & talent all rolled into one gorgeous creature.
SHE IS THE QUEEN
An overachiever, she is a botanist, a skilled medic, a housewife, topnotch interrogator, owns a flower shop, probably the head of her clan. Like wtf ino how do u do it? I can’t even balance jack shit in my life.
SHIPPER’S PARADISE. I ship her with literally anybody. Just not with Akamaru but, if that floats your boat then you better get checked right away, hun.
I wanna know her brand of lipstick, Girl knows her make up, SALUTE.
HER LONG BLONDE HAIR IS A MUTHAFUCKIN WEAPON I S2G, LOOK IT UP.
Miss Sunshine to all, Miss Annoying to Shikamaru.
SHE STANDS UP TO BULLIES AND MAKES THEM REGRET PICKING ON OTHER PEOPLE. A+++
Her mind games will fuck you up.
HER FRIENDSHIP WITH SAKURA IS THE FUNNIEST THING EVER.
You secretly wish she was your bestie in real life too pls don’t deny it.
I HAVE NEVER LOVED PURPLE SO DAMN MUCH.
Her knowledge of flowers and their meanings tho.
YOU CAN NEVER GO WRONG WITH THEM YAMANAKA GENES
I have a soft spot for sky blue eyes i’m so sorry. Nope not even sorry at all.
SORRY LEE, SORRY GUY-SENSEI BUT THERE IS A NEW SEXY BEAST IN KONOHA NOW
sagittarius: by confinement; another day trapped in the same routine; the cycle repeating itself beyond their own power
You’ve got to break the cycle. Stop the routine. Refuse to accept it.
Small steps. Sometimes so small you can’t tell that you’re still moving forward. It’s growing your hair out a little longer, having your oldest sister paint your nails, citing that David Bowie wears make-up.
It’s the tottering first steps on your first pair of high heels and wondering how the fuck heck? no? still not a good word? … … … how anyone ever mastered walking in these. It’s the black dress that matches the shoes. Looking down at your feet and wondering if you’re going to fall over and fucking hell (who cares if it’s not a good word, you’re still using it - fuck, fuck fuck fuck - hell hell hell hell – and look, no one died) whose bright idea was it to have a party ten city blocks away?
Now - it’s walking forward boldly, no longer tottering, no longer unsure. You still wear your hair shorter. Your nails are still panted. You’ve traded David Bowie’s make-up for something uniquely yours. It’s not perfect but it’s a far-cry from before.
Now - to make sure you don’t take the safe route, the one with the baseball cap pulled low over your eyes, the short nails, the make-up free face while you try to fit in.
Who cares about fitting in?
With that smile on your face and the way you walk - not you. Not anymore.
I love how everyone had to fight their demons before they could escape. That the mind dream fought back with what they feared the most.
Ray fought a super soldier, one of Slade’s minions. His fiancee, Anna, died from one of them and Ray still harbors guilt and rage from that moment. He never wanted to feel powerless again, and when Anna died, he was powerless to stop it.
Sara’s demon was Damian Darhk. As we know from Legends, she still wants revenge against him, despite knowing that taking her revenge would result in aberrations. Which means Sara had the chance to fight Damian Darhk, to release her rage and revenge for Laurel’s death, and not have outstanding consequences.
Thea battled her father. Which is very fitting because Malcolm turned her into this. From the moment she found out that he was her real father, her life turned screwy. She stopped trusting her brother and her mother. She left with Malcolm and became the weapon he used to murder Sara. He drugged her, he made her kill, he wouldn’t give up his power to save her from the Pit, which stemmed from Ra’s revenge against Malcolm (and Oliver). She hates him so much for what he did to her.
Diggle faced off against a ghost. As we never saw his face, I assume that this is Andy. Dig is drowning in his guilty conscience, his little brother who he had been seeking revenge for for years, dies by his own hand. Why? Because Andy had gone so far to the dark side, that he threatened to kill Baby Sara and Lyla, his niece and sister-in-law. And john is still grappling with that decision he needs penance for.
Oliver. I find it interesting that out of all the people he’s faced, the bad guys he put away, the one that haunts him is Slade Wilson. Oliver feels he wronged Slade, a man who was once his friend, ally, and trainer. A man who has vowed to destroy everything Oliver has ever loved. A man who bound Oliver up and murdered his mother right in front of him, and Oliver was helpless to stop it. A man who is still alive and could inact his vow. He escaped once, who says he couldn’t do it again? Further more, Slade had made direct insinuations against one IT girl– the woman Oliver loves the most. That’s his demon. A friend turned enemy who will kill Felicity without a moment’s hesitation.
They all faced off against their fears, and by working together, they conquered them all.
It was inevitable that I was going to drag the Gemlings into it, let’s be real. After lots of time and effort, Peridot finally found a way for a ‘human’ and a dragon to conceive… But she was expecting a baby, not a whole clutch of eggs! Jasper, of course, was thrilled.
So here’s a few shots and even one featuring Mama Dot admiring her ferocious, chubby offspring, plus a bonus winged Tot. I draw them as wyverns, but feather-winged dragons are amazing and the idea of her fluttering onto branches just out of Peridot’s reach was too good to ignore. As always it’s Sallychanscraps Peritot running the show in the clutch of nine. Proper names from right to left are Bandy(Jasper), Unakite, Emerald, Epidote, Gaspeite, Peritot(Dravite), Luce/Lucy(Andalusite), and Zircon. The last one doesn’t have a name ‘cause I couldn’t decide and wanted to finish up already.
The processes of becoming a gym leader, Elite Four member or Champion all differ greatly from one another, and each job demands a different attitude and approach to battle. Strength is not the only determining factor as to which job is best suited to a trainer.
Being a gym leader has two primary requirements: that you can battle and that you can teach. All gym leaders within a region are supposed to be of a similar standard (not ascending in difficulty as they are in the games) but variation is always present. Being a gym leader does not necessarily place a limit on your strength; some are even stronger than Elites - Volkner, leader of the Sunyshore City gym, is of almost champion standard, but elects to be a gym leader out of desire to teach. Blue Oak is of the same calibre, but took up the Viridian gym position after losing his Champion position to Red. Nontheless, gym leaders of this skill level are fairly uncommon; for the most part, the Elite Four is more challenging.
Gyms are primarily run by the gym leader, who is in charge of conducting both general lessons and one-to-one tuition sessions with those who book them. However, most gyms - primarily those in cities - attract legions of trainers per day, so type experts are employed to demonstrate and teach where the gym leader is unable to. It may also be worth mentioning that matches with the gym leader usually have to be booked in advance - as in, you cannot simply turn up at the gym and demand a battle in the brazen manner that Ash Ketchum does in the anime. Leaders have busy schedules.
Anybody can apply to become a gym leader providing that they are of substantial skill and maturity. There are no strict age requirements attached to the job, but it is rare that a gym leader be any younger than sixteen, as anybody below that age usually lacks substantial experience and responsibility. The only real factor that may count against an applicant is their type specialty, as League officials wish to maintain diversity and always avoid appointing two gym leaders of the same type choice.
If a gym leader receives multiple complaints from students or fails to meet certain standards of strength (all leaders are expected to win a certain percentage of battles per year), they can be placed under observation for several months. If their teaching and/or victory rates do not improve within this time, they can be dismissed from their job. I imagine that Jasmine would be placed under observation at one time, hence why she visits Sunyshore City (to be trained by Volkner, I believe), but would manage to improve and keep her position at her gym. I cannot imagine the same thing happening to Whitney, who would eventually be sacked after she failed to recover.
Gym leaders below the age of eighteen are treated with slightly more leniency, as they are not expected to be as polished as those with more experience. Newly appointed leaders are also regarded in the same manner, so as to give them a few months to find their feet.
Gym leaders achieve international fame the moment they take up their positions, but are usually better known in their own regions. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean they can visit an airport without being crowded by the paparazzi; they’re definitely considered to be high profile celebrities.
Elite Four Members:
Being an Elite requires a different kind of attitude to gym leading, and the appointment process is completely different. Whilst certain Elites may hold occasional education workshops so as to offer expertise to those specialising in their type (something I can imagine Karen, Sydney and Grimsley doing, due to the severe shortage of dark gym leaders), teaching is not a part of the job description. Being an Elite is best suited to powerful trainers who purely enjoy battle, ones who can handle the intensely busy lifestyle attached to the position.
Unlike applying for gym leading, there is no free-for-all auditioning process when trying out for an Elite position. When a member of the Elite Four steps down, the League officials make a collective decision about what kind of trainer would be best to take their place, usually contacting three or four potential candidates and having them audition before making a final decision. Either way, appointed Elites are usually very successful trainers already renowned in their field, not unknown members of the public. You could say that it works on a 'don’t call us, we’ll call you’ kind of basis.
Elites tend to be stronger than gym leaders (though this isn’t always the case), therefore they cannot be challenged until a trainer has collected all eight badges. Whilst casual trainers may make it their goal to defeat all of the gym leaders in their region, only serious ones try their hand at defeating the Elite Four, as it is enormous step up. Matches have to be booked in advance and are often attended by the public, with tickets going on sale in the weeks before it takes place. I can’t imagine that challengers would have to defeat each Elite Four member in succession (that may have once been a tradition, but is no longer practical), but they would have to conquer all of them before they could challenge the Champion - a difficult feat.
All Elite Four members are all household names, even in overseas regions. More so than gym leaders, their job requires international travel, as they don’t have gyms to manage or teaching commitments. It’s all about the battle.
Becoming the Champion is an enormously difficult task, but it is, in a peculiar kind of way, almost easier to attain than an Elite position. Whilst the skill required for the job is higher than any other battling occupation in the world, it works on a similar basis to gym leading in the sense that anybody can take up the position if they are strong enough. The only requirements are that you triumph over all of the gyms in your region, beat every member of the Elite Four, and that you win against the existing Champion in a 6v6 battle. No previous credentials or establishment is needed, as is the case with becoming an Elite.
Champions typically take up influential positions on the League council, having an involvement in the appointment of new gym leaders and Elites and as well as an overall say in the running of things, but that isn’t always the case. Lance, even Gold took his place as Champion, would leave the battling aspect of the League but remain on its council, as he would have been a long-standing member, whereas Gold himself would have a more minor role. There is more to being Champion than battle, but the extra demands do depend on how willing the Champion is to take them on.
Champions are obviously the most famous trainers of all, known worldwide by even those with little to no interest in battling. Any matches in which they compete go on sale to the public and sell out rapidly, as well as being televised to those who cannot see them in the flesh. The prestige of Champions, even those who have incredibly short reigns (like Blue) or disappear without a trace (like Red), isn’t something that ever fades away. They are always welcome at tournaments, namely the PWT.