Title: Grief Has Many Names Fandom: Servamp Characters: Kuro and his siblings (including Tsubaki), Sakuya, Koyuki, and Mahiru. Summary: Moving on takes time and patience, and some gentle nudging in the right direction. Warnings: Major Character Death, suicide mention, alcohol mention. Notes: I was going to have this up earlier, but something came up ;; My apologies for the delay and here’s the full-length story. Also, warning - it’s a long one. By the way, this was heavily inspired by P.S. I Love You, thanks to some devious minxes that put this idea in my head. (And kudos to anyone who recognizes the new contract item at the end.)
since sarukui has that sweet monkey smile for most of his emotions, it can be hard to tell when he’s legit angry—but according to komi, mad!sarukui flares his nostrils, so komi dubbed mad!sarukui as gorilla!sarukui (sarukui is Not Amused)
Stories to Tell Onaga I: in the previous year, komi made it a punishment that anyone who made fun of his [lack of] height had to carry him around to & from club; after shirofuku made fun but could only carry him princess-style, komi amended the punishments to piggybacks-only & said the managers were off the hook so only the guys have to carry him these days (as onaga wasn’t present, sarukui & konoha have pics of komi-hime to show their first-year baby bird)
bokuto is Proud Dad & Team Mom all at once sometimes; when akaashi & suzumeda joined last year & onaga this year, bokuto has shown his “mY BABIES” side complete w/glomps just as many times as he’s congratulated everyone on a well-played game
most everyone on the team is Too Much, so onaga tends to ask washio for advice & so they chat a lot; they are good pals~
akaashi knew suzumeda as the sporty girl in his class & let that slip to shirofuku; shirofuku p much hunted her down to see if she’d like to become a club manager
Stories to Tell Onaga II: do not call shirofuku by the nickname “yukki"—konoha tried to last year & almost didn’t live to see his final year of high school
acceptable nicknames: "komiyan,” “kaori-chan” (not rly a nickname but y'know—also, only by shirofuku), “wasshi” (by konoha & bokuto when they’re being lazy), “saruman” (sarukui thinks he’d make a kickass evil wizard), “yamisen” (short for “yamiji-sensei;” coach honestly doesn’t know what to do with the 3rd yrs, poor guy)
unacceptable nicknames: “yukki,” “ninja-kun” (according to konoha; the others find it hilarious), “omonaga/-kun” (after the others learned how bad it hurts onaga’s feelings, they stay on the watch for teasing instances & defend their baby owl as needed; bokuto/konoha/komi are rly vocal about it, but sarukui & esp washio give the best silent glares to shut people up)
akaashi has poor taste in t-shirts, in scarves, in pants…but, surprisingly, he has a rly cool sweater collection & good taste in shoes
Stories to Tell Onaga III: konoha refused to do a cosplay café & dress up as a girl in his first year, but bokuto assured him it was no big deal & cross-dressed to show his support; fukurodani banned cosplay cafés for the years to come
suzumeda learned early on about her senpai’s ravenous appetite, so she often carries candies in her pockets these days just for shirofuku
when it comes to studying, washio leads the pack w/akaashi’s, suzumeda’s, & onaga’s help; konoha & shirofuku manage okay on their own, sarukui & komi do best cramming at the last minute, but bokuto…fukurodani has to pull out all the stops for him ;w; but akaashi & onaga have the best patience for teaching him things
after the fukurodani–nekoma match, since he got his first, real taste of useless!bokuto, even sweet little onaga gets exasperated w/his senpai in games at times…
Stories to Tell Onaga IV: after their first training camp back in their first year, the 3rd yrs know NEVER to let sarukui possess permanent markers. NEVER.
konoha can, unfortunately, confirm that yes, that is bokuto’s natural hair color(s)
owls who only have to run a comb thru their hair in the morning: onaga, akaashi, shirofuku, sarukui, washio
owls who take forever to groom: suzumeda (she can never get a proper, smooth ponytail on the first try), bokuto, komi, konoha (boy has so much product it puts the team to shame)
when the day looks particularly exhausting & club hasn’t even started yet, one can find washio hiding in the references part of the school library; onaga learned this first, then akaashi & konoha, but they’re all kind enough to the gentle giant not to pass around this info ESP to bokuto
be scared when there’s new music out for komi & konoha to enjoy: komi jumps around erratically to the songs stuck in his head & konoha shakes his moneymaker…even during club
komi & shirofuku are Not Headrests. pls tell sarukui & konoha, tyvm
on a similar note, onaga & washio are Not Ladders. gdi, komi
in the fukurodani vbc, there’s a thing called the “owl races"—if coach yamiji lets five minutes pass w/no direction, the team starts pairing off & running laps outside, w/komi riding on washio’s shoulders, shirofuku on konoha’s, & suzumeda on onaga’s; akaashi & sarukui refuse to carry bokuto, and akaashi almost strangled bokuto w/his legs that one time bokuto surprised the setter & hefted him up onto his shoulders
the only kinds of movies komi enjoys are those full-on 3D experience ones where you sit in a seat that moves around; the only one who doesn’t get motion sickness from that & tends to join him is sarukui
bokuto thinks nicknames are a sign of respect for his friends, but he doesn’t realize hotheaded little komi actually softens up some when called "komiyan” i.e., no one can resist the bokuto charm
when bokuto isn’t around to be the butt of the joke, konoha becomes the team punching bag (courtesty of komi, sarukui, & shirofuku)
shirofuku is allowed to help w/food & snack prep during training camps, but suzumeda prefers onaga’s help when actually cooking since he doesn’t eat everything as it’s finished
on rainy days, sarukui & akaashi are v distracting ‘cuz their hair gets Curly to the Max
bokuto w/his hair down & unstyled is a thing of nightmares
good birbs who eat a real breakfast in the morning: bokuto, komi (he thinks he might have one last growth spurt), suzumeda, shirofuku, onaga
bad birbs who’d rather sleep in until the last minute: sarukui, washio, konoha, akaashi
Stories to Tell Onaga V: when they first joined, bokuto took one look at coach yamiji & called him “grandpa”…& the other 3rd yrs have never let him forget it
owls who ride the train: onaga & konoha, washio, akaashi & bokuto
owls who walk/bike to school: komi & sarukui (sarukui stands on the back of komi’s bike when they can get away w/it), shirofuku & suzumeda
tan washio & komi get completely crispy during summer; fair-skinned konoha & shirofuku burn & turn redder than her hair
tho he dislikes jokes about his small stature, komi has no problem w/snuggling into a nest of heat made out of washio+sarukui+onaga during winter
everyone’s used to how bokuto drapes on them, but he’s clingy only w/akaashi since the 2nd year didn’t tell him off when it first happened (he was kinda shocked at the behavior), but akaashi is okay w/it by now
fukurodani’s biggest pain-in-the-ass according to bokuto & coach yamiji: sakusa
fukurodani’s biggest pain-in-the-ass according to everyone else: kuroo & nekoma (& bokuto, *lol*)
yes, bokuto’s not the brightest bulb in the box & yes, he forgets to return money he borrows, but he also is the mawkish dork who buys everyone a little xmas gift & some valentine’s candy or chocolate for them every year, so no one can hold anything against his heart of gold
konoha is apt at reading everyone on the team, altho shirofuku is rather ambiguous to him so he guesses hungry most of the time (& tbh he’s often right, much to her chagrin)
shirofuku can out-eat all the guys & lap them if she feels like running w/them at the end of the day; BUT! she can also go for hrs w/o eating anything on the rare occasion
akaashi’s parents thought they’d have a bigger family & so got a big house, but it wasn’t until the club decided to chill @akaashi’s place so often that his parents got their big fam, *lol* (so, so many owls…)
the team also spends time @onaga’s 'cuz his mum cooks the best large meals
everyone’s from a decent fam w/decent incomes, but sarukui’s fam is loaded, so the team gets invited to vacation w/them during the summer in karuizawa @sarukui’s beach house
non-team friends: akaashi gets along v well w/kenma (quiet friendship), suzumeda is childhood friends w/yamagata (a fact she tries to keep secret from the guys lest they jump to traitorous conclusions), bokuto & kuroo obviously should never be left to their own devices, & shirofuku enjoys getting the quiet shimizu to talk
will make good wives someday (i.e., who’s domestic): onaga, akaashi, suzumeda, konoha (his skills are passable in the beginning before he gets better), sarukui
who traipses to the convenience store late at night for snacks: washio, bokuto, shirofuku, komi
komi has a great dane which was great until the pooch grew to be bigger than him; suzumeda has a maine coon who thinks it’s a dog; sarukui has a beagle–bloodhound mix & loves playing w/its ears
bokuto’s great w/kids & actually babysits neighbors’ kids from time to time; when the team was shocked at the thought of him being responsible for smols, bokuto sulked for a week
conversely, akaashi is not great w/kids 'cuz they don’t know what to make of his poker face; the only baby akaashi can look after well is bokuto XD
onaga & washio are teacher’s pets
bokuto can squirm out of getting detention w/a smile; konoha lands himself in detention w/a smile
after 3 yrs of bokuto & co., yamiji-sensei considers retirement…but he hangs in there for akaashi’s & onaga’s last yrs 'cuz they’re easy & good kids & become good captains
TalesFromTheFrontDesk: You Must be 21 and Next Time Plan Ahead
So I have two quick stories courtesty of tonight.
First Up: I had a woman stop who said she purposely stopped by on Sunday night and figured we’d be slow. She wanted a ground floor room, two beds, in a certain corner with an exterior entrance. We only have 4 rooms in our 3 story hotel that meet this criteria and we are close to sold out. I explained to her that I didn’t have the availability on the first floor nor did I have a room with two beds. She also said she wasn’t sure how long she’d be here as she’s here looking for a place to live. Now, I know for a fact from personal experience that finding a place in my area during the months of April-August for long term is almost impossible. I told her ma'am I would caution you to call ahead next time as we are in our busy season and also the property around here goes quickly so you picked a bad time to fly by the seat of your pants. She asked for other properties and I directed her down the road. She was a bit upset with me for not being able to accommodate all her requests. In my mind I’m thinking, “Poor planning on your end does not constitute an emergency on mine.”
I guess there is a Christian College group that lost their chaperone due to a family emergency. They are all under 21 so they were asked to vacate their hotel due to the chaperone’s hasty departure. I’ve had one of the boys call here. Then his father called stating there’s at least 3 of them- possibly more all under 21 that need a room and they are good Christian kids. Now, lets just pause here. When someone uses the phrase, “good and christian” to describe someone’s character I automatically am on my guard. I was raised Christian and was a practicing Christian for years. I was even involved in the youth program as a leader with my church one upon a time. I’ve since converted and I happen to know that is not a good indication of one’s character. (I’m not knocking Christianity, just stating that based on my previous and current life experience it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.) As a matter of fact, anytime I have had to deal with any kind of “Christian” groups coming through they have been the worst. The big one, we don’t rent to people under 21 unless they are military or they have someone who is 21 with them. The boy’s father kept trying to get me to change my mind and I just kept telling him unfortunately I cannot. It’s only a few hours to drive back to campus. Dad didn’t want them to drive back but its not a bad drive. My husband and I make a further drive regularly.
TL:DR; Poor planning on your end does not equal an emergency on mine.
Here is a sort of masterpost type thing of the Monkees’ time in London in June/July 1967. This was the only significant time all four Monkees spent in the UK during their heyday, and obviously being from the UK and spending a lot of time seeing bands in London this stuff interests me.
The boys arrived in London on the 28th of June, coming just across the water from Paris. The very next day they held their first ever group press conference at the Royal Garden Hotel, which is overlooking Kensington Gardens (which is basically attached to Hyde Park).
The Royal Garden Hotel/Press Conference:
By coincidence, last summer I was in Kensington on the anniversary of the Monkees stay there. Here’s a post I made at the time, showing the hotel as it was in 1967 compared to how it is today.
The Monkees played five shows at Wembley Arena (known until the late 70s as ‘Empire Pool’) over the next three days: one on Friday 30th, and two shows each on the Saturday and Sunday, to crowds of 10,000 at each show. Lulu was the support act, and the poor girl apparently copped some flack from the audience as she was rumoured to be involved with Davy at the time.
Here is what Lulu thought of each of the boys, transcribed by me from Flip magazine, February 1968:
“To be quite honest I had a pre-conceived notion that Davy might be a bit big-time and sure of himself because of his professional attitude. I was wrong. When I got talking to him at Wembley I soon realized that he is overwhelmed by it all and just a little bewildered and before he went out to face the audience on the second night with all his relations down from Manchester to see him, he was as nervous as a kitten. He introduced me to his sister on that evening and we spent some time talking together about him. The family is immensely proud of him and the way he helps his father. He obviously has a very deep attachment to his family.”
“Peter can get incredibly wound up about a subject, and suddenly right in the middle of our shopping spree [with Micky Dolenz and Samantha Juste] he got involved in an argument with Micky about fate and whether our lives are all mapped out for us. Fortunately, it was not too serious and a clash of opinions like this is soon over.”
“Peter is one of those people who have a natural gift for helping keep the conversation going–Mike, for example, does not and if he is in an untalkative mood you won’t shift him. Mike is a lot more deep than you realise–there’s a little piece of himself which he is keeping to himself and no one is going to get a look at. He was always polite and very much the Southern gentleman and he has a wicked dry sense of humour, but you don’t very often get past the door marked 'Private’ in his mind.”
“Micky is really lovely. He’s a marvellous ham at times and just clowns around the whole day. To watch him handle the press is a treat–he turns an embarrassing question with a good humoured crack and immediately gets the reporters on his side.”
A few fun facts about the shows:
Mike and Micky wore black armbands in support of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger who’d recently been busted for drugs.
Mick Jagger’s face was also shown on the big screen while Davy performed “I Wanna Be Free”
According to a review by NME of the final show, Keith Moon was in attendance and, before the show started, stood up and shouted “we want The Who!”
Party with the Beatles / Micky in Hyde Park:
On the 3rd of July, the day after the Monkees completed their Wembley shows, Brian Epstien threw a huge party for the Monkees at the Speakeasy Club in London. This was also the party that Micky and Peter introduced the Beatles and Eric Clapton to STP.
Peter remembers: “Micky and I are meeting the Beatles at a London club called the Speakeasy. And in come George and John singing to the tune of “Hare Krishna” “Micky Dolenz, Micky Dolenz, Dolenz, Dolenz, Micky, Micky.” And Paul is with Jane Asher, and the other guys didn’t bring anybody, and I had just done some STP which was an LSD-type psychedelic drug. I mentioned it to John and he said, “We heard that’s no good. Mama Cass told us not to take it.” But he said, “Okay”. So I went back to the hotel and I got some. Popped one down his throat. I guess he was alright because he seemed to survive. I don’t think I’m responsible for “Strawberry Fields” though.“
Here’s who attended: The Monkees (minus Davy, who was out of town to visit his family) and the Beatles (but not Ringo because Maureen was having a baby), Pattie Harrison, Jane Asher, Cynthia Lennon, Samantha Juste, Phyllis Nesmith, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Eric Clapton, The Who, Procul Harum, Mickie Most, Frank Allen of The Searchers, Manfred Mann, Barry Miles, Jeff Beck and others.
Around 3:30am, George Harrison started a jam session with his ukulele, with Peter Tork playing banjo and Keith Moon playing drums on a table. Not too shabby! The party ended around 6am.
The following morning, after the party, Micky went wandering through Hyde Park and ended up singing to a bunch of fans.
“Who is the most incredible, the most unpredictable pop star of
‘em all? Well at the risk of offending supporters of other members of
the Monkees, it’s Micky Dolenz who currently holds the title. And it’s
all because he put on the most incredible, most unpredictable pop
performance of all time when the boys were in London.”
ANNOUNCING A SUMMER CHALLENGE FEST FOR THE HANNIBAL FANDOM!
So the finale was really devastating. You know what that means? We need a little loving this summer to help us cope.
Come one, come all, to the first ever Hannibal Summer of Rare Pairings!
Is there a ship that you’ve always wanted to see given more attention and fanfic/fanart? Do you like Hannigram but are feeling a bit more inclined towards ChillyWilly right now? Then this is the event for you! We’re going to spend the month of July writing/drawing our favorite rare pairs, and then every day during the month of August, those fics and pics will come straight to your Tumblr feed courtesty of the Hannibal Summer of Rare Pairs tumblr! Go check out the tumblr for rules and signup information!AND PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST THIS POST, I want this to be a great event for our fandom, but that means we need the word to spread!
Don’t Panic but I think it is Common Courtesty to tell you how I Feel about you,My love for you is Sempiternal and The Drug In Me Is You.I would Stand Up And Scream your name til my voice would Collide With The Sky.You are Restoring Force of my love for you everytime we talk because i hope our love last til we go to The Other Side.If anyone is a Challenger to me,it will be a Wretched and Divine fight.Its my BestIntentions to treat you right,will you be mine?
I wasn't being condensing. I am an ex-Larrie and one of the reasons I left is because I was treated like shit here. Antis are nice. I'm left this side of the fandom and made new fandom friends. And found a new place in the fandom. Antis aren't here to kick ex-Larries out. There really is a place for them. And I want your followers to know that.
NO SHIT antis aren’t here to kick ex-larries out, they basically throw a fucking parade every time someone defects to their side.
You want to know why antis are nice to you? It’s the same reason Scientologists bend over backwards to suck up to celebrities - because you’re their fucking white whale. You and all that you stand for, are the basis of their recruitment campaign. They’re NICE to you, because they’re treating you like proof that they’re right - “See? [ANON] used to be a larrie and they saw the light” and you probably pander to that, detailing all of the ways that you used to be Wrong and how Manipulated you were into accidentally Fetishing A Sexuality… but don’t worry, now You Can’t Fool Yourself Anymore, it’s time to Face The Truth. You’re CURED!
The difference between Larries and antis is that the average Larrie doesn’t actually give a fuck what antis think. We’re not a bunch of miserable fucks who run blogs solely focused on people we hate and talk endlessly about what those people believe in. We don’t care about antis and we don’t try to talk the them either, they’re just always there, filling our inboxes with anon hate and adding unneccessary arguements to our posts. We try to avoid them, but they never do us the same courtesty.
I want you to consider the fact that I work in reality TV for a minute - especially the part where many Executive Producers are known to essentially be Simon Cowellesque/Devil Wears Prada-esque sociopaths, and a majority of on-camera talent are (or quickly become) flighty, nasty, narcisstic nightmares, hell bent on serving their own agenda. Despite this, despite sometimes working directly with people who are SO AWFUL that I can hear my brain screaming every time I interact with them, I STILL find antis to genuinely be some of the most terrible humans I’ve come across in my entire life. PLEASE, think about that statement in context.
Look, I’m sorry if you had a hard time when you were a Larrie, but if you’ve found friends amoungst a group of spectacularly vicious bullies (who frankly lack any intuition, logic or cognitive reasoning) and your justification for this is that they’re NICE to YOU - while you completely ignore how they act to everyone else, well then that says more about you than it does about us.
I hope you and anti buddies are really happy together… but when all of this goes down and babygate paternity gets denied and you start wondering “huh, what if I was right before and NOW I’m wrong”, just wait and see how your super-nice new friends treat you.