december twenty fifth

This Will Do

For @ebbthegoatgirl

Merry Christmas, Sadie


Baz

I wake up to a mouthful of sweet, golden hair.

           I’m not expecting it and I’m shocked backwards. Impossible, it can’t be.

           And then I remember.

           Lips and tears and heat and fire.  I remember being so afraid of what I’d begun, of what kind of a door I might have opened – or closed.  I remember him begging me to look him in the eye, of being terrified to let him see exactly how much I need him.

           I remember him extinguishing my fear, kissing me over and over and over again, holding himself above me and making me reach up for him.

           And I did.  Long into the night, I did.

           I would again.

           We must have fallen asleep in each other’s arms, because here I am, gazing into his sleeping face, lightly touching the moles on his cheek next to his eye like I’ve always wanted to.

           Crowley, all the things that I’ve always wanted to do.

           Simon is an unbelievable kind of beautiful up close. He’s the kind of beautiful that is significant from a distance, but if you stare at his features too long, they begin to lose their meaning.  His eyes are just eyes, not Simon’s eyes, until you look away and back again.  It’s like the longer I take in his face, the more I realize I could never possibly get enough.

           Sunlight is drifting into the room, setting his curls aglow, and I remember another thing.

           “Simon,” I whisper, “it’s Christmas.”

           He doesn’t stir.

           I’ve just woken up with Simon Snow in my arms on Christmas morning.

           I grin.  What more could I possibly ask for?

           I press the lightest of kisses to his lips, and he sighs, starting to wake up.  When his eyes flutter open, they meet mine and there’s the slightest moment of confusion before I see that he remembers everything, too.

           And suddenly I’m afraid again.  I’m afraid he’ll have come to his senses.  I’m afraid he’ll push me away and regret everything that happened the night before, from the first kiss to the last.

           “Morning,” he mumbles, and I feel him stretch under the covers, his feet lightly brushing mine.

           “Hi,” is all I can say.

           For a long time, all we do is lie there, facing each other, inches away, searching each other’s eyes, thinking all the things we wish we could say.

           “What’s today?” he asks suddenly, his brow furrowing.

           “December twenty-fifth,” I murmur.

           His face lights up.  “Christmas Day,” he breathes.

           A pang of guilt hits me suddenly.  “I don’t have anything for you,” I admit.  

           I probably shouldn’t be guilty.  After all, he did sort of show up unexpectedly, I haven’t really had time to prepare, and anyway we were still enemies.  Reluctant allies.  Until… well…

           Simon snakes his hand out from under the blankets, and he touches my cheek, as gently as though I were a butterfly.

           “This will do,” he whispers, and there’s something in his eyes.  Certainty. A promise.

           I want to kiss him.  So badly.

           But…

           He must see it on my face because he doesn’t wait for me to decide.  He kisses me with a softness that I didn’t think he was capable of.  I almost want to laugh because his mouth tastes sleepy, drowsy, and it’s not the fiery heat he kissed me with last night and it’s so new.

           Simon Snow, the Chosen One.

           You’re meant to kill me, not kiss me.

           He laughs and I realize that I’ve spoken aloud, whispering against his lips.  “Chosen One,” he scoffs quietly, “just this once, I’d like to choose for myself.”

           My heart nearly sinks because for some reason I think he’s going to change his mind, but to my relief he joins our mouths again, and I wonder if it will always be this way, if I’ll always doubt that my luck could turn, that a boy like him could ever love a boy like me.  I wonder if he’d keep kissing me if he knew how afraid I was.

           “What would you choose?” I dare to ask when we pause for breath.

           He grins at me like I’ve always wanted him to. “You, of course.”

           What?

           Me?

           Impossible.

           “That’s not very smart,” I tell him, “you might want to think about that.”

           “I don’t think,” he reminds me.

           “That’s for the best,” I mutter ruefully, “if you did, you’d run as far from me as you could.”

           His face goes solemn, and he takes my chin in his hand, not letting me look anywhere but into his eyes.

           “Baz,” he murmurs, “I’m not going anywhere, because it turns out I like you a lot and now you won’t be able to get rid of me.  I don’t care how crazy it is.”  He smirks. “Now shut up and let me give you your Christmas present.”

           I’m laughing against his lips at how ridiculous he is, how ridiculous all of this is, and I move my mouth to those three little moles by his eye, pressing my hands into the small of his back, peppering his face with kisses.

           Crowley, all the things I’ve wanted to do.

           And now I can.

Writing Prompt #63

“So what you’re saying is… we have a deranged criminal on the loose, bomb threats being sent from our neighbors to the north, and rebellious unrest in sixteen states?” 

“And it’s nine o’ clock in the morning on December Twenty-Fifth. Merry Christmas, y’all.” 

Fic Rec list 2017 - Week 1
Eric/Jack - Check Pleaseevery long-lost dream (led me to where you are) (6800 words) by PorcupineGirl
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Check Please! (Webcomic)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmermann, background ransom/holster, past jack/kent - Relationship
Characters: Eric Bittle, Jack Zimmermann, John Johnson, everyone is there a tiny bit
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Soulmates, Romantic Soulmates, sometimes they play hockey, Head Injury, Jack doesn’t like himself very much, runs parallel to year 1 canon, Hurt/Comfort, Mild Blood
Summary:

But when he looks down, the world comes to a halt for the second time in five minutes.

Because his fingers are smeared not with bright red, but with dark bluish-purple.

Jack finds his soulmate in the middle of a hockey game, concussions make it hard to have life-changing conversations, and Johnson is the best way to end a fic.

Don’t Write Yourself Off Yet (6495 words) by PorcupineGirl
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Check Please! (Webcomic)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmermann, very brief eric bittle/others
Characters: Eric Bittle, Jack Zimmermann
Additional Tags: Demisexuality, Demisexual Character, demi bitty, Coming of Age, this fic starts when bitty is 12 and involves his thoughts about his sexuality as a young teen, with very brief non-graphic mentions of masturbation, and kids bragging about sex they probably did not have, No Underage Sex, but an exploration of, Adolescent Sexuality, Kid Fic, Canon Compliant
Summary:

Eric is twelve when he asks his mama what a crush feels like.

He’s thirteen when he starts to think maybe it’s different for him.

He’s twenty before he decides that that’s okay.

hit me baby one more time (8114 words) by Springsteen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Check Please! (Webcomic)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmermann
Characters: Eric Bittle, Jack Zimmermann, Larissa “Lardo” Duan, Shitty Knight, Chris “Chowder” Chow
Additional Tags: Fluff, Alternate Universe - Bakery
Summary:

The facts were these: Eric Bittle owned a pie shop, Jack Zimmermann played professional hockey, and an early morning encounter had slightly painful and entirely unforeseen consequences. (This is not a pushing daisies au, but there is an adorable tiny blonde character, a tall awkward dark-haired character, and a bakery.)

To Even Fall (5636 words) by perihelionic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Check Please! (Webcomic)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmermann, Shitty Knight & Jack Zimmermann
Characters: Eric Bittle, Jack Zimmermann, Shitty Knight, Chris “Chowder” Chow, Derek “Nursey” Nurse, William “Dex” Poindexter, Coach Hall, Coach Murray
Summary:

Sometimes Bitty sleeps in Jack’s bed. It’s not a thing, until it is.

Odd Man Rush (5606 words) by Lexie
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Check Please! (Webcomic)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmermann
Characters: Eric Bittle, Chris “Chowder” Chow, Jack Zimmermann, Shitty Knight, Larissa “Lardo” Duan, William “Dex” Poindexter, Derek “Nursey” Nurse
Additional Tags: Unrequited crush (OR IS IT??)
Summary:

“Chowder, my son: we’re gonna get you hammered, you fuckin’ beaut.”

“I don’t know if that’s the best idea,” Bitty says dubiously, looking at the back of Chowder’s dejected head.

“Bits, it’s Haus tradition!” Shitty exclaims, warming to his subject. He’s probably about five seconds from striking a Captain Morgan pose with his foot on a chair. “It’s got to be done!”

“Okay,” Chowder says, unexpectedly. He bolts upright. There is a gigantic red mark on his forehead from the table. “Yeah, okay! Let’s get hammered!!”

Ransom/Holster - Check PleaseProper Date Manners (6971 words) by sunshineinthestorm
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Check Please! (Webcomic)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Adam “Holster” Birkholtz/Justin “Ransom” Oluransi
Characters: Adam “Holster” Birkholtz, Justin “Ransom” Oluransi, Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: the OFCs are dating each other, because female/female relationships are the only thing omgcp lacks, Fluff, Mutual Pining, Adam doesn’t realize it’s mutual pining until the end though, Because that’s how these things work, Fake/Pretend Relationship, plus sushi and ice cream and jane austen, honestly what more could you want
Summary:

It wasn’t the way Holster had envisioned finally getting a date with his d-man partner.

(Not that he’d ever envisioned getting a date with his d-man partner, because what they had was fucking good enough already, and it wasn’t like romantic relationships were any better or worse than platonic ones, or any more important, and he was happy with Ransom as his best friend, he really was, and he didn’t need anything else.)

It wasn’t the way Holster had envisioned finally getting a date with his d-man partner, but it was fun anyway.

While trying to be a good bro and help his best friend get over his recent breakup with March, Holster accidentally sets them up on a double date with two girls who are already dating… each other.

What is the correct response to this revelation?

Fake dating. Obviously.

Bookmarker’s Notes:

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how to not fall in love with your best friend + other holiday activities (7404 words) by quidhitch
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Check Please! (Webcomic)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Adam “Holster” Birkholtz/Justin “Ransom” Oluransi
Additional Tags: slowest of burns, fluffy fluff fluff, also if u know me irl ur not allowed to read this lolol, its not v explicit but like…….for me it is lololol
Summary:

When Ransom meets Adam Birkholtz for the first time he’s wearing a t-shirt that’s half a size too small for him, jeans that are worn out in the ratty way, and Birkenstocks that look about a thousand years old. His glasses are crooked on his nose and he introduces himself with a loud, booming laugh even though Ransom hasn’t said anything particularly funny. Ransom thinks it’s the kind of laugh that moves mountains, full and round and beautiful.

“Everyone calls me Holster,” Adam says, squeezing Ransom’s hand before he lets it go.

“Cool,” Ransom’s smile back is a reflex, the easiest, most natural response to Holster’s toothy grin. “I’m Ransom.”

“Sick nickname,” Holster tosses an arm around Ransom’s shoulder’s without warning. He is very large and very warm, and his breath smells like cinnamon. “You know what, Ransom? I think we’re gonna be tight.”

Ransom laughs, it rises up in him fast and urgent, like excess happiness spilling from his lips, “sure, bro. Whatever you say.”

someone as good for me as you (7056 words) by ninjee
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Check Please! (Webcomic)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Adam “Holster” Birkholtz/Justin “Ransom” Oluransi
Characters: Justin “Ransom” Oluransi, Adam “Holster” Birkholtz
Additional Tags: Future Fic, ransom deals with his anxiety a lot in this but he’s Trying, Ransom is a coral reef
Summary:

“So tell me,” Justin’s mother says, all business, “is your boy going to propose?”

“What, Jack?” Justin says, and doesn’t really think much of it, because his mother eats up the details of Jack and Bitty and JackandBitty like Holster eats up rom-coms.

His mother sighs, and he can practically hear her rolling her eyes. “No, baby, I meant Adam.”

Enjolras/Grantaire - Les Miserablesthis is fact not fiction (28842 words) by Rianne
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Les Misérables - All Media Types, Les Misérables - Victor Hugo
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Enjolras/Grantaire, Combeferre/Courfeyrac, Minor or Background Relationship(s), Joly/Bossuet Laigle/Musichetta, Cosette Fauchelevent/Marius Pontmercy, Bahorel/Feuilly
Characters: Enjolras (Les Misérables), Grantaire (Les Misérables), Courfeyrac (Les Misérables), Combeferre (Les Misérables), Éponine Thénardier, Joly (Les Misérables), Bossuet Laigle, Musichetta (Les Misérables), Cosette Fauchelevent, Marius Pontmercy, Feuilly (Les Misérables), Jean “Jehan” Prouvaire
Additional Tags: Asexuality, Asexual Character, Trans Male Character, Trans Character, Non-Binary Jean Prouvaire, Depression, Anxiety, Disability, Disabled Character, Diabetes, LGBTQ Character of Color, Bets & Wagers, Christmas, Christmas Fluff, Christmas Presents, Developing Relationship, Pining, Mutual Pining, Fluff, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Gender Dysphoria, Friends to Lovers
Summary:

“How about this,” Grantaire told Combeferre. “You have to give Courfeyrac a gift for every day of the Twelve Days of Christmas. December twenty-fifth till January fifth. And when he figures out that it’s you, which he inevitably will, you lose the bet and you have to ask him out.”

Combeferre bit his lip, eyes narrowed as he thought the proposal through. “On one condition,” he said after a moment.

“What’s that?”

“You do the same.”
Combeferre and Grantaire enter a bet. Even though it lasts only twelve days, the consequences are far greater than they could ever have expected.

Poe/Finna city built on water (13668 words) by Deputychairman
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Poe Dameron/Finn
Characters: Leia Organa
Additional Tags: First Time, diplomacy and bureaucracy will save the galaxy, Finn is good at more than fighting, but he is also very good at fighting, salt n pepper undercut Poe, a space!motorbike, Swimming, and sex on the beach
Series: Part 1 of a peace without victory
Summary:

things that happen after the war: diplomacy, bureaucracy, sex

See all my other recs here.
(ongoing) group schedule
  • monday - sunday: [jonghyun] blue night radio (12am)
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  • -
  • july 7th: [key] m!countdown (6pm)
  • july 14th: [key] m!countdown (6pm)
  • july 16th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (kyocera dome, day i)
  • july 17th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (kyocera dome, day ii)
  • july 18th: taemin's twenty third birthday
  • july 18th: (japan) [taemin] 「さよならひとり」 - premium showcase
  • july 19th: [onew] 2016 scene stealer festival
  • july 20th: (japan) [taemin] mezamashi live (12/12:20 pm)
  • july 21st: [key] m!countdown (6pm)
  • july 22nd: (japan) [taemin] sstv - tutorial no tokudane fukuitaru (7:30pm)
  • july 23rd: (japan) [taemin] sstv - taemin special (11:30pm)
  • july 25th: (japan) [taemin] 「 zoom up! 」 (12:10am) (prerec)
  • july 26th: (japan) [taemin] 「 zoom up! 」 (12:10am) (prerec)
  • july 27th: (japan) [taemin] 「 zoom up! 」 (12:10am) (prerec)
  • july 27th: (japan) [taemin] 「さよならひとり」 - album release
  • july 27th: [taemin] mnet - hit the stage - episode one (11pm)
  • july 27th: (japan) [taemin] nhk tv - hangul lesson (11:30pm) (prerec)
  • july 28th: (japan) [taemin] 「 zoom up! 」 (12:10am) (prerec)
  • july 28th: [key] m!countdown (6pm)
  • july 29th: (japan) [taemin] 「 zoom up! 」 (12:10am) (prerec)
  • july 30th: (usa - california) 2016 kcon la
  • july 31st: (usa - texas) 2016 shinee fanmeet in dallas (7pm)
  • july 31st: 『shinee world 2016 ~d×d×d~』 tokyo dome special edition (9pm)
  • august 13th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (tokyo dome, day i)
  • august 14th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (tokyo dome, day ii)
  • august 28th: (japan) [taemin] 2016 a-nation stadium festival
  • september 3rd: shinee world v (seoul, day i)
  • september 4th: shinee world v (seoul, day ii)
  • september 23rd: key's twenty fifth birthday
  • october 1st: 2016 spectrum dance festival in seoul (day i)
  • october 2nd: 2016 spectrum dance festival in seoul (day ii)
  • december 9th: minho's twenty fifth birthday
  • december 14th: onew's twenty seventh birthday
  • -
  • -
  • pending - august: (japan) [key] in the heights (* rumored)
  • pending - september: [minho] chemistry (release)
  • pending - october: (japan) [key] in the heights (* rumored)
  • pending - december: [minho] hwarang: the beginning
  • pending: [minho] two men (release)
  • -
  • -
  • if a schedule just has the event listed and nothing in front of it that means that the event is both full group (unless otherwise specified) and held in korea. events in japan are marked with (j). changes in schedule (adding on, cancellation, etc.) are always possible and likely. twitter.com/mbcbluenight updates the weekly guest schedule for blue night every sunday or monday kst, and you can find shinee's official schedule at shinee.smtown.com. (though the official schedule is honestly very slowly updated at times and doesn't include updates for their activities in japan.)
(group) ongoing schedule
  • april 21st: [key] m!countdown (6pm)
  • april 23rd: (j) shinee world 2016 in sapporo (day i) (5pm)
  • april 24th: (j) shinee world 2016 in sapporo (day ii) (3:30pm)
  • april 26th: [key] save the green planet (tenth performance) (8pm)
  • april 26th: [jonghyun] blue night live harmony concert (8pm)
  • april 27th: [key] save the green planet (eleventh performance) (4pm)
  • april 27th: [key] save the green planet (twelfth performance) (8pm)
  • april 28th: [key] m!countdown (6pm)
  • april 29th: [key] save the green planet (thirteenth performance) (8pm)
  • may 5th: [key] m!countdown (6pm)
  • may 6th: (canada) 2016 hallyu north
  • may 7th: (usa) 14th korea times music festival
  • may 8th: (usa) 2016 shinee fanmeet in chicago
  • may 14th: (j) shinee world 2016 at kyocera dome (day i) (5pm)
  • may 15th: (j) shinee world 2016 at kyocera dome (day ii) (3:30pm)
  • may 18th: (j) shinee world 2016 at tokyo dome (day i) (5pm)
  • may 19th: (j) shinee world 2016 at tokyo dome (day i) (3:30pm)
  • may 19th: [minho] canola (theatrical release)
  • may 21st: (taiwan) [taemin] press it showcase
  • may 24th: (c) 2016 k-pop and supermodel concert
  • may 25th: shinee's eighth anniversary
  • may 25th: [key] save the green planet (fifteenth performance) (4pm)
  • may 25th: [key] save the green planet (sixteenth performance) (8pm)
  • may 28th: [key] save the green planet (seventeenth performance) (3pm)
  • may 29th: [key] save the green planet (eighteenth performance) (3pm)
  • june 2nd: (france) 2016 kcon in paris
  • june 4th: [taemin] 2016 dream concert
  • june 17th - 18th: 2016 suwon k-pop super concert (* pending confirmation)
  • june 22nd: shinee's fifth anniversary (since debut in japan)
  • july 18th: taemin's twenty third birthday
  • september 23rd: key's twenty fifth birthday
  • december 9th: minho's twenty fifth birthday
  • december 14th: onew's twenty seventh birthday
  • -
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  • -
  • -
  • monday - sunday: [jonghyun] blue night radio (12am)
  • pending: [minho] hwarang: the beginning (* rumored june, july or september)
  • pending - summer: wowow v - shinee world 2016 concert
  • pending: [key] "magic adventures: the crystal of dark" ost
  • pending: [minho] chemistry (release)
  • pending: [minho] two men (release)
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • if a schedule just has the event listed and nothing in front of it that means that the event is both full group (unless otherwise specified) and held in korea. events in japan are marked with (j). changes in schedule (adding on, cancellation, etc.) are always possible and likely. twitter.com/mbcbluenight updates the weekly guest schedule for blue night every sunday or monday kst, and you can find shinee's official schedule at shinee.smtown.com. (though the official schedule is honestly very slowly updated at times and doesn't include updates for their activities in japan.)
(group) ongoing schedule
  • monday - sunday: [jonghyun] blue night radio (12am)
  • thursdays: [key] m!countdown (6pm) [* unless otherwise specified or there's a conflicting / overlapping schedule.]
  • -
  • -
  • june 24th: [taemin] music bank - half year special (5pm)
  • june 25th: shilla duty free fan festival (7:30pm)
  • june 29th: 「visual music by shinee~music video collection~」 release
  • july 16th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (kyocera dome, day i)
  • july 17th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (kyocera dome, day ii)
  • july 18th: taemin's twenty third birthday
  • july 18th: (japan) [taemin] 「さよならひとり」 - premium showcase
  • july 27th: (japan) [taemin] 「さよならひとり」 - album release
  • july 30th: (los angeles) 2016 kcon la
  • july 31st: (dallas) 2016 shinee fanmeet in dallas (7pm)
  • july 31st: 『shinee world 2016 ~d×d×d~』 tokyo dome special edition (9pm)
  • august 13th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (tokyo dome, day i)
  • august 14th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (tokyo dome, day ii)
  • august 28th: (japan) [taemin] 2016 a-nation stadium festival
  • september 3rd: shinee world v (seoul, day i)
  • september 4th: shinee world v (seoul, day ii)
  • september 23rd: key's twenty fifth birthday
  • december 9th: minho's twenty fifth birthday
  • december 14th: onew's twenty seventh birthday
  • -
  • -
  • pending - august: (japan) [key] in the heights (* official schedule confirmation needed)
  • pending - september: [minho] chemistry (release)
  • pending - october: (japan) [key] in the heights (* official schedule confirmation needed)
  • pending - december: [minho] hwarang: the beginning
  • pending: [minho] two men (release)
  • -
  • -
  • if a schedule just has the event listed and nothing in front of it that means that the event is both full group (unless otherwise specified) and held in korea. events in japan are marked with (j). changes in schedule (adding on, cancellation, etc.) are always possible and likely. twitter.com/mbcbluenight updates the weekly guest schedule for blue night every sunday or monday kst, and you can find shinee's official schedule at shinee.smtown.com. (though the official schedule is honestly very slowly updated at times and doesn't include updates for their activities in japan.)
(group) ongoing schedule
  • may 23rd: [jonghyun] she is showcase (3pm - media, 8pm - v app)
  • may 24th: [jonghyun] she is - release (12am - digital, 12pm - physical)
  • may 24th: (china) 2016 k-pop and supermodel concert
  • may 25th: shinee's eighth anniversary
  • may 25th: [key] save the green planet (sixteenth performance) (4pm)
  • may 25th: [jonghyun] jonghyun + dazed + boontheshop = 좋아♡ (8pm)
  • may 25th: [key] save the green planet (seventeenth performance) (8pm)
  • may 26th: [jonghyun] mbc fm4u - noon song of hope (1pm) (* viewable radio)
  • may 26th: [jonghyun] m!countdown (comeback stage) (6pm)
  • may 26th: [key] m!countdown (6pm)
  • may 27th: [jonghyun] music bank (comeback stage) (5pm)
  • may 27th: 2016 national sports festival (5:30pm)
  • may 28th: [key] save the green planet (eighteenth performance) (3pm)
  • may 28th: [jonghyun] music core (comeback stage) (3:45pm)
  • may 29th: [key] save the green planet (nineteenth performance) (3pm)
  • may 29th: [jonghyun] inkigayo (comeback stage) (3:40pm)
  • june 30th: [jonghyun] kbs-r - kbs cool fm (12pm)
  • june 1st: [jonghyun] sbs-r power fm - cultwo show (2pm) (* viewable radio)
  • june 2nd: [jonghyun] sbs-r power fm - old school radio (4pm)
  • june 2nd: [jonghyun] m!countdown (6pm)
  • june 2nd: (france) 2016 kcon in paris (* minus jonghyun)
  • june 3rd: [jonghyun] music bank (5pm)
  • june 4th: [jonghyun] music core (3:45pm)
  • june 4th: [taemin] 2016 dream concert (6pm)
  • june 4th: [jonghyun] inkigayo (3:45pm)
  • june 9th: [jonghyun] m!countdown (6pm)
  • june 10th: [jonghyun] music bank (5pm)
  • june 11th: [jonghyun] music core (3:45pm)
  • june 12th: [jonghyun] inkigayo (3:40pm)
  • june 17th: [jonghyun] suwon k-pop super concert (7pm)
  • june 22nd: (japan) shinee's fifth anniversary
  • june 25th: shilla duty free fan festival (7:30pm)
  • july 16th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (kyocera dome, day i)
  • july 17th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (kyocera dome, day ii)
  • july 18th: taemin's twenty third birthday
  • august 13th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (tokyo dome, day i)
  • august 14th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (tokyo dome, day ii)
  • september 23rd: key's twenty fifth birthday
  • december 9th: minho's twenty fifth birthday
  • december 14th: onew's twenty seventh birthday
  • -
  • -
  • monday - sunday: [jonghyun] blue night radio (12am)
  • -
  • -
  • pending - summer: wowow v - shinee world 2016 concert
  • pending - september: [minho] chemistry (release)
  • pending - december: [minho] hwarang: the beginning
  • pending: [minho] two men (release)
  • -
  • -
  • if a schedule just has the event listed and nothing in front of it that means that the event is both full group (unless otherwise specified) and held in korea. events in japan are marked with (j). changes in schedule (adding on, cancellation, etc.) are always possible and likely. twitter.com/mbcbluenight updates the weekly guest schedule for blue night every sunday or monday kst, and you can find shinee's official schedule at shinee.smtown.com. (though the official schedule is honestly very slowly updated at times and doesn't include updates for their activities in japan.)

The Space Between the Trees - 1.7k of Hannigram Christmas fluff. Written for @jesuisbetejesuispatissiere for the Hannigram Holiday Exchange. [AO3]

Will dreams of Wolf Trap for the first time in years. Snow falls softly all around, catching in his lashes and gathering high on the toes of his boots. Winston is circling his heels, tail flapping wildly and swatting against the backs of his legs. He whimpers, looking out into the night, and Will can feel the eyes on him, spots the antlers just inside the line of trees surrounding the house.

Winston barks, growling low in his throat, and behind him Will can hear the cacophony of sounds arising from the rest of the pack. He doesn’t feel the fear, although it hangs heavy in the air. He doesn’t feel it for the spark of red eyes amongst the trees. He doesn’t feel it for the inky blackness of the hooves shining in the moonlight. He doesn’t feel it when he sees there is not only one standing watch. Two sets of eyes are emerging in the distance.

The dogs slowly back away, terrified as they cower behind their master, some making for the safety of the little house across the field. Winston gazes up at Will, calm now that he sees he is unaffected by the two massive racks of antlers coming at them from the shadows. Snow gathers on the tips of their mangled horns, melting when it touches their skin, steam rising into the frigid air.

The creatures make their way into the yard, monstrous forms with bodies darker than the sky above. Snow crunches beneath their hooves, then sizzles hot in their wake, puddles forming on the ground with every step they take. They raise their spindly fingers, joining hands as the distance between them and Will grows shorter.

The snow falls harder now, near blinding as it swirls through the air, catching in Will’s throat as he tries to breathe, threatening to suffocate. The creatures are close enough to touch, barely visible through the snow, the drumming of their hearts now deafening to his ears. Still, Will feels only calm, reaching out to touch as the blizzard rages on…

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Whose Holiday Is It Anyway?

Whose Holiday is It, Anyway?

By Alex Miller-Mignone

It’s almost that time again. Sleigh bells ring, are ya list'nin’? Here they come, thievin’ Christians? A slight paraphrase.

One of the most difficult times of the year to be Pagan is December the twenty-fifth. And that’s just not fair, because, like most Christian holidays, Christmas derives from decidedly pagan roots.

You name it, the Christians stole it. Oimelc? Try Candlemas. Summer Solstice? Ever hear of St. John’s Day? Samhain? How about All Saints Day?

But the chief rip-off is December 25—the birth of Mithras, the Festival of the Sol Invictus, the peak of old Roman Saturnalia and Celtic Yule; in short, the Winter Solstice, Pagan New Year itself. It’s hard to say whether the early Christians were simply poor astronomers, or if their choosing of Mithras’ birthday for their own savior’s nativity was an attempt to curry favor with the Roman Legions, who had a special friend in Mithras. At any rate, Christmas falls a few days after the actual Solstice, which is convenient for those of us with families of the Christian persuasion. Plenty of time to light the needfire and pass out the Solstice sacks before we troop home to trim the tree and stuff Christmas stockings.

It’s not so much that I resent the Christian theft of one of the most sacred times of the pagan year; they have a right to celebrate what they want when they want, even if they choose nowadays to ignore their original intent to subvert pagan populations with their pseudo-syncretism. What still gets my knickers in a twist is that superior attitude, born doubtless out of 1500+ years of cultural dominance that says the whole thing is their idea.

Probably the worst aspect of the situation is the fact that, for most Christians, the deception is so removed from present circumstance and the cover-up so ingrained into modern society that their perpetuation of this holier-holiday-than-thine attitude is largely unconscious. Which of course means it’s most impolite to respond with a kidney punch when you are wished a Merry Christmas. Yes, ultimately, I’d have to say it is my inability to deliver appropriate kidney punches which bothers me most.

The Christian secular sector is almost as annoying in its omnipresence as the sacred. My favorite reworking of the popular secular mythos is probably Pauline Campanelli’s assertion (in The Wheel of the Year) that Santa’s sleigh and eight reindeer is actually a representation of the Solar chariot and the eightfold solar year. Nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah.

Of course, breaking out of the Christian holiday mold isn’t all that easy. I spent a few years conforming outwardly. I looked for cards that said, with the Jewish populace in mind, Season’s Greetings or Happy Holidays. It still seemed too much like a sellout, however, so we suspended holiday cards for a few seasons, and now do our own Solstice cards on the computer.

I gave up saying Merry Christmas right away, but if someone did the dirty to me salutation-wise I would respond with a cheerful Same to you! Which, I must admit, often came out sounding like I had said, up yours!

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(group) ongoing schedule
  • monday - sunday: [jonghyun] blue night radio (12am)
  • thursdays: [key] m!countdown (6pm) [* unless otherwise specified or there's a conflicting / overlapping schedule.]
  • -
  • -
  • june 30th: [jonghyun] kbs-r - kbs cool fm (12pm)
  • may 30th: [jonghyun] ilsan hyundai department store fansign (6pm)
  • may 30th: [jonghyun] gwanghwamun olleh square fansign (8pm)
  • may 31st: [jonghyun] cheongnyangni lotte department store fansign (6pm)
  • may 31st: [jonghyun] mtv the show (comeback stage) (8pm)
  • june 1st: [jonghyun] smtown coex atrium theatre hall fansign (5pm)
  • june 1st: [jonghyun] show champion (comeback stage) (7pm)
  • june 2nd: [jonghyun] sbs-r power fm - old school radio (4pm)
  • june 2nd: [jonghyun] m!countdown (6pm)
  • june 2nd: (france) 2016 kcon in paris (* minus jonghyun)
  • june 3rd: [jonghyun] music bank (5pm)
  • june 3rd: [jonghyun] u-plex sinchon fansign (8pm)
  • june 4th: [jonghyun] music core (3:45pm)
  • june 4th: [taemin] 2016 dream concert (6pm)
  • june 4th: [jonghyun] snl korea (9:45pm)
  • june 5th: [jonghyun] inkigayo (3:45pm)
  • june 5th: [jonghyun] gwacheon civic center fansign (7pm)
  • june 9th: [jonghyun] m!countdown (6pm)
  • june 10th: [jonghyun] music bank (5pm)
  • june 11th: [jonghyun] music core (3:45pm)
  • june 12th: [jonghyun] inkigayo (3:40pm)
  • june 17th: [jonghyun] suwon k-pop super concert (7pm)
  • june 22nd: (japan) shinee's fifth anniversary
  • june 25th: shilla duty free fan festival (7:30pm)
  • july 16th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (kyocera dome, day i)
  • july 17th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (kyocera dome, day ii)
  • july 18th: taemin's twenty third birthday
  • july 30th - 31st: (los angeles) 2016 kcon la (* exact date pending)
  • july 31st: 『shinee world 2016 ~d×d×d~』 tokyo dome special edition (9pm)
  • august 13th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (tokyo dome, day i)
  • august 14th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (tokyo dome, day ii)
  • september 23rd: key's twenty fifth birthday
  • december 9th: minho's twenty fifth birthday
  • december 14th: onew's twenty seventh birthday
  • -
  • -
  • pending - september: [minho] chemistry (release)
  • pending - december: [minho] hwarang: the beginning
  • pending: [minho] two men (release)
  • -
  • -
  • if a schedule just has the event listed and nothing in front of it that means that the event is both full group (unless otherwise specified) and held in korea. events in japan are marked with (j). changes in schedule (adding on, cancellation, etc.) are always possible and likely. twitter.com/mbcbluenight updates the weekly guest schedule for blue night every sunday or monday kst, and you can find shinee's official schedule at shinee.smtown.com. (though the official schedule is honestly very slowly updated at times and doesn't include updates for their activities in japan.)
(group) ongoing schedule
  • monday - sunday: [jonghyun] blue night radio (12am)
  • thursdays: [key] m!countdown (6pm) [* unless otherwise specified or there's a conflicting / overlapping schedule.]
  • -
  • -
  • june 12th: [jonghyun] shinsegae department store fansign (8:30pm)
  • june 16th: shinee world iv in seoul (dvd release)
  • june 16th: [jonghyun] m!countdown (6pm) (goodbye stage)
  • june 17th: [jonghyun] music bank (5pm) (goodbye stage)
  • june 17th: [jonghyun] suwon k-pop super concert (7pm)
  • june 18th: [jonghyun] music core (3:45pm) (goodbye stage)
  • june 19th: [jonghyun] knowing brothers (11pm) (airing)
  • june 19th: [jonghyun] inkigayo (3:40pm) (goodbye stage)
  • june 20th: (italy) [taemin] milan men's fashion week - diesel black gold (9:30pm)
  • june 22nd: (japan) shinee's fifth anniversary
  • june 24th: [taemin] music bank - half year special (5pm)
  • june 25th: shilla duty free fan festival (7:30pm)
  • june 29th: 「visual music by shinee~music video collection~」 release
  • july 16th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (kyocera dome, day i)
  • july 17th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (kyocera dome, day ii)
  • july 18th: taemin's twenty third birthday
  • july 30th: (los angeles) 2016 kcon la
  • july 31st: 『shinee world 2016 ~d×d×d~』 tokyo dome special edition (9pm)
  • august 13th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (tokyo dome, day i)
  • august 14th: (japan) smtown live world tour iv (tokyo dome, day ii)
  • september 23rd: key's twenty fifth birthday
  • december 9th: minho's twenty fifth birthday
  • december 14th: onew's twenty seventh birthday
  • -
  • -
  • pending - september: [minho] chemistry (release)
  • pending - december: [minho] hwarang: the beginning
  • pending: [minho] two men (release)
  • -
  • -
  • if a schedule just has the event listed and nothing in front of it that means that the event is both full group (unless otherwise specified) and held in korea. events in japan are marked with (j). changes in schedule (adding on, cancellation, etc.) are always possible and likely. twitter.com/mbcbluenight updates the weekly guest schedule for blue night every sunday or monday kst, and you can find shinee's official schedule at shinee.smtown.com. (though the official schedule is honestly very slowly updated at times and doesn't include updates for their activities in japan.)