Letters From War - another extremely well known fic among swen. a heart-wrenching and beautifully written AU fic. even if AUs aren’t your thing, seriously, give this one a try.
Emma is a soldier on reserve in Fort Benning. Regina is the Mayor of Storybrooke. Through a pen pal program designed to ease the ache of homesick soldiers, Emma and Regina begin sending letters to one another as their relationship grows from cordial acquaintance to something neither woman would have expected - until the letters stop coming.
A hostage situation in City Hall leaves behind a battered, broken sheriff, and a mayor wracked with guilt. Trigger warnings for violence and gun threats and general angst. Slow-burn swan queen.
Miles To Go- AU; emma and regina meet at a party and the rest is history. this ones pretty long (80 chapters), but so worth the read! angsty & lots of ‘sexy times’
Everyone has their own story, this one is theirs and it paints the picture of a love story that spans over two decades, with all the ups and downs and everything else in between. SwanQueen AU
Of Love and Loathing- a lot of angry sex in the beginning, which eventually turns into lovey sex. another well known and well written fic - this author is one of my favorites. *reaaallyyy hot smut
“I have been sleeping with someone,” Regina began tentatively, an acute awareness that once she said the words out loud that the madness behind her highly unorthodox situation became all the more real, “whom I absolutely loathe.” •Emma/Regina•
Meet me Halfway- one of the first swan queen fan fictions i ever read! still a classic to this day. AU
Emma Swan works hard every night as a bartender, struggling to raise her son and save up enough to own her own bar. Regina Mills is an upper class New York photographer who wouldn’t normally spare a second glance at people below her. When their paths cross, their lives adapt to each other, but how much are they willing to change?
Love Undefined- in the process of re-reading this one because of how much i love it. angsty as hell but such a beautiful story.
It’s been eight years since the last time Regina and Emma saw each other, eight years since Emma lost part of her happiness, her family, and everything fell apart. But she hasn’t forgotten those three years in New York, or any of what Regina had brought into her life. A late night phone call to Regina takes Emma back eleven years to when they met, saved each other from loneliness, and Emma started learning what it meant to live. She relives the moments that had changed her life for the better, and even the ones that had hurt.
Teacher’s Pet- KNOWN AS THE ONE TEACHER/STUDENT FANFIC THAT EVERYONE HAS READ.
Emma Swan is starting her senior year. Her friends tell her about the Creative Writing teacher that she has on her schedule and how no one had passed her class with an A, not even her bookworm friend, Belle. What will she do? And who exactly is this ‘bitchy Evil Queen’ as they claim her to be? SwanQueen. Student/Teacher. M for language and future chapters.
Lost in Translation- i wasn’t sure about this before reading it but i LOVED it. the description pretty much sums it up.
AU. Regina is deaf. Emma is the only one who refuses to give her pity. In response, Regina is thrilled by this new challenge and the stand-offs commence, but over time she finds out there is more to the blonde woman than just a target to throw a stinging quip and pointed glare at.
Send Up a Signal- emma and regina are actresses and their fans ship them with each other. ;)
Emma Swan is catapulted into stardom, the newest lead actress on a sanitized show featuring modern fairytales. Regina Mills is a long-undermined star with a chip on her shoulder and a thousand reasons why she’s invested. Naturally, they loathe each other on sight.Their characters’ fanbases, however, have other ideas.
Reset- SO. GOOD. 95 chapters. if you’re looking for long fanfics, this is for you.
Following the breaking of the curse everyone in Storybrooke is finding their happy ending, with one exception. Resigning herself to having lost Henry’s love and respect forever, Regina decides there is only one path available to her.
Take Me Home Tonight - AU!! lots of smut :) this is a newer one that i’ve seen around twitter and tumblr and i really enjoyed it! this one’s pretty short (14 chapters)
AU: Nineteen year old Emma Swan is a senior at the exclusive all girls boarding school, Foxhaven Academy. When her friends find out she’s a virgin they send her to the city to find a guy to take her v-card. But Emma is more interested in a sexy older woman she meets in a bar. A SwanQueen story.
The Staircase - non-consensual sex in the first chapter, so please be aware of that; its not for eveyone. this story is very dark but has a happy ending i promise!
Regina could still smell her cologne and feel the cheap pleather pressing into her back. The brunette sucked in a breath. She was still lying on the floor at the staircase’s base and she stared back up at it. Everything was different now. Changed. She felt broken by what had just happened, appalled and enraged, dirty. WARNING: NC17 for non-consensual sex. Dark. (But gets lighter.)
the trouble with emma- very very well known within the swan queen community. i’ll be honest, i never really got into the story but i can acknowledge that it is the most well-written fanfiction i have read to date. the author is truly talented. (the first in a series of fanfics)
Post ep 4x23, Emma becomes the Dark One and learns nothing is quite as it seems or as simple as black versus white. When Regina removes the curse no one in Storybrooke is prepared for the far reaching fallout which leaves none of their lives unaltered or untouched, least of all Regina’s.
Emma Swan is a PR agent who is sent on a holiday by her boss. Regina Mills is the owner of a private island named Shadow Haven. There is more to Regina than initially meets the eye. This story dips heavily into the BDSM subculture. Swan Queen romance / BDSM story.
the wicked stepmother- the one kinky fic everyone has read- or attempted to. i couldn’t get through the whole thing but the first few chapters,,, holy hell.
When the Evil Queen catches baby Emma along with Snow White, she decides on a new revenge. In Storybrooke, Snow White will be allowed to raise her daughter… but on her eighteenth birthday, Regina will come for her. Emma might just enjoy that.
in control - Regina had never been in the habit of relinquishing control, but when it came to Emma Swan, she was starting to find out that giving in had its benefits. - Established Swan Queen - One Shot. Rated M for language and content.
the collar - It will carry strong mature themes as well as a Mistress/Slave relationship but it is also a lot more than that. However, as a warning this story will celebrate the shades of grey of our favourite couple as they find their way to each other and will deal with darker elements of their characters. Emma’s history differs a little from canon but will be covered by the story but there is no Henry and she is an adult in this fiction.
Emma has been desperate to know what it’s like to kiss the smirk off of Regina Mills, but when she finally gets the chance, it doesn’t seem to be enough.
tempest - A storm ushers in an expected opportunity for Regina to finally rid herself of Emma Swan. She will posses the sheriff’s heart and then crush it. But what happens when nothing goes as planned? Rated M for language and Swan Queen sexytimes.
come on be nice - Regina has decided that the quickest way to get rid of Emma Swan is to scare off the commitment phobic woman with a come-on. This, as with many of Regina’s plans, does not go as, well, planned. Rated M for Swan Queen sex.
black lace - Emma and Henry find a way around the 'no visiting’ rule involving binoculars and the walkie talkie. Emma’s attention is fully on her son, she truly doesn’t intend to watch Regina at all. At least until the mayor begins undressing in front of her window..
dirty words - Regina is plagued by thoughts of a certain blonde. Deciding she is in need of cathartic release, she writes a quick narrative in hopes of cleansing her system. However, by a happy accident, the story falls into the wrong hands. What will Emma do with this new and intriguing insight into the mayor’s mind?
damn you, miss swan- Emma visits the mayor one night with a bottle of wine to cheer her up. Anger issues and smeared lippy ensues. WARNING: Includes a non-explicit passing reference to rape. This is my first story. A/N Jan 2015: Way back when I wrote this, no one knew anyone’s back stories, so I just made up stuff. Don’t be upset for canon divergence if you read it now. It wasn’t canon then.
mirror tricks- The Evil Queen has made her way to Storybrooke, but she only seems to be interested in one thing: Emma. When Regina realises this, her jealousy starts to get the better of her.
my enemy’s enemy- After her mother’s death, Regina finds a terrible surprise hidden among the witch’s belongings. Unfortunately, the only one able to cure her from the ailment is Emma…if she agrees. Strong language and mature themes. First stab at SwanQueen :)
to remember her happy ending - “She doesn’t even remember her family! How am I going to explain this to her when she hates me!” She was falling apart now. The way the women in the other room had just looked at her, with such disdain. That wasn’t her wife. That was the Mayor, the Evil Queen maybe…but not her wife.
for endings are where we begin - Regina Mills is your average working mom - she spends long hours at her bakery, loves her son Henry with all that she is, and can touch dead things and bring them back to life.Emma Swan is an orphan, an ex-convict, and a bail bondsperson residing in Massachusetts. She is also currently dead.This is the story of how they meet.
the loudest silence -New to Chicago Emma, a professional cellist, is shocked to find that a beautiful deaf woman is her new president of the board. As their friendship grows Emma begins to wonder, what does it look like when a world of sound and a world of silence meet somewhere in the middle? SwanQueen AU
broken - 16 year Emma Swan is a preachers daughter on a tight leash, what happens when Regina Mills returns to town, dark, mysterious and dangerous? Will her father’s expectations take over or will Emma follow her heart? Is Regina legit or is Emma cute little pawn? Will Emma be able to love Regina for who she is or will her dark past ruin it ALL! SwanQueen G!P Some BDSM
bring her home - Cora’s dead. Henry lives with the Charmings. Regina continues spiraling through grief and loss and hatred. Then Emma suddenly falls unconscious and Henry shows up at Regina’s door because he needs her help to bring Emma back. Reluctantly, Regina embarks on a wild swan chase through Emma’s mind, a whirlwind of ‘roads‐less‐traveled’ and ‘what‐ifs’ and ‘might‐have‐beens’, in order to bring her home.
if the blazer fits - Emma decides to dress up like Regina for a Halloween party at The Rabbit Hole, a seemingly innocent decision that surprisingly leads to a relationship. The romance is openly feared by some and secretly despised by an unlikely source, who plots to end it.
a fine line- Upon Regina’s banishment, the small town of Storybrooke becomes protected once again by an enchantment that prevents anyone from leaving or entering Storybrooke. Emma and Regina find themselves on the edge of the town, wishing for a way to the other side.
a pale imitation- Regina is furious with Emma after she brings back Marian, but since she can’t take it out on her, Regina creates a mindless clone of Emma to hit instead. The clone doesn’t stay mindless for long though, developing an obsession with Regina. Written for summer 2014 Swan Queen Big Bang. (TW for sexual assault/rape and graphic depictions of violence)
one fine mess- Regina’s gut twisted with an agonizing pull and, for just a moment, she thought she might need to take up the same position as the woman crouched before her. “You’re pregnant?” she whispered grimly. Emma’s only response was to turn and retch into the toilet again. — Swan Queen, magic!pregnancy
coffee at midnight - (so good) Slow burn AU that starts with two women from different parts of the USA meeting on Twitter. Emma is an insomniac loner who is a Personal Trainer. Regina is a writer with a sleepless baby. Their lack of sleep and love for coffee soon brings them together and after that they find it hard to part. This is a fic where coffee is taking to mythical levels, despite it’s bad effect on people with insomnia and people with babies - showing that sometimes what you need and want isn’t always the thing that is wholesome and harmless. But also that denying yourself it will only lead to misery, something which Regina has to apply to other parts of her life.
all the single ladies - With the library in desperate need of renovation, Storybrooke prepares for a fundraising dinner and bachelorette auction. What mischief and romance can be found as a result? SwanQueen with some RedBeauty Rating has been raised to M - now including adult content.
step into my office, baby - This is what you get for doing the nice thing, Emma thinks. You do that whole Pay It Forward bullshit - you buy a lady some coffee and you pretend like it isn’t totally motivated by how she looks in a pencil skirt - and she goes and insults your business card and turns out to be your company’s new Executive Director. Real fucking cute.From now on, she is drinking tea.or, the one where they’re in an office.
teaching miss mills - Swan Queen Teacher AU: Emma is a gym teacher, who moves to Storybrooke Academy after becoming disenchanted with her job back in Boston. Regina Mills is the Head of English who Emma somehow seems to keep having run-ins with, despite the best of intentions. Along the way, Emma adjusts to small-town life, gets her teaching mojo back and grows closer to Regina. NOW COMPLETE
troubled teachers- COMPLETE! SwanQueen AU. Geography teacher Emma Swan starts a new life far from her troubled past and meets history teacher Regina Mills. But all is not as it seems when it comes to the composed, intelligent, and beautiful brunette. Family struggles and difficult relationships lead to a friendship and soon something more blossoms. Rated M for Ch 7, 18, 22, 24, 28, 29, 31, 35 and 38
not a virgin anymore- When college student Emma Swan wakes up one morning with no memory of what happened the night before she’s very surprised she finds herself in professor Mills’s bed.
is that so, miss swan? - College student, Emma Swan, is confronted by her favorite professor and secret heart-throb, Dr. Regina Mills. What happens when Emma is forced to reveal her secrets? We shall see. AU. Slightly OOC at times. No magic. SwanQueen. Rated M for serious language and eventual sexy times between our two favorite ladies.
butterfly effect - in her final year of college, Emma finds she has more to account for than the extra credits she needs in order to graduate. Only… she doesn’t expect it to come in the form of her newest instructor, Professor Regina Mills. Complete. AU Swan Queen
a sophisticated seduction - Emma’s a college student, working as an intern at the Dazzle Magazine for a powerful woman she has never had the good fortune of meeting. But everything in her life is about to change when they finally meet. Especially when one falls so deeply in love with the other and the insecurities from a broken marriage comes to light. (Not Based on The Devil Wears Prada)
some other faves
down east decisions- Massachusetts State Police Capt. Emma Swan leaves her red-hot career to become the police chief of sleepy Storybrooke, Maine. She’s hoping for a less-complicated, less-dangerous life, a desire that is dashed on both counts. AU. No magic. Crime drama and romance. Swan Queen is endgame.
that drunken night- Emma’s wasted and accidentally calls Regina instead of her mom. And Regina isn’t as loathe to talk to the blonde as she usually pretends. Did things change between them so radically while they were in Neverland? (No copyright infringement intended.)
chasing henry - SQ. Tired of the tricks and lies of both of his mothers, Henry follows the dwarves, Red and Granny when they use Tiny’s magic beans to return themselves to their old land. Emma and Regina both chase after him, and they reluctantly travel together through the Enchanted Forest in order to find him and bring him back home safely.
so does this make us both the other woman? - Set after 3b in a peaceful Storybrooke where Regina is with Robin and Emma’s fallen into a relationship with Hook. Shame about all that subtext that’s rapidly threatening to become text.
-Wearing each other’s badly-designed merch on a daily basis and flaunting around the house in them despite the other’s embarrassment because it’s their own damn giant cartoon face on their butt!
-Building pillow and blanket fort and waging paper airplanes war.
-Starting a flour war when they bake. Starting a splashing war when they water the garden. Starting any wars that can be started when doing things together.
-Spending a day in IKEA, no phones to disconnect from work. It is all fun and good until Izuku suggests playing hide-and-seek. Shouto falls asleep in wardrobe when it’s his turn to hide. Izuku illegally spends a night at IKEA to search for him.
-Snuggling under the giant futatsu on winter nights, binge watching animes, movies, series with hot chocolate for Izuku and hot tea for Shouto.
-Sometimes they grab each other drinks and have to marvel at the other’s ability to stand such bland/sweet drink.
-They find chocolate tea and green tea chocolate and both agree that those two are the best inventions ever.
-Doing Buzzfeed quizzes together. (Shouto is Supreme pizza, Izuku is Bagel Bites)
-Dancing in the rain.
-Pulling all-nighter together doing nothing and dropping off completely the day after together.
-Stargazing at night on the rooftop. They find each other’s constellations. Izuku is dozing off when he feels himself being carried bridal style to the car and driven away. Shouto is driving and humming to lull him back to sleep. They arrive at the deserted beach in time for sunrise.
-Going to a fair and being the kids they are. Bouncy castle, ball pit, tea cups, bumper cars.. They, two grown arsed adults, join in with kids standing to the waist and have the best fun in their life. Free diving in ball pit, racing down bouncy castle hand in hand, spinning tea cup so hard they can’t see straight for minutes, competing to see whose car bumps the other’s more.
-Shouto demolishes game stalls after game stalls. He is surprisingly good at those. They come home with bags full of plushies in their hands and several hats towered on their head.
-Doing grocery shopping together and taking turn sitting in the cart and ordering the other around like a little king.
-Finding the biggest sheet of bubble wrap and popping it all day long while discussing Sherlock Holmes.
-Or covering each other in bubble wrap and rolling around the house until all the bubbles are popped.
I know I've been asking a lot, my apologies. If you were to build a level in BioShock what would it be?
It’s all good :) I’m sorry for taking so long to answer!
think about this question all the time actually. If i ever made a game,
it would 100% be underwater and rip off Bioshock shamelessly. lol
Although i know very little about game design, i know what kind of areas
i’d like to explore and what kind of things i’d like to see in a level.
To start with, it would be a mix of the Welcome to
Rapture level and Fort Frolic. Both their layouts (a decent bit of
verticality with branching paths) and their aesthetics (over the top
stylish Art Deco everywhere you look with lots of variety and pleasing
textures) make them my two favorite places in the game.
level would have a more blueish tint to the water with the background
buildings/skybox closer to the earlier versions of the game.
I would also add in more touches of color to break up the monotone look, and just because i love bright colors.
these little “warm” spots/areas give the eyes something to gravitate
to, which is where i’d put lots of goodies to pick up (health, ammo,
audio recorders) and they help give a sense of safety and comfort, which
segues into one of my other favorite things in games (and life!), small
cozy spots. There would be tons of little areas like this spread out
around the level.
Of course i’m going to need a bunch of
tall statues and pillars, preferably all broken apart, strewn across the
level as well (you’ll be able to climb all over them (with goodies
sometimes placed at the top), because i always try to do that and get
disappointed if some invisible force field knocks me off of them). And
you better bring an umbrella, because i’m doubling or even tripling the
leaks of water everywhere.
When it comes to the visual
part of level design in Bioshock, other than Art Deco, the most
important things are windows looking out into the ocean and glass
tunnels that connect different rooms. Without them, you’d never know you
were underwater. So i’m putting a ton of these all over the place.
Larger ones too, like the one surrounding the Atlas statue.
windows alone wont cut it, there has to be something interesting to look
at out there. So almost every window will have a story to tell.
Plant/sea life, forgotten about Big Daddys, broken pieces of Rapture. It
will all be out there for the player to take in and wonder about.
I’m also a fan of some of the older floor and wall textures of Fort Frolic, so those are going back in too.
looking through a window at interesting stuff, i also want the player
to be able to go out there and explore. Going “outside” of Rapture was
what got me into taking screenshots after all, so i feel an almost
magnetic draw to being on the outside looking in. Love how Bio 2 let you
I’d like to find a way to blend this with
gameplay though, so i’d give the player a choice. They can break almost
any window and go outside (your character has a diving suit on, i
guess), but it floods the room/s (some kind of sealed wall/airlock would
come down at certain parts of the level when this happens, to keep the
whole place from filling up with water). Flooding the room/s opens up
all kinds of possibilities other then just being able to explore the
outside area. It will cut you off from going into some rooms inside, but
at the same time, open new paths to other parts of the level. You can
also wipe out all your enemies at once, but now you have to worry about
angry sea life attacking you. Once an area is flooded, you can go back
inside and see how it destroyed everything (this gives the level more
visual variety) and you’ll be able to revisit parts you were previously
at much earlier in the level, that have now become flooded due to your
Finally, there would be more epic moments like the plane tail crashing into the tunnel. That part was so unexpected and immersive, that afterwards, i hadn’t even noticed that i had moved to the end of my bed, like a foot away from the tv screen, due to the anxiety about drowning.
I could go on and on, but hopefully this gives a bit of insight into my imaginary Bioshock level. :)
Request anything guys or ask me questions thanks!😋😄
Y/n and Conor one year anniversary as friends was coming around
Both of guys are so excited
Come to my house now we have to celebrate our 1 year anniversary 😊
Yes I will can’t wait to see you
*Arrived at Conor house*
Y/n runs up to the door and leaps in excitement. She was really excited to see her best lad that she can share any secrets with, laugh and joke with even cry at the bad despair in life. Y/n knocks on the door and waits for someone to come to the door.
Tapping her feet on the welcome rug and in her own little world humming she gets interrupted by the door opening revealing a dirty brown and blonde haired short slender lad
“Hey you must be y/n he’s waiting in his room, he couldn’t stop thinking about this day”
Y/n laughed at the brown highlighted blonde lad at what Conor does
“Really well let me in so I can ease his mind"
The blonde and brown head lad known as Jack went to the side of the door unblocking it, letting me in and I ran up the stairs to his room.
Going into Conor’s room I see a very uneased conor passing around his room waiting for y/n to come. When i seen him i closed the door and then i sneakily rook 3 steps to him and then i leaped on him and then he let out a high pitched scream causing me to laugh.
Then, Conor turned around and opened his arms wide and he hugged me laughing at what I put it him thought.
“Don’t ever scare me like that again”
Conor said still hugging me
“Sorry I had to take the opportunity”
Y/n giggling and hugging a little tighter.
We stood there for what it seem like hours was only 3 seconds.
Conor pulled away and smiled y/n returned the smile back.
“Okay I got everything set up"
Y/n scans around the room admiring the scene Conor has put together for you both.
I see the decorative blankets on the Windows making conor’s room dim. Couch pillows design into a little fort.
Then Conor takes my hand and led me into the well built fort.
Once we both get in my mouth opens wide in amazement, the fort is bigger than I excepted to be I see a 72 inch Roku tv with the red letters “Netflix” and the all to familiar cocaine white background covering on the screen. Then pillows and blankets everywhere.
Even Conor set up a food table with different foods; chips, nacho cheese dip, burgers, sushie, fries, and ribs and desserts; chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting,m&m brownies,and candies we both enjoy eating and a soda station with famous but different cola to choice from.
“ Conor you really take 1 year anniversaries really serious”
“Well yes I do cause it’s important. why wouldn’t I?”
You both started making yourselves at home, grabbing a plate from the food table and getting all your favorite snacks that you see and Conor capturing a full sized warm blanket.
Then seizing the remote looking through the wide variety of films.
Conor and I saw a movie we always wanted to see and it’s perfect for the occasion so he picks it and we start watching it while making small chit chat, taking bites and sips from our edibles and drinkables.
*almost the ending of the movie*
You and Conor was having the time of your young lives
The movie finished and Conor seize the remote and turns the tv down.
He grabs a pillow and playfully hits you with it
Y/n laughs and grabs a pillow and hits Conor back and then you shield yourself with the blanket so Conor couldn’t hit you
But miserably failed Conor hits you with the pillow again and then starts ticking you under the covers
Y/n laughs uncontrollably
“ Conor stop my insides”
“Revenge is sweet ain’t it”
“No if I do the revenging”
Conor tickles you some more then stops.
“Y/n I got a gift for you”
“ Conor you didn’t have to buy me anything”
You sitting up
“I wanted to”
Conor reaches under the blanket and pulls out a decorated rectangular jet black box with a huge golden sparkled bow on top.
Y/n opened the box and looked inside
You pulled out a beautiful diamond studded necklace with a golden heart that says “happiness is where you are”
Y/n looks up at Conor and surprisingly Conor is blushing and y/n sees Conor looking at her like the only one that’s in the world or his world
“I love it Conor ”
Aweee I knew you would”
Conor smiles big and fixes his hair
“Hey y/n I just wanted to let you know I really like you”
Y/n stood there in shocked of what she was hearing her best friend almost like a brother say that to her. The one she grew up in diapers with had mutal feelings towards her
“Conor I love you, when I first laid eyes on you I thought you were the only one I can see in this universe”
Conor takes you by your cheek and places his warm heartsshapped lips on yours.
Y/n kissing back and smiling in the kiss knowing he felt the exact same feeling towards her
All this time y/n was worried about loving her friend was going to be weird
But at the end of the day it was a treasure to have and to hold forever.
Nikkole: I think the hardest thing about being a mom is comparing myself to others.
I see the moms who cooked their kids an all organic three-course meal for dinner & I look at the second pizza I’ve ordered this week, and I feel like I’m not good enough. I see the moms whose kids rooms are decorated top to bottom like something that came out of a magazine and I look at my kids rooms, furnished by craigslist, and I feel like I’m not good enough. I see the moms that stay home with their kids everyday as I go to work at a job I hate, spending 10-12 hours away from my kids, and I feel like I’m not good enough. I see the moms who take their kids on vacations to Disneyland, while I find it hard to fit even a day trip to a water park in my budget, and I feel like I’m not good enough. I see the moms who dress their kids in the cutest designer clothes and I look at the clothes I’ve purchased from second hand shops for mine, and I feel like I’m not good enough. I see the homes they live in, with big backyards and security systems, while I rent a home in a neighborhood that I don’t even feel safe in, and I feel like I’m not good enough. I feel so guilty. I feel like I’m not giving my kids the life they deserve. I look at them & they’re so beautiful and perfect and I feel like they deserve a life that’s equally as beautiful and perfect. I feel bad that they got ME as their mom and not the perfect stay-at-home mom with the big house filled with nice things.
But when I walk in the door after a long day at work, they treat me like I’m THAT mom. Like I’m the best damn mom they could ever have. It’s in those moments that I realize that being the best mom isn’t about the things you have, it’s about the love & care you give. As long as you take good care of them & love them with all of your heart, kids could care less about the big house or the designer clothes. I may not be able to take them to Disneyland but we make forts in the living room and watch Disney movies. I may not be able to provide them an all organic diet, but I’m sure they probably enjoy the $5 pizza just a little bit more. I may not be able to buy the nicest clothes, but my son adores his minecraft shirts we found at Once Upon A Child. I may not have Pottery Barn themed bedrooms for them, but my son seriously loves the posters we found at Walmart to decorate his room & my daughter is obsessed with her castle fort I found at a mom 2 mom sale.
So in the end, I’ve realized I should really stop comparing myself. I work hard every day to become a better mom & person. I strive to one day give them that “picture perfect” life but for now… this is our life. It’s just a part of our journey. I think it’s time I relax and enjoy all these moments instead of always worrying if I’m good enough. At the end of the day, they think I’m the absolute best & that’s all that really matters. ❤️
@angstphilosophy AP is my cool friend who tags me in posts about Harry Potter and Percy Jackson and we geek out together and have discussions and it’s great! He draws pretty freaking good too! We love to meet in person.
@super-magical-wizard Sammy is a literal beam of sunshine! She never fails to light up my day. She writers really well, ever though some of the stuff she writes makes me a sad ball of angst, it’s a good kind of sad ball. Can we meet and have cookies and tea and blanket forts together?
@jiminy-krispies Cricket! What can I say? They are an awesome friend who does a lot for the community here, even if they don’t know it. Would meet in a heartbeat!
@atomiktaco Danny is an amazing bean! His art is 11/10 and I love all his character designs! I’d love to meet him and take walks and get ice cream take pictures of things!
@tintas-galhadas Ink is mysterious, cool friend who I would like to get to know a little better but I’ve enjoyed the chats we’ve had so far. Is immensely talented. Would like to meet one day so we can talk about they’re OCs.
I have loaded fun 15 second timelapse videos of each of these builds on my tumblr feed! Go watch them all!. See this design in action! Stronghold on the borderlands goes live on kickstarter this monday!
M., did you ever thought about self-publishing and what were your reasons for pursuing a traditional publishing? I understand it's a very personal decision but I see lots of people saying that one is better than the other so I'm a bit lost about the entire thing
I never really considered self-publishing because that just wasn’t the route I wanted to go. I wanted to work with an agent and an editor and a marketing team and have that support system in place. (It’s also just kind of the dream to see your own book on a shelf at Barnes & Noble–or at least it was for me.) Personally I don’t really know what the pros of self-publishing are, besides that there are no gatekeepers and that the writer gets a larger cut of the profit. (At the same time the profit may also be smaller and you don’t get an advance, plus you have to foot all the costs of design and editing and marketing yourself, so that may end up being kind of a moot point.) Which is ‘better’ is probably completely subjective, and unfortunately I can’t decide that for you, because I don’t know enough about you or self-publishing to contribute anything helpful. If you have questions about how traditional publishing works, I’m happy to answer those. (This Q&A series also might help you.)
Ooooh, now that is a very large can of worms you just opened, I love it! You’re my new favourite.
Just be aware that these are the best in my opinion only, and the likelihood of me forgetting some is very high. (I did forget some, and I’ve now added them at the bottom)
I will be adding the summaries in the near future, I just wanted to get it out there.
And one last thing, please check for trigger warnings on any of these fics before reading.
UPDATE: I ADDED ALL OF THE SUMMARIES, SO THIS POST JUST GOT TEN BILLION TIMES LARGER. I’m also going to put the stories that I think deserve a hell of a lot more recognition in italics.
The Collar by littledragonflyson [x] Summary: When Queen Regina threatened to cast her curse the Charmings sent their baby to safety in another world. But, the curse was never cast. Six years later the Queen seeks to retrieve the child, instead enter Emma Swan age 24, who intrigues Regina enough to make her an offer- become her slave for a year in exchange for a trip home. But, who really benefits from the deal? (This one is very, very… steamy. Definitely not safe for work)
Flight SQA016 by Curvy Pragmatist [x] Summary: Emma Swan has recently taken a job with Crown Airlines working in the first class cabin flying from New York to London. Regina Mills is a literal high-flying business executive with terrible social skills. (I read this entire thing in under 24 hours, and it’s not short either. It addresses disabilities in a refreshing and believable way, and I really cannot wait until it is published in paper form.
Light My Way Home by Oparu [x] Summary: Emma, Regina and the intrepid crew of the Jolly Roger set out to save Henry from Neverland. Regina’s drained her magic so low she needs a transfusion from the saviour, Gold’s plan to sneak past the Lost Boys is a bit fishy and Emma does things with magic she didn’t think she could do. Mermaids, magic and a long journey by sea, follow. (Such a wonderful slowburn, and a great take on neverland. Does not get anywhere near as much recognition as it deserves)
Safe by SgtMac [x] Summary: Afraid of what she’ll do to MM, Emma and Henry kidnap an enraged and heartbroken Regina and take her out of Storybrooke so that she can heal in a place without magic. Along the way, they help each other deal with the traumas and mistakes of their pasts and move towards a possible future together as a family. (Very heartfelt, very human)
Revenge of the Three Little Pigs by MsKezzles [x] Summary: Regina and Emma find themselves alone in a dark forest. Two or more little pigs are hunting them. The big bad wolf is drooling. Will Regina face the consequences of her past actions? Will Emma come to her aid, or understand that justice must be served… best served - warm blooded. (Very… Bloody. Not for the faint hearted)
The Princess and the Prisoner by Chrmdpoet [x] Summary: Young Princess Emma grew up on tales of the Evil Queen. When she, as a child, discovers Regina is captive in her Castle’s dungeon, she begins visiting her in secret. Regina indulges Emma’s curiosity and grows to love the child immensely, a love which grows and evolves as Emma ages, eventually developing into a romance, which could finally grant her freedom from her magical prison. (Such a classic.)
Operation Phoenix by queerfemme [x] Summary: People usually write about Henry teaming up with Emma to woo Regina. This story is the other way around! What if Regina told Henry that she never intended the “love” potion in Welcome to Storybrooke for him? What if it had been for Emma? Beginning set during Welcome to Storybrooke. (Very sweet and fluffy)
Down East Decisions by FlyYouFools[x] Summary: Massachusetts State Police Capt. Emma Swan leaves her red-hot career to become the police chief of sleepy Storybrooke, Maine. She’s hoping for a less-complicated, less-dangerous life, a desire that is dashed on both counts. (Starts cute and fluffy, then gets a little more… dangerous. I do love the OC’s that the author has created)
Lost in Translation by purple hershey [x] Summary: AU. Regina is deaf. Emma is the only one who refuses to give her pity. In response, Regina is thrilled by this new challenge and the stand-offs commence, but over time she finds out there is more to the blonde woman than just a target to throw a stinging quip and pointed glare at. (I cannot express my love for this enough. It really shows how alienated some people can feel, and I love how Emma defies that)
Letters From War by hunnyfresh [x] Summary: Emma is a soldier on reserve in Fort Benning. Regina is the Mayor of Storybrooke. Through a pen pal program designed to ease the ache of homesick soldiers, Emma and Regina begin sending letters to one another as their relationship grows from cordial acquaintance to something neither woman would have expected - until the letters stop coming. (You will cry. Enough Said.)
All Magic Comes With A Price by spookshowbabyx [x] Summary: "Wishing the blonde gone and knowing the results that have come from her mother’s rage are two very different things, and if she wishes her son to take her back, she needs to find Emma before her mother tires of playing twenty questions" Set after Emma and Mary Margaret are sucked into the hat. Regina struggles to find them and bring them back. (I love the Ursula idea. A VERY interesting concept, and you can see the growing feelings between them)
Starting Over Again by AdmHawthorne [x] Summary: Regina has to to decide, if she had the opportunity to come at life with a clean slate, would she? Her decision changes everything. (I really feel for Regina, and especially the results of her actions. We kind of get to see how Regina would have been had her life not been turned upside down and her going evil)
A Fine Line by hunnyfresh[x] Summary: Upon Regina’s banishment, the small town of Storybrooke becomes protected once again by an enchantment that prevents anyone from leaving or entering Storybrooke. Emma and Regina find themselves on the edge of the town, wishing for a way to the other side. (Very sad, and cute. Its heartbreaking how they are right beside each other, but are practically worlds apart)
A Pale Imitation by nycz [x] Summary: Regina is furious with Emma after she brings back Marian, but since she can’t take it out on her, Regina creates a mindless clone of Emma to hit instead. The clone doesn’t stay mindless for long though, developing an obsession with Regina. (Really freaky. Absolutely love this, and it deserves 100x the recognition)
A Trail of Destruction by starsthatburn [x] Summary: A hostage situation in City Hall leaves behind a battered, broken sheriff, and a mayor wracked with guilt. (Very real, and very human.)
How to Make a Monster by Velace [x] Summary: Regina decides to make amends after upsetting the Savior. What she doesn’t realise is that in doing so, she finds the key to Emma’s heart – food. (Very sweet, I love the evolution of their relationship)
Tame the Dragon by morshon [x] Summary: Emma finally comes up with the perfect plan to get Regina to go on a date with her: Ask. Now she just needs her to say yes. (Lots and lots of fluff. I love how supportive everyone is of Emma.)
Batter Up! by Rebel Byrdie [x] Summary: The big event on Miner’s Day is the annual softball game and this year Snow convinces Emma to play on the Blue Team. Emma thinks it will be all fun and games until she finds out that her pitching rival on the Red Team is none other then Regina Mills. (Not what I expected, very action-packed)
Cure by pcworth [x] Summary: In the aftermath of the season finale, Emma discovers she did bring something back with her from the Enchanted Forest past which could cost Regina more than Emma ever imagined. But will it open her eyes to something else. (A very sick Regina, and a very cruel Whale)
Cheerleaders and Nerds by Chrmdpoet [x] Summary: Regina Mills is at the top of the high-school food chain-attractive, popular, and head cheerleader. Emma Swan is at the bottom-the class’s biggest nerd whom the popular kids just love to tease. Regina, however, harbors a secret crush on the nerdy blonde. Will she defy the high-school hierarchy and risk her reputation to be with Emma? (Truly representative of high school hierarchies)
Destiny is the Rabbit Hole by Maggie Merc [x] Summary: Henry begging Regina to rescue Snow White and Emma from the Enchanted Forest in the season 2 premiere sets the formerly evil queen on a quest that takes her from the mountains of the Middle Kingdom to the pirate lair of a serial killer and straight into conflict with her own villain, the Queen of Hearts. (This author really does not hold back)
Emotional Bonds by whiteknight [x] Summary: When Regina Mills is attacked and Emma Swan comes to her rescue, the two women form a bond they never expected.
Family and Handlebar Moustaches by biggie woods[x] Summary: Set as Regina saves Emma and Mary Margaret from FTL. Emma and Regina unknowingly share true love’s kiss. They decide to put the past where it belongs and move forward to try to become the people that Henry needs them to be. (Absolutely hilarious - contains a certain mayor with an affinity for drawing sharpie moustaches on people. So much fluff)
Feed Me (Give Me Your Heart) by Monchy [x] WIP Summary: "She’s six years old the first time mother chooses to punish her by sending her to sleep without dinner.“ Or, Regina Mills’ relationship with food. (Takes a very long time to get to the SQ, but it adds so much emotion and humanity to Regina’s actions)
Fresh Blood by SkyeL4 [x] Summary: It’s been 2 weeks since Emma’s sacrifice. Regina’s dreams of her have turned dark & darken more when Emma returns to the town -“You think you deserve to be punished for what happened to Emma. That could explain why someone who cares so much about you is now hurting you in your dreams”. They’re not just dreams’ she almost says, rubbing her sore skin. (Trigger warning for dub-con)
Gardening by the Moon by purplehershey [x] Summary: Regina flees to the Caribbean for a relaxing vacation after the stinging betrayal of her ex-husband, Robin. Unfortunately, her plans are destroyed when Robin shows up with a new woman at the same resort Regina is staying at. She’s miserable until Emma, a beautiful woman with a deep knowledge of the island, reminds Regina what it feels like to fall in love. (More action than I expected. And who doesn’t love Emma punching Hood to defend Regina?)
Ghost From My Past by Random Dice [x] Summary: Pulling her gun from its case, Emma ran up the walk way, only slowing when she reached the doorframe. The yelling from inside was louder and she could make out Regina’s voice among the two screaming people. (Psssssst - Regina’s mother makes an appearance)
Hide and Seek by absedarian [x] Summary:
Regina realizes some things in Neverland, all of which lead her to the conclusion that she doesn’t want to stand in the way of what she thinks is Henry’s and Emma’s happy ending. She decides to leave but is that really what they want? And why is Snow suddenly acting strange?
(Many unexpected plot twists, very unpredictable and very exciting)
Home by SgtMac [x] Summary: A portal is accidentally opened which brings Experiment 626 - Stitch - through, and he ends up as Regina’s houseguest all while she’s trying to navigate a nasty illness and an ever evolving relationship with Emma. (A cute sick Regina, and who doesn’t love stitch?! Utterly hilarious)
Honey, I Shrunk the Saviour by myfairdalek [x] Summary: Regina, struggling to deal with her mother’s death, is stuck babysitting a 5-inch Emma after a magical accident. They try to work together to get Emma back to her normal annoying size. (Lots of Regina feels, but also hilarity)
How a Dress Changed Everything by hope2x [x] Summary: In an act of desperation, Regina enacts a spell that takes her back to the day Henry leaves for Boston. Regina wants to keep the Savior from ever entering Storybrook, but when she takes her son’s place, she finds herself unprepared for who exactly she encounters. She wants to fight fate but Regina begins to realize she may have to gain some allies if she wants to win. (A what-if? fic)
Many Miles to Avalon by wistfulwatcher [x] Summary: When Emma is pulled from her happy life in New York to help save her family in the Enchanted Forest, she embarks on a journey to Camelot with Regina, Snow, and Henry to find Merlin’s Twin Blades and stop a deadly threat. But a single savior cannot wield two swords and as their quest unfolds Emma and Regina begin to discover just how much more powerful they are together than apart. (A great take on Excalibur, maybe season 5 will take this route. I mean, we can hope, right?)
Mills vs Swan by writetherest [x] Summary: Regina eyes the vest warily, recalling briefly the discussion she and Henry had had about laser tag after their video game adventure. “Laser tag?” (So much fluff)
My Little Inguene by RowArk [x] Summary: Emma is a 17-year-old ballet dancer in Cora Mills’ dance company, who is dancing the lead in Swan Lake opposite 18-year-old Regina’s fiance, Daniel, all while harboring a secret crush on the brunette. Throughout the production, Emma and Regina strike up a friendship as they help each other through rough times. (Regina and Emma are both suffering under their mother’s wings. They get through it together.)
Not Just a Crossing Guard by Ms.Informed13 [x] Summary: 'Regina burst forth, using all her strength she tackled the blonde through the open door of Mary-Margret’s classroom, “What on earth are you two doing?” The teacher shrieked. “She tackled me!” Emma cried defensively. “She has a gun!” Regina replied.’ AU Swan Queen in which Emma’s son attends elementary school where Regina works. (Verrrrrry funny, and cute)
Operation Wings by Dakota829Snow [x] Summary: There’s only one way for Tinkerbell to earn back her wings: complete the task of finding Regina’s soul mate. (We can all take a wild and crazy guess as to who this is, right?)
Precious Illusions by RowArk [x] Summary: After a vicious attack leaves Emma nearly dead and extremely psychologically damaged, Regina magically wipes her short term memory and takes on the task of caring for Emma during her recovery, and Emma finds herself connecting with Regina in a way she never thought possible. (I love Regina taking care of Emma like this)
Realm of Shadows by Ravens Bear [x] Summary: When Emma repays the favour owed to Mr. Gold, she finds it is the key to many things in Storybrooke, including her heart. (I know I’ve said this a lot, but its so sweeeeeet, and I just love it.)
Shades of Black by SerenBex [x] Summary: Regina Mills returns to Hogwarts, this time as a teacher. Trapped between doing what her family expects of her and what she knows is right, Regina has a lot of choices to make about what is best for her, her son and the people she comes to care about. (Despite the magical - and amazing - element, it shows a very real relationship between Regina and her mother.)
Snakes and Tales by see-ess-eye [x] Summary: When the seance to fails to get answers from her mother, Regina uses the Agrabahan viper to summon someone else from Cora’s past instead. Afterwards, Emma notices that Regina isn’t ok and she can’t resist stepping in to help her, but a certain pesky snake keeps getting in the way (and it’s not Hook). (I love this divergence from canon - basically more swan queen)
Soothing the Distressed Soul by Curvy Pragmatist [x] Summary: Following Cora’s death, Regina retreats into grief but with the people of Storybrooke baying for her blood and Henry becoming more distant she finally gives up and decides to leave town. Starting a new life in Boston it’s up to Emma and Henry to convince Regina to come home and, more importantly, not to trust everyone she meets in the city. (Very informative on stranger-danger. Lucky Regina’s got Emma to help her out, though)
Tells by Heligena [x] Summary: starts out kind of series 1 with Emma & Regina knowing about the curse although it hasn’t been broken and no-one has magic yet; is going to finish up parallellish to series 3. There’s kidnap, shared stories about their pasts, violence, loss, attraction, shared beds yada yada yada. (Not much is given away from the description, so I’ll help you guys out a little. The big bad makes Emma blind, and Regina tries to help her navigate life without anyone else finding out, all the while trying to put this villain in their place. HINT: its Zelena)
That Drunken Night (I Hardly Remember) by corikane [x] Summary: Emma’s wasted and accidentally calls Regina instead of her mom. And Regina isn’t as loathe to talk to the blonde as she usually pretends. Did things change between them so radically while they were in Neverland? (Very amusing, and I love what develops between them)
The Broken Promise by Venus.Holt [x] Summary: What will happen when Regina is hurt, and Emma feels it is her fault? Will she go fight for the Evil Queen or will she drive herself insane. Will Emma Swan be able to protect her love and her son? (Lots of Regina hurt/comfort, and a lot of Robin-bashing)
Flu Love’s Kiss by see-ess-eye [x] Summary: Magic returns to Storybrooke bringing back magical illnesses as well. ‘Love Flu’ is going around and it’s catching. (Basically forcing Regina and Emma to get very up close and personal which each other, which, is very amusing)
The Last Resort by Dakota829Snow[x] Summary: When Snow realizes Gold is after Regina and Emma’s truelove children, the family will do anything to keep them safe-including sending them back in time to the care of their former selves. (Having children pop up out of nowhere and tell you that their your children makes a very interesting situation)
The Manor House by 11nagrom [x] Summary: Regina, Emma, David, MM and Henry fall down a swirling portal and emerge in a peculiar manor house after they have just rescued Regina from Greg’s torture. With Regina’s condition deteriorating, Emma takes her into her care with love and honesty. With confessions and confinement, they bond more so than they could have ever have imagined. (Needs wayyyyy more recognition. Shows the aftermath of Regina being tortured by Greg)
The Mountains are Calling, and I Must Go by funnylesbianshipper [x] Summary:
Regina Mills is coerced into taking her son camping. What starts as a single trip turns into a weekly habit when a blonde camp host helps Regina and her son gain a new lease on life after a tragedy.
(A refreshing take on Regina and Henry taking back their lives after the loss of Daniel, very heart-warming)
The Queen and Her Lady by starvinglunatic [x] Summary: Set after Welcome to Storybrooke. Regina is in a dark place after the death of her mother and Henry walking away from her. She locks herself away in her house, shutting out the world. She is ready to completely give up when an injured puppy ends up in her backyard. She saves the puppy … or maybe the puppy saves her. (Lots of Regina hurt/comfort. Lots.)
The Secret’s in the Telling by pyrophoric [x] Summary: “It’s the sixth of October. A pivotal moment in Storybrooke’s history and the turning point in Regina Mills’ life. And it all began with a spell, a Sheriff, and a thief.” (Will forever be a favourite. This author’s ability to tell a story is amazing)
The Ten Days of Christmukkah by CrazyTaraWitch [x] Summary: The holiday season is upon Storybrooke, and Mayor Snow has decided the whole town should celebrate with a nine day long Secret Santa. Emma and Regina are closer than ever as they work on Operation Mongoose, but as Christmas draws near will Henry’s newest Operations bring them closer than ever? (Very cute. Don’t let the fact that it’s about Christmas put you off)
Theory of Magic by janemac24 [x] Summary: Sixteen-year old Emma Swan is determined to simply survive her final foster home before she ages out of the system, but Storybrooke, Maine, turns out to have more in store for her than she ever imagined. From her foster mom talking to birds to a potential magical war between two of her classmates, Emma’s junior year is shaping up to be a wild ride. (Teen SQ + Magic makes a very interesting combination.)
Through the Glass by Girlblunder [x] Summary:
Emma and her family have been on the run from the Evil Queen and King George for years. When she’s taken captive under a cloak of deception one night, she’s thrust right into the clutches of her nemeses and into the throes of an unknown plot. Who is this strange young woman she encounters in the reflections of her new prison?
(Honestly you need to read this. It deserves so many more reviews. Regina has been trapped inside a mirror by her mother before she has the chance to turn evil, and Emma is determined to release her)
To Remember Her Happy Ending by hope2x [x] Summary: "She doesn’t even remember her family! How am I going to explain this to her when she hates me!“ She was falling apart now. The way the women in the other room had just looked at her, with such disdain. That wasn’t her wife. That was the Mayor, the Evil Queen maybe…but not her wife. (Shows the perseverance of Emma’s love, and it’s interesting to see how Regina reacts to this new environment)
A Thin Veil by Chrmdpoet [x] Summary: Sometimes the hardest thing in life is learning to let go, but sometimes it is far more difficult to hold on. That’s what I did. I held on. I held on to her even after she died, and I refused to let her go. She became my obsession as I dedicated my life to bringing her back. I risked everything-my job, my family, my friends, and even my life. I did this, all of this, to save her. (I admit, I cried a lot.)
What Lies Beneath by Chrmdpoet [x] Summary: When Regina becomes curious about the two notebooks constantly tucked under the Sheriff’s arm, she vows to discover their contents. Doing so, however, leads to a much deeper discovery-the discovery of a side of Emma Swan she had never even known existed; a haunted past, a complexity, a talent, and a beauty unlike anything she had ever expected to uncover. (I also cried at this. I was never one for poetry before I read this and now I love it, so don’t let that put you off. The emotions that Emma portrays through words are heartbreaking, you’ll love it, especially as she slowly opens up to Regina)
Whatever this is by coraline [x] Summary:
AU from beginning of The Cricket Game. Emma thinks she and Regina are becoming friends, and it’s… weird.
(One of my all-time favourites. So much fluff, plus a li’l angst)
Chasing Henry by starsthatburn [x] Summary:
Tired of the tricks and lies of both of his mothers, Henry follows the dwarves, Red and Granny when they use Tiny’s magic beans to return themselves to their old land. Emma and Regina both chase after him, and they reluctantly travel together through the Enchanted Forest in order to find him and bring him back home safely.
(I love seeing Regina and Emma work together, falling in love as they do so)
If you are looking for a certain type of fic, don’t be afraid to ask! [x]
you doing?” Jongdae asks you. He moves from your bedroom door to stand next to
you, looking over your shoulder.
scrapbook,” you reply. You carefully glue a photo of you and Jongdae making mud
pies to a sheet of bright green paper with stripes on it.
that?” he asks, sitting down across from you. He eyes the scene before him
curiously: sheets of brightly colored paper with playful patterns neatly
stacked in a pile next to you, a pair of scissors and a few glue sticks to the
side, paper scraps strewn across the floor, a pile of photos that you picked
out yourself on your lap.
you say, picking up the paper to admire your handiwork. “Mamma says that a
scrapbook’s like a photo album, where you put a bunch of photos in it, but more
fun. You get to be creative and, like, decorate things. She said that we should
do one together.”
that sounds cool,” Jongdae says, reaching over to grab a sheet of paper. It’s
white with racecars on it. “Do I just need to glue this photo on here?”
your paper down to look at him. “Well, yeah. I mean, I was thinking that we
should first glue all the photos on here, then we can go back and cut cool
designs and write things.”
he says, snatching a photo from your lap. In the photo, you and Jongdae are
building a snow fort together, both of you bundled up in bulky coats. “I bet my
pages will look better than yours and that I’ll get more done than you.
Consider the few pages you already finished a handicap.”
at him, astonished. “You did not just say that, Dae.”
That was it. Miles couldn’t hide it anymore. After seeing Olivier with Karelia, he decided that he either had to make his feelings clear to her or he had to hold his tongue for all of eternity. He took a day to properly prepare himself for the rejection that was surely coming.
Standing in front of the door to her office, he inhaled deeply and pushed the door open. What he saw was not at all what he expected. Her office was littered with weapon prototypes that she must have pilfered from Engineering and Development. They were brightly-coloured design prototypes, intentionally so to differentiate them from the ones that were functional.
“Ever learnt how to knock, Major?”
“My apologies, Sir,” he quickly replied, “Permission to ask a question?”
“If it’s about the mess, Karelia was just here.”
“Karelia was playing with design prototypes of weapons?”
“Do you see a toy store anywhere in the fort? I may have mentioned in passing that I was concerned about Karelia’s development if she doesn’t get any stimulating experiences, and Captain Halifax suggested that…”
“Wait, you took baby advice FROM HALIFAX?”
“I don’t see what’s so wrong about that. Men can be good with children.”
“Men can. Halifax on the other hand…”
“For your information, he helped his mother raise his younger sister.”
“… HALIFAX IS AN ONLY CHILD.”
“You haven’t read the reports on his background check, have you?”
a mix for everyone’s favourite immortal crew, along with an origin story song for each member noted in the annotations (aka: felix had a spotify playlist with a shit ton of fakehaus songs and he just wanted to use some of them)
1. molecules - atlas genius ♔ 2. runaway - ed sheeran ♔ 3. female robbery - the neighbourhood ♔ 4. feel alive - anavae ♔ 5. the run and go - twenty one pilots ♔ 6. duality - set it off ♔ 7. robbers - the 1975 ♔ 8. panic station - muse ♔ 9. dance miserable - patrick stump ♔ 10. we are the radio - new politics ♔ 11. na na na - my chemical romance ♔ 12. why worry - set it off ♔ 13. i’m so sorry - imagine dragons ♔ 14. old scars / future hearts - all time low ♔ 15. new generation - new politics
Request: So I want to request a winter scenarios with all of the boys in it but I want OC to be dating V. They could like play in the snow and have a snowball fight or something. Just winter themed. And fluffy.
Request: Fluff / Romance
You were feeling super conscious about his eyes on you, as always. Like really, by this time you were not even surprised when you felt that particular tingling on your skin that you had learned to relate to Taehyung’s not so subtly gaze on you.
-You’re a creeper – you said softly, a little smile was lingering your lips because both of you knew you were just amused.
You continued with your task of getting your black knitted scarf properly fixed around your neck even when you could hear Taehyung laughing under his breath, you didn’t even need to turn around to know he was coming closer. Your bright red mittens were making everything a little harder than normal but you didn’t want to take them out only to put them on back again before going out, so now, in a moment of utter stubbornness, you decided to keep them on.
Your boyfriend hugged you from behind and rested his chin on top of your right shoulder.
–Look at you all clumsy and cute – he said with a mocking tone, a bright smile on his face to the frown between your brows.
-Don’t make fun of me – you said whining, your frown only growing larger when your hands slipped. Taehyung laughed again under his breath and with his hands on your arms he turned you around so you could face him.
-Let me help you –
Sometimes you could forget about how much Taehyung could manage to make your heart race in mere seconds, or how his stature could make you feel overwhelmed somehow or how his proximity always managed to make you stare up at him in utter adoration, to repeat to yourself over and over again how incredibly lucky you were for having such a boyfriend.
His hands moved the scarf skillfully around your neck and made a knot with its ends easily, as if helping you get ready was a daily basic for him. He smiled at you and leaned down a little, you could still feel his playful smile while his lips pressed against yours in a soft kiss, and his hands fixed a little the woolen beanie with leopard print that you were wearing, an old gift from him.
When he parted from your lips, he smiled down at you and placed another kiss on top of your forehead after checking everything was on place. –Lovely and ready for the cold –
Your cheeks burned with his comment and he took your hand to pull you outside.
Although the animation leaves a lot to be desired, there are quite a few beautiful moments, especially in the first few episodes (and I hope the quality will improve again for the last few episodes).
The characters are inspired by real figure skaters, though not strictly based on their real lives or personalities. Regardless, there are still some things they have in common.
The style of the show teaches the viewer the basics of figure skating and is very informative to people, like myself, who had absolutely no prior knowledge about it.
Real figure skaters watch Yuri on Ice and love it. Some of them even cosplay it and I wouldn’t be surprised if they made new routines based off of the series.
The thought put into making the skating sound effects is astounding and impressive.
The soundtracks are definitely the show’s forte, especially the opening and endings.
The fact that the opening is an exchange between Yuri and Victor and eventually both of them together.
The use of English in the music, considering Yuri and Victor communicate in English.
The random English phrases as a reminder that they speak in English are not only well placed, but really cute (”Be my coach, Victor!” “Really!? Ninjas!?” “Wow!”)
The diverse and unique designs of the character’s facial features and distinctive qualities. None of them have exceptionally crazy, stereotypical anime hair (Minami might be the closest to something like that), but they’re all very distinctive and believable.
The characters act their ages- mainly talking about Yurio here, considering he’s 15 and most definitely acts moody, as a 15 year old usually does.
Yuri’s family members are all similar enough to where you know they’re related, but they all have distinctive qualities about them.
Yuri’s family being very supportive and proud, even if they do not understand everything about skating.
Yuri’s friendship with Yuko and how Yuri might have crushed on her slightly, but still loves her as a friend and is loved by Nishigori and the triplets.
Yuko’s enthusiasm over Yuri’s career, his talent, and her constant support.
The triplets being named after skating moves.
The triplets providing humor is totally realistic considering they are kids and full of energy and enthusiasm.
The triplets are the reason the video of Yuri went viral and they are just so genuinely into skating, it’s adorable and funny!
The fact that Nishigori used to be mean to Yuri, but now he’s a good friend to him and reminds him that he as well as their family is always there for Yuri.
Minako being so excited and passionate about skating and Yuri’s career.
Minako’s impressive experience as a dancer and her determination to teach Yuri what he needs to know.
The fact that Yuri got a poodle and named him after Victor.
A big part of Yuri’s distress was his dog’s death, and I’m glad they acknowledged that as something to be very depressed over/something significant to affect Yuri’s performance.
Yuri is not a good narrator; he thinks he is a terrible skater, when in actuality, he’s the top in Japan and has multiple trophies and medals. He also did not remember the night of the banquet, which ended up being a very significant event and explained so much more after it was revealed post episode 10.
Yuri is a very complex character who struggles with self confidence, but he ends up doing things like licking his lips and giving Victor a sultry look, he is able to yank Victor’s tie and whisper things to him in front of everyone, amongst much more. He ends up becoming quite bold (not without thoughts like “That was embarrassing!” but still), and he really takes control of his sexuality and self esteem.
Regardless of how bold he becomes, he still needs emotional support and reassurance that he will succeed.
Even though he looks confident as all hell sometimes, inside he still doubts himself and struggles with anxiety. Even through all of this, sometimes he can still deliver an excellent performance.
Yuri doesn’t take Yurio’s insults seriously, and instead thinks, “Hah, he isn’t taking me seriously, is he?” Showing that he really isn’t hurt by such jabs.
Yuri understands that Yurio is a teen, so he treats him like one, but he doesn’t look down on Yurio. He takes Yurio as a serious rival regardless of his age.
Yuri’s voice was thought about carefully and picked out with the intention of sounding realistic and not like a typical anime protagonist.
The voice actors are becoming good friends, and every time stories about them surface on my dash it makes me very happy, and surely everyone else is enjoying these cute stories of friendship.
Victor’s voice actor cosplayed as Victor.
Yuri embraces his femininity without shame and accepts that it fits him more than being a typical masculine ‘playboy.’
Yuri wears Victor’s old outfit, and said outfit is intended to be relatively androgynous.
Yurio is also wearing one of Victor’s old outfits for his Agape routine.
The Yuri on Ice track is gorgeous, brings me to tears, and beautifully traces Yuri’s skating career in the form of a piano melody. It’s the perfect name of the song and for the anime itself.
The ending song sequence shows precious moments of intimacy, such as Victor combing Yuri’s hair, just to casually depict how much they love each other.
The use of Instagram in the ending and even throughout the show gives it such a modern, upbeat feeling.
The Yuri on Ice Instagram is posting those very pictures in the show as it airs (not sure about the ending song pictures, but the ones taken in the anime).
Yuri believing he is unsociable and isolated from some of the skaters, even though in reality they all saw him strip down and pole dance at the last Grand Prix banquet.
Yuri can break dance, pole dance, dance in general, and ice skate incredibly well.
Actual pole dancers talked about the moves that both Yuri and Chris did and how difficult they are to achieve.
The massive twist in episode 10 that revealed how Yuri made the first move on Victor, and how Victor fell in love that night.
Stay Close to Me and Never Leave Me is a man singing about a male lover. The song ends up being what Yuri copied, and Victor interpreted it as a real, sober call to him to coach (and more).
When Yuri said the title of that very routine during his breakdown, that’s what made Victor understand what Yuri needed.
Victor sometimes sucks and screws up when he’s trying to help Yuri (how he acts disappointed instead of supportive, tries to fix things through contact and intimacy rather than comforting words, when Yuri really needs motivational words).
Even though Victor screws up like this, they still are in love with each other and still make it work.
Victor and Yuri are clearly sexually attracted to each other and their eroticism is portrayed very artistically. We don’t need to see them screwing each other to know it’s happening. Their sexual intimacy is not explicitly shown and it’s part of Kubo-sensei’s respect for them as characters.
Even though Victor and Yuri’s sexual intimacy is shown here and there, it’s not fetishized or degrading. It’s simply a way to indicate that sphere of their relationship, and it’s totally normal and realistic.
Their flirtation and sexual tension is not the driving force in their relationship. As time passes and the series goes on, there is heavy focus on their emotional development.
The show feels like it is moving fast, but in actuality at least 8 months have passed from Victor’s first appearance in the onsen up to the latest episode.
The gender-neutral word ‘koibito’ is used often (even if the word ‘girlfriend’ is shown as the translation).
Kubo-sensei’s awareness and decision to make their world free of discrimination and normal treatment of a gay relationship, and her tweet stating this post episode 10.
Victor’s decision to assign Eros to Yuri and Agape to Yurio was not only for ‘surprise’ and not only because Yurio is only 15, but also because of Yuri’s sexual appeal from the Grand Prix banquet.
Seeing how Makkachin slowly began hanging out around Yuri more (following him on runs, sleeping with him, etc) says a lot about Yuri. If your dog trusts and loves your boyfriend, then he’s a keeper.
The thought that Yuri can’t see very well without his glasses on when he skates (and how he squinted at the score that one time).
The types of plushies thrown at Yuri are mostly food. The things thrown at Yurio are cat related.
The fact that young Victor had long hair to appear more feminine.
One of Victor’s previous outfits was a tribute to Johnny Weir, so it was a big tribute to the LGBT+ skating community. It’s even better that Johnny himself is watching Yuri on Ice and enjoying it.
Yuri on Ice ended up on the NBC Skating twitter feed because they were tracking Johnny’s tweets, and all he was talking about was Yuri on Ice.
Minami is so happy and supportive of everyone, and he absolutely admires Yuri. He is sort of like Yuri’s younger self.
Minami is the leader of the cheer squad for Yuri at Yuri’s place.
Even if he loses, Minami isn’t put down and instead uses his loss as determination to get even better.
Guang-Hong also decides to quit social media so he can practice. He’s sour about his loss but he doesn’t say something like he’s never going to improve, but rather, he decides he will work harder.
Guang-Hong and Leo’s relationship is adorably portrayed and obviously deep, considering Guang-Hong’s story and how he took a bullet for Leo.
Guang-Hong’s desire to make his country proud.
Guang-Hong’s obvious admiration and support for his fellow skaters.
Leo is Hispanic and representing America.
Leo’s coach is super hot (but that’s just me talking).
Leo’s admiration for music and how it motivates him to keep trying his best.
Leo’s desire to have people enjoy music just like him, and how he conveys this through his skating.
Georgi is very extra and everyone gets a kick out of it, but he’s still a really good skater.
Georgi’s free skate, ‘Tales of a Sleeping Prince,’ is about Victor and Yuuri, as confirmed when Phichit congratulated them on their marriage and it began playing in the background.
Even though Georgi could not get over Anya, the latest episode showed him on a date, indicating a happy ending for him as well.
Chris’s in-your-face sexuality is just iconic!!
Even though Chris seemed creepy at first, after seeing how he and Yuri pole danced together, it makes sense.
Chris seems to be a genuinely good friend to Victor.
The picture of Victor and Chris sticking their legs straight up.
Friendship is portrayed so beautifully in every way in this show in the simplest of ways.
Michele and Sara’s story was a bit odd, considering it is incest, but it was resolved well.
PewDiePie joked about his cameo in Yuri on Ice since he looks so similar to Emil.
Emil’s lowkey crush on Michele is amusing.
Sara’s lowkey crush on Seung-Gil is also amusing.
Sara’s determination to still support and love her brother, but also to continue with her own life and date people.
Mila’s beauty and her strength.
The friendship (and hopefully more) between Mila and Sara.
JJ’s family’s support.
JJ’s passion for rock and roll and how it motivates him to skate with so much energy and excitement.
Seung-Gil’s rainbow outfit.
Phichit. Just Phichit in general.
Phichit’s amazing talent and friendship with Yuri.
Phichit’s genuine, adorable support for Victor and Yuri.
Phichit’s selfie/phone addiction.
I reiterate: Phichit.
Yakov’s obvious care for his skaters, even if he yells at them a lot.
The fact that Victor looks up to Yakov so much and still sees him as the best coach he could have.
Lilia tearing up with Yurio was performing.
Yurio making pirozhki for Lilia and Yakov (and his cat).
Yurio’s sweet and pure love for his grandpa.
The way Yurio couldn’t wait to give Yuri his grandpa’s katsudon pirozhki just so he could brag about his grandpa.
Yurio’s genuinely happy smile.
The way Otabek doesn’t have many friends but he is determined to become Yurio’s friend.
When Otabek saved Yurio from his fangirls.
Otabek’s smile when Yurio was talking.
Otabek’s serious clapping when the engagement was announced.
The fact that Yurio claims he was “dragged into” a dance-off when he really looked like he was enjoying himself in the photos.
Yurio’s attempt at going “hang in there!” to Yuri when he was struggling on the ice.
Yurio remembering Yuri’s birthday and sharing katsudon pirozhki with him.
The way Yuri’s family not only supports him, but other skaters as well, like Yurio.
Victor and Yuri’s casual intimacy and touches that are clearly so natural to them.
The way Victor noticed that Yuri’s eyes shimmer when he’s searching for something.
When Victor and Yuri were holding hands in episode 10 as they went off on their date.
Yuri picking up habits from Victor, like saying Russian phrases.
Victor’s proud faces and shocked expressions when Yuri surprises him.
The way Victor and Yuri blush at each other and the things that they do.
The fact that Yuri looked up to Victor for years and that he was and still is Yuri’s inspiration.
Yuri loudly announcing his love at the conference.
The kiss in episode 7 that made Victor and Yuri the official first canon gay ship in sports anime.
The way Victor and Yuri looked at each other after the kiss.
The fact that “Love Wins” was said, which may be a coincidence, but that was the hashtag trending when gay marriage in the USA was legalized. Regardless, it was symbolic and powerful within the fandom.
The group selfie that Phichit took after the Cup of China.
Victor and Yuri sleeping together on the plane.
Victor cuddling Yuri when he tried to get him to nap.
When Yuri needed a hug from Victor but he wasn’t there so he tried to hug everyone else instead.
The entire airport reunion scene. The music in the background, the way Yuri paced back and forth on his feet before the automatic door opened, the longing look on Victor’s face, the way Makkachin barked at Yuri first as soon as he recognized him.
When Yuri asked Victor to take care of him until he retires and Victor smiles and kisses his ring finger.
How Yuri smiles back because he’s just so, so in love. The tender hug afterwards.
The way Makkachin’s tail slowly wagged when they hugged because he wanted love, too, and how he was standing against them demanding for cuddles as well.
How Victor told Yuri he never wants him to retire, meaning he wants to take care of Yuri forever. Yuri’s eyes tearing up after that as they hugged tighter.
The grip Yuri had on the back of Victor’s jacket.
Episode 10 in general.
The way Yuri and Victor kept saying things in Spanish as they went on their date.
When Yuri found the rings and his ears and face flushed red.
When Yuri put the ring on Victor’s finger and his hand was shaking slightly.
The way Victor’s eyes shimmered and he looked absolutely entranced with Yuri.
The tender way Victor spoke and put the ring on Yuri’s finger.
The way Yuri’s left hand twitched slightly when Victor took his right hand.
The flush on Yuri’s cheeks as Victor spoke to him.
The fact that the rings are a good luck charm to Yuri, which means so much to him and is representative for his culture.
Victor’s face when Yuri admitted he had no idea what happened at the banquet.
The way Victor was looking at his ring and smiling, thinking about the ocean of Hasetsu.
How angry Victor got at Yurio because he was insulting Yuri and their engagement rings.
The way Yuri held up his fist with the ring, looking confident that he will succeed.
Victor and Yuri are engaged and it’s not being made fun of. This is incredible for anime and certainly a big deal. And while some have told me, “calm down it’s just anime,” you do not understand. It’s more than that. It’s seeing a gay couple fall in love normally and be portrayed realistically and beautifully. It’s representation for me and so many others (especially male-loving-males). It means everything to us; it’s not “just anime” when it makes us feel included and validated.
The success of this series already and how it’s essentially guaranteed there will be more of the story to come after the season is over.
The potential of more canonically gay series like Yuri on Ice because of its success and reception.
Because of Yuri on Ice, people are bringing attention to other anime with canonically gay protagonists, and it is bringing attention to these other great series (No. 6, Revolutionary Girl Utena, etc).
The beautiful narrative of the show and how it makes episodes fly by because they are just so enjoyable.
The fandom-wide anticipation for Wednesdays and our mutual inability to think about really anything else.
The gorgeous fan art, fanfiction, edits and cosplays being created from this series.
The way this series is inspiring dancers and skaters everywhere.
The way it’s making so many people feel represented and validated, not just LGBT+ people.
The way Yuuri and Victor kissed their rings before Yuuri’s last eros performance.
The man with the Canada flag running enthusiastically for JJ.
JJ’s fiance and her undying support for him.
The way JJ tries to keep it together after a horrible loss.
Victor’s “davai!” at Yurio.
Yurio cheering Otabek on.
Guang Hong and Leo facetiming each other and watching the Grand Prix.
Young Victor’s black nail polish.
Phichit’s dreams of simply skating with Yuuri.
The way the story made us go from disliking JJ to really feeling for him and his struggle.
How JJ, someone who never messes up, is shown messing up. It tells the viewers that even the best of the best can make mistakes sometimes.
Chris’s mystery man and his cat.
JJ is annoying and cocky because he’s hiding the crushing pressure of keeping his family, fiancée, and fans happy and pleased when they’d love him no matter how he did.
Yurio admired and had wanted to compete against Yuuri the whole time. He was so determined to face him as a competitor that he won almost entirely because he wanted Yuuri to keep competing against him.
“Phichit on Ice” and Phichit’s dream with those hamster hats.
Yuri and Victor crying at each other happily.
The pair skate.
When Victor meets Yuuri where he is in the pair skate.
Yuuri is in Russia, still wearing his ring and running with Makkachin.
The first and last words Victor speaks in this season are “Yuuri.”
The way Victor hugged Yurio.
Otabek’s ‘davai’ to Yurio.
Guang Hong’s ‘jiayou.’
Seung Gil watching the Grand Prix.
Mari, Minako and Minami all crying from joy.
The way Yuuri laughed and hid his face in Victor’s shoulder when Victor looked as if he was going to kiss him.
Pictured - Machine-gun trained on the door, a German squad watches the bombardment of Fort Vaux.
Next to Fort Douaumont at Verdun was the smaller Fort Vaux, which alongside its stronger neighbor formed the linchpin of the first line of defenses of the city. In February, after the capture of Douaumont, the Germans had claimed, incorrectly, that Fort Vaux had fallen to them too, a boast that brought some ridicule down on the Crown Prince. Subsequent efforts to right the claim and take the fort had been forced back with heavy casualties, but in June, Falkenhayn ordered that the fort’s capture finally be completed.
Douaumont, the strongest fortress guarding Verdun, fell almost without a fight in February. Vaux did not look like much of an obstacle with that in mind. It was much smaller than Douaumont, or its other neighbor Fort Moulainville. It had no massive, retractable gun turrets, mounting only one 75mm howitzer turret, which had been shattered by a German satchel charge in February, and a few machine-gun pillboxes.
On June 1, a colossal German bombardment began on the fort, at one point firing shells at the rate of 2,000 an hour. Inside the fort had a complement of 600 men, crowded together in a fort designed for only 250. Many were wounded, or stragglers and strays from other units, stretcher-bearers, signalers, who had gotten lost and hid in the fort. Four carrier pigeons and a signalman’s pet cocker-spaniel rounded out the complement.
Major Sylvain-Eugene Raynal, a tough 49-year old colonial soldier from Bordeaux, commanded the motley garrison. He had only been appointed on May 24, his first impression upon arriving in the crowded, squalid structure was of soldiers crammed together, “in such numbers that it is extremely difficult to move, and I took a very long time to reach my command post… If an attack materialized all the occupants would be captured before they could defend themselves.”
Raynal watched helplessly as German attacks routed the French infantry positions ahead of the fort. He could see massive crowds of German infantry - if only his 75mm gun worked! Vaux’s machine-gunners, nevertheless, tore holes into the ranks of baffled German soldiers from over a mile away, compounding Falkenhayn’s desire to take the position.
The garrison endured the bombardment for 48 hours, when it stopped suddenly before dawn on June 2. Two German battalions moved forward, swarming Fort Vaux’s superstructure. Unlike Douaumont, Vaux’s machine-gun bunkers were crewed and prepared, and spat rounds into the oncoming German soldiers. German pioneers tried unsuccessfully to knock them out with bundles of grenades, until they heard the sound of a machine-gun jam and muffled French curses from the gunners. They leaped up and slammed grenades into the loophole, ending the resistance of the brave French machine-gun crew.
German soldiers started to enter the fort via a caved-in part of the wall, when suddenly Major Raynal’s second-in-command, Captain Tabourot, blocked the entrance with his body, fighting single-handed against the entire German onslaught with his pistol and hand-grenades. He kept the Germans off for some time until - his abdomen ripped open by a stick-grenade explosion - he crawled back inside to die.
By the end of the day, the Germans had entered the fort and captured a number of the galleries. Rather than surrender, however, the French soldiers moved underground, clambering down into the lower levels of the fort, where they prepared to continue fighting on. A grim battle began in pitch-dark, narrow corridors with hand-grenades, flame-throwers and machine-guns.
Hi theo! I just saw your fake poke all vid(awesome btw),and I got to wonder: What would be a cool Pokemon that you would want? The answer would just be details on design(unless you want the fort of drawing it) and type. Reply when you can! 😉👍👆
… Okay maybe I should polish it by a TON… I dunno, I need someone else’s opinion. This is my first time inserting color into my animation… actually this is my first time making a clean animation (and even so, it’s not clean at all.) So tell me if this is good enough for the Jayjanimash, otherwise I’ll polish it some more if you have any advice.
As you can probably tell from the animation… coloring isn’t really my
forte, I guess you can say it’s … mezzo piano! (that’s a music joke
folks… I’ll go smack myself now.) I’m not quite satisfied with Jayjay’s
design, as I dunno much about creating good looking designs, so she ends
up looking very simplified. I don’t really like my art style… too
scratchy and not smooth… hm… I wanna draw cuter things.
Also you may be saying “Ur backgrounds SUK! They look like they were drawn in mspaint!” that’s because it WAS drawn in ms paint… (okay not ms paint, but on a free software that might as well be ms paint… or maybe I just suck at backgrounds.)
realized how bizarre it is for me to include Vanex in this snippet, I
just thought it’d be funny to include a person that doesn’t seem to like
parties in a party for comedic purposes, but I animated her personality
a bit wrong I think… I think she shoulda been more pissed about being
hugged by someone (or unless if only Spam pisses her off… hmm) I dunno, maybe Cameron shoulda been there… wait no she would be cowering in the corner fearing every animal in sight…
enjoying myself though, even with my persistent back aches! I don’t
care if you have the ability to live forever and have all the time in
the world to animate, because in some time… you’re back’s gonna snap in
half! Hope everyone else is able to finish their snippets, even in their animatic stages I’m very jealous of all of you guys’s animations. I’m excited, this is my excited face -_- zzz