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anonymous asked:

Okay, but what about that one student who just does everything *wrong*? They use their real name, never carry iron or salt, eat the fae food, and acknowledge fae? But they always end up fine, left untouched. Despite their gregarious nature, they have few if any close friends. Most students think they're either fae in disguise or a spy, tricking others into doing things they may regret later. But one things for certain, they never seem to graduate

They seem to know the librarians by name, which in and of itself is a warning sign. They keep changing majors because they just need to ‘figure some stuff out’. No one knows how old they are. 

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Part Three: Ability Checklist

Once you’ve figured out what creature is appropriate for the area and you’ve settled on what it will be, your next step is determining what it can do, specifically those directly linked with the biology of your creature.

Real-world Animals: If your companion is any kind of real-world animal, you have a wealth of information at your fingertips via the internet. Your initial research took you into environment, but now it’s time to look at the creature specifically. You need to know what this animal does:

  • Is it predator or prey? What is its dominant sense?
  • How does it defend itself and in what kinds of circumstances will it choose to either attack or defend? Does it have any camouflage? Special colorization to scare or warn others away? Armor plating? Tough hide? Scales? Shell? Spines? Tusks? Horns?
  • Talons? Claws? Hooks? Pincers?
  • Wings? Are they functioning wings or vestigial leftovers?
  • Two legs, three, more? What’s its speed like?
  • Tail? Trunk? Feelers? Whiskers?
  • What kind of teeth does it sport? Depending on what it eats, it may be very good at fighting with its mouth, or it may have the wrong kind of teeth to do tearing damage, but instead it can apply a boatload of pressure.
  • Does it have any secretions that allow it to do things? Does it produce webbing, or have secretions to help it climb easier? Acid? Stink glands? Poison?
  • How about its eyes? How much light does it need to see? Does it have other ways of seeing or understanding its environment? 

Mythical Creatures: Unfortunately, research materials that all agree on the details associated with many creatures of lore are lacking. Do the best you can with what you can find to make the clearest, most succinct definition of what your creature looks like and what its physical features afford it. The above checklist can carry over for these creatures too, but you’ll also want to add in what kinds of magic they may have access to, and any special abilities or hindrances caused by their body.

Make sure you also consider what kinds of rules govern these abilities. When do gorgons turn others to stone? Is it eye contact with the human or the snakes? Is eye contact even required, or can the gorgon simply look their direction? The rules of your world must be defined, even for the abilities of your mythical creatures, and to some extent, even more so than the rest of your world. Just like with magic, internal consistency and making sure your creatures can’t do anything they want are key to maintaining believably, tension, and good storytelling.

So What? These details seem intuitive, particularly once you’ve decided on what form your companion should take. After all, when you say, “I’m going to write a wolf into my story,” you immediately think of its fighting ability–teeth, claws, general intimidation–so why do you need to take stock of all these things, too? Simple: If you don’t know what tools you have at your disposal, you don’t know what you can (and can’t) do with them!

Plot and conflict and complication are partially driven by the characters you’re writing, their decisions, and their tactics when faced with problems. By giving yourself a quick run-down of the creature’s features, you give yourself a toolbox of things to work with, both in order to solve problems that are presented in the story, but also to create problems and build your plot with. After all, these creatures are characters, too, just in a different shape. (We’ll talk later about how you can use your companions in your narrative and how they can shape the other characters.)

Doing this quick outline of what your creature has at its disposal will also help as you’re trying to characterize them. Your research and the time you devote to thinking about how this character is put together will help to dispel any preconceived notions you had or outdated knowledge about the creature that’s no longer true (think of your research like a refresher course!), and will give you insight into aspects of the creature you may not have been familiar with previously. They say you don’t know what you don’t know, so don’t let the most basic of research like this go by the wayside. You might be in for a surprise the could play a part in your story!

Next up: Travel considerations!

NCT 127 + Ten Reaction to: A Girl Joining The Group

@thekpophut hope you enjoy! ~

Edit: also @lol-i-have-know-idea ty for pointing out I forgot Ten lol!! I keep getting confused w all the members … I might need need to cut back on the no. I write for … >.< but ty, seriously!


Taeil: He’s super … awkward. He wants to be a loving big bro but isn’t good at expressing his emotions so he’s distant. He’s very loving though and gives good advice, you just need to approach him first. Won’t stop you doing what you want e.g going to a party. But he does warn you about not getting too drunk or going home with a stranger. And is willing to wait up and be your ride, if you need one. Also willing to help you entertainment wise, in any way he can. But like with your personal life, you need to approach him first.

Originally posted by taei

Johnny: Acts like he’s an innocent big brother but secretly, just between you two, he’s the “cool” bro. He hooks you up with his hot friends and sneaks you alcohol if you’re of legal age. While the others may say “Oh that skirt is too short,” he’s the one who smuggles the skirt out so you pass by the others in jeans but change into it in the car on the way to the party. Oh, yeah about those parties … Any one that he dj’s, he invites you to (one again, only if you’re legal age). Johnny doesn’t shelter or coddle you. If you’re not practicing hard enough then he’ll definitely tell you off. And he’ll also slip you dental dams/condoms and warn you about safe sex too. There’s no nonsense with him haha.

Originally posted by withsuh

Taeyong: Is warm and inviting. Makes sure to include you in all their gags and games, treating you like one of the boys but also … not. He includes you but treats you like a delicate flower, yelling at the others if they hit you with a ball or curse around you. He just wants to protect you, esp. as you face a lot of haters, being the only girl in the group.

Originally posted by neotechs

Yuta: ”Oh great, another member. Just what NCT is lacking!” he jokes. It’s an antagonistic brother-sister relationship, where you act like enemies but he would fight anyone who hurt your feelings. Ok, maybe not fight, but he would definitely sass them out. On shows, he always says snappy remarks to your haters that leave the viewers in stitches.

Originally posted by nkmtos

Doyoung: Tries too hard to seem friendly and welcoming, to the point where it’s awkward. But once you get used to each other, he’s less awkward to talk to. Wants to be the one to help you fit in so if you form the strongest bond with him, he’ll be really chuffed.

“I already have a brother and now I have a sister,” he says fondly, whenever an interviewer asks about you.

Originally posted by doyoungce

Ten: Immediately calls you his “sister.” He’ll always drag you along to play games or cook, so you’re not bored or feeling excluded. He ensures that you fit in quickly. And hardly even notices that you’re a girl. He’s comfortable enough around you to even fart and not wash his hands lol

Originally posted by tenchittaphonsnose

Jaehyun: May be a little flirtatious but only in a friendly way, to boost your confidence. He knows that SM would murder you both if there was a romantic relationship so his comments are strictly platonic, meant to encourage you.

“Don’t worry about the anti’s! You’re beautiful and talented. You make the rest of us look worthless ~”

Originally posted by yonges

Winwin: Takes super good care of you. Knows that being an idol requires hard work and as the only female, you’ll be under even worse scrutiny than the others. So can be a harsh critic of your dancing skills but when you practice hard and impress him, he’ll treat you to ice cream. It’s a very “firm but loving older brother” relationship.

Originally posted by yutaejpg

Mark: Tries to act like you’re just another group member BUT YOU’RE NOT YOU’RE A GIRL OMG WHAT SHOULD HE DO??!?!?!?!? Will take some time to relax around you, since he’s overly conscious of the gender difference. But once he relaxes, he stops seeing you as a girl and more as a member of NCT.

Originally posted by beautaeilful

Haechan: If you’re younger, he will take pleasure in teasing and annoying you. Pulling your hair, flicking your ear, making smart remarks about “Oh this move is too hard for a girl” or “Should we really say things like this in front of a weak girl?” But he’s only doing it to annoy you and not bc he actually believes that girls are worth less than boys.

Originally posted by haenyan

If you’re older, he’s all sugar and spice and everything nice. He’s a perfect angel, always complimenting you and being polite. He’s doing it so you will buy him things and to ensure that he’s your favourite member.

“Noona, I love you.”
“I love you too, Haechannie. That’s why you’re my favourite member!”
*smug smirk*

Originally posted by donghyukslee

cloakedsparrow  asked:

I always wonder whenever I come across someone who ships Jason/Tim, so I just thought I'd actually ask for once: how do you think Bruce would react when he discovered they were in a relationship? I mean, they're not technically related but he does consider them his sons and has adopted them both. Plus, there was the whole time when Jason seemed to hate Tim and even tried to kill him. There's also the possibility of it affecting their vigilantism.

OOF.

A fair but loaded question- and you’ve come to the absolute, most inarticulate person on this hellsite. Buckle up friend, we’re going on this journey of discovery together.

Long post under the cut!

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thedoctor-johnlock  asked:

Hey :) I just saw your previous ask and do you have any fic where Tony's convinced the team hates him? (Pre-cw) I love them too ^^

Hi there! Let me start by congratulating you for your fantastic taste lol. I wasn’t sure if you meant whether I have written such a fic or whether I can rec any, so I’ll just go with both, hope you don’t mind!

I’ve written one fic that might meet these criteria, which you can find here. (It’s a high school AU but otherwise it absolutely fits.)

Now as for others I can recommend:

[Please check the tags of these fics before you read them if you want to avoid any triggers, as I won’t put any warnings or even specific pairings into these recs]

  • and you needed someone to show you the way by SailorChibi: This precious gem is basically 25k of Tony revealing how little he thinks of himself whilst kidnapped, and a very pissed off team coming to his rescue. There’s also a pretty side-dash of soulmate angst. I also recommend Tony Stark, Pokemon Trainer (nobody appreciates how much Tony does for the team) and hold the things you wanna say (in which Tony works himself into exhaustion because he doesn’t consider himself part of the team) from the same author
  • First Impressions and Second Chances by lilsmartass: A beautiful, heartbreaking series in which the Avengers do in fact start out bullying Tony until things come to a head- and then have to deal with the fall-out. (There’s a happy ending, I promise!)
  • Breathe by Avengerz: In which a villain buries Tony alive and convinced the team won’t come to save him. I almost died reading the first part (and would’ve offered the author my soul for the second one, but it was written before I got the chance.)
  • Not a special snowflake by Annehiggins: Tony rants to his kidnappers about all the reasons why he’s a worthless hostage- only the Avengers hear it too, and they are not impressed. I just love this concept.
  • Irreplaceable by orphan_account: Another kidnapping in which Tony’s convinced he isn’t needed. The team begs to differ.
  • Infinite Disaster by Waterfall_Creek97: Pretty much same premise as the two above, a kidnapped Tony who’s sure the team hates him.
  • And the Sky is Grey by Teyke: This involves a serious misunderstanding between Steve and Tony that gets out of hand. Also contains a protective JARVIS, which is in itself worth the read.
  • Somebody’s Hero by EternalSheWolf: I gotta be honest, this one isn’t a Tony-thinks-the-team-hates-him fic but it is a Tony-doesn’t-think-anyone-will-ever-come-for-him fic and all sorts of amazing, you should definitely give it a shot!

Alright, I’m gonna stop here, but I hope there are a couple that you either don’t know yet or are happy to re-read a second time! Enjoy :)

lesbianrain  asked:

Do u ever realize that Ignis going blind is probably a huge metaphor for his blind faith in Noctis

Hahahhahaaaha WOW

Happy Holidays to you, too??

…But I mean, yes

If you’d like to skip a lengthy Feelings rant: there’s a post I’ll try to find that says the Spanish localization literally translates the title of Chapter 10 as “Blind Loyalty” instead of “The Heart of a King,” so yep?? I’d say you’re onto something with that metaphor business??

If you’d like some emotional rambling inspired by this ask, it’s right there under the cut

(I tried to avoid FFXV spoilers beyond what’s already present in the ask but… Also fair warning for an Ignoct slant)

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Stray Dog 2/3

Aizen has called for all of the lieutenants to meet him in the morning.

Shuuhei is no fool, though. He’s seen Aizen and Tousen walking together, heads bent as they speak in murmurs. He’s read the transcripts of Urahara Kisuke’s trial, knows that it was primarily Aizen’s testimony that led to the scientist’s exile. And maybe, if he were a little less suspicious of the events surrounding that night, he would think nothing of it. Aizen is well-liked, after all, a friend to many and a kind, personable genius, betrayed by his captain and left in a position he never seemed to desire.

But Shuuhei is suspicious, has been for years now. He’s watched Tousen, and by virtue of proximity he’s watched Aizen and Ichimaru as well. There’s nothing concrete, of course—they aren’t careless enough for that—but…little things. A glance here and there, a sideways smile, Ichimaru’s eyes on Aizen’s back even though he’s a full captain now. Tousen’s pride doesn’t let him bow, not to anyone, but Shuuhei has seen him defer to Aizen in a way that makes Shuuhei’s skin crawl, worshipful, as though Aizen is not another captain but something greater, something more.

For all of the poise that Shuuhei puts on, for all of the reserve and politeness he wears around him like a shield, he’s a Rukongai brat from a fairly high district, just like Renji. He survived there for years, before and after Captain Muguruma saved him. He’s stolen and lied and tricked and begged, done things no child should have to just to live a few more days among criminals and murderers and people who never, ever cared. He’s seen petty warlords and crime bosses and gang leaders, men who have tried to rule through terror and fear and pain and cruelty. They all have a look to them, a certain darkness to their eyes, and for all that Tousen and Aizen pretend to be good, strong, kind captains, they have it. Ichimaru less so, but his devotion to Aizen makes him even more dangerous.

Swallowing, Shuuhei crouches in front of his neatly folded futon. He’s supposed to be sleeping, supposed to be preparing for a meeting with the captain of the Fifth tomorrow morning, but…something tells him that it’s a trap. He can’t imagine how, not in the middle of the Seireitei with all twelve other lieutenants around him and only one captain before them, but his instincts are nearly always right. Now isn’t the time to doubt them, not with his suspicion roiling in the back of his mind and Kazeshini tense and worried at his side.

The zanpakuto spirit is flittering around the room, never still, only a faint shadow in the darkness. Shuuhei hasn’t lit any lamps, not so much as a solitary candle, because what he’s about to do is absolutely insane and most definitely treason. Blatant treason, at that. But there’s no way in hell Shuuhei is going to be able to wiggle his way out of a meeting with a captain, especially not when Tousen delivered the message himself. Not when every other lieutenant is going to be there as well. He’s also not about to walk into a trap, though—not when he has no idea as to Aizen’s true power, or his intentions.

That leaves only one choice, then.

Shuuhei heaves a sigh and rakes a hand through his hair, something he’s done far too much in the past few hours. “Well,” he mutters, as much to himself as his manifested zanpakuto spirit. “I think we’ve gotten all the answers there are to find in the Seireitei anyway. Time to look a bit farther afield, I suppose.”

Kazeshini turns from where he’s studying the calligraphy scroll on the wall and slips over to kneel beside Shuuhei, studying the contents of his pack. There’s not much—Shuuhei is hardly a packrat, and he’s also practical down to the core. Miscellaneous trinkets have easily been left where they are, and only a few changes of casual clothes are within. No uniforms, because if Shuuhei does this it’s likely he’ll never wear a shihakusho again. But…

“Pretty,” Kazeshini comments, touching the small puzzle box Shuuhei has carefully wrapped in an obi, tucked off to the side where it won’t break. For once, the spirit’s voice isn’t derisive or even vaguely sarcastic, so Shuuhei doesn’t take offense.

“Abarai, Hinamori, and Kira bought it for me,” he says, feeling a slight twinge at the thought of leaving those three—friends, for all that they’re younger—behind. “With their first paychecks as officers. It’s small and light, and…”

Just this one thing, he doesn’t say. Just one thing from this place that has been my first home. Just this and nothing more.

Even now, two years after their tentative truce began, it’s still a faint surprise when Kazeshini doesn’t mock him. The spirit just watches him for a moment, then huffs and stands. “So how are we getting out of here?” he asks, turning away, but his tone isn’t as harsh as it could be, and Shuuhei smiles a little to himself, laying his last kimono on top of the puzzle box and closing his pack.

“Akon’s been complaining about the moron who works with him,” he answers. “Not at all sensitive to reiatsu, kind of stupid, always falls asleep on the job. He’s on shift tonight, so I’ll just activate a Senkaimon and slip out.”

“As easy as that?” Kazeshini drawls, clearly unimpressed.

Probably not, no, but Shuuhei’s not about to say that. He just rolls his eyes and stands, casting one last look around the small room that has been his for almost half a decade now. It’s…depressingly barren, even with the small number of things Shuuhei is carrying. So simple to leave, really, even when Shuuhei has tried his hardest to fit in here and put down roots.

Shuuhei takes a breath and holds it, then lets it out in a long, slow rush. He slings his sword across his back, where it will be out of the way but still easy to draw, and shoulders his pack. Kazeshini is watching him, waiting by the door, and murmurs, “All clear,” as Shuuhei approaches, before fading into a shadow and disappearing.

“Thanks,” Shuuhei whispers back, knowing the spirit will hear him, and heads out into the darkness.


He almost, almost makes it to the Twelfth before he’s caught.

“Well, well. This is certainly a surprise,” a familiar voice remarks cheerily.

Shuuhei doesn’t spin and draw his sword, but only with effort. Slowly, carefully, he un-tenses his muscles, ready to move in a moment, and turns to meet a pair of bright, blue-green eyes.

“Lieutenant Shiba,” he says politely, even as he inwardly curses. There’s no way to play this off, not really, because he’s dressed in casual clothes yet carrying his zanpakuto and a bag, only a few feet from a side entrance to the Twelfth. Kaien is no fool, for all that he acts it. He’s a genius, and beyond that he’s good at reading people. And if it comes down to a fight…

Shuuhei is hoping to be underestimated, because nearly everyone in Seireitei knows he doesn’t like drawing his sword unless he absolutely has to, and he and Kazeshini are banking on that, but even so. Shiba Kaien is a prodigy, and Nejibana is a fearsome zanpakuto. There’s little chance Shuuhei will win, and even less that he can get away without attracting attention.

If Kaien recognizes the tension in Shuuhei’s frame, he doesn’t remark upon it. “Now, now, none of that,” he says cheerfully, taking a step forward as if to throw an arm around Shuuhei’s shoulders. Shuuhei takes two quick steps back, and the older man arches a brow at him. “C’mon, Shuuhei-kun, I’ve told you before that you don’t have to be so formal. But it’s late, and we have a meeting tomorrow. Shouldn’t you be in bed like a good little shinigami?”

It takes quite a bit of effort for Shuuhei not to bare his teeth. If there’s one thing he hates, it’s condescension, and from the way Kazeshini is seething in his mind, their chances of winning this fight just went up. Carefully, casually, Shuuhei loosens his grip on his pack, testing how much it will interfere if this comes to blows. He’ll likely have to drop it, and there’s a good chance that he’ll have to leave it behind if he does that, but escaping will be worth it, no matter how little he likes the thought of abandoning all of his worldly possessions.

“Shouldn’t you be as well then, Lieutenant Shiba?” he retorts. “What are you doing here?”

“Following you,” Kaien admits without an ounce of shame. “I was on my way to Ugendo with some medicine for the captain when I saw you sneak out of the barracks. Now, I could be wrong, but you’re not exactly dressed for a romantic midnight tryst, Shuuhei-kun. Care to explain?”

Shuuhei wants to smack himself for not noticing the man tailing him sooner, but instead winces, wishing he could just draw Kazeshini and get this over with.

But…Kaien knew the captains that disappeared, knew Lisa Yadomaru personally. By all accounts they were close, and rumor puts Shihoin Yoruichi and Shiba Kukaku as best friends, all but inseparable in their youth. Maybe, just maybe—

“There’s something going on,” he says in a rush, even as he takes another step back. Not out of range, not with either of their zanpakuto, but enough to give Shuuhei an edge if it does come down to a fight, hopefully. He’s wearing his explosive bands, after all, and the only ones to know about them are Shuuhei and the man he commissioned them from. “Something about what happened to the other captains and lieutenants forty-eight years ago. I’ve been collecting evidence, but…I need to dig deeper, and I can’t do that here.”

Kaien’s expression has lost that edge of laughter he almost always wears, and he frowns. “That’s a dangerous accusation, Shuuhei-kun,” he warns quietly.

Shuuhei meets his gaze squarely. “Do you really think,” he asks softly, “that Captain Muguruma—that any of them—would let themselves be turned into Hollows, every shinigami’s greatest enemy? Even if Urahara did it without their permission, do you really think someone that young, that newly promoted to captain, could outmaneuver and outthink eight of the Gotei 13’s strongest and longest-serving officers? Because I don’t. And Central 46 accepted Aizen’s testimony without question. That’s…suspicious.”

There’s a long, tense moment of silence. Shuuhei can see Kaien weighing his words, judging the problem and the suggestion carefully. At length, he lets out a long, slow breath and inclines his head just slightly. “It…is slightly suspicious,” he allows. “But Shuuhei-kun, going off on your own isn’t going to solve anything. You’ll be branded a traitor just like them. The Gotei 13 doesn’t exactly look kindly on deserters.”

Shuuhei looks away at that, because he knows, quite likely better than Kaien can. But really, at this point, what choice is there? “Aizen called a meeting for all the lieutenants,” he reminds the other man. “All of us. I think it’s a trap of some sort, and I’m not sticking around for that. I’ve made up my mind, and if I have to go through you to get out of here, I will.”

“And if you’re wrong? If you’re just jumping at shadows?”

That makes Shuuhei huff a laugh, dark and a little bitter, because he’s not. He’s watched and waited and hesitated for more than long enough to know that, even if he can’t prove it. “Then I guess I dug my own grave, so I might as well lie in it,” he answers flatly. “But I’m not wrong. Now, are you going to let me pass or not?”

For an endless, breathless moment, Shuuhei thinks Kaien isn’t going to. But then, with a weary sigh, Kaien rakes a hand through his hair and steps to the side, meeting Shuuhei’s eyes. His expression is grim and tired and older than Shuuhei has ever seen it.

“Keep in touch,” he orders, even as Shuuhei prepares to dart past. That makes Shuuhei stop in his tracks, mouth opening, but Kaien cuts off his protest before it can even form. “No, I don’t care that it could implicate me. You’re going to need someone in Soul Society, and it might as well be me. Captain Ukitake being sick so often means I’ve got more than enough reason to skip Aizen’s meeting, and freedom to move around without suspicion. So find a way to report back and do it, or I’ll come looking for you myself.”

The relief is almost enough to make Shuuhei lightheaded. He breathes out in a rush and flicks Kaien a quick salute. “Yes, sir. Good luck.”

That brings a smile back to Kaien’s face, though the worry is still definitely present. He chuckles, reaching out to clap Shuuhei on the shoulder, and then steps back. “Same to you, kid,” he murmurs.

Shuuhei rolls his eyes at the address, but ducks past the older lieutenant and to the Twelfth’s side entrance, easing it open without a sound. He doesn’t look back as he heads for the Senkaimon control room at a run, familiar enough with the halls to find his way without mishap. And, as expected, the Seventh Seat that Akon is always complaining about is there, stretched out on a cot in the corner and snoring away. Shuuhei smiles grimly, heading for the controls.

He’s not Twelfth Division, but it’s still simple enough to activate a gate just beyond the Twelfth’s walls, hidden in an ally, and summon a Hell’s Butterfly. An uncomplicated tweak of the settings silences the regular alarms and then Shuuhei is gone again, running light-footed and silent back the way he came.

As easy as that, he thinks, pleased with himself, and hears Kazeshini laugh in his head.

Kaien closes the door of the apartment with a soft sigh, thinking again of the burning determination he saw in grey eyes, the stubborn conviction so strong it made a boy barely out of the Academy throw away his position as one of the highest-ranked shinigami in the Gotei 13 and go on the run as a deserter, just to be able to prove it.

Wow, he thinks wryly, rubbing a hand through his hair. Way to make me feel old and stupid and useless, kid. Without even meaning to, and I don’t know if that makes it better or worse.

Of course he offered to help, after that. How could he do anything else?

“Kaien? Is everything all right? You’re back late.”

Kaien blinks, glancing up to see his beautiful wife emerging from their bedroom, wrapped in a sleeping robe and looking concerned. This time, his smile comes naturally. “Miyako. Yes, sorry, everything’s fine. I just ran into an old friend on the way there and got a little sidetracked.”

Thankfully, Miyako only looks amused. “Oh? Another in your string of admirers? Should I be worried, Kaien?”

Kaien laughs, reaching out to loop his arms around her waist and pull her close, burying his nose in her fragrant black hair and trying not to think of Hisagi Shuuhei, so young and vulnerable, completely without allies in a strange world. “Mm,” he hums. “He’s cute, I’ll give you that, but not quite my type.”

“Oh? So now I’m going to have to stand guard against all the women of Soul Society and all the men? If I’d known what I was getting into when you asked me to marry you, I might have had second thoughts.”

“What can I say? My boundless charm and sparkling wit just seems to attract them in droves. And on that note, Miyako darling, I’ve been meaning to ask what you’d think of me starting a harem. Just on the side, of course, but—ow! Ow, Miyako, stop that! Abuse, abuse!”

Miyako rolls her eyes at him and boxes his ears for good measure. “Oh, you’re incorrigible,” she sighs, but doesn’t resist when Kaien grins at her and pulls her into a kiss.

He thinks once more of Shuuhei, desperately seeking answers, sharp enough to uncover a plot not even the Captain-Commander himself noticed, and then lets Miyako push those thoughts away, if only for the moment.

anonymous asked:

any tips on writing an asexual character?

A couple of key points:

  • Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction, NOT the inability to have sex.

An asexual person’s sex organs work just fine, and are just as functional as anyone else’s. Many ace people have sex, for their partner’s sake, out of curiosity, for procreation, or even because physical pleasure can occur for them during intercourse (there just isn’t any physical attraction or desire leading up to it). A lot of ace people even masturbate, it’s just that it’s typically a completely physical act - that is, it’s not directed at any object of desire, it’s just a thing that is done and can feel good.

  • Asexuality is a spectrum.

There are people who are asexual who have no sexual desire whatsoever, and are very weirded out by sex as a whole. There are people who have no sexual desire, but are still okay with or indifferent to having sex. There are ace people who can experience sexual attraction, but only after forming a strong emotional bond first. Decide where on the spectrum your character is.

  • Asexuality does not equal aromanticism.

A person who is asexual can still desire a close romantic relationship with a partner, and can enjoy acts like hugging, kissing, and cuddling, or even just emotional closeness through acts such as deep conversation. A heteroromantic asexual person feels romantically attracted to people of the opposite gender, and can want to create an deep emotional bond with them without sex (and a homoromantic ace is romantically attracted to the same gender, a panromantic ace is romantically attracted to any gender, etc.) A person can be both aromantic and asexual, and it is more common for an ace person to be aromantic than it is for other sexualities, but it’s still not as common a romantic-sexual-orientation-pairing as some people think.

  • Asexuality does not equal celibacy.

Celibacy is the choice to abstain from having sex, and, while many asexuals choose not to have sex because they simply have no desire to, people who experience sexual attraction can also choose not to have sex, often due to religious or other personal reasons. Not having sex does not make a person asexual, and having sex does not negate a person’s asexuality.

  • There’s no moment when you realize you’re asexual.

A lot of people can talk about their sexual awakening, or pinpoint a time when they first realized they were attracted to the same gender. This isn’t case for asexuality. There are no asexual urges that you feel to tell you what your orientation is. It’s just a whole lot of waiting around for those sexual desires to pop up, like they kept warning you about in middle school, and it never happening.

  • Asexuality is not a mental illness.

And I cannot possibly emphasize this enough. It is a legitimate orientation, like any other sexual orientation. It is officially recognized by mental health professionals as such. The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders do not diagnose a hyposexuality disorder in patients who identify as asexual. It is found in lots of other species besides humans. It is not caused by trauma or by emotional problems. It is not something that needs to be “cured.”

  • Asexuality does not determine a person’s personality.

You’ve probably seen portrayals of asexual people who are terrible at social interactions, who have a hard time making connections of any sort, or who have a robot-like emotional spectrum. No. Asexuality does not cause any of this, and none of this is symptomatic of asexuality. Sure, an ace person can be emotionless or socially awkward, but no more frequently than people of any other orientation.

  • Asexuality experiences A LOT of erasure.

I cannot even begin to tell you how often a person who identifies as asexual has been told that they just “haven’t found the right person yet.” Sex is everywhere in popular culture, and people insist that everyone wants sex. People make fun of virgins, people will tell their friends “we have to get you laid.” Everyone is told that sex is an inherent part of relationships. And, despite the fact that as much as 1% of people are asexual, there are still very few people who recognize it as a legitimate orientation. There are even pride parades and LGBTQIA organizations that do not welcome ace pride. It’s frustratingly common for people who have come out as asexual to have people simply not believe them, or for them to have a lot of doubt about their own mental wellness if they don’t even know asexuality exists.

I am asexual myself, so, if you have any specific questions about asexuality, feel free to ask, and I’ll answer as best I can!

Mercury in the 6th house - Cerebral Sewing

Mercury is free to spread his wings and fly through Virgo’s sixth house. The individual seeks to apply the information that has been absorbed and believes in the magic healing power of words. The individual can be routine oriented, timely, and experience obsessive thoughts. Many Mercury in sixth people find a great delight in reading materials and work environments that offer the opportunity to learn. The individual aims to keep the lines of communication open at work and engages with colleagues easily. Mercury and the sixth house both relate to the nervous system and neuroses, so there may be troubles with nervous tension, caused or exaggerated by the individual’s rapid and ritualistic thought process. Dane Rudhyar talks about Mercury in the sixth stressing the use of intellectual functions in dealing with problems being connected with the person’s need to devote himself to larger-than-personal issues.

Mercury in the sixth people have an acute eyesight for detail. The individual can spot the tapestry that weaves the mechanics of everyday life. This also reveals an inflamed eye, one which quickly finds fault and critique. At a deeper level, this is an expression of the individual’s high idealism; the fully formulated dream of perfection. This critical nature can also be reflected on themselves. Maybe the individual feels cracks in their intelligence and lacks confidence in their mental abilities. When they begin to compare themselves to others, this unlocks a wave of complexes and self contempt. The sixth house is the home of service and health. So maybe the individual has a tremendous way with words in times of chaos or solace. There may be a generous ability to soothe and heal others with the sorcery of sentences that drip like healing syrup from their lips. The individual will use their profound calculative intellect to solve everyday problems, those which easily confuse and perplex others. The Mercury in the sixth mind is like a rubrics cube, with all sorts of data and computation, becoming complete through a patterned puzzle. So the individual will have a great skill at fixing broken things, and likely impart this on behalf of their sixth house service commitment.

Mercury in the sixth people have an inquisitive nature, one which is enthused to learn the inner functions of all things. The sixth house relates to health, and the planet of the mind in the sixth can create all sorts of ruminating compulsions, stress, and curiosity with the human body. The individual may enjoy learning about anatomical functions, health, and pharmacy. This could be the placement of a health writer or a nurse educator. The individual is in tune with the body and easily intuits and senses aches and warning signs that vanish as quickly as the thought does. There may be a lot of time spent thinking about their health and sometimes hypocondrias can arise, the more thought given to their ache, the more it seems to hurt. The acute eye for detail means the individual can excel at any field that requires a high level of technical expertise and motor skills. Something can feel fragmented with Mercury in the sixth. Nerves can erupt like a ball of knots, and the need to understand the needs of others becomes a priority over needs of the self. Throughout it all, they remain weathered and wise, the nurse that reads her patients to sleep, the counsellor that tranquilizes with his soothing sentences, the teacher that inspires with her diamond mind, this is Mercury in the sixth in spectacular soul dance.

-Cherry

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“I still don’t understand why we are here, brother.”

“Loki, you know very well why.”

“Enlighten me, please, because I don’t see anything wrong with that the acts I’ve committed whilst I was here.” The God of Mischief laughed, causing his brother to stop him in his tracks.

“You have caused this realm unnecessary pain that they should have never gone through. Mother’s told you the stories of their past. You’re foolish for what you have done. They’ve threatened Asgard with war and that’s the last thing we need right now after what’s happened with Malekith.”

“Oh dear brother, I see you’ve lost your spark for the familiar sound of swords and shields clashing upon one another, simply for the thrill–the adrenaline that courses its way through your veins while you’re in action.”

“I’ve come to know that more troubles come from fighting then it does to amend.”

“Troubles? Like me? And finding out we are not even the related in the slightest.”

“You will always be my brother, Loki, no matter what our blood says. You ran around with me in the castle. You fought with me over the last piece of bread. You came to me when you needed help. You are my family… I would go through Hel for you and I hope one day you will see the love and care I have towards you and you’d do the same. Now shut up and come with me to apologize to the Queen for your actions.”

Loki did not speak. He looked onward and kept walking. The sound of his chains being the only sound that filled their ears.

The grand doors opened and they waited for your arrival in front of your throne.

“So much for a Queen. She’s late.” Loki huffed and made eye contact with a maiden. “Would you mind getting me some water? I’m a little parched.” She did not answer. Her face was stern as she looked at him. “Did you not hear me, lady? Do your job and serve your guest.”

“Loki! Manners…” Thor said, elbowing his younger brother. Little did either of them know it was you, the Queen, disguised as a worker of the castle.

“Useless… What is she even doing here if she won’t serve me?”

“Maybe it’s because you are unworthy in my kingdom of being served the simplest things, such as water.” You walked away from the corner you had been standing in, as doing so, your clothes changed to the proper attire of a Queen. A beautiful, long, green gown appeared on your body with magic and as you made your way to the throne. You took a seat and sulked in the face that the Prince had made before you when he realized his mistake.

“Your Majesty.” Thor bowed his head, and then kicked Loki for not doing the same.

“Princes.” You complied. “I hear you’ve come to repeal the act of war I have besieged upon your realm?”

“Yes. We are not in the right time to be involved with such a thing. I have high hopes that my brothers’ sincere apology, for the mayhem he has caused, will be enough to stop this before it starts. I also know that your realm is one of peace and that this will have an impact on your decision.

“Sir Thor, my realm is one of peace, but we will fight if we are wronged upon. My army of skilled women and men will tell you this as well. Now as for you Sir Loki, will your apology be sincere enough to change my mind?”

“I cannot say that it can, for I believe I did no wrong.” Loki had no idea why that had just slipped from his mouth. Thor as well looked at his brother in horror at his choice of words. The younger Prince had decided to lie, but it was like the truth was forced out of him.

“Hmm. Does that sound sincere to you?” You asked the older Prince.

“No it does not, not in the slightest, your majesty.” Thor furrowed his eyebrows. He wanted to plead, but he could not speak.

“Your brother ran amok in my realm, bringing forth fire and destruction to my people. Husbands lost their families because of the boy who stands beside you. The worst part is that I was visiting your realm for business when this occurred. I don’t know what happened to him, but he is not in his right mind. My ancestors before me nearly lost all their people once and I will not tolerate those who try to commit an act similar.”

"Well then Darling, perhaps your people should not have been ruling then.” Loki commented. Thor turned his head slowly to his brother, his mouth agape in disbelief. You stood up from your throne and looked down on the silver tongue Prince.

“Kneel.” You ordered. He looked up at you and scoffed, but then his legs betrayed him. He dropped down in front of you, a look of confusion stricken across his face.

“How are you–”

“It was because of your people, frost giant, that my realm was almost obliterated.”

“How do you–”

“I know and can do a lot of things.”

“No one is to know that about my brother.” Thor protested, taking a step towards you.

“Stand down. No one knows, but I. You should be grateful that I am not that kind of Queen.”

“But you’re willing to start war with another realm?” Loki grunted, trying to stand.

“Do you know what trickery is? I mean you should God of Mischief… I was going to repeal my decree, last minute in an effort to keep the peace. You should be thankful that your brother brought you here for reasons he did. You were my first order of business if your father insisted on war.”

“You mean your warriors were to kill me first?”

“A Queen fights with her warriors, just as a King does. Everyone here is equal. I was to find you and kill you myself.” There was a tension-filled silence as neither of the brothers knew what to say. “Now will you apologize or not?”

“I don’t wish to.”

“Loki!” Thor yelled.

“It isn’t me speaking, it’s the witch!”

“I am of no such thing. You are merely speaking your true mind when I ask you questions.”

“Were you born or given the curse?” Loki sneered.

“Neither. I was born with a gift. I discovered so when I became of age.”

“If you ask me, such a thing is a curse.”

“Not if you know how to control such a thing like I. Tell me, does your knee hurt?”

“Yes, your majesty.” Loki answered.

“Then stand.” You replied and he did so. “Now, do you wish to tell me why you use that silver tongue of yours to hide your feelings?”

“No.”

“Then I will find out myself.” You took a few steps towards Loki before his brother intervened.

“Do not harm him.” He warned.

“I will not, now step aside please.” He obeyed. Not like he had any other choice.

“What are you doing?” The dark haired Prince asked, as your hands went to either side of his face, but not touching him.

“Finding what I need to know.” With that, your hands cupped his cold face and every ounce of his being was shared with you. You pulled your hands away and squeezed them, so they could stop shaking. Every emotion he carried inside was swarming in your body, causing your legs to buckle before Thor caught you.

“Are you ok?” He asked and you nodded in answer, unable to talk. You stood up straight again, prompting Thor to let go. Loki, still in awe of what you done, hung his head low.

“You feel alone, but you have a family who loves you very much. Granted, the blood differs, but the love is there and strong. You wish to think otherwise and that’s your doing. You should learn to accept what’s been giving to you. It could have been worse, Prince Loki.”

“Do not dare tell me what I should and shouldn’t do.”

“It was just advice.”

“Of which I didn’t ask for.”

“Yes… But it’s now there. Do with it what you wish.”

“Are we done here?” Thor stepped in.

“I never got an apology.” You looked between the brothers.

“Loki, hurry so we can leave.”

“I…,” The young Prince began, “Should have burned this realm to the ground.” He stared you down and you nodded.

“You fool!” Thor roared and grabbed his brother by his shoulder so he could look at him. “What have you done?”

“Nothing yet, brother.”

“If war is what you want, then war you shall get. I will see you both very soon.” You signaled for your guards to relieve the brothers from your castle.  

“Take them to the Bifrost and see to it that they make it through.”

“Yes, your Majesty.” They said in unison.

“And let your fellows know, we are going to war.” The two Princes looked at you, emotions differentiating on their faces. You bowed your head and watched as they were dragged out of your sights.

“You fool, Loki.” Thor spoke quietly.

“We’ll see who the real fool is when the time comes.” The younger prince replied with his head held high, clearly happy with what he just started.

In Defense of The Reboot - What the new generation of Trek movies brings to the canon

When Star Trek: Into Darkness came out last year, it was met with plenty of mixed reviews, but one fan’s question stuck with me: “What does this movie even add to the canon?” Many Trekkies hasten to agree – isn’t the reboot nothing more than a flashy, sleek, bastardization of our beloved science fiction show? Has Star Trek been stripped of all it’s original glory of Boldly Going and reduced to explosions, epic battles, and uninspiring plots of revenge?


There are plenty of things wrong with the rebooted Star Trek movies. One need only spend 5 minutes on any Trekkie-filled website to be inundated with the lists… However, with all its faults, I would argue that the reboot adds something very interesting to the canon – something that directly ties in with the very nature of the original show.

WARNING: Hella long.

[This essay is centered on American sociopolitical culture but does not intend to imply that said culture is, in any way, more important/normative/influential than any other.]

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AsuRei: The Dynamic's Importance

Much can be said, but is often overlooked about the dynamic of the two characters Asuka and Rei. Most of what can be said from others’ perspective is that they are opposites. However in what way are the two opposites?

I. Brief Analysis of Asuka’s Character

a.Understanding her Character

b. Should Her Actions be Defended?

II. Brief Analysis of Rei’s Character.

a. Understanding her Character

III. Where Do the Opposites Come In?

IV. Conclusion

(Warning: If any mentions of Asushin give you the squicks, please turn back. However, if it does not, go right ahead and read).


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razzamaaz-deactivated20160925  asked:

What did you think of the last Beelzebub chapter?

 I loved it! I guess its selfish for me to say this — but I enjoyed it not because it was generically a good chapter, but because it ticked off all the right boxes for me.

 Like, it was basically a chapter about Oga and Furuichi’s relationship.  Yes, the TKKH and other characters make prominent appearances too.  But where the story felt the strongest to me was in showing the change in their relationship.  

Warning: I went off the deep end here. Read if you like Ogafuru and TLDR

 Chapter 240 asks us: Now that Oga and Furuichi have attained power and position, does their friendship hold up to all these changes?  Throughout the manga, Oga and Furuichi have been separated by plot multiple times.  Each time, they strengthen their relationship a little bit more. The last chapter gave us one last reunion between them, and it really hammers home how strong their relationship is now.  They’re so independent they don’t need each other any more, but they still want that companionship.  When they were separated they actively missed each other.  And during that time of separation they still made space for one another.

The position Furuichi finds himself in is really endearing. He’s been ruling Ishiyama for the past 6 months alone — and its long enough that newcomers don’t even remember Oga.   But he still considers himself “holding the fort” for him.  And because we see Furuichi more, we see him trying not to admit he missed Oga.  But when he learns the reason Oga can’t come back, he decides to channel his feelings into a speech. God the speech is one of the bro-est things ever.  The best part of it was him admitting he’d give in to his friend’s flattery.  It shows their relationship must have really changed — Oga doesn’t give compliments naturally.

Oga responds to Furuichi’s speech in a really powerful way.  And yeah, he definitely responded to it because why else would Oga make the Gorgonzola monster crack open the gymnasium roof?  And just to say “you called?”  Its because Oga overheard Furuichi’s speech about him.  He knew Furuichi missed him.  That’s also why Oga immediately starts explaining himself.  He didn’t need to — we already know he had to carry out a dangerous and possibly fatal mission.  He even boasts to him that he made it back in time, like he made a promise to Furuichi before he left. I honestly think Oga explains himself so thoroughly because he didn’t want Furuichi to think he didn’t care about him when he was gone. 

Beel’s second word being “Furuichin” reflects just that: how much Oga must have missed him while being away. After all, he spent the last six months battling the Demon Lord, then going to find the Lord’s brother, then getting stuck in the center of hell because Alandelon got eaten. Oga says this all with a smile but he really moved heaven and earth to come back in time. And to borrow from silverbluebaka ‘s headcanon, I think Beel being able to say Furuchin really motivated Oga to come back.  After all, Oga says it with a smile, that Beel knows not one, but two words.

It just gave me so many feels.  Their friendship really did grow all those years of serialization — and they came out liking each other even more than before.  It’s beautiful.

Earth Girls Are Easy (Part 3/?) (Loki/Avengers x reader)

Part 2

What was it about him that wouldn’t let you stop thinking about him, despite your deep hatred that hadn’t lessened at all over the two weeks that Loki had been held at the tower? Late at night, you would sneak down to the detention center to catch a glimpse of him, even though he was usually sleeping.  First thing in your morning, before Nikki woke, you would stop by, peeking around the corner just enough so that he wouldn’t see you as he read, but he was always sitting quietly against the back wall of his cell, almost statuesquely still.

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anonymous asked:

Not sure if this is still going, but do you have any fic recs?

It’s still going on :) Fic recs, I’m guessing for Miraculous Ladybug?

Here are my favorite ones…Honestly I read whatever I’ve seen was placed on other fic recs XD so…here it goes, in no particular order. And with horrible descriptions, I’m sorry fic writers who end up tagged.

Heartstrings by @taylordraws - I guess it’s a given that if you’re in the ML fandom you end up, at some point, reading Heartstrings. But lemme tell you, this was the gateway fic for me. Beautifully written, and all the Marichat-turned post-reveal love square goodness. Now it hasn’t updated in awhile but that’s ok :) Read it. It’s almost done anyway :)

Tendencies series by @kryallaorchid - READ THIS OK. It’s a trilogy of fics starting with Obsession then Glaze then Quiver, and then recently Kry’s been writing all these drabbles/one-shots of life on Tumblr. It deviates from..I forget which episode, and eventually develops its own mythos and story but it’s GOOD. The themes are great as well. Lots of action, fluff, angst too.

Serendipitous Fate by DemonDogDean on AO3, known as @skylanphear on Tumblr. Basically, Season 2 if a fan got a hold of the canon story. It’s great. The post-reveal happens quite early so we instead get to see development of the love square relationship in a pretty realistic (at least imo) way. It picks up RIGHT when Season 1 ended. Lots of action too.

A Brand New Dawn by @whitebear-ofthe-watertribe - College AU. Love it. Even the original characters. Nuff’ said.

You Don’t Know Me by @ferisae - ANGST. Haha, yes Feri, you are known for this angsty fic ;) jk. It’s good angst, not sickening. Just read it. You will like it. You will have feels. And poor Adrien needs a break hahahah. But seriously it’s a great fic.

Truthful Scars by @frostedpuffs - FLUFFY TO THE MAX. Seriously, when I started reading this fic, all I could think of the fluff and how cute this was. The plot has recently taken a turn for the serious but that’s good! It’s a lovely fic <3

Tikki’s New Friend by @panda013 - Real-World AU where Tikki is a dog. I didn’t know this when I first saw the title so I ignored it for awhile until I finally decided “fine, I’ll check it out”. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. THIS FIC IS SO CUTE. 

A Werecat in London by @i-am-thornqueen - It’s a mature fic since there are some instances of sexual but not explicit material. The mature bits are few and far between (I’m reading this for the plot k? :P). It does get pretty descriptive in later chapters though, so just a warning. It’s one of those Werewolf-type AUs except Werecat. It’s well written, and has a great plot. Makes me wonder if the canon world has any other magical things going on. Also I wanna hug Chat Noir because he needs some love (and NOT THAT KIND…or maybe he does..??)

Anything written by @sarahcada​ and @thelastpilot- I read every single one of their fics and drabbles and loved every single one. Go do yourself a favor and do the same. xD

SHOUTOUTS:

Tell Her by @mahaliciously - Accuracy is what I first think of when it comes to this fic. The author knows what they’re talking about when it comes to the French aspects of the show. A good read.

Mon Minou by @lastroseofspring - a series of drabbles and oneshots about various sides of the love square, with different prompts. She’s attempting to make 100 of them :D

The Ladybugs and the Bees by @bullysquadess - I’m only putting this here and not on the main list because of all the sin this fic has. Some people might not find that entertaining and there were moments of me facepalming in some parts of it, but it’s good and it’s entertaining and there’s also enough fluff and angst to go around too….though there is a reason Bully is known as the Sin mother :PPPPP 

HONESTY HOUR

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Nicko & Alaska at my local bird hangout a while ago. Alaska truly thrives during these meetups - she loves attention and she loves other birds. It’s her fav thing. 
Nicko likes it too, he’s a fan of them birbs (he does his little dance and his musically squeaky chatter beeps whenever another bird approaches him) but he’s kinda shy so he prefers just being on me or in the corner of the room, observing and charming everyone with his obnoxious ringneck sounds. :’)

Oh, and as always, I’d rather not post meetup pics without the super important warning/disclaimer:
Please do take note that these kinds of bird meetups should/need to take every possible precaution, like vet checkups, only allowing birds who have been with their current owner for at least 30 days (and have not had any contact with other new birds), etc. Our lil’ bird community only allows people from the private Facebook group (+ friends and family) too, so we always know who’s going to be there. 
…And there’s STILL a risk of something going wrong! They could be attacked, attack another bird, or get into a fight, but perhaps most importantly, they could be exposed to diseases or sick birds without anyone knowing.
I personally estimate the risks quite small in comparison to the positivity in the vast enrichment and environmental variation, and the training/socializing opportunities - but I AM aware of the risks and, though hopefully not, prepared for the vet bills I could potentially bring onto myself by letting my birds hang out with strangers’ birds.
This is all SO important to know before you consider a bird meeting type situation for yourself. It’s super lovely for you and if your bird likes it, it’s sooo fun and enriching for them too - but be careful. And even when careful, know the risks. Thank you.

Omg those Hogwarts AU’s can you imagine?? (Sorry y'all this is gonna get long)

Up and coming Quidditch star Jack Zimmermann from a long line of pureblooded Gryffindors, (they’ve bent the first year rule for him, he’s ready to be captain of the team by second or third year, they have his robes ready and everything) goes to Hogwarts and gets sorted into Hufflepuff.

There’s an uproar the likes of which haven’t been seen outside of Harry Potter’s time. Bob and Alicia insist they’re proud in spite of the surprise, but Jack feels like he’s failed before he’s even started. He still joins the Quidditch team as a Chaser and obviously does great but feels alienated from the team and all of his housemates. For a while his only friends are Knight and Duan, a Ravenclaw and Slytherin respectively, but he slowly befriends his own teammates and the players of the other house teams because he’s a natural leader and a darn good friend. He leads Hufflepuff to a Quidditch cup victory twice before becoming captain in his third year and continuing the trend.

In Jack’s sixth year, a second year named Eric Bittle tries out to be their new Seeker. Jack thinks he’s died and gone to heaven, because this little blond muggleborn from the states is tiny and could definitely stand to eat some more protein but he can make a Cleansweep move fast as a Firebolt and he’s got aerial maneuverability like you wouldn’t believe. He signs Bittle up on the spot. It isn’t until the first official team practice that Jack discovers Bittle’s fatal flaw- he’s absolutely TERRIFIED of getting hit by bludgers and other players alike, and if one so much as moves towards him he goes into a nosedive.

By now Jack has grown into his understanding of what it means to really be a Hufflepuff. It’s not only about loyalty and friendship and accepting all kinds and having a dormitory next to the kitchens (seriously Bittle, you do know you have a room, eh?) It’s hard work and determination and perseverance and having each other’s backs, and Jack isn’t about to let this go without a fight. Cue the early morning training sessions on the pitch, with Bitty flying laps and Jack with a Beater’s bat, getting him used to trusting his teammates to keep the bludgers at bay and the prospect of flying through a hit. Johnson even joins them sometimes just to practice blocking shots, because if he can block Jack’s he can block anyone’s. “This is way more dangerous than ice, though. At least if you get knocked over in the rink you’re already on the ground.” Bob comes to all of their games, of course, and is super impressed with Bitty when he pulls a Harry Potter and does something like accidentally swallow the Snitch. At this point Jack does get jealous- he’s worked up to this for six years, all the while feeling his dad’s red and gold shadow on him, and this little muggleborn strides right in with his southern American accent and an affinity for baked goods that seems magical but really isn’t (thus making it even stranger) and wins everyone’s hearts just because he made what Jack views as a lucky catch.

That year, Hufflepuff once again makes it to the semifinal round. It’s raining, and the game has been rough. They call a time out and go over strategy- they need Bitty to find the Snitch, and soon, but the other team has more points because they’ve been knocking the bludgers at Johnson all game long and he needs the Beaters by his side. Jack looks at Bitty, soaking wet and breathing hard and terrified, and tells him to go for it. When the whistle is blown, Bitty shoots back up into the air. He spots the Snitch, but so does the other Seeker. They both start racing for it, and Bitty gets so close, so concentrated on getting just a little bit closer… And doesn’t have any warning before the bludger slams into him and knocks him clean off his broom. It feels like he’s falling forever… But that’s mainly because a professor used arresto momentum. When Bitty gets put on his feet, dazed, he simply holds up his hand, where the very tip of the Snitch’s wing is pinched between his slim fingers. And then he faints.

It’s a foul, of course, and Duan is in the press box howling curses at her own house’s beaters before someone else has to take over for her and announce the final score. Jack didn’t even see it happen because he was so focused on the Quaffle, but as he sees his Seeker being carried back up to the castle he feels a tightness in his chest. He let Bittle down. Bittle had trusted his decision, and he’d gotten hurt. So when the vote to make him captain for next year’s team is declared unanimous, he looks at Bittle with a shocked expression until Bittle sees and smiles back at him with a wink. “Got your back,” he says simply, and if that doesn’t sum up what being a Hufflepuff is all about then Jack doesn’t know what does.

anonymous asked:

Hello admins!! Do you know any age gap fics? ~ one is within 10 yrs older than the other please please uwu

Hello Dearest ~ヾ(^∇^) Remember to check out the age gap tag here. Also, the teacher/student tag here has loads of age gap fics too! Numbers in the brackets is the age gap.

Kyungsoo is Older

  • This Could Be Messy (7) - :-) so cute. and i loved how their relationship developed. slow and easy wins the race yah. (warning: past!chansoo)
  • It’s Still a Feeling (6) - does this even need an explanation tbh. (warning: homophobia)
  • How To Save A Life (8) - stripper!nini and doc!soo (warning: top!soo, infidelity) 
  • Daddy’s Boy (15) - technically nini is younger by a year, however, ksoo got bitten (vampire) at 13, and nini at 28. (warning: daddy kink, bloodplay)
  • White Knuckles (6) - omg. fitness instructor!ksoo helping dancer!nini bulk up. #bless. (warning: top!soo, exhibitionism, rimming, 69)

Jongin is Older

  • The Kid is Alright (10) - ;-; orphans!kaisoo. (warning: infidelity)
  • Innocent (12) - nini, the hot elder neighbour. :-) (warning: rimming)
  • The Limit Does Not Exist (10) - :-) teacher!nini, student!ksoo. i love how even if nini is older, he’s still the one being screwed. (warning: top!soo)
  • Beautiful Butterfly (3) - honestly, the age gap could have been played bigger since nini is a ceo and soo a high school student. nonetheless, this is super cute with over protective brother!minseok.
  • Bad Teacher (7) - teacher!nini and student!soo
  • Little Boy (5) - kid!au. didn’t actually read (yet), but you can’t go wrong with parkourdeer.  

I’m surprised I didn’t come across anymore. I hope you enjoy these! (・´з`・)ゞ

- Admin S

tumblingisforcheer  asked:

Hello! I have a question and I hope it doesn't come off as rude. I'm trying to learn as much as I can about every side of the argument over legalizing prostitution, because I know that there are people in sex work who are not trafficking victims, but I also know that trafficking is huge (I almost ended up trapped in it). What would you tell someone about the pros of legalization and the added safety thereof, and the also-important safety of trafficking victims? Thank you for your time xx

tThe important thing you need to understand about this issue is that the needs of “voluntary” sex workers and the needs of coerced and trafficked people in the sex trades are not opposing needs.  

Sex workers and those who are trafficked or otherwise coerced into trading sex benefit from the same programs and legal models.  It’s not a question of supporting sex workers at the expense of the trafficked, or balancing the needs of the latter against the safety of the former.  

Decriminalization (not legalization, legalization is not helpful, you can read more about the difference here and here) benefits everyone who trades sex in two primary ways: 

1) Making sure that we are as free as possible to make the best, safest decisions for ourselves when trading sex, rather than being forced into working in a less safe or less lucrative fashion in order to satisfy arbitrary state mandates (eg: Jenny SexWorker wants to team up with her friend and share an apartment for incalls, because they can save on rent, and keep one another safe, but the legalization model where they live means that this would be a brothel and illegal, so they both have to work alone, see more clients in order to meet their needs, and work without protection instead). Fundamentally, there is nothing inherently wrong with consenting to sex for material gain, and each person is their own best arbiter of when, with whom and why they do or do not consent to sex.  Criminalizing certain reasons for consenting to sex is in direct conflict with that. 

2) Criminalization in all of its forms (whether straight up, legalization, or end demand) isolates people who trade sex from society, allowing us to contribute with our labor and the value we create with it, but not to reap any of the benefits of doing so – criminalization makes all of us unable to seek help when we are being harmed, unable to participate economically (since it’s a crime to rent to us or to do business with us, unable to form relationships (parent children, support partners, etc) without putting those people in danger of legal consequences as well, unable to move on from sex work to other forms of work if we need or want to (by giving us criminal records, and by entrenching whorephobia that means that even without arrest, people are reluctant to hire us or take our skillsets seriously, and that should we get a job without disclosing our sex work past, we are always at risk for losing it without warning).  

Now, when you think about those things, who stands to benefit more from decriminalization (and suffer worse under our current systems): some semi-mythical “Happy Hooker” who works because it’s fulfilling to her, and is not in particularly desperate need of financial support, who can choose to avoid sex work if it becomes too dangerous or difficult for her resources?  or someone who is not working of their own accord, whether literally forced to do so by another person, or who simply does not have any other options that will meet their needs? Because this “Happy Hooker” has resources to protect her safety – she has the energy and the social capital to evade law enforcement, to hire a lawyer if she runs into trouble, to rely on the support of something or someone else if sex work is cracked down upon.   When abolitionists champion forms of criminalization (including end demand) in the name of those who do not choose to trade sex, they’re hurting worst the very people whom they claim to care the most about.  

If your top priority is the safety of people being coerced, trafficked or exploited in the sex industry, then “voluntary” sex workers are your allies, not your enemies.  tumblingisforcheer