“She’s incredibly sweet, funny, down to earth, genuine, doesn’t take herself seriously, and that is the most admirable quality that I love in… In anyone. I mean, she has that in buckets” -Andrew Garfield.
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Make it So Easy
A Reference Material Verse ficlet
“You nervous?” he asks finally, finding his voice
for the first time in what feels like hours. They haven’t spoken since he sat
down, pulling her beside him, and the question bounces over the walls, louder
than he means for it to be.
Her fingers twitch, curling tighter around his own. Her
thumb slides over his, lazy and soft despite the tension in her other digits,
the tension in her wrist. She’s soothing herself as much as she’s soothing him
“Yeah,” she whispers, clearing her throat.
“Yeah, I am.”
Rick nods, lowering his chin. His lips brush her hair once
before he turns his cheek to rest against her head. Kate settles against him on
a long exhale, allowing him to take her weight and shoulder some of her burdens
for the moment.
“It’ll be okay,” he says, careful to lower his
voice this time.
His girlfriend squeezes his hand. “This isn’t like an
exam, Rick. We can’t just study and wait and hope for the best. This is–”
“I know,” he interrupts, shifting his weight. The
tile under his ass is hard, though it no longer feels as cold as it had when he
plunked down and refused to move. “I know it is. But it’ll still work out.
Whichever way it needs to, it’ll work out.”
Her head lifts from his shoulder, her worried eyes nearly
emerald in the cool overhead lights. Her mouth opens, but she doesn’t speak.
Instead she rocks closer to taste the assurances from his lips.
“You make it sound so easy.”
He laughs against her mouth, trailing his fingers down her
wrist. “Easy is the last thing I expect it to be. I’m nervous, too, Kate.
But it’ll be okay.”
“No matter what?” she asks, moving their joined
hands closer to her body. It twists his arm awkwardly, but he doesn’t complain
or pull away.
“Yeah,” he promises quietly, willing the agitated
flutter in his own chest to slow. He can freak out on his own time if he needs
to, but right now the woman at his side deserves his full focus. “No
She tenses at the beep of the timer, but doesn’t move to
silence it. If anything, she burrows closer, pressing her nose into the warmth
of his neck.
“I love you,” Kate breathes, squeezing his hand
tighter. “And you know that… in a couple of years, it wouldn’t be… you
know that, right?”
“I know,” he answers, steady in her reassurance. “I
know, and I love you, too.” Rick cups her cheek, smearing his lips to her
forehead. “Come on, moment of truth.”
Kate nods, pulling away. He watches her swallow hard and
presses his mouth to hers one more time.
“Moment of truth,” she echoes, sucking in a deep
breath before reaching across his body to silence the timer and lift the test
from the lid of the toilet.
She sags against him, her fingers going slack in his grip.
He doesn’t ask, won’t fill the silence with conversation just yet, but she
knows what he needs to see, turning her wrist to let him read the display for
Her arms wind around his neck. “Just stress then,”
she says, resting her forehead against his temple. “From the semester,
graduation coming up, my training…”
Rick nods, palming her back. Exactly what they’d needed it
to be right now with the final few months of school for the both of them, his
writing, and Kate preparing to enter the police academy at the end of the
summer. But even as relief washes over him, want does, too.
He wants that life for them. The kids, and the pets, and the
driving each other crazy forever. He wants that.
When the time is right.
Her lips brush the corner of his mouth, drawing him from his
contemplation. He hums, nudging her nose with his, letting her know he’s with
“Me too, Rick,” she whispers, somehow reading his
mind. Or maybe the look on his face. “I want that, too.”
Palming her back, he pulls her onto his lap, sealing his
mouth to hers as she gasps. He needs her closer right now.
“And when the time comes,” she adds, panting
against his lips. “I promise to only freak out a little bit.”
He grins, preparing to stand with her in his arms. As much
as he likes this bathroom, making love on the floor has its drawbacks.
Basically French follows a Subject-Verb-Object structure just like English.
J’ai un chien- I have a dog
Je vais au cinéma- I go to the movies
When forming a question you can use est-ce que which literally means “is it that”, invert the verb and subject to ask something, or use interrogative terms such as quand (when), quel (which), pourquoi (why), etc.
Est-ce que c’est facile?- is it easy
As tu un chien? - do you have a dog?
Quel livre lis-tu? - which book are you reading?
As for conjunctions, there are two types, coordinating conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions
Coordinating conjunctions connects words that have equal value and serve the same function in a sentence
J’aime les chiens et les chats - I like dogs and cats
Subordinating conjuctions - join dependent clauses to main clauses. A dependent clause is incomplete without a main clause
J'ai dit que j'aime les pommes- I said that i like apples
(if i made any mistakes pls correct me and feel free to add on to this post as well!!)
YOU CAN TURN ANY HERB, CITRUS FRUIT, OR SWEET SPICE INTO TEA
Making DIY herbal tea doesn’t even require a teabag. Just break off a 2-inch branch of a fresh herb (basil, thyme, mint, or rosemary are especially good here), a couple strips of citrus zest (removed with a vegetable peeler), or whole sweet spices (like cardamom, cinnamon, or clove) into your mug. Then pour in just-boiled water and steep for a few minutes, stir in a bit of honey if you like and start sipping.
MAKING YOUR OWN BLENDS IS EASY
A simple tisane made from a couple strips of lemon zest is pretty delicious all on its own, but you’ll also want to start experimenting to make combinations. Pro tip: Herb/citrus combos and citrus/spice combos work especially well.
USE UP YOUR ODDS AND ENDS
That leftover bunch of herbs that are starting to dry out in the fridge? Use it to make tea. That leftover half lemon in your fruit basket? Same deal. In fact, slightly dried herbs and citrus usually intensify in flavor (see below for more on that).
CREATE A HOUSE BLEND YOU CAN SIP ANYTIME
Once you find the combination of herbs, citrus, and/or spice that you love, you can make a big batch of your tisane mix to brew in a tea infuser anytime. Just lay out your combo of ingredients on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and let dry overnight. In the morning, the mix will be nice and crackly—perfect for crumbling into pieces and storing in a resealable jar for a fresh cup of DIY tea whenever it’s cold out.