[This will be taking place in the high school timeline]
When Thomas got the call for James, he didn’t even think about the homework he had to do, he didn’t think about how James had cut him off, had let Charles be bullied to the point of suicide, he just thought about James. His James was back on the cliff’s edge. He sprinted to the bathroom, grabbing a first aid kit, then running outside to his car, driving to James’ house, as usual his parents weren’t home. He hurried inside, using his spare key, and calling out James’ name.
The only response was a broken sob from the bathroom. He ran upstairs, opening the door, his eyes wide.
He didn’t want to think about his arms, getting on his knees and cleaning up the blood, then wrapping the bandages around his arms. He gently scooped James up in his arms, pressing a kiss to his nose, mummering sweet nothings in his ear.
James clung to him, still sobbing.
“Shh, I got you.” Thomas whispered, holding onto James tightly.
Can you elaborate more on edges and how a good edge is supposed to look like? I love figure skating but I don't understand much about the more technical things and I would like to learn more.
Thanks for asking!
I’m not sure exactly the context you’re asking in, so let’s just have a generalised chat about edges.
First, the edge is one of the most important parts of the blade, one of the most vital building blocks that any skater learns…and one of the hardest things to learn how to control.
| <- When the blade is like this, it’s a flat. On this, you glide in a straight line, pretty much. It’s upright under the skate and it’s pretty easy to control.
\ / <- if the blade is being used on an angle like this, it’s an edge. On an edge, you are travelling on a curve, always. The shallower the edge, the longer the curve; the deeper the edge, the tighter the curve.
Edges are controlled through your ankles and your knees. The deeper the knee bend and ankle bend, the deeper the edge and the more control you can have. Sounds simple in theory, but in reality, this is terribly difficult. This is because you need to roll your foot to the inside to get an inside edge, and to the outside for an outside edge, and your body really doesn’t want to do either of those things.
Edges are used in pretty well every element in skating. For example, the first entrance to a spin that many skaters learn is to hold a long outside edge into the spin. All turns are supposed to be done on edges, from three turns to brackets to mohawks. And all jumps take off from an edge on one foot or the other. So you can see that learning good edges early is very important.
Edges and how well they are used and executed make up a big part of the Skating Skills component. The deeper the edges, the better the Skating Skills (though there are other parts to that component as well, such as speed and flow).
One of the skaters with the best edges in the world today is Patrick Chan. I’m not his biggest fan, but watching him do edgework is breathtaking. In past years, there would be times when he would be too deep on his edges and might slip off and fall, but he has better control over that now. If you watch him closely, you can see how very “deep” he is in his knees, leading to a deeper edge.
I hope that was something resembling what you meant and that I didn’t go on too much of a tangent - let me know!
This is just my perspective: I am not surprised that they are glorifying Nazis and fascism in the Captain American comics. There is a reason why I never liked Captain America in the first place. I feel like they glorify war propaganda (as Captain America was created through American war propaganda) and I am not surprised they switched the angle- especially in these times. (The U.S entered the World Wars in hopes of economic prosperity rather than real concern for human rights so this is my angle
I mean, it was always war propaganda, for sure. But it’s some edge-lord wankery to say “oh, you know the guy who punched Nazis? What if he was a Nazi the whole time??”
Like, it’s their idea of a good plot twist instead of just another shitty and antisemitic decision.
Someone told me the other day that things like this are our fault. Mine, yours, anyone with any kind of social interest. Because this is a “backslash against the politically correct left that restricts freedom of speech and artistic expression”.
So maybe that’s their angle now? To be as disgustingly offensive as possible just to show they can?
So, @pale-silver-comb wanted a continuation of this post from @soldieronbarnes wherein Stiles suggests that Derek needs to get laid because his moodiness is making all his betas antsy. It’s not!fic style in the interest of being able to post this now and not next month…
So, Derek knows that there is more going on than the fact that he’s sexually frustrated. He knows there’s something deeper that’s making his wolf feel on edge; there’s a connection he’s longing for, but he knows that he can’t have it. He can’t ask Sti- someone to give up a chance at a normal life, a life not tied to an Alpha who is still learning, who can’t guarantee a safe, happy life.
And he knows he should say no. That he shouldn’t allow them to fall into each other. He even knows that whatever having sex with Stiles will give him, whatever glimpse of his dreams he may find by getting lost in Stiles’ arms and his kisses and the feel of all that lithe muscle and pale skin under his fingertips, it won’t be enough for his wolf. Could never be enough.
But he also can’t say no. He can’t pretend that it’s not what he wants.
Sex with Stiles is everything he always imagined it would be: passionate and intense and perfect. It’s heartbeats pounding in counterpoint, the sweet slick glide of lips dragging over warm skin, teeth and tongues and smiles pressed into one another. It’s quiet moments after, breathing into the scant space between them, wrapped up in each other as sweat cools on their bodies and the kisses slow, hands absently petting and soothing. It’s magic.
It even works for a while.
Derek’s wolf is calmer for the first weeks, and his betas are happier than they’ve been in ages. They work together better than ever, and they feel more like a pack-a family- than they ever have.
Except the thing that was really wrong before, the thing that was radiating through the pack bonds and driving them all crazy, wasn’t Derek’s need for sexual release. It was his need for his mate.
And having tasted Stiles’ skin, and felt him all around him, he is more certain than ever that his mate is Stiles (not that he had doubted it in the first place). Unfortunately, having had the time to bask in Stiles, his wolf is increasingly frustrated with the lack of consummation of the mate bond. And so is Derek, honestly. So soon, the magic of their physical connection starts to not be enough, and they all start falling apart. Again.
Stiles dives into a research spiral, hating that he’s failing Derek, failing his pack. And terrified that he’s going to lose Derek. Lose their intimacy, lose the soft moments after they come, the way that they gravitate toward each other even outside the bedroom, the casual touches that are increasingly frequent and feel like they’re building something. He finds the answer, because of course he does. That’s what Stiles does, he finds the answers.
Derek needs his mate. Being with Stiles isn’t working. So obviously, that means Derek needs someone who isn’t Stiles. He pretends he isn’t devastated, but no one is fooled.
Derek is ready to let Stiles go, he knows he’ll figure it out, knows he’ll find that he’s Derek’s mate, and he knows that Stiles wants more than being tied to him, to the disaster that is Beacon Hills. He’s ready to let him go. To let all of them go, to save them from his wolf’s restlessness and misery.
Self sacrificing morons that they are, they dance around the issue as long as they can. They probably agree to one last farewell fuck, but they can’t keep their feelings out of it, can’t keep the desperation from their movements or their kisses, can’t keep the tears from brimming in their eyes, or their fingers from griping a little to tight, clinging and unwilling to let go.
Obviously, it all spills out, and the acknowledgement that there’s more between them, that their connection is soul deep and eternal, fated, it’s enough to make Derek’s wolf howl in contentment, make it settle beneath the surface and leak calm and control and satisfaction through the pack bonds. Enough to strengthen them all.
This got more fic-like than intended? Thanks to @rhysiana for bringing this lovely inspiration to my attention!
These two young women illustrate the Flapper era’s penchant for both fun and recklessness by doing the Charleston on a rooftop ledge at Chicago’s Sherman Hotel, 11 Dec 1926, Chicago, Illinois, USA (source: sethapart on flickr)
A simple tutorial on how to make your very own bookmarks.
Laser Printer Paper (preferably 28lb, but 24lb is also fine)
Pretty Poster Board or Scrapbooking Paper
Scissors & Paper Trimmer
Laminator (if you don’t have one, you can buy one at WalMart for $20. They’re SUPER useful to have, especially if you make artsy stuff a lot.)
Bookmark Tassels (Optional)
1/8 Inch Hole Punch (Optional)
First, determine the size of bookmarks you want to make. (Mine are typically 2″ x 6.5″.) When you’ve decided on a size that you like, create a new canvas in Photoshop with those dimensions, and make sure it is set to AT LEAST300 DPI.
Draw your bookmark design! Make sure all of your important stuff doesn’t get too close to your edges because you want to leave a tiiiiiny bit of room for error just in case you mess up when you cut them out.
After your bookmark design(s) is done, create another new Photoshop canvas that is 8.5″ x 11″ and set to the same DPI as your bookmarks.
Drag and drop as many of your book mark designs as you can onto your new 8.5 x 11 canvas. Don’t put them very close together, though, as you want to leave enough room to comfortably cut them out later.
Assuming you don’t have a laser printer, we’re gonna take a little trip to Staples/Office Depot/Office Max!
Save that canvas with all your bookmarks on it as a JPEG and put it on a flash drive. Grab a small stack of your own paper and put it in a folder (make sure you have a way to show the printer what type of paper it is. You may just wanna bring the whole pack with you, because I know some stores want to make sure you’re giving them laser printer paper to print on, as other paper types will mess up their machines).
Note:I’m not sure about Office Depot/Office Max, but I KNOW Staples will only charge around $0.50 per page to print your image out if you bring your own paper! ♥
Take the flash drive and your paper with you to your nearest office supply store.
Ask the printer there to print out however many copies you want. If you’re very particular about the size of the bookmarks, make sure to tell them to not have it set to “Fit to Size” and instead let it print at 100%.
Once your bookmark copies are printed, it’s time to cut them out!
The best way to do this is to use a paper trimmer. You can get a cheap one from WalMart or Michaels for about $5. They’re SUPER useful to have and make cutting straight edges a million times easier.
The reason you want to cut them out before you glue them your poster board/decorative paper is because you want to be able to fit as many bookmarks as you can onto the posters so that you don’t waste any.
Time to glue them to your poster(s)/scrap book paper!
I try to buy really unique posterboard that catches the eye and matches the colour schemes of my bookmarks. I usually end up getting metallic colours or holographic poster/paper because that’s what I personally like. I would advise staying away from anything that has textures, though, since you’re going to laminate these later.
Make sure you’re gluing your bookmarks to the BACK of the poster board.
Also, make sure you coat all edges and corners, as you don’t want anything to curl up. A good tip I find is lining any of your bookmark edges up to the edges of the poster board. That way it’s just one or two less edge(s) you have to cut off.
Time to cut out the bookmarks again!
Get as close to the bookmark’s edge as you can so you don’t leave any white poster board backing hanging off the edge. If you have to, it’s totally fine to cut off a millimeter of your bookmark design just to make sure you have a clean trim.
Laminate! Since I already have some Mettaton bookmarks laminated, I’ll use them for this example.
Make sure that when you slip your bookmarks into the lamination sheet, they have a decent amount of space between them. If they get too close, the lamination might not seal all of the way around each bookmark.
Once you get all of your bookmarks laminated, we once again have to cut them out.
It’s very important to leave about a third of a centimeter of lamination on the edge of your bookmarks. If you cut right along the edge of the bookmark, the lamination will eventually peal off, and we don’t want that. We want to keep it nice and sealed.
Be sure to trim the corners a little bit, since they can be kinda sharp and poke you pretty bad.
This part is completely optional, but I love to take an 1/8 inch hole punch and punch a little hole in the top of the bookmark and add a little tassel decoration.
You can find these tassels online from China on Ebay or Aliexpress for pretty cheap. The prices are all about the same no matter who you buy from, so I can’t really give a specific vendor who has the best prices. (Note: pretty obvious, but if you buy them within the US, you’re gonna pay a lot more.)
If none of my instructions have made any sense, this video does a wonderful job of explaining the process of bookmark making for artist alleys and whatnot.