ex-soldier

Title: Just Like Feathers
Author: SillyBlue
Artist: CenedraRiva
Rating: Teen
Length: 57,000 words
Pairings: Dean/Castiel
Warnings: Fairy Tale AU, historical fantasy, Man of Letters Dean, ex-soldier Dean, servant Cas, pining, courtship, off screen minor character death, minor references to war and trauma

Summary: Hosting the academy for the training of hunters and future Men of Letters, the city of Campbell is no stranger to unnatural phenomena. A winter that drags on well into May, however, is a novelty that nobody knows how to deal with.

Dean has seen enough monsters and witches in the recent war to last him a lifetime, but his sense of duty and a strange longing in his chest urge him to take on this case. Dean sets out to find the hidden realm of Frau Holle, the deity who is responsible for making it snow. Travelling to the very fringes of human lands, where the barrier between realms has become thin enough for him to slip through the cracks, Dean finds his way to Holle’s Estate to put an end to winter. What he finds however is an empty realm and an angel who dutifully continues the work of making it snow in Holle’s absence.

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inspired from this music
gosh this is giving me a lot of inspirations! and there will be more :D

ok I kinda imagined that Henry’s back after he has been dismissed, now he’s a veteran, but he had nothing left… nothing but a letter sent to him by his former friend Joey, who ask him to reach his now abandoned manor to show him something special,
Henry never expected to find a demon inside.

I need to find a good name for this AU,
any ideas?

anonymous asked:

You two rock! Could I have ex-soldier Dadsona struggling with PTSD and how the dads would try to help them?

First off, thank you so so much!!!!!!!!!!!!! Daddy Corvo and I love answering all of your questions and requests. We promise we are going through them as much as we can and I will personally be going through and answering the trans* related questions soon. Let’s get started!

Brian worries all the time. He checks in in the mornings to make sure Dadsona’s nightmares weren’t completely unbearable, and if they were he’s there in moments to take care of the ex-soldier.

Damien often brings Dadsona puppies and animals from the shelter to research how they may help Dadsona. Amanda is far too big to keep him company at night, so soon enough Damien and an old rescue pit bull take on the challenge of sleeping with him each night.

Robert sees Dadsona as a hero. He thinks of his father coming home from war and does everything he can to make sure Dadsona doesn’t meet the end of his own gun as his father did. Yes, Dadsona gets annoyed with all the gun locks.

Craig uses physical therapy. Or rather, if Dadsona is too exhausted to run anymore, he must be too exhausted to have those wretched dreams. Besides, he man was in the military. It doesn’t take long for Craig to ask him to wait up.

Matt keeps his distance for a while, but after seeing the way a hot mocha and a bit of indie music calms the man’s shaky hands, he deems it safe to approach. He gives up on trying to take Dadsona to rock concerts, as it can get quite loud and triggering, and takes to setting up an open mic night at the brew. One night, he even sings.

Hugo does his research. He reads books upon books about PTSD and its affects, how to help those with it, and when to know to back off. He learns and he experiences Dadsona’s worst episodes. But he eventually figures out sometimes all the ex-soldier needs is a manly bubble bath and some super manly cuddles.

Joseph tries to find out what the cause of all of this is. He interrogates Dadsona relentlessly until Amanda finally realizes and kicks him out. After a few days, Joseph returns with an apology and an explanation. Old school thinking- man up and get through it. He gets bitched out by Amanda, but is eventually welcome into the house and with each visit, it gets a little easier to talk about everything.

Yours, Daddy Thomas

telegraph.co.uk
Meet the Black Mambas: South Africa's all-female anti-poaching paramilitary team
These women are on patrol in the Balule Nature Reserve, which has seen a sharp drop in poaching thanks to their efforts.

“They call them the Black Mambas, a paramilitary unit of women recruited from local communities on the western boundaries of South Africa’s Kruger National Park to combat the scourge of rhino poaching for their horns, and the butchering of other animals for “bush meat”. Now numbering 36 (up from just six in 2013, when the Mambas were formed), these women are the eyes and ears of the armed tactical response units, comprising ex-soldiers, which are on constant patrol in the Balule Nature Reserve, a 50,000-hectare private concession that has seen a sharp drop in poaching thanks to their efforts.”

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it was about time to taking out something personal after all,
I get inspired by @shinyzango, @squigglydigglydoo and other artists around here for my Henry, and not only in the aspect

Henry at first came expecting to talk with Joey about good ol’ times, maybe restoring their long lost friendship, only to find himself into an inky hellhole
and discovering that there’s Joey (alas totally out of his mind and possessed) behind this trap.
At the end he will find the TRUE Bendy, who’s not gonna kill him only because he restored the ink machine and brought Boris again to life -so he owe this to the old man- but still wants him out his place.
Henry of course is not going to lose again his “child”, not this time!

soon I want to insert some remind of the others AU, as a tribute :)

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Inspired by @talking2thesky​‘s fic: here is the deepest secret nobody knows

Actually, the word ‘inspired’ was not good enough. This gifset wouldn’t exist if there weren’t the story. It’s so beautiful, and sad, and it felt so real, I couldn’t help but thought about it the whole day. Then, I saw this post on my dash. I believe coincidences are whisperings of fate, so I made this. This is my headcanon of the fic. John’s side of the story.

And this is for you, dear @talking2thesky. I hope you wouldn’t mind, and will like this. xx

Which Touhou characters you should hug: a guide
  • Reimu: Yes. She works very hard for very little reward and sometimes wonders if she is appreciated enough. Please give her a hug to show her you appreciate her defending Gensokyo. She needs it.
  • Marisa: Yes! Marisa is a wonderful friend and will hug you back with just as much enthusiasm. This will be a good experience.
  • Rumia: No! She may look cute and while hugging her would be a fantastic experience she is a carnivore and this would not end well for you
  • Cirno: Yes! Hug her and call her strong! She is tiny and deserves love.
  • Meiling: Absolutely! She gives big strong bear hugs and is probably a fantastic person to hug, 10/10.
  • Patchouli: Do not! Patchouli does not appreciate her personal space being invaded. Keep to yourself and instead let her know you appreciate her with a polite conversation.
  • Sakuya: Probably not. She has knives and is quiet and mysterious. Potential danger.
  • Remilia: Do not! You would embarrass her and you do not want to deal with her rage!
  • Flandre: DEFINITELY DO NOT!! She deserves lots of hugs but she cannot be gentle! You would die, please do not it's for the best
  • Letty: Yes! She will wrap you in her warm winter clothes and it will feel amazing, would recommend.
  • Chen: ABSOLUTELY!!!! She is a tiny cat and you will not regret it one bit.
  • Alice: Please do not unless she knows you well. Alice is a reclusive person and this would likely startle her.
  • Lunasa, Lyrica and Merlin: Yes!! Go for it! Three in one!
  • Youmu: Yes!! Youmu needs to know that she is doing an incredibly good job! She deserves it!
  • Yuyuko: ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!! She loves you very much and gives the best mom hugs!
  • Ran: YES!!! DO YOU SEE THOSE TAILS??? Y E S
  • Yukari: Maybe. She probably gives good mom hugs too but is also mysterious. Dangerous. Hug with caution
  • Suika: Yes, but be prepared, she is much stronger than she appears!
  • Wriggle: Only if you are alright with the possibility of friendly bugs crawling on you!
  • Mystia: Nope. nope nope nope. she may look tiny but you'll go blind and she'll eat you
  • Keine: Yes!! As long as the moon is not full! Otherwise maybe not she's a little spiky
  • Tewi: Nooooo! She may be fluffy but she is devious!!
  • Reisen: Yes, but slowly and gently! She is an ex-soldier and so you must be cautious.
  • Eirin: Yes!!! She is a kind beautiful grandmother and she loves you
  • Kaguya: Only if you bring her a branch from the jeweled tree of Hourai, the Buddha's stone begging bowl, a fire rat's robe, a jewel from the neck of a dragon, and a swallow's cowry shell
  • Mokou: Yes! Please! She needs one very badly and will appreciate it
  • Maribel: Yes!! But don't be surprised if you wind up somewhere else!
  • Renko: Yes!! if Maribel gets one it's only fair!!
  • Rinnosuke: Yes!! He is very nice and probably lonely in that shop by himself!
  • Fairies of light: Yes!! They are very cute!! But be wary of pranks!
  • Aya: Yes! She may try to sell you a newspaper but overall a good experience!
  • Medicine: YES!!! She's poisonous and you might get a rash but she needs it very badly
  • Yuuka: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!
  • Komachi: Yes!! she may be a death youkai but she is not scary!
  • Eiki: No. You will be Punished
  • Rei'sen: Please do!! She is soft and nervous and will appreciate this!
  • Watatsuki no Toyohime: Yes!! She seems ok and might share a tasty peach with you!
  • Watatsuki no Yorihime: DO NOT!! YOU WILL BE FORCEFULLY REMOVED
  • Shizuha and Minoriko: YES!!! Say thank you for the seasons and good harvests!!
  • Hina: No! She appreciates you, but does not want you to have to suffer because of her. Stay away!!
  • Nitori: Do not!! She is shy and might not appreciate it. Instead tell her you appreciate her hard work!
  • Momiji: YES ABSOLUTELY!!! DO YOU SEE HOW FLUFFY
  • Sanae: Yes! She does a good job and this will make her happy!
  • Kanako: Do not!! You must show respect!! Donate to her shrine to show you care
  • Suwako: Yes!!!! She doesn't care about donations or worship and will take this happily!!
  • Iku: Wear insulated clothing and you're good
  • Tenshi: Yes!! She just wants friends!
  • Kisume: DON'T!!! she may be tiny and live in a bucket but she'll eat your face
  • Yamame: no!! she's nice but you could get sick. stay away
  • Parsee: DO IT!! she spends her entire life wanting to be loved like other people, please give her one!!
  • Yuugi: YES!! SHE IS BIG AND SHAPED LIKE A FRIEND
  • Satori: ABSOLUTELY! people fear her and so it would mean a lot to know somebody is not afraid of her for who she is!
  • Rin: Hug! Very soft and pettable
  • Utsuho: Do not hug! Very nice but also not very careful!
  • Koishi: Hug!! Please hug! She is extremely cute and it will be an amazing hugging experience, 11/10
  • Nazrin: Yes! She is small and fuzzy
  • Kogasa: ABSOLUTELY DO IT!!! she has been extremely lonely for a long time, she will appreciate this a lot!
  • Ichirin: Yes!!
  • Unzan: YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FLUFF
  • Minamitsu: Why not?? She's a ghost but you're ok if you're not on a boat
  • Shou: Do!! She is big and fuzzy
  • Byakuren: YES!!!! SHE IS MOM AND LOVES YOU ALL SO MUCH
  • Nue: Don't!!!! Dangerous!
  • Hatate: Please do!! she must be very lonely
  • Kasen: Yes! She is old and wise and very good!
  • Kyouko: ABSOLUTELY!!! HUG HER AND TELL HER SHE DOES AN AMAZING JOB AND IS A GOOD GIRL
  • Yoshika: Spooky but deserving of your love!!
  • Seiga: Nope nope, may seem nice but very wicked, you would be advised to not!!
  • Tojiko: Yes!! Very soft
  • Futo: Yea, doth!!!!
  • Miko: Maybe! She is royalty and must be respected. But she would probably be ok with it!
  • Mamizou: EXTREMELY YES!!!!!!!!! LOOK AT THAT TAIL!!!! PLEASE DO
  • Kosuzu: Please do!! She is very conflicted and needs a friend!!
  • Kokoro: YESSSS!!! SHE IS TRYING SO HARD PLEASE APPRECIATE HER
  • Wakasagihime: May be a little wet but overall a good idea!!
  • Sekibanki: Do not be alarmed if her head comes off! But yes!
  • Kagerou: Also not on the full moon! But otherwise yes!
  • Benben and Yatsuhashi: Yes! They are only babies!! Please give them love!!
  • Seija: NO!!! DO NOT!!! SHE IS BACKWARDS AND WILL DISLIKE THIS
  • Shinmyoumaru: ABSOLUTELY YES!! she is so tiny!!! hug her gently and carefully!
  • Raiko: Yes! She is a strong and wise youkai!!
  • Sumireko: Noooo! She is not good with people and this will most likely make her feel awkward! Instead tell her she is smart and skilled.
  • Seiran: Yes!! Fluffy!
  • Ringo: Yes!! Fluffy!!!
  • Doremy: YES!! FLUFFY!!!
  • Sagume: No!! You are not allowed in the Lunar Capital! You made yorihime mad again!!!
  • Clownpiece: NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NONON ONONON ONONO
  • Junko: Yes! Please!! She needs it very badly she has had a lot of trauma in her life and the more love the better
  • Hecatia: Yes!! Looks like a good mom! Three hugs in one!!
  • Eternity Larva: yes!! but mind her wings, they are delicate!
  • Nemuno: Yes!! Do not mind the cleaver, she is a fantastic mom!!
  • Aunn: YES YES YES SHE's SO FLUFFY

acaramela  asked:

Hey can I ask you something and this is a thoroughly ignorant question but I'm Latina and I grew up learning that Castro killed his own people and that he just was a terrible dictator. I even have friends from around the region that support this and say that Castro and communism are responsible for the suffering of the Cuban people. Could you explain to me why this isn't the case? I just can't find any other reliable sources to inform myself. Thank you.

im sorry this is long, but read the whole thing, its all important information

First, Cuba isn’t a one-man or military dictatorship. A lot of people don’t know this, especially in countries allied with America, but Cuba is highly democratic, and even takes measures to stop corruption in politics. For example, elected representatives are paid workers’ wages, so there is no monetary incentive to run for office, all voting is by secret ballot, votes are counted in public, voting is voluntary, elected representatives can be recalled at any time, women make up 48.9% of the Cuban government (a hell of a lot more than the US which can’t even break 20% in its Congress), it is illegal to spend any money on political campaigns to advertise for particular candidates, and candidates’ biographies and their reasons for standing are posted on public notice boards so everyone has equal exposure.

The nomination and election of local candidates for office is done in public meetings, with return meetings happening every 6 months. There are limitations in higher levels of the government, where voters must choose to either accept or reject a single nominee, but as far as i know, the principles of recall and community nomination still hold true.

You can read more about Cuban democracy here:

Why Cuba Still Matters // Representative Government in Socialist Cuba // Cuban Democracy Fact Sheet // How to Visit a Socialist Country // 

As for the specific claim that Castro is a dictator, its on very shaky grounds (to say the least). Its true, of course, that Fidel and Raul have been the only presidents of Cuba since the revolution. However, the presidency isn’t chosen like it is in America, directly (well, its not even direct in America, but thats another topic). The presidency is chosen through the elected parliament (national assembly).

Delegates to the National Assembly are elected every 5 years, half nominated from municipalities and half nominated by mass organizations (like trade unions, women’s orgs, cultural orgs, etc.). Each nominee must receive at least 50% of the vote. All in all, there are 612 delegates, and 48.9% are women. 

The National Assembly votes on who belongs to the Council of State, which appoints the ministers, Presidency, and Vice Presidency. And following a 2011 Congress of the Communist Party, senior elected officials can only serve two terms (10 years) in office. That means in 2018, Raul Castro will step down and a new President will be chosen.

We should also talk about what exactly “dictatorship” means. All societies are dictatorial for some and free for others, because all states are institutions of class rule. Cuba, while I don’t believe it has a socialist economy (and thus not a socialist government) has absolutely shown what can be done with the support of the mass power of the people, and drawn a line between it as a free and independent country and imperialists.

So how is Cuba in service of its people? It raised literacy from 60-70% to 96% in two years- today 100% of Cubans are literate. It has a massive amount of doctors per capita and has lower rates of infant mortality, HIV, and malnutrition than the US. They have state subsidized SRS and HRT, some of the best current LGBT rights in the Caribbean, despite their historical struggles with homophobia. They are the most sustainable country in the world, despite the embargo. 

(The Embargo is absolutely devastating to the Cuban economy, too. Never let a discussion of Cuba’s economy go on without discussing the impact of the embargo)

Still, compare those achievements to Haiti. A country that has been and still is politically and economically crippled by US and French imperialism, which suffers under a neocolonial elite, which is paid starvation wages to make Levis and other commodities for the US, which receives little to no aid when natural disasters hit (which are exacerbated by the ecological devastation of the island).

What is really responsible for the suffering of the people, not just in Cuba, but in Haiti and all countries in the global south? Is it really the ideology of socialism that fights for greater rights and the accessibility to basic needs? Or is it capitalist-imperialism, which strangles Cuba with economic blockades, and parasitically leeches off of its neighbors?

As for the claim that Castro killed “his own people”… the phrasing of this (and of course this isn’t your fault, anti-communists always phrase stuff like this) makes it seem like its better if politicians kill others in imperialist war. Killing “your own people” is somehow far worse than killing the people of countries you want to invade or control. Castro and Che did kill people, yes Cubans. But again, we have to look at the class forces involved. Who were those fleeing? Who were being killed? Historical records show most were rich, white Cuban plantation owners or otherwise of the middle and upper classes, who backed the former military dictator Batista:

All weekend a Cuban exile contingent of right-wing ‘gusanos’ have been gathered on Calle Ocho street in Miami’s “Little Havana” to celebrate the death of Fidel Castro. However the hatred was always mutual; as Fidel characterized the first 1960’s waves of wealthy white parasitic former land owners who were part of the Batista dictatorship he overthrew as “gusanos” (worms), based on their reactionary politics, intransigent support for the blockade, and desire to team up with the CIA to carry out terrorist attacks all across post-revolutionary Cuba. (Note, not all exiles fall into this category, especially more recent arrivals).

The zenith of gusano interference was the 1961 U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs invasion, which Cuba’s government defeated, and afterwards Fidel pointed out the wealth of many of the 1,100 exile soldiers that his troops captured (and later released back to the U.S. in exchange for baby formula). Within those 1,100 soldiers were: 100 plantation owners, 67 landlords of apartment buildings, 35 factory owners, 112 businessmen, 179 living off inheritances, and 194 ex-soldiers of Batista.

Over the decades since that time, the aging gusano contingent in South Florida has proven to be perhaps the most corrupt group (on a per-capita basis) in American politics—which is saying something. In their dying off ranks you can find Batista’s old BRAC secret police goons, ex Cuban mafia, CIA contract killers, and former oligarchs of vast latifundias. As essentially Miami is still controlled by the remnants of Batista’s dictatorship and their off-spring, a regime which killed 20,000 Cubans and tortured tens of thousands more.

(from here)

Almost all (and i only say almost because i don’t know of any who were not) of those executed were members of Batista’s army, informants, rich landowners who backed Batista, etc. And, contrary to the idea that these were executions against the people, they were actually popularly sanctioned:

Serving in the post as commander of La Cabaña, Guevara reviewed the appeals of those convicted during the revolutionary tribunal process.[9] The tribunals were conducted by 2–3 army officers, an assessor, and a respected local citizen.[105] On some occasions the penalty delivered by the tribunal was death by firing squad.[106] Raúl Gómez Treto, senior legal advisor to the Cuban Ministry of Justice, has argued that the death penalty was justified in order to prevent citizens themselves from taking justice into their own hands, as happened twenty years earlier in the anti-Machado rebellion.[107] Biographers note that in January 1959, the Cuban public was in a “lynching mood”,[108] and point to a survey at the time showing 93% public approval for the tribunal process.[9]Moreover, a January 22, 1959, Universal Newsreel broadcast in the United States and narrated by Ed Herlihy, featured Fidel Castro asking an estimated one million Cubans whether they approved of the executions, and was met with a roaring “¡Si!” (yes).[109] With thousands of Cubans estimated to have been killed at the hands of Batista’s collaborators,[110][111] and many of the war criminals sentenced to death accused of torture and physical atrocities,[9] the newly empowered government carried out executions, punctuated by cries from the crowds of “¡paredón!” ([to the] wall!),[100]

thats from wikipedia, no less

Always remember- all states are the power of one class over another. Whether that class is the working class by itself (or in alliance with a progressive and anti-imperialist bourgeoisie as in Cuba), or whether it is a reactionary or imperialist bourgeoisie armed against the working class of the world (as in the US)- states are not just democracies or dictatorships- but institutions of class power. Its interesting how we call Cuba a dictatorship when the rich landowners flee or face persecution or god-forbid *gasp* their land is redistributed to campesinos! But the United States, which has the largest (mostly black and brown) prison population in the world (both by number and per capita), which is established on stolen land, and which regularly exercises its power to interfere in and mess with other countries independence, is seen as “free.”

Here are some more resources on Cuba:

[Documentary] Cuba: Defending Socialism, Resisting Imperialism // 20 Reasons to Support Cuba // Cuba: A Revolution in Motion // Cuba and its Neighbors: Democracy in Motion // Work and Democracy in Socialist Cuba // The Sugarmill: The Socio Economic Complex of Sugar in Cuba 1760-1860 // Cuba and the US Empire: A Chronological History // A Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution // Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War // The World Economic and Social Crisis // The Economic War Against Cuba // Race in Cuba //

So about kyaan

So yeah.

@starlumen recntly asked her followers to submit character ideas that she could use in the Treasure Hunter AU.

The character I submitted is called Kyaan (it means diamond in the sky (I didn’t even know that was a name before I chose it lol)). Although that is a boys name, she is a girl.

Her cape is of a worn-down reddish-brown, with the simbol of her ex-army on the back. Her hair is short, and blue, with purple ends. her red eyes are shaped like a cats. She has long, pointy ears, like and elf. She is about 5.6 feet tall.

Stats: Lv: 15 - magic: water and lightning - ATK: 27 (per attack) - DEF: 20 - SPEED: 30 - AGE: ???

Personality: Very salty - will roast you if she gets the chance - doesn’t care about apearence - very good fighter - usually solves conflict by violence.

story: She is a veteran colonel from a war a long time ago, but she betrayed the army she was working for beacause what they did went against her values. She has wandered the world ever since, looking for a way to redeem her mistakes. (then she meets T!Pj or something)

Anyhow, that’s that, I suppose. Hope you like the character Starl! You can always change something if you want. it’s your character now.

Shopping for our new campaign

DM: We have a lovely portable ram available should anyone want it?

Ex-Soldier: Like? Like a tiny sheep?

DM laughing his ass off: No you pleb, a battering ram

Cut to the entire party laughing and wheezing for several minutes.

—  A party which contains a ranger wearing a plague doctor costume, and refusing to buy a quiver cause she already bought a large chest and decided she will store the arrows in there amongst her 100 packs of rations and 50m of silk rope, very much against the advice of the rest of the party and the DM.
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Where have you been?
Now you know how I feel.