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Castiel works as a teller at his local bank, and Dean is a new mystery customer that brings in a wad of cash and crumpled singles once a week to deposit into his account.

Working as a bank teller was definitely a unique and interesting experience - and one that Castiel generally enjoyed.

Of course, there were always the customers that raised hell when they walked through the door, complaining about incorrect overdraft fees or loan interests, but for the most part, the people were pleasant and Castiel didn’t mind plastering a smile onto his face for five or six hours at a time.

He and the other tellers had their favorite customers that they always talked about, whether for the entertainment factor, or because they genuinely liked them.

There was the nice old woman who always updated the teller on her grandson’s theater career; the middle aged man who generally arrived drunk and so sure that he was a millionaire even though he wasn’t; the college-aged girl who came in with a different hair color every time; and a younger man who kept trying to convince the teller that he was haunted.

Yes, Castiel was sure that he’d seen it all - and then one day, Dean Winchester came through his line.

The moment Castiel looked up as the new face approached the counter, he was thrown off. Sandy and deliberately coiffed hair framed a perfectly symmetrical face that he was sure he’d seen on a famous statue in some museum or another. Soft green eyes blinked at him with an even softer smile as he leaned forward against the counter and tilted his head.

“Hey,” the man said, his voice almost as smooth as the marble his arms were resting against.

“Hello.” Castiel cleared his throat and smiled, praying to God that it looked natural. “How can I help you today, sir?”

The man pulled out his ID and slid it across the counter.

Dean Winchester, it read.

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i was skipping through scenes while looking for a specific moment and a scene in particular just hit me like a bus

this is yuri’s flashback on episode two. just look at it. 

in this flashback, yuri contacts viktor with a request. he aspires to be a great skater, just like viktor himself, and he asks viktor for help. viktor is on the top, above all else, almost hard to reach, alluding his status as famous figure skater, and he offers his hand in the promise of bringing yuri to his level one day. 

this scene immediately made me think of how yuuri’s first contact with viktor is shown - or maybe not the first, but the first contact between them that is shown to us: 

they’re both on the same level. 

viktor is still ahead of yuuri, a safe distance between them, but he’s not out of reach. yuuri also requests something of viktor: being his coach. drunk yuuri reminds viktor of how fun life can be (the guy who scored last place on the grand prix was having more fun than him, a golden medallist). 

it’s interesting to observe how their relationships develop from their first contacts we see in the anime. as we get to see, viktor helps both of them achieve their dreams at the end. he gives yuri agape, helps him work on it, and yuri beats his world record. as for yuuri, they finally get to skate as equals, and with viktor’s decision of returning to the ice yuuri’s finally going to be able to compete with his childhood idol on equal footing.

anyway i was pretty tired when i made this post so i’m sure there’s a lot more to it than i’ve addressed, so feel free to add your thoughts below.

andquitefrankly  asked:

13. TRIVIA. GIVE ME ALL THE TRIVIA. please. :)

Ooh! Let’s see, here are some of my favourite bits of classical trivia (I know no other trivia). I should warn you that my idea of amusing trivia is quite… esoteric :’) (A couple of these are a little gruesome)

  • Ancient Greek had a pitch accent (i.e. the pitch of the syllable went up or down depending on the accent). This mattered, because once during a performance of a tragedy, an actor got the pitch accent wrong and said ‘weasel’ instead of ‘calm sea’ and we are still laughing about it 2000 years later
  • Once during a battle between Argos and Sparta, the Argive generals told their troops to do whatever the Spartan herald shouted. The Spartan generals figured this out and ordered their troops to attack when the herald shouted ‘have breakfast’
  • The tyrant Polycrates of Samos was so lucky in everything that he did that his friend Amasis, king of Egypt, advised him to get rid of the thing he valued the most. This was a golden and emerald ring (?????). Polycrates threw it into the sea. Soon afterwards, it turned up in the belly of a fish that a fisherman had caught and presented to Polycrates. Amasis said, ‘That’s it, you’re too lucky, I’m cutting off our friendship before the gods screw you over.’
  • The tyrant Peisistratos of Athens married an aristocratic girl in order to form an alliance with her family, but he thought the family was cursed, so he would only have sex with her ‘not in the customary way’ and I still do not know what this means because my Greek history tutor was the most awkward person ever and would not tell me
  • An Ancient Greek word for ‘extravagant dandy’ was ‘someone who is obsessed with fish’
  • The Greeks described the sea as ‘wine-dark’
  • Socrates didn’t wash 
  • Hippocleides doesn’t care
  • The great Greek general Pericles was mocked because he allegedly allowed his mistress to boss him around in bed
  • It is 100% true that Plato published a serious piece of work criticising Aeschylus for making Achilles top and Patroclus bottom
  • This is the what the Greeks came up with to explain intersex people: Hermaphroditus, son of Hermes & Aphrodite, was born a boy but attracted the attentions of a rather obsessive girl who tried to force herself on him. Fortunately for her, they were in a magic spring and she prayed to be joined to him always, so they were joined together in one body that was part male and part female
  • In Cyprus, the goddess Aphrodite was represented with both male and female sex organs
  • Alexander the Great used to get foreign kings to line up their favourite prostitutes and then he would make a big show of walking along the line and acting disinterested
  • Allegedly, Alexander met the cynic philosopher Diogenes and asked if there was anything he could do for him. Diogenes said, ‘Get out of my sunlight.’ Alexander said, ‘If I were not Alexander, I would wish to be Diogenes,’ and Diogenes replied, ‘If I were not Diogenes, I would also wish to be Diogenes.’
  • The Roman playwright Terence, considered by later writers to be the best example of ‘pure literary Latin’, might have been an African immigrant and is widely thought to have been a slave
  • Julius Caesar annoyed the populace of Rome because he used to answer his mail during the races
  • Cicero was told to change his name because it meant ‘chickpea’ and he responded that he would make it the most glorious name in Rome
  • It is 99.9% likely that it is actually the case that Cicero was not let in on the assassination of Caesar because he couldn’t keep his mouth shut
  • Caesar once said, ‘I know I am the most hated man in Rome, because Cicero hates me, and God knows Cicero is easy to please’
  • Cicero and his brother Quintus seemingly spent an alarming amount of time chasing Cicero’s secretary around, asking for kisses
  • The poet Vergil (Vergilius), for sadly modern-esque reasons, was nicknamed ‘Parthenias’ (which renders itself quite nicely as something like ‘Virginia’)
  • Augustus nagged all his poet friends to write an epic about him, and when Vergil said he would do it, Propertius published a poem saying ‘THANK THE GODS: someone else is doing it - and it’s pretty good btw you should read it when it comes out’
  • The poet Ovid was exiled for a ‘poem and a mistake’ and we STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT IS
  • The emperor Augustus was teetotal and lame in one leg
  • As part of his propaganda against Augustus, Mark Antony claimed that Augustus singed off his leg hair
  • Augustus responded that Mark Antony was a drunken hooligan. Antony wrote a pamphlet defending himself, entitled ‘On the subject of my drunkenness’. To me this is one of the greatest losses of antiquity
  • The emperor Tiberius was obsessed with pears and cucumbers
  • The emperor Claudius allegedly ordered for his third wife to be executed, then got so drunk that he had to ask why she was not at dinner
  • Claudius had a son who died when he threw a pear core in the air, tried to catch it in his mouth and choked
  • Augustus complained that Tiberius used words in their strict etymological sense (or used literal equivalents of phrases that were used in a non-etymological sense), and the emperor Hadrian, when reading about this, commented, ‘It sounds like Augustus was not very well educated if he chose his words according to their usage and not their etymology.’
  • The emperor Galba is the only Roman male who is explicitly said to have had a sexual preference for adult males (i.e. of his own age) and not boys
  • Hadrian and his wife went travelling with Hadrian’s lover Antinous and an aristocratic woman named Julia Balbilla. At a tourist site in Egypt, Julia Balbilla carved a poem in the style of Sappho on a famous statue. One of my history professors said that this suggests Hadrian’s wife was a lesbian and they covered for each other
  • The historian Tacitus was a keen hunter. His friend Pliny went hunting one day and sent him a letter, ‘You won’t believe it, Tacitus, I went hunting, and I enjoyed it! I took all my books and I sat in the shade by the nets and it was so peaceful, I got so much done. You should try it!’

Rano Kau - Chile 

At 324 metres tall, Rano Kau is an extinct volcano, that forms the south western headland of Easter Island. The volcanoes crater lake is one of only three natural sources of freshwater on the island. The edges of the crater face onto the ocean, and have eroded back to create steep, rigid cliffs. Inside the crater, the walls slope, at an angle of 65° at the steepest point, to 45° at the gentlest. The ruins of the ancient ceremonial village, Orongo, can be found on the edge of the crater, on the south western side. 

The islands famous Moai statues had been recorded as being found on the edge of the volcano, but have since disappeared, falling into the sea. The crater was also the site of the last Toromiro tree in the wild, until the specimen was chopped down for firewood in 1960.

It’s like yeah obviously nazi germany and slavery in the us were not the same thing by a large stretch but just in terms of Learning From Your History like, all these confederate statues are basically like if 30 or 90 years after the end of WWII (the statues in the south were built in the 1890s and the 1950s iirc) Germany started putting up statues of famous nazi commanders like Göring or Rommel and and statues of “A Wehrmacht Soldier” and shit like that would probably make you think that maybe they hadn’t learned from their past mistakes wouldn’t it? Well that’s how black people feel when they walk past a statue of Robert E fucking Lee or Stonewall Jackson or some shit. Like its so obviously wrong

Alexander The Great in front of the tomb of Achilles.

This painting in the Louvre Museum is a work of Hubert Robert (1733 -1808) done around 1754.

The subject taken from the Greek rhetorician Claudius Aelianius or Aelian (Varia Historia, XII, 7), writing in the second century CE, and shows the Macedonian king having the tomb of Achilles opened in order to pay a homage to the Greek hero of the Trojan War.

Achilles’ relationship with Patroclus is a key aspect of his myth. Its exact nature has been a subject of dispute in both the classical period and modern times. Thus in 5th-century BCE Athens, the relationship was commonly interpreted as pederastic. Nowadays some see it as a love relationship of an egalitarian homosexual couple. It is the same case as the relationship between Alexander the Great and Hephaestion. The relationship between the Macedonian king and his dearest and closest friend and confidant, lasted their whole lives, and was compared, by others as well as themselves, to that of Achilles and Patroclus. Hephaestion and Alexander grew up in a time and place where homosexual affairs were seen as perfectly normal. Roman and later writers, taking the Athenian pattern as their example, have tended to assume either, that their sexual relationship belonged to their adolescence, after which they left it behind, or that one of them was older, the lover (erastes) and the other was the beloved (eromenos). Claudius Aelianus takes the latter view when he uses just such an expression when describing the visit to Troy: “Alexander laid a garland on Achilles’ tomb and Hephaestion on Patroclus’, indicating that he was Alexander’s eromenos, as Patroclus was of Achilles.” No other circumstance shows better the nature and length of their relationship than Alexander’s overwhelming grief at Hephaestion’s death. The many and varied ways, both spontaneous and planned, by which Alexander poured out his grief are overwhelming. In the context of the nature of their relationship however, one stands out as remarkable. Lucius Flavius Arrianus “Xenophon” (Arrian of Nicomedia, ca. 86 – 160), in his work Ἀλεξάνδρου ἀνάβασις says that Alexander “… flung himself on the body of his friend and lay there nearly all day long in tears, and refused to be parted from him until he was dragged away by force by his Companions.

This painting by Robert (known as Robert des Ruines) is close to Panini, who was his teacher during his long stay of 11 years in Rome, and it is considered to be one of the first productions of the French artist in that city. In the painting by the French vedutista, an architectural fantasy, we see a pyramid similar to that of Caius Cestius in Rome, the ruins of a temple with Ionic columns inspired by the temple of Saturn in the Roman Forum and a round temple, after the Roman temple of Vesta, or the temple of the Sybile in Tivoli. The statue standing at the left-hand side of the canvas is the so-called Antinous of the Belvedere, or Antinous Admirandus, the famous statue in the Pio-Clementino Museum of the Vatican. This statue, correctly identified as a Hermes in the 19th century, was long taken to be a depiction of the beautiful Bythinian lover of Emperor Hadrian, one of the great “eromenos-erastes” relationship of the antiquity.

Normal Horoscope:

Aries: Get one of the cartons of whole grain goldfish. Fill it with the normal kind. Nobody will ever know. Now it will look healthy when you eat them by the fistful on the subway.

Taurus: Stub your toe. Scream. Form a fugue. It will be a cathartic fugue. 

Gemini: Yes, the scissors and the bike are made of the same thing. This does not mean they are interchangeable. At least not without a forge. Know what you can work with.

Cancer: Sense cannot be trusted. Only astrology blogs can be trusted. Good luck reading them without your senses though. 

Leo: There is no place in the world for elitism. There is only room enough for conga. 

Virgo: Consider yourself. Consider the complexity of a music box. Consider the simplicity of the lullaby it plays. How complex is the sleep that follows?

Libra: You don’t win new friend without bloodshed now spit out those teeth and get back in there.

Scorpio: I know it keeps the rain off you but anything that can be described as “flesh rending” is not appropriate job interview attire. 

Ophiuchus: The tiny statues of famous actors you made out of paper clips have come to life and set up a surprisingly intricate government under your bed. They revere you as a god. Time for some smiting. 

Sagittarius: As symbolic as it is, the process of a butterfly emerging from a cocoon is a rather horrific process.

Capricorn: Capricorns know what they did and will get their fortune once they learn their manners.

Aquarius: A rubber band is only as useful as is devious the mind that holds it.

Pisces: The internet is fraught with bias, dice don’t make sense all the time, and only other option would be ourselves and we all know that bastard can’t be trusted.

Title: Sunny Afternoon
Author: SadMachine
Pairing(s): Mark/Donghyuck
Rating: Teen
Warnings: none
Genre: Non Famous AU, Fluff to the max
Status: Complete
Length: Oneshot [8,146]
Summary: Mark didn’t mind summer, he really, really didn’t. In fact it might even be one of his favorite seasons, but working his summer away in an Ice Cream Parlour wasn’t really his definition of a good time.
That is until one day a boy, who glowed like the summer sun, stumbled into the shop.

Notes: Donghyuck is the actual embodiment of summer. This is one of the sweetest and cutest fics in the world, there is no pain here, only pure happiness and fluff. I truly love this.

anonymous asked:

Rfa+Saeran going to Pride with MC (who is LGBTQ) either as friends or bf/gf~

hey anon, thanks for stopping by!(⌒▽⌒)happy pride month!!*`*`* I hope you like it!~

I knew if I didn’t answer this during pride month, I’d be so upset with myself lmao. especially since my tiny island had their first pride!! i wasn’t there, but the thought is amazing


ok so real quick, if you haven’t read my sexuality headcanons for the rfa then some of this will seem like they came from nowhere; so i linked them there ;) 

zen

  • zen was really nervous to go to Pride
  • not because of his “semi-famous” status, though. oh no.
  • he was nervous because he never came out to anyone besides mc 
  • and even that took a long time for him to admit to them
  • but he was so excited too! 
  • on the day of Pride, he’s sitting at the table with a coffee cup, trying to calm his nerves
  • mc walks up to him and kisses his head. “ready, my knight?” he looks up at them and nods
  • the two of them show up to Pride, all grins 
  • zen’s fans are really surprised to see him there, especially with a little bisexual flag painted on his face 
  • his hand is holding on tight to mc’s, who has a matching bi flag on their cheek as well 
  • they have lots of fun!! zen and mc take a bunch of pictures of each other and with the fans
  • they dance a lot, at one point mc is lifted onto zen’s shoulders 
  • they also kiss a lot. like, a lot. zen’s in one of his “i feel extra love for you please let me kiss you” moods
  • at the end of the day, when they get back home, zen is literally hanging onto mc 
  • “did you have fun zenny?” they ask and he nods. “i had…the best time”
  • they both laugh. and zen feels a bit more confident in himself

yoosung

  • yoosung is so hyped and he’s not even part of the community
  • yes i know what my sexuality hcs say shhhhhhhh he doesnt know yet
  • but he’s so excited to support his trans partner!
  • joins mc in dressing up for the occasion, but he has rainbow pins
  • absolutely makes a sign
  • its one of those simple, “i love my trans partner” signs
  • but with yoosung’s decorations, which include stars and even an emoji of himself
  • literally becomes mc’s hype man for the day
  • he really enjoys the day! 
  • mc does too because he makes it his mission to make mc have the best day ever
  • someone give yoosung the most supportive bf award

jaehee

  • it’s jaehee’s first pride! 
  • mc is so excited for her 
  • there’s a little bi-colored ribbon in jaehee’s hair 
  • as well as a little lesbian flag painted on mc’s cheek
  • when they go out, you bet they have an amazing time
  • they dance like pros omg
  • jaehee also becomes more open with pda for the occasion! 
  • the whole day she’s giving mc cheek kisses and even lets them take a picture of them in an actual kiss
  • mc is ecstatic omg
  • they are the cutest girlfriends
  • jaehee has never felt this confident and free before and mc can see it in her face
  • she’s happy and free 
  • just like she should be

jumin

  • (¬‿¬)
  • jumin han won’t get out of his suit 
  • but he wears an appropriately colored tie to celebrate 
  • which is the grey-scale colors
  • because he’s demisexual
  • u thought 
  • mc, however, is in full pansexual colors 
  • he doesn’t dance fully ever, but you can see him tapping his toes
  • he also smiles a lot! mc can’t believe their eyes
  • some people are really surprised to see Jumin Han there
  • the paps are also having another Story of Their Lives
  • jumin han is demisexual and his spouse is pan. amazing
  • but anyways, he is so clingy around that day omg
  • gives them a ton of back of the head kisses
  • he even laughs! he’s having such a good time. no guards or his father or work
  • “…can we go again next year?” 
  • of course juju

707 / luciel / saeyoung

  • WHOOOOOOOO!!!! ITS T I M E 
  • 7 -  0 - 7 + 6 - 0 - 6 (≖ᴗ≖) 
  • my boy here is decked out in pansexual colors
  • and he has a genderfluid-colors bracelet 
  • he is ready
  • mc is also decked out in their respective colors, which in this case is the nonbinary colors
  • they have the most fun, just spending the day partying 
  • its really where saeyoung can let go and dance
  • when they meet new people, he introduces himself as luciel, though
  • if they bring saeran along, he has on his colors too and are just watching these two dorks
  • but saeyoung is just really happy to be out and with his family 
  • there’s nothing that can make him happier 

saeran

  • he’s really shy about it, since he’s not one for huge crowds
  • but he’ll make an exception for Pride
  • him and mc are matching! both the asexual colors yay!
  • they don’t put themselves too out there, but they’re there.
  • mc manages to get saeran to dance too! he’s really cute and a pretty good dancer when he lets loose
  • they find some bubbles with the container wrapped in a little ace flag and spend most of their time doing that tbh
  • in the middle of the day, saeran is smiling! he’s having such a good time, it’s so cute
  • before the day ends, saeran taps mc’s shoulder
  • they turn to look at him, finding him tapping his lips
  • mc: *softly* holy shit
  • this is a rare opportunity, folks
  • mc leans in to kiss him softly
  • saeran smiles and kisses them back softly 
  • they hold hands the rest of the day
Namjoon Scenario: My Miss Right.

Request: I saw on twitter recently that on a fan’s post it rapmon answered miss right to be his wedding song. Can i request a scenario of him proposing and using miss right? :)

Genre: Romance.


It was your first time going to New York city and you were excited to say the least, you have been dreaming about visiting the city for a long time so when your boyfriend came to you with the tickets you felt like screaming, laughing and crying from happiness. Namjoon knew how much you wanted it, and you were grateful for having such a wonderful present, you’d have to make a few sacrifices for him to not pay absolutely everything, but it was worth it. 

It wasn’t the first time that you traveled with Namjoon, although this being your first long trip, you had taken already a few other escapades, most of them around Korea, one to Thailand and other to Philippines which you had loved.
Nevertheless coming to New York felt different, maybe because you had been wanting it for such a long time, but also because you were taking a step further with Namjoon. You had almost four years of relationship and honestly you couldn’t possibly imagine to know a person who you could love and understand more than him, so doing this trip with him felt right, fulfilling one of your most longed dreams felt amazing being with him.

You arrived at a pretty good hotel in Manhattan, just a couple of blocks from Time Square, it was spring so the day was great to walk and get to know the city, Namjoon had come to New York his fair share of times before, so he served as a good guide to not get lost.
Right from the start you wanted to see everything, of course you wanted to go to the typical touristy points but you also wanted to just be around the city, walk and see the streets and the buildings, enjoy the bagels and the on the go coffee. 

You went to get to know the Liberty Statue and the Empire State Building, you went to the Rockefeller Center and enjoyed half a day at the MoMA. New York was everything you had dreamed of and more. Your next step was Central Park, a place you absolutely couldn’t miss and that Namjoon was eager to visit as well.

-It’s beautiful jagiya, you’ll see, but you had to be very attentive of all the spots in there-

You smiled. -Of course I will silly, and we will be on a carriage I mean, how cool is that?-

Namjoon smiled as he came closer to the carriage tours and he saw the guy he was looking for, he had already planned everything so it was important that it was him doing the tour. It was important that everything went according to plan, the trip until now had been wonderful and you were happy, Namjoon wanted that to continue that way, he wanted to make you happy for the rest of your life.

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Title: creature of habit
Author: ilovenct
Pairing(s): Mark/Donghyuck, Jeno/Mark
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: underage drinking, anxiety attacks, implied/referenced drug use (not in relation to main characters)
Genre: Non Famous AU
Status: Complete
Length: Oneshot [18,457]
Summary: If Jeno was the angel on Mark’s shoulder, then Donghyuck was the devil, and Mark wanted to do something that felt wrong, even just once.

Notes: This is another of my all time favorites. It’s beautiful guys, just read it.

I have to include an image of the painting I’m writing about at the end of this paper,

and it happens to be a painting at the museum up the street

so I happen to have (for art reasons) a photograph of that painting, with my childhood stuffed rabbit staring at it pensively from an appropriate viewing distance

and I’m very tempted to put that in my paper

In response to my greek culture posts this is the last one I’ll post. Pindar, a fifth century Theban lyric poet, refers to Greeks as “the fairest skin,” as late as fourth century AD, Adamantius, an Alexandrian physician and scientists, wrote, that “all the nations the Greeks have fairest eyes, we see fairly broad and straight build of fairly light skin and blond” and for their statues, people like to claim that they were darker but the pain wore off, but Praxiteles, from the Greek city of Knidos, was the most famous and copied statue in ancient world, and experts have determined from microscopic paint particles that Aphrodite was painted blond and fair skinned. Even more than that when the Athena Parthenos was lost, a painter made a new one from the description left behind, which was modeled as having light skin, blue eyes, and golden skin. Many small terra-cotta figurines from Greece fourth century BC have survived with paint and they’re to shown to have light hair and have shown to have traces of having Celtic features. Even more, a Ionian Greek philosopher who lived in fifth century BC noted that a Thracian woman had distinctly red hair and fair skin. Even more evidence, a Greek poet Hesiod called Troy the “land of the fair woman.” There were two appearance types in Ancient Greece: dark haired whites and fair haired whites, as Homer and Pindar described Olympian gods and goddesses as fair haired and skinned. As Demeter was said to have blond, or “yellow hair” and fair skin, Leto was said to have golden hair and fair skin, Aphrodite was said to have pale gold hair and skin and Athena had the fairest of all hair and skin, while Poseidon and Hephaestus were said to have black hair, fair skin. And onto to Roman as well as Greeks were said to paint their death masks to preserve the color and as well as well has the shape of their ancestors faces, which was blue eyes, fair skin. Want to know more? A famous portrait bust of Lucius Junius Brutus, the doubter of the Roman republic, was painted to be white, as were several paintings of Greeks were.