felt free

Being outside, for Jack, was like returning to his roots. He felt free in the outside air. Over the last few months, he had learned to live with being inside. From the minute he was captured, he had given into the fact that he would probably never go outside again. At least, not on his own terms.

Yet here he was. He looked back towards Mark, who was sat in the grass a few feet away, watching him carefully. It had taken a bit of convincing, but Mark eventually gave in to his request to go outside.

He smiled to himself as he continued walking through the knee-high grass. Mark sure was something and Jack was glad he ended up with him.

He found himself walking to the base of one of the only trees in the park. As he placed his hand against the rough texture of the bark, he smiled sadly as he thought of back home. He, along with his family, had lived in a tree hole. And though this tree didn’t have one of those, it still brought back memories.

He glanced to the ground and smiled when he found an acorn. He went over and picked it up, having to hold it with two hands. It was probably as big as his head. More memories were brought back, of lunches and dinners with the very nut he held in his hands. Living in the woods of Ireland, nuts and berries were basically the only things they ate. Though Jack had never complained, he had to admit, after tasting actual food he wasn’t sure if he could go back.

A sound caught Jack’s ears, faint, but there. Before he had a chance to look around, a small shadow fell over him. Turning around, Jack came face to face with a very large squirrel. They stared at each other for a moment before the squirrel hissed at him. Jack dropped the nut and screamed, backing away quickly and hoping the squirrel would leave him alone after getting the nut.

Unfortunately, though the squirrel did take the nut and stuff it in its cheeks, the creature wasn’t about to let Jack go. Jack hit the back of the tree, trapped. You would think that living in the forest taught him how to deal with animals, right? Well you would be wrong. Being the youngest out of his large family, he always had others to rely on when it came to them. That and he barely remembers ever running into any.

As he stood there, helpless, a larger shadow fell over the two of them.

“Mark!” Mark had taken his eyes off of Jack for two seconds to check something on his phone, only to have been met with a scream. Seeing the furry creature cornering Jack, he quickly made his way over. The squirrel looked over his shoulder at the massive human and they had their own small staring contest. Mark then waved his hands and shooed off the squirrel. The squirrel took one more glance at Jack before running back up the tree.

Jack sighed with relief and collapsed onto the grass. Mark also let out a tiny relieved sigh of his own before turning his attention to Jack, his eyes darting over his body, checking for injuries. Thankfully, Jack hadn’t been hurt.

“You’re lucking I’m the King of the Squirrels or that could have been a lot worse,” Jack gave him a confused look before letting out a few chuckles. He wasn’t sure what Mark meant, but he wasn’t going to ask. Mark offered a hand, palm up and Jack got on readily. He was brought up to Mark’s face.

“How do you feel about ice cream?” Jack smiled.

“Sounds perfect.”

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Reconciling…

A guide to being a vocal citizen

For people wondering how to take action post-election of a racist demagogue (pulled from Twitter and cleaned up):

Make a spreadsheet or a file for your representatives with names, addresses to their offices, phone numbers, and contact forms. Put everyone there. Make a note in your calendar app to check in on issues once a month.

Pay attention to news. If you get angry, upset, or worried, seek support from friends but ALSO shoot these reps an email, too. Be courteous but firm and blunt. It’s a numbers game. Often we remain invisible because we don’t go to events and rallies and can’t be physically present. But we can attach our names to emails, we can write letters, we can be vocal. We don’t have to be invisible.

You can do this with your national reps, state reps, and local reps. If someone reps you anywhere, note them. Open a line and revisit it. It’s hard work and slow. One email at a time. One letter at a time. One call at a time. Emails are easy these days, so splurge every few months on a stamp and send a letter if you can. Put your humanity in front of these people. Flout it. Some won’t care, but others will. Change ONE mind and results can cascade.

Rural areas are bubbles full of bigotry and now it’s newly revealed. But we white people who live here have the clout and power! We can speak up when our reps say terrible things, and do terrible things, and vote terrible ways. We can go “I am disappointed in you.” It’s work, but as we’ve seen the last six months, it’s time for us to do that work. If someone goes “who are your reps” you gotta know. If you don’t know and you’re mad about this election, it’s time to create that file and keep it with you and use it.

The time for social media rants only is over. Or, do those, but maybe pull those threads out into a paragraph and send them to your reps. And don’t ONLY email or contact when things go badly. Also reach out when things go right. Even if they voted AGAINST something. Treat them like you would want to be treated if you were wrong or mistaken. But we’ve gotta reach out and let them know we’re here.

Anyway, I know this is hard work. If you need help collecting your reps, give me a ping via DM and I’ll help you get started.

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There is nothing like the sense of relief after waking up from a vivid nightmare. Despite all the terrible things that have been happening this past week, I felt so free and hopeful when I finally woke up. And my nightmare was so obvious… All my fears about being an artist, about my rewind power and of course, about my partner in crime and time, Chloe Price.

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colored in more of @duke-of-slime’s drawings, this time of his free to use icons of Lucio from Overwatch ;0

these were oddly difficult to color and I’m not sure how to feel about them but they still look alright :‘3c

i hope you like em!!

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Starry Boy | Wen Junhui icons

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of stardust and falling in love in space

side a. allura

  • alicia keys - in common
  • rebel - kiss me
  • purity ring - push pull
  • alicia keys - no one
  • sade - by your side
  • esperanza spalding - crowned & kissed
  • rihanna - close to you
  • chvrches - clearest blue
  • carly rae jepsen - favourite colour
  • ellie goulding - still falling for you (laibert remix)
  • florence + the machine - never let me go
  • thomas newman - starlit

side b. keith

  • washed out - you and i
  • daft punk - digital love
  • lo-fi-fnk - escapade
  • sleeping at last - venus
  • SHINee - tell me what to do
  • roman gianarthur - iknow
  • atlas bound - lullaby
  • hozier - from eden
  • dean - bonnie & clyde
  • ed sheeran - shape of you
  • william fitzsimmons - after afterall
  • coldplay - everglow

extras - keith and allura

  • janelle monae ft. miguel - primetime
  • henry & soyou - runnin’
  • frances - when it comes to us