fencing lessons

tfw Ishida won't be trusted anymore
  • Ishida in Re ch122: *has Touka confessing to Kaneki*
  • TG fandom: no but Tsukiyama interrupted them so we can't be sure that Kaneki feels the same
  • Ishida in Re ch124: *has Touka straddling Kaneki and going for a kiss*
  • TG fandom: no but maybe he's going to block Touka's kiss because his pal Amon once did the same with Akira
  • Ishida in Re ch125: *draws an entire chapter about Kaneki and Touka having sex*
  • TG fandom: no but what if it's Itori and not Touka?
  • Ishida: (≖_≖ )
What I Read During Vacation

So you may or may not know that I was in Greece for about a month in June and I am finally back home! I had such an amazing time and got to catch up and read some really great fics! I didn’t get to read as much as I hoped I would since each day was jam-packed and I had some other readings to finish for my courses. Nevertheless, I read some awesome fics and I can’t wait to share them all with you! (Also, I’m testing out a new way to show my reviews on these posts as I’ve gotten comments about them being lost within the fic summary! Let me know what you think!)

Kintsugi by witchbane, Explicit, 102k (WIP) ***Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Yuuri Katsuki is a hitman burdened with a debt he can never repay. His target: Viktor Nikiforov, next Pakhan to one of the most dangerous families in the Russian mafia.When the two are drawn into a treacherous alliance after a mission gone wrong, the bonds of love and loyalty to family and duty begin to unravel—even as they get more tangled up in each other. 

Have I said how obsessed I am with this fic? Probably, but I’ll say it again. This is SUCH a good mafia AU filled with action, suspense, sexual tension (!!!!) and amazing writing. MUST read if you like mafia AUs!! 

Money Shot by Ashida, Explicit, 36k (WIP)
So Yuuri waited, felt his heart edge back down from his throat as Victor let him catch his bearings, as he just sat and watched Yuuri calm down, patient even though the time he was paying for was ticking.
“Strip for me, Yuuri.” came his first instructions in the lull of silence, the same words he always got, and this is how it always began.

HOOOOO BOY THIS FIC IS SO AMAZING. I have raved about it so many times on this blog but I really just can’t get enough. SO. GOOD.

Pigeon Alley by DiAnna44, Teen, 31k
What’s meant to be will always find a way. Victor and Yuuri? They’re meant to be.

Incredible actor AU that smashes into you like a train going 100000 km/hr hits you right in the feels over and over and over again. Basically, everything Dianna writes will make you cry forever but her incredible storytelling makes it all worth it, and this fic is no exception. 

cancel your reservations by renaissance, Teen, 5.4k 
Yuuri is a college student conducting private fencing lessons for a handsome, rich, and mysterious student. Viktor is not learning to fence because he does medieval reenactments.

Okay, this fic is SO GREAT. I loved the fencing aspect especially because my sister was an Olympic hopeful for fencing so it was fun to read my two favourite characters play the sport I have watched all my life. #writemorefencingfics2k17 ;)

Blackbird by sixpences, Mature, 102k ***Graphic depictions of violence
The year is 1942, and Europe is at war. Captain Victor Nikiforov, an intelligence operative for the NKVD, has been trapped in Berlin by the German invasion of the USSR. Posing as a Nazi industrialist, his days are spent charming information out of Axis diplomats to try and keep the Red Army fighting another day.Yuuri Katsuki, a foreign-educated bureaucrat in the Japanese Embassy, has secrets of his own concealed beneath his unremarkable demeanour. When he uncovers Victor’s real identity, it will alter the course of both of their lives forever.

MUST. READ. One of the best fics I’ve read in this fandom. Incredible writing that engages you right from the start and a storyline that will have you laughing, crying, and biting your nails. Some parts were so intense that I gasped out loud, and other parts so heart-clenching that I may or may not have bawled my eyes out multiple times on the plane. Incredible fic!

The Unknown Unknown by opalish, Teen, 7.4k
Yuuri never meant to become a supervillain. These things just happen to him.

I absolutely ADORE this writer’s style. Such a fun and easy read. Check it out!

Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy by DiAnna44, Explicit, 1.7k
When Victor receives a cowboy hat from a fan, Yuuri may or may not want to devastate him.

Please send all my love to @literallynothingbutvictuuri​ for writing this fic. #blessed 

Between Periods by caitwritesstuff, Mature, 18k (WIP)
Yuuri is a history teacher out of a job due to recent cut backs. It just so happens that Phichit works at a school that’s needs a new history teacher. In walks Victor Nikiforov, the undeniably beautiful yet eccentric literature teacher from across the hall with a bit of an obsession with Russian lit and a certain adorable history teacher.

Great teacher AU that I can’t get enough of! Victor is so cute in this and I love how the whole gang’s there. Can’t wait until the next chapter!

Of Bright Stars and Burning Hearts by Reiya, Explicit, 130k (WIP)
Viktor doesn’t remember the first time he met Yuuri Katsuki. This however, is what Viktor does remember…

I can’t rave enough about the rivals series. (I’m not kidding. Search up “umfb&mha” and “obs&bs” on my blog to find hundreds of posts of me screaming LOL) Every update of this kills me in the best way possible!

Nuclear Hearts Club by butterbeerbitch, Teen, 28k (WIP)
Being seventeen and chronically confused isn’t always a walk in the park - especially when you’ve been crushing on your brother’s best friend since you were nine. You’d be crazy not to. Victor’s the best thing to happen to the world since sliced bread.

Wow, wow, and wow is all I have to say about this fic. Such an incredible story and descriptive writing that kept me so engrossed I didn’t even notice the turbulence on my plane flight!

Six Hours Ahead by alipiee, Teen, 51k (WIP)
When Yuuri downloaded the harmless quiz app, he didn’t expect to become best friends with the Russian boy who asked him for a rematch.

I FINALLY got around to reading this and it’s definitely lived up to the hype! Such a great read. Check it out!

And the Stars Will Wait by lily_winterwood, Explicit, 19k
Of all the places he had hoped to take Yuuri during their honeymoon — their first trip together as a married couple — he hadn’t anticipated bringing him back to the family dacha and all the memories it evoked.

More BTDS-verse amazingness!! I’m a sucker for honeymoon fics!

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Be sure to give the authors some love! Thank you all for being so patient while I was away. Regular lists are back for the rest of the summer! 

Think Outside the Lovesquare Day 1: Wrong Number AU

(Just a note to clarify, I elected to use bolded text to indicate Adrien’s texts and italicized text to indicate the person texting him.)


Hey, are you back in France yet?

Adrien stared down at his phone. He wasn’t entirely sure who was texting him, but he could only guess it was someone working for his father. Maybe Nathalie needed a new number and hadn’t had the chance to tell him yet. He shrugged and replied.

Just got back today. I should be home soon.

How’s work?

Adrien raised a brow. Nathalie had been with him until the last two days, so she already had a pretty clear idea on how most of the work had gone. Maybe she just wanted to know about the last shoot.

Fine. Everyone seemed pretty happy with it.

Cool. Are you free this weekend?

Adrien checked his schedule, a bit confused that Nathalie was asking him, instead of the other way around.

I should be, yeah.

After all, she’d promised him a few days off after the grueling three weeks of travel and photo shoots and media attention. His calendar was indeed free aside from a fencing lesson he’d chosen to keep.

Wanna meet up?

Now he knew something was wrong. Nathalie wouldn’t ask

Wait. Is this Nathalie?

What? No, this is Nino.

After a moment, the mystery person added on.

I sat behind you last year.

Adrien frowned. So, it wasn’t Nathalie after all. That didn’t explain who it was, however.

Sat behind me? Where?

In class. Remember?

Now it was beginning to make sense. Adrien flopped back onto his bed and stared up at the screen. It really should have been obvious. After all, Nathalie and Chloe were the only ones who texted him.

I think you have the wrong number.

Keep reading

Concept:


Marinette Dupain-Cheng has been in love with Adrien Agreste for a year and five months. She has also been Ladybug for that long, and has learned courage in the strangest of places.


So when the second Valentine’s day of their acquaintance draws near, Marinette is sure and determined that this year she’s going to do it.


Alya is nothing if not encouraging. She’s the one who comes up with the treasure hunt idea, when Marinette says she wants her confession to be private, but has no way of getting Adrien where she wants without setting off the rabid fangirls by being seen pulling him away. She even recruited Nino to the game, having him plant clues in his friend’s bag and fencing equipment and even his pocket. Each note was written as a poem; in the same fashion as the one last year that imitated his own.


Adrien had seemed flushed, and excited, eagerly reading each piece of paper like it was a real treasure map, exclaiming when he found another one, and hoarding them jealously. It made Marinette flush happily, to see him so into the game. It gave her hope that he’d, perhaps, like the game’s originator too. At one point, he gave a knowing smile that had gone straight to her chest like a warm, caffeinated arrow, sending her heart into overdrive. ‘She’s so creative,’ he had sighed, folding the paper carefully. Marinette had also noticed that he was keeping each and every one of the clues, and Nino had reported in an SMS to Alya that the signs were good; real good. Nino suspected that Adrien knew who the sender was, and was anything but reluctant.


The final note took him to the music and ballet room in their school. There was a large piano, lid raised invitingly, a gilded stand mirror and long, polished wooden floors. It was one of Marinette’s favourite rooms to escape to if it was empty. The large bay windows let in light throughout the day, so that she could sketch quietly, imagining that music was being played behind her - usually, imagining Adrien was playing it. It was a little bit indulgent to tell him here, but in truth, it was also convenient. Very few students in school took music and ballet, and Marinette had easily memorised the schedule in which the room was available. The setting was beautiful, and, conveniently, empty when she needed it after Adrien’s fencing lesson, so it was a natural choice.


She waited, almost holding her breath, hidden the deep doorway of the adjacent art room. The school attendants had already switched the electric light on this floor off, so she was positive that he couldn’t see her. Once he was inside the room, she’d sneak to the doorway and walk in as soon as he read the final note. It was identical to the one she’d sent last year; except for one tiny detail. Tikki almost vibrating in her pocket with excitement, her kwami nearly as eager as her to see her happy.


When Adrien rounded the corner, her last note in his hands, Marinette almost squeaked, ducking into doorway and covering her mouth, Tikki pressing down on her hands to help. Adrien was using his phone’s flashlight, and even in the harsh white light, Marinette could clearly see his flushed cheeks and shining eyes. Adrien really looked like he wanted to meet her … oh, her heart was beating so fast!


He arrived at the door and paused. Marinette peered out of her hiding place, watching as he took three deep breaths, put his hand on the handle, hesitated and then pushed in. Light from the room flooded the corridor, and Marinette ducked backwards, counted to ten, then tiptoed to the door.


She’d made the location of the last letter, on the keyboard of piano, obvious by tying a red heart-shaped balloon to the score stand right above it. Adrien made an eager beeline towards it, as fast as he could without flat out running, but still paused to look around the room - presumably to see if the writer was there. Holding in a giggle at how cutely eager he was, Marinette barely dared to breathe.


The envelope made a neat rip as he opened it, so, so carefully. His eyes ran over the text and he flushed deeper, a laugh escaping and a smile splitting his face.


‘“… my heart belongs to you”’! Oh, it’s her!’ He said to himself excitedly, ‘it’s the same poem, it’s got to be … Marinette?’


Everything about the girl outside froze. The only difference between this poem and the one from last year was that she’d signed it. And Adrien’s excited, vibrant form had shifted into confusion.


‘No,’ he said, and now Marinette’s pattering heart felt heavier. Because there was stark, naked disappointment there, unmistakable in the brightly lit room as his eyebrows rose and fell to convey dismay and displeasure. ‘What? No, this was supposed to be Ladybug…’


He sounded almost like was about to cry. He certainly sounded severely disappointed. The flush from his cheeks was all but gone, the shine in his eyes dulling to make way for a different sort of shine as he blinked tears away.


Oh. Ladybug had put that smile and flush on his face. Marinette had only taken it away. Oh.


Adrien didn’t notice the flip of a pair of pigtails, or the very light patter of ballerina shoes as they raced down the darkened corridor beyond the picturesque, well-lit room. Plagg did, though, and looked after them with a very heavy heart.


His poor kitten didn’t even know what he’d done. Plagg sighed sadly; it was going to be one of those cycles, then.


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You all thought these concepts were only going to be fluffy and happy?

… yeah.

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YOI Fan Rec Friday

I’m FINALLY back! Thank you to those who rec’d so many fics while I was away! If you don’t see your rec here, don’t worry! I send it in again for next week :) I randomly choose 30 fics for each week!

Rec’d by @bookwormpanda :
with these things i’ll never say by missmichellebelle, Gen, 1.8k
Yuuri has been Victor’s PA for well over a year now, but no matter how many times Victor has told him otherwise, he still leaves actual handwritten notes for Victor to find.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
I’ve Wanted This Before by undermyumbreon, Explicit, 3.3k
Yuuri is finding that it is becoming easier for him to be open about his desires with Victor. When he reveals that there’s a part of himself that he wants to explore, Victor offers a solution.

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Rec’d by @themosthappyambivalent :
Never Look Away by gabapple, mamodewberry, Mature, 152k (WIP)
Everything Viktor knows and loves is tangled up in the world of competitive skating- a world that, for him, is quickly coming to an end. Standing at the precipice of the inevitable, he must decide how his tale unfolds: should he retire into quiet obscurity? Allow himself to be eaten alive by the younger, more vicious competition? …Or risk it all on a struggling, but passionate, skater halfway across the world, who may prove to be the inspiration, life, and love that Viktor’s been missing all this time?

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Rec’d by anonymous:
against the dying of the light by the__magpie, Teen, 2.4k (WIP)
The facts were these: Yuuri Katsuki - twenty-four years, seventeen days, twenty-one hours, and three minutes old; pie maker by day and dead-waking private investigator also by day - has just brought Victor Nikiforov - Grand Prix Final winner; childhood best friend; first kiss - back to life, mostly on accident. Though they can never touch, or Victor will go back to being dead, they can team up to solve the mystery of Victor’s murder and, along the way, learn how to make this unexpected relationship work.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
Inosculation by lazrbrain, Teen, 11k (WIP)
Viktor is motionless, life consisting of his shop and his dog. Yuuri is running, trapped by mistakes he cannot change. Both of them are desperate for more. They find it in each other.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
To the Moon by JMonCheri, Teen, 17k ***Major Character Death
Viktor Nikiforov’s last, literal dying wish is to get a gold medal. Yuri and Otabek figured it would be an easy goal to accomplish, until they figure out that Nikiforov was an Olympic figure skating champion with already a truck ton of other golden medals.

✧·゚: *✧·゚:*    *:·゚✧*:·゚✧

Rec’d by anonymous, anonymous, and anonymous:
Pigeon Alley by DiAnna44, Teen, 31k
What’s meant to be will always find a way. Victor and Yuuri? They’re meant to be.

✧·゚: *✧·゚:*    *:·゚✧*:·゚✧

Rec’d by anonymous and anonymous:
Tangle and Wind and Beguile by Mythmaker, Mature, 5.6k (WIP)
Lesson of the day: don’t let strange samovars into your apartment or doe-eyed Japanese boys might pop out and grant you wishes. …No wait.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
yuuri!!! on fire (the superhero au) by hinatella, Teen, 42k (WIP)
A detailed exposé of what working with an ex-villain is like, as told by a very distraught Yuuri Katsuki. (P.S.: it isn’t the fact that he’s an ex-villain that Yuuri is close to losing his mind.)

✧·゚: *✧·゚:*    *:·゚✧*:·゚✧

Rec’d by @phoenixwaller :
Broken Vases by Aliferous_Sin, Explicit, 22k
Devastated after a performance, Viktor Nikiforov seeks isolation in a darkened closet to bear his loss alone again but discovers that something more than mops are witness to his pain. Will truth find victory in the dark or is pure honesty too much weight for love to thrive under?

✧·゚: *✧·゚:*    *:·゚✧*:·゚✧

Rec’d by @faithsoprano :
Never Too Late by Soprano, Gen, 15k (WIP)
Victor Nikiforov was not allowed to pursue skating as a child. In the end he still became a star, even if not quite the kind he had wanted to be. His dream, however, never truly died, and going into his 30s, he decided to enter the world of adult figure skating, with the help of his new coach, Katsuki Yuuri.

✧·゚: *✧·゚:*    *:·゚✧*:·゚✧

Rec’d by anonymous:
That’s What They Say (When We’re Together) by Lightningcatters (Phoeliac), Teen, 2.7k (WIP)
In the wake of her divorce from Yakov, Lilia ran off to Japan and became Yuuri’s coach alongside Minako. She returns to Russia with a challenge for Yakov, who’s become increasingly concerned about Victor’s lack of motivation.Victor and Yuuri ruin everybody’s plans by falling in love instead of becoming rivals.

✧·゚: *✧·゚:*    *:·゚✧*:·゚✧

Rec’d by anonymous:
Where the Cliff Greets the Sea by RobotSquid, Mature, 27k (WIP)
For years, Victor and his crew of pirates have been the bane of the coast, unmatched and elusive. With little left to satisfy him, he visits the small seaside town of Hasetsu, drawn by its simple charms. Yuuri lives a quiet life sewing and tailoring dresses with the unattainable dream of designing gowns of his own. Victor sees him working through the window of the dress shop, and decides to stay.

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Rec’d by @trenazlore :
Namaste by Katri Jardine (heyanapau), Teen, 10k
Phichit drags Yuuri to a yoga class, but when the instructor walks in Yuuri can’t imagine himself anywhere else.

✧·゚: *✧·゚:*    *:·゚✧*:·゚✧

Rec’d by anonymous:
stalemate by silencedmockingjay, Teen, 3.4k (WIP)
When Viktor, famous Youtuber and gaming prodigy, gets beaten in a simple straightforward game of chess by someone who calls himself “Eros”, Viktor decides to find him to prove he’s better - and hopefully meet up with him in real life, because hey. Someone who can beat the person with the highest IQ in the world - so far - has to be hot, right?

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Rec’d by anonymous:
A Change of Paths by RoseusJaeger, Teen, 7.9k (WIP)
After losing in the first round of the Pokemon League and finding out his first pokemon from his childhood has died, Katsuki Yuuri announces his retirement from professional battling and retires to his family onsen/pokemon day care. What he doesn’t expect is for five-time Pokemon Contest ribbon winner, Victor Nikiforov, to show up and insist on becoming his coach in the world of contests in exchange for learning how to battle.

✧·゚: *✧·゚:*    *:·゚✧*:·゚✧

Rec’d @slash-bae
I Need A Hero by malchikelf, MrMich, Teen, 17k
When Yuuri was a kid, all he ever wanted was to be a hero; but his Quirk wasn’t good enough for hero work, and even though he had friends and family encouraging him, he still gave up on his dream. Until one day, when the Iron Prince, the world’s number one pro hero, sees Yuuri save someone’s life and immediately drags him into the world of heroes - and unfortunately for Yuuri, Victor doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer.

✧·゚: *✧·゚:*    *:·゚✧*:·゚✧

Rec’d by anonymous:
Savior of the Night by Captain_Winter, Teen, 22k (WIP)
A single Yuuri Katsuki gets an invitation to a childhood friend’s wedding. After pressure from his family to find someone, he may have accidentally told them that he has a long-term boyfriend that he’s going to bring to the wedding. Oops. Yuuri’s forced to do what he never thought he would do… hire someone from an escort service and hope for the best. Enter the most beautiful, suave person in the world, who Yuuri hires to pose as his boyfriend for the wedding. Desperate times call for desperate measures, but who would have thought that desperate measures would have brought him a savior?

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Rec’d by @nekoclair :
Open wounds, closed heart by nekoclair, Teen, 5.8k (WIP)
Sometimes it hurts. It’s not a physical pain, but the marks that they leave are real, too real, and it express itself in the most diverse forms. The heavy breathing, the sleepless nights, the bad habit of thinking too much about matters that should be trivial, and so many other symptoms chase after the young writer who, no longer enduring his own routine, decides to accept any help. Yuri Katsuki opens his arms and welcomes the opportunity to change, and to learn how to live with his worst and most insistent companion: his anxiety.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
Love In Times Of War And Peace by thegrimshapeofyoursmile, Teen, 5.7k (WIP)
It is the year 1904. In an attempt of de-escalating matters with Imperial Russia, translator Yuuri Katsuki accompanies his father to St. Petersburg in a diplomatic mission. However, he certainly did not expect to meet a man as stunning and peculiar as tsarevich Yuri Georgieviech’s bodyguard, Polkovnik Viktor Ivanovich Nikiforov - and even less he expected to fall in love when war is threatening the country.

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Rec’d by @nathanchcn :
Viktor Nikiforov Does NOT Have a Smurf Kink by FigureSgayts, Teen, 2.3k
Viktor loses a bet to Yuuri, leaving him at the mercy of his fiancé in a bathroom with hair dye.

✧·゚: *✧·゚:*    *:·゚✧*:·゚✧

Rec’d by anonymous:
The Unknown Unknown by opalish, Teen, 7.4k
Yuuri never meant to become a supervillain. These things just happen to him.

✧·゚: *✧·゚:*    *:·゚✧*:·゚✧

Rec’d by anonymous and anonymous:
let’s go steal an ice rink by FullmetalChords, Mature, 35k (WIP)
Insurance investigator Victor Nikiforov has spent the last decade of his life working for ISU, a corporation that caters to the 1%. His work brings him into contact with several of the world’s most notorious thieves: hacker Phichit Chulanont, infiltration specialist Yuri Plisetsky, retrieval specialist Otabek Altin, and a master grifter and con man known as Katsuki Yuuri. Yuuri in particular catches his eye at a banquet in Geneva, kicking off a whirlwind romance between thief and investigator.

✧·゚: *✧·゚:*    *:·゚✧*:·゚✧

Rec’d by anonymous:
cancel your reservations by renaissance, renaissance_moving, Teen, 5.4k
Yuuri is a college student conducting private fencing lessons for a handsome, rich, and mysterious student. Viktor is not learning to fence because he does medieval reenactments.

✧·゚: *✧·゚:*    *:·゚✧*:·゚✧

Rec’d by anonymous:
Your eyes could drown a city by Proserpineceres, Gen, 4.2k
“Ocean, beautiful, selfish Ocean, wrap me up in foam, I am your betrothed. You who returns to the earth only the boats and the men you want to give back, give me the gold of the sumptuous sinking vessels, give me their treasures, bring in my town handsome sailors that I shall gaze upon. But, oh, don’t be jealous, I’ll give them back to you, one after the other.”

✧·゚: *✧·゚:*    *:·゚✧*:·゚✧

Rec’d by anonymous:
With All My Heart by Hevheia, Explicit, 40k (WIP)
Once upon a time there was a prince and if you stole his heart, you would live forever. But the prince would only have three days left.

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Rec’d by anonymous:
Into the Deep by Ars_Matron, Mature, 74k (WIP)
For five years the mysterious pirate ship, the Eros, has tormented the eastern seas. The most heinous of their crimes, the abduction of omegas from their very homes. Some merely children.Viktor Nikiforov, captain of the Russian military’s fastest ship the Agape, has dedicated his life to finding the infamous pirate pack. Rescuing the omegas that he can, and avenging those beyond his reach.


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My biggest pet peeve is when hunter/jumper riders who jump like 1.20m think that they can go mess around in an XC field (or even enter an event) and jump the same height like NO!!! You will get yourself killed!!! It is sooo scary to watch…

Marinette the Babysitter!AU: 

  • Gabriel’s youngest son, Felix, is an angry little kitten who basically hates every single nanny/babysitter Gabe hired to watch him
  • Like seriously, kid’s a serious terror
  • Goes through 4 sitters a month; his record was 7 at one time
  • Felix hates it because his dad is too busy for him and Adrien is buried in Chinese lessons, photo shoots, fencing classes, and piano lessons that their dad makes him go through
  • Felix is a little bitter towards his dad for taking Adrien away and he can see that the busy schedule bums Adrien out, even though he says its okay
  • Anyway, Felix is a little spoiled monster
  • (OKAY, I’m kindasortamaybeHELLA basing a young Felix’s personality off of Yuri Plisetsky coz I think it’s fitting)
  • He’s a rebellious child and the only people he likes to are his older brother Adrien and (sometimes) Natalie
  • Gabe’s running out of options and he’s getting busier; literally nobody wants to watch his demon child during the day and word is going around, warning people not to take the job, so he’s p much stuck
  • Natalie mentions a local babysitter whose advertisement she spotted outside the Dupain-Cheng bakery and the reviews have been good so far, so like? What does he have to lose? Maybe Felix will learn something from this person.
  • Adrien makes Felix promise him that he’ll be good and Felix agrees on the condition that they have a picnic when the weekend comes
  • (The picnic becomes a weekly thing)
  • And so Felix is dropped off at his new babysitter’s house (which is different since they all went to the mansion before)
  • Marinette Dupain-Cheng is a 17-year-old school girl currently on school vacation and is running a (moderately) successful babysitting business
  • ANYWAY she FLIPS her shit when she realizes the kid she’s watching is Gabriel Agreste’s
  • Felix arrives and, even though he promised his brother he’d be good, Marinette looks so easy for him to pick on
  • So he tries……………and fails because MARINETTE ISN’T NO GODDAMN PUSHOVER, EVEN IF SHE’S WATCHING FELIX AGRESTE
  • ANYWAY, after a few rocky starts, Felix decides that Marinette isn’t that bad after she makes him some pain au chocolat, both his and his late mom’s favorite dessert
  • Felix takes an interest in baking and cooking and this is when their relationship takes off because Marinette knows that Felix isn’t a bad kid–he just needs some stability, a firm hand, and some positive attention
  • Before, Felix knew that he’d end up like Adrien, but now he wants to cook. He loves cooking and brings home his creations for Adrien to try (even though some look like shit Adrien still enjoys them coz Felix is happy)
  • Felix also falls in love with Marinette’s red factor canary named Tikki which high-key S U C K S for Adrien coz when Felix hugs him when he comes home, Adrien is SNEEZING all over the pace
  • (Felix prefers Tikki over Adrien’s mean old cranky cheese-eating cat, Plagg)
  • Usually, Gorilla comes to pick Felix up, bUT ONE DAY IT ISN’T GORILLA, IT’S FELIX’S BIG BROTHER ADRIEN
  • Marinette sees the way Felix clings to Adrien and how sincere Adrien is when he thanks her and she’s like totally smitten 
  • but what does her in is when Adrien starts sneezing, explains that he’s allergic to feathers, and still lets Felix hug him and climb all over him 
  • Marinette’s a total goner
  • And Felix’s big, dumb dumb older brother is completely and totally oblivious until one day, Felix asks Mari if she wants to join him and Adrien on one of their weekly picnics and she does
  • Adrien sees the way Mari treats Felix and oh no he’s got the feelings now coz NOBODY other than Adrien and their mom have ever been there for Felix and here Mari is and Felix is slowly changing coz of his babysitter’s influence and gosh she’s such a great person
  • …and Felix sees his babysitter and his brother being bumbling morons around each other and just kinda rolls his eyes and is like ~Tikki aren’t they so dumb LOL~
A look to the future ~ cs fics

Post- finale gift ~ canon/ speculation one shots

-Sophie

anonymous asked:

so bucky takes Tony horse riding, how does Steve relate to tony doe she do any special stuff for him like bucky did with the horse?

He does!

Tony actually forgets all about the other half of Sarah’s suggestion, he’s so pleased with his horse (and with Bucky). But Steve is not to be outdone! He is not the leader of his army just because he’s the heir to the throne; he is amazingly skilled with a sword and shield, to the point that one time he threw his shield at an opponent and caught it on a ricochet. (Tony assumes this is just a grand story until he sees it in practice, and it sends a rush of heat through him that makes him squeak and scamper back to his room in humiliation.)

So Sarah puts a bug in Steve’s ear about teaching Tony some swordsmanship, and Steve offers Tony fencing lessons. Tony is hesitant at first, but Steve insists he’s going to teach him the basics before he ever makes Tony face an opponent, so he reluctantly agrees, reminding himself that Steve is kind of awkward when it comes to relating to him and if Steve’s going to pick up a book to talk to him about it Tony might as well at least try to learn some swordsmanship.

And to his surprise, for all that Steve is a failure with this courting business, Steve is an excellent teacher. He’s strict! But only because he wants Tony to do well. Steve makes sure Tony can hold his sword correctly and has good footwork, even gives Tony some exercises to do on his own if he likes. (Tony does so, in his room, using a broomstick as a play sword and blushing brightly when Natasha walks in on him stabbing an invisible opponent with a loud “HIYAAAH!” “…Good form,” was all Natasha said, before backing out of the room again.)

When Tony is good enough for an opponent, Steve volunteers himself. “So no one goes easy on you because you’re my fiancee,” he explains, and then lunges at him, sword drawn. Tony screams. Steve flails backward because holy shit. “I wasn’t ready!” Tony exclaims, blushing, and then, “I know an enemy wouldn’t wait for me to be ready but Steve!” “You’re right, that was my fault, I apologize,” Steve hurries to say, still reeling.

They practice every afternoon for weeks and weeks, just the two of them, just like morning rides are just Bucky and Tony (with a few exceptions). Finally, Tony gets lucky, knocks the sword from Steve’s hands, and he stands there with his mouth in a surprised ‘o’ for a moment before he beams and bounces on his toes and shouts “I won!” “You did,” Steve agrees, amused. “Lucky shot, but technically you did win.” “Steve, I won!” “Yeah, sweetheart, you did.”

Tony eventually comes to realize that it was indeed just a lucky shot. Steve is a great swordsman, but on top of that, he’s an alpha, so Tony is never going to measure up in strength, even with all the skill he gains. He’s thankful that Steve never goes easy on him though–he’d been scared at the beginning, but now he knows that it would have stunted him, having faked wins under his belt.

(One day Tony gets lucky again, trips Steve up and knocks him off his feet. His victory is short-lived when Steve kicks his feet out from under him, makes Tony yelp as he topples down on top of him. They both laugh a little before realizing how close they are, and Tony blushes, sputtering apologies as he moves to get up, but then Steve catches his chin and draws him down for a sweet, gentle kiss that leaves Tony blushing and unable to meet his gaze for the rest of the day with how tender it was. It becomes a game after that, trying to get Steve off guard. Tony doesn’t win very often, but when he does he gets more tender kisses.)

((Steve doesn’t make losing so bad though, curling his arms around Tony after he’s knocked Tony’s sword away, kissing him until Tony’s lips are red and swollen, until Tony’s clinging to him and gasping against his mouth. Steve always stops at the right time, when they’re both flushed and Tony’s panting, just on the edge of ‘enough’ and ‘too much.’ It’s not a hardship though. Tony always looks up at him with heated eyes and whispers “Tomorrow I’ll beat you” and Steve loves Tony’s fire almost more than kissing him.))

In the Rough

part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 (you are here), part 5, part 6, part 7, based on @skygemspeaks‘s prompt



Previously: Yuuri has survived his first day of being bodyguard to Crown Prince Victor, though not without drawing the suspicion of Prince Yuri and Otabek, the captain of the guard. Victor has proven to be quite the handful as a charge, and Yuuri is beginning to see what Otabek meant when he described the job as a “glorified babysitter.”

It takes Yuuri several months to get used to the new life he’s living, which is, in retrospect, a good thing. It isn’t permanent; can’t be, no matter how much he enjoys it. And he does enjoy it immensely, even if he’s really just doing the same thing that he would have been doing back home.

He spars with Victor during fencing practice, just like he sparred with his own bodyguard Minami. He helps tutor Victor in the ways of the other countries of the area, like he helped Mari. He goes on afternoon rides with Victor, the way he used to do at home, alone.

It’s different in some ways, he admits. They teach each other their native languages, so that they can communicate with more than just the common languages. Yuuri has grown used to (perhaps too used to) the feeling of having someone latch onto him like an overheating barnacle at night. He learns that the palace dog, Makkachin, has a particular fondness for things that he shouldn’t have, a lot like Yuuri’s Vicchan.

He learns that Victor is relatively useless in emergencies, like when Yuuri’s thoughts get to be too much for him. He tries, after that first disaster, to keep his episodes away from Victor, since it seems to cause him distress to see Yuuri like that.

He learns that though he shows it in roundabout ways, Prince Yuri has more respect for his brother than he does for anyone, even their father. He learns that for all that Victor acts like a bumbling idiot, he’s actually smart– so smart, in fact, that it terrifies Yuuri sometimes. He can also be serious and sometimes cruel when something needs to be accomplished and isn’t (though luckily that side of him doesn’t come out often). He’s highly tactile, and shows decorum only when it’s strictly necessary.

Yuuri also learns, on one particularly average day, that he’s possibly a little bit entirely in love with Victor. And that poses a problem for him, since he has always had trouble concealing his emotions. Luckily, it seems that in this case, Victor’s denseness isn’t faked; he truly has no idea.

All in all, Yuuri is happy here. For a while, he even forgets that he’s a prince; it’s still there, hovering just at the edge of his mind at all times, but he’s often too busy to dwell on it.

Fast forward three months, and Yuuri is rolling out of bed early for once. As he recalls, there isn’t much going on today. There’s a meeting with a foreign dignitary later this morning (he wasn’t told the name; he never is, and it never matters much. He just stands there, making sure that nothing suspicious is happening and hoping that it isn’t someone that would recognize him) and a few logistical things that need to be dealt with for the ball celebrating Price Yuri’s birthday. Unless he missed something in his briefing last night, it’s going to be a relatively easy day.

He gets dressed before waking up Victor. “Your Highness. Victor, come on. It’s time for breakfast and you know how your brother is going to be if he has to wait for you.”

Victor’s eyes are closed, but he smiles and pulls Yuuri down. “He’s always like that.”

Yuuri flails a bit, trying to keep his belt buckle, knife, and sword sheath from scratching Victor. It doesn’t leave him a lot of time to stop his fall, so he lands right where Victor wants him. “Victor! You could hurt yourself doing that!”

“I can’t hear you, I’m sleeping.” Victor gives an exaggerated snore and Yuuri laughs.

“No you’re not,” he says, still chuckling.

Victor laughs with him, opening his eyes. “What gave me away?”

“You don’t snore.”

“I knew it!” Victor’s voice is suddenly very loud. When Yuuri winces, he looks apologetic. “Yura always said I snored, but I knew better.”

That doesn’t surprise Yuuri in the slightest. After all, Prince Yuri has always seemed to enjoy giving his older brother grief. Yuuri gets out of bed for a second time, tugging Victor along with him. “Come on, get dressed properly. You have a meeting after breakfast.”

“You’re such a mother hen,” Victor laughs.

“It’s my job,” Yuuri says, straightening his own collar before turning toward the wardrobe to get out clothes for Victor.

Breakfast goes about as well as can be expected. That is to say, it goes as well as it ever does, with Prince Yuri making a fuss, Victor being himself, Mila and Georgi being obnoxious, and the Tzar looking to Yuuri to try to keep some sense of sanity. Yuuri, as usual, can do nothing but look back at him helplessly.

“Yuuri, let’s go have a bath,” Victor says after fencing lessons.

Before answering, Yuuri takes a quick glance out of the east window; the sun has risen past where he can see, so it must be close to noon. “You have a guest that should be arriving any time now, so I’d advise against it.”

“Exactly! I’m quite sweaty and I hardly smell very good either. Is this how you’d have me greet a royal visitor?” Victor clutches his chest dramatically, falling into Yuuri’s arms.

Yuuri, as is his instinct at this point, catches him. He really is lovely, he can’t help but think before blinking and shaking his head to recenter himself in reality. “Oh alright. But I won’t be joining you.”

Victor’s eyes widen and his bottom lip quivers in a pout that Yuuri should not find so adorable. “You’re going to leave me with Otabek?”

“Well, someone has to be around to greet the visitor, if you aren’t,” Yuuri says, grinning at the way the logic seems to hit Victor like a hammer.

He sends an errand boy to get Otabek, who arrives minutes later. He’d been right, that first day; Yuuri doesn’t call on him for help often, but there are times when he truly can’t be in two places at once. He and Victor are gone soon after, heading for the baths (though Otabek will surely stand outside the door) while Yuuri stays behind and waits for the arrival of the person who has been granted a royal audience with Prince Victor.

Mila runs up to him not thirty minutes later, panting that there’s a carriage at the gate. Yuuri makes his way to the throne room, apologies for Victor’s absence already memorized and ready to be spoken (hopefully without completely fumbling it, but that will be an issue all its own).

Those apologies die on his tongue the moment that the visiting royal is announced.

“Presenting His Royal Highness, Crown Prince of the Southeast, Phichit Chulalont!”

Bare With Me

Also on AO3
Chp 2   Chp 3   Chp 4

This is at least 50% @seasonofthegeek‘s fault, since she’s the one who made me recognize the absolute dearth of Nakedrien.


Adrien yanked off his clothes and staggered into the shower.   Summer break was a huge misnomer, at least for the seventeen-year-old son of fashion mogul Gabriel Agreste.  Sure he was out of school, but he still had fencing, Chinese, and piano lessons.  He’d had back-to-back photoshoots, and the second one was for fall designs.  It ran two hours over on a record-breaking hot day.  So of course it was outside.  His makeup had felt like gritty slime, melting under the lights, and he was relatively certain the whole shoot would have to be redone.  He never wanted to see that itchy soggy suit coat again.

It took a few minutes before the cool water sluicing over him even registered.  He was just starting to feel human again when his bathroom door opened with a bang.

“Adrien?” a familiar ladies voice called, but it felt weirdly out of context, and he couldn’t identify it.  "Adrien Agreste, are you in here?“  She sounded concerned.

"Uuh, yeah,” he called back.  "If you want to take a seat in my living room I’ll be out in a minute.“

"I’m sorry, but there’s no time for that.”  He heard a cupboard open, followed by some rummaging.

He finished rinsing the shampoo out of his hair and struggled to see through his shower door.  She was wearing red and black, a combination his Lady had made hugely fashionable in Paris these days.  He was not at all expecting the door to be yanked open, and he stared, frozen as he met Ladybug’s beautiful blue eyes.

“Uuuh…”  His brain had flown completely off the rails to sink in a nearby swamp.  In all the circumstances he ever imagined being naked with Ladybug, this one had never, ever occurred to him.

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Our Quest | Jimin, You

New Prince Jimin, Fantasy AU, hope you like it! This will be a series story :)

In the past, people were born royal. Nowadays, royalty comes from what you do

Jimin slid his fingers into his pockets, closing his eyes as he felt the wind wave through his hair. He loved the soothing rush it gave him, made him feel like he was on top of the world. As he looked down, he saw the gorgeous kingdom he was born to protect.

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The Aftermath Addendums

Journal Entry 14/2/2017

This is the final straw. 

I don’t know why I thought having Adrien and his friends under my supervision would deter them from engaging in frivolous, hormone-driven activities, but clearly I will not be making that mistake again.

I’m substituting Adrien’s fencing lessons with a rigorous and thorough sexual education and health regime starting tomorrow. I feel it would be better if he is not practicing “thrusting” techniques at this point…


…where did I go wrong?

I am curious as to why only Mlle. Dupain-Cheng and Adrien were undressed, as well as why the other boy was wearing a blindfold, but I think it best not to ask too many questions… although I must say, I was rather impressed with the design and workmanship of the undergarments being modeled by Adrien’s young fri–

–I’m going to burn in hell for that thought.

-Gabriel Agreste

5 things I can see real!Ciel saying...

@dorkshadows


“Come now brother, why so hostile? Aren’t you glad that I’ve come to relieve you of this burden? So ill and frail and delicate as you are! My, my—you must allow big brother to apologize for having deserted you for so long. I was…preoccupied, but now I am here. And I shall endeavor to right any wrongs you might have committed—but don’t think I hold you in contempt for these mistakes. After all…I’ve always found forgiveness to be a virtue.” He smiled.


“Have you thought of redecorating, brother dearest?” The earl inquired, pleasant and decorous as he descended down the stairs, an indulgent smile on his face. 

From this height he could see their awestruck little faces, so horrified and curious and oh, he wanted to laugh, it was so dreadfully amusing. “Little brother,” he called, the picture of concern, “you haven’t grown. Tsk, tsk—father would be disappointed.”


“Come, shall we adjourn to the parlor? Or is this a new tradition of yours, brother?” He laughed lightly—politely—but there was no mistaking the hard edge of cruelty that had seeped into his voice. “Having the help stand next to you like bewildered sheep—haven’t they anything better to do? Windows to wash…dishes to clean.” There was an element of playfulness to his voice—derisive yet silken, like polished glass. He wore father’s smile and had the bearing of one who had long forgotten what kindness was. 


“Stay away from me.” His brother all but warned, clutching at that infernal cane like it was some sort of lifeline.

It seems he hasn’t taken up on Aunt Francis’s fencing lessons. Pity.

The earl smiled—a charmed, easy half-smile that cut across his porcelain face with unnatural ease. “Very well then. I shall leave you be—after all, you must be feeling quite under the weather. Such a shame,” he glanced at the parlor doors, “Lizzy was so looking forward to seeing you again.”


“Is this your new hound?” The earl inquired, walking towards Sebastian; an expression of curious disdain decorated his lovely young face. 

Yet with each passing second, the earl’s countenance darkened, his smile grew ever more grotesque until it was a hideous, brutal thing—a vicious carving of teeth against flesh. “Such a shame.” He was no longer looking at the butler. “The original was much better.”

Possible Dynamics of The Twins

This musing goes along with 2CT. This is only musing, and the product of a very tired, restless brain.

Lately, I’ve been talking with @abybweisse about possible dynamics of  the twins, because that is something that I find fascinating. Could they have been loving, close twins, or would there be other things at play. Our conversations lead this this musing or a possible headcanon for the twin’s dynamics.

The twins themselves would have been told to love one another, and they would have a particular bond. It’s possible they could have even had their own language or special games. However, they would have known early on that there were distinct differences between them - differences that could have created a separation. For example:

Real Ciel would have been the older, healthier one. He was trained early, such as we seen him with Frances and the fencing lesson; always being told he would be the Watchdog one day. His life was mapped out for him. He would the earl, he’d have the title of Watchdog, and he would marry Lizzie. There was all this excitement on the horizon.

This wouldn’t have been true for the younger brother, or our Ciel. He was sickly, and he would have been well aware of his physical inferiority to his brother. He wasn’t being trained. There wasn’t a marriage already arranged for him. He might have even been told that he was lucky because his life would be an easy one. He’d never have to work. If he wanted to marry when he was older, it wouldn’t have been hard, but he could always rely on his brother.

The problem would be that this would create a troublesome dynamic. Real Ciel might feel he was better or superior. He also might feel that that he was responsible for his younger brother. This was his duty, which he might have even seen as a burden. Even if he loved him dearly (and that isn’t definite), he could also have resented him. He would have been brother’s keeper.

At the same time, our Ciel could have easily envied his brother. The older one was the golden child who was going to be given everything. He got the special training and the special attention. This isn’t even taking into account health. Our Ciel would have been indoors a lot of the time, and he would have trouble playing like this brother. He wouldn’t have even had the same socialization skills. While people would only see real Ciel as the friendly outgoing child and our Ciel as the shy one, the truth was that our Ciel just hadn’t the opportunities to interact with a lot of people. It’s possible that our Ciel wasn’t taken out nearly as much as his brother. His health would have been an obstacle. Plus, there’s a chance that Vincent didn’t take our Ciel out as much even when the asthma wasn’t an issue because he might have seen his younger son as a family ‘weakness.’ This could have even been said in front of one or both of the boys. Our Ciel could have been seen as his brother’s Achilles heel. This would have only added to the idea that he was a burden.

In a nutshell, no matter what relationship the twins would have shared, there would have been certain issues. The older boy might have seen the younger as a burden or responsibility. The younger one would have envied his brother and could have even coveted all that was being given. He might have even wanted the chance to prove he was just as good if not better than the first born.

Thoughts?

SU Human AU (updated further)

Updated so that it doesn’t revolve around a single ship anymore. 

Also added more information to different characters, because I noticed that a lot of characters were lacking in information

UPDATE, 5/31/2017:: Added the Off Color gems and the Zircons!!!! The information on them is rather limited, since they all had such little screentime, but I did the best with what we got.

UPDATE, 6/26/2017:: Finalized the Zircons, added Topaz and Aquamarine!!!

Also, a little tidbit of information. The way gems who are, in-show, currently poofed and/or corrupted, are adapted as hospital patients in my Human AU.

Character Information

Steven

Name: Steven Quincy DeMayo

Born: August 15, 2002 (14 years old)

Family: Rose DeMayo (mother, deceased), Greg DeMayo (father), Andy DeMayo (first cousin once removed)

Jobs/Hobbies: Aspiring musician

Additional information:

  • He missed one year of school due to “unspecified medical reasons”
  • He goes to school with Connie
  • Ruby is his best friend
  • He studies German as a second language
  • He regularly throws sleepovers at his house and invites Connie, Ruby, Sapphire, Doc, Eyeball, and Leggy. Sometimes he invites Peedee and Onion, too.
  • He’s friends with Smokey and Stevonnie, but since Smokey goes to highschool and Stevonnie is an adult out of college, he only gets to talk to them online.
  • He has a somali cat named Lion.
  • Throws a slumber party every month and always invites Connie, Ruby, Sapphire, Carmen (Carnelian), Leela (Leggy), and Onion

Rose Quartz

Name: Rosaline Queenie DeMayo (maiden name was Uggeri)

Born: August 30, 1972

Death: August 15, 2002 (30 years old)

Family: Steven DeMayo (son), Greg DeMayo (husband), Andy DeMayo (cousin in law??? is that a thing?)

Jobs/Hobbies: Was a Elementary School guidance counselor, Gardener

Additional Information:

  • Was born in Italy, moved to the USA when she was a teenager
  • She was close friends with Amethyst’s mother
  • Back in high school and college, she dated Pearl
  • She often wore roses in her hair
  • Had a ton of ball gowns and dresses in her wardrobe. It was rare to see her wearing pants
  • Had a huge garden
  • Went to a ton of rock concert with Greg
  • Her, Greg, Pearl, Amethyst’s mother and Garnet used to be in a garage band. They called themselves “The Crystal Gems”. The band disbanded shortly after her death, but recently it has been reformed. The current members of the band are Greg, Steven, Pearl, Amethyst, and Garnet. When Rose was in the band, she played bass and often did lead vocals with Greg.

Pearl

Name: Pearl Rosanne White

Born: September 17, 1973 (43 years old)

Family: Nacre White (mother, single), Pearle White (Blue Pearl, sister), Pearlette White (Yellow Pearl, sister), Harold Caldwell (father)

Jobs/Hobbies: High school AP math teacher, Gardener

Additional Information:

  • Has a golden retriever dog named Steven
  • HARDCORE ABBA FAN
  • Took dance class in high school
  • Took fencing lessons when she was a kid
  • After Peridot got out of college, she lived in Pearl’s house for a few years before she got a job and moved to live with Alex (Lapis)
  • Has a garden full of flowers, complete with a fountain
  • Has a lot of tea in the kitchen at her house. Too much, actually
  • Regularly has tea parties at her house
  • Writes in fancy cursive that she has to translate for her students when she shows them their grades
  • Can play the piano and violin
  • Uploads a ton of videos of her dog Steven to Youtube, all of which are titled with cute titles like “Steven is a good boy!!” and “Steven catches a ball!! Wow!!!!”. They get thousands of views
  • Uses the kissy face emoji a lot when texting

Garnet

Name: Garnet Rebecca Schmidt

Born: January 18, 1972 (44 years old)

Family: Ruby Schmidt (daughter), Roxy Schmidt (mother), Susanne Ritter-Schmidt, Robyn Ruiz (sister), Randy Russo (sister), Eva Ruiz (niece), Donna Ruiz (niece), Armida Ruiz (niece), Noelle Russo (niece), Leela Russo (niece)

Jobs/Hobbies: Therapist, LGBTQ+ rights activist

Additional Information:

  • Ruby is her daughter
  • Went to study abroad in Britain when she was in college
  • The two other rubies from The Answer are her sisters
  • Listens to Estelle, has been fortunate enough to go some of her concerts as well
  • Has an an entire collection of sunglasses
  • Has a rainbow flag on her front lawn
  • Her and Pearl are best buds
  • Always writes and texts in all lowercases. Rarely uses exclamation points
  • Always the first to comment on Pearl’s dog videos
  • Her profiles on social media are always mysteriously empty in terms of information and content. She mostly just likes/favorites other people’s stuff. Her icons are always set to default icons you get when you first make your profile on a website. It’s rare that she even puts anything in her profile description
  • Knows how to play the keytar

Ruby

Name: Ruby Gabrielle Schmidt

Born: July 9, 2001

Family: Garnet Schmidt (mother), Sapphire Roux (girlfriend), Roxy Schmidt (grandma), Susanne Ritter-Schmidt (grandma), Robyn Ruiz (aunt), Randy Russo (aunt), Eva Ruiz (cousin), Donna Ruiz (cousin), Armida Ruiz (cousin), Noelle Russo (cousin), Leela Russo (cousin)

Jobs/Hobbies: Aspiring chef

Additional Information:

  • Sapphire is her girlfriend (of course)
  • Ruby is Steven’s best friend (and trusty wingman)
  • Often cooks lunches for herself, Sapphire, and Steven
  • Participates in bake sales at her school
  • Gordon Ramsay is her fuckin role model. She regularly watches every cooking show he’s in, and she follows him on Twitter
  • Met Sapphire when she was in 7th grade
  • Was diagnosed with ADHD when she was in 2nd grade
  • Has a pet tortoise named Sapphire
  • Isn’t allowed to have Pixie sticks anymore because one time when she was 5 she snorted the powder from one of them
  • REALLY loves hot and spicy food
  • Despises Pineapple on Pizza (”IT’S A DISGRACE TO ALL OTHER FORMS OF PIZZA, SAPPHIRE”)
  • Likes to play Call of Duty, and modern 3D first-person shooter games
  • Listens to the Spice Girls way too much

Sapphire

Name: Sapphire Giselle Roux

Born: January 18, 2001

Family: Ruby Schmidt (girlfriend), Priscilla Roux (sister), Frances Rousseau (adoptive mother), Ellen Roux (grandma, deceased)

Jobs/Hobbies: Aspiring singer

Additional Information:

  • Sapphire is an orphan
  • Used to live when her grandmother, until her grandmother died in 2010
  • Estelle is her favorite singer
  • She uploads covers of Estelle songs on Youtube
  • Studies French as a second language
  • Transferred from France to a middle school in Delmarva when she was 12
  • Was diagnosed with autism when she was in 8th grade
  • Has a husky pup named Ruby
  • REALLY loves cold food and drinks
  • Likes Pineapple on Pizza (especially likes pizza when it’s cold from being in the fridge)
  • Will eat ice. Like actually take an ice cube tray and eat the ice inside of it
  • Likes retro games and games that mimic the retro 80s/90s style of games. Her favorite games are Undertale, Super Mario World, and the early Sonic games from the 90s.
  • Next to Estelle, she also listens to Stevie Wonder, Owl City, Porter Robinson, and The Pet Shop Boys
  • Has a lot of dresses and skirts in her wardrobe

Amethyst

Name: Ametista Amora Quirós (often referred to as Amy or Amethyst)

Born: June 28, 1991 (25 years old)

Family: Iris Quirós (mother), Monty Quirós (father), Jasmine Quirós (half-sister), Selena Quintana (half-sister), Carmen Noemí Medina (cousin)

Jobs/Hobbies: Illustrator

Additional Information:

  • HARDCORE ROCK FAN
  • Listens to U2 and Michael Jackson
  • A lot of her illustrations are of crystals and women
  • Met Lapis in elementary school. They hated each other at first but quickly grew to be best friends
  • Super terrible at math
  • Is friends with Pearl, and loves messing with her. She often refers to her as “Grandma” or “Betty White” for shits and giggles
  • Loves to wear jewelry (specifically amethyst necklaces or earrings)
  • Was diagnosed with depression and ADD as a kid
  • Has a german sheperd dog named Peter and a pet skunk named Bartholomew
  • Used to dye her hair a ton, stopped after Selena (Skinny Jasper) told her it wasn’t good for her hair. She just keeps it at it’s natural dark brown now

Peridot

Name: Peri Oliva Yamasaki (often referred to as “Peridot”)

Born: January 10, 1992 (25 years old)

Family: Crystal Edmund-Yamasaki (mother), Haru Yamasaki (father)

Jobs/Hobbies: Midwife

Additional Information:

  • Peridot’s parents were arrested when she was 5 and put in jail for 20 years. For half of her childhood and all of her adolescence, she was raised in foster home run by Pearlette (Yellow Pearl).
  • Listens to Aqua and Britney Spears
  • Had a cringy emo phase in her freshman year of high-school
  • Alex (Lapis) was her roommate in college, she now lives with Alex after living with Pearl for a few years
  • Uses mint-scented perfume
  • 95% of her fucking wardrobe is either green or yellow. the 5 percent that is fucking green or yellow is purple
  • Garnet babysat her when she was a toddler
  • Was diagnosed with asperger’s syndrome and social anxiety when she was in college
  • Has 5 cats named Naruto, Egg, Alexander Hamilton, Knuckles, and Woody. She always tries to make sure they’re in a different room from Alex’s fish.

Lapis Lazuli

Name: Alexus Laura Blue

Born: September 15, 1990 (26 years old)

Family: Luna Blue (mother), Mason Blue (father)

Jobs/Hobbies: Coffee barista

Additional Information:

  • Grew up in an abusive household
  • Met Amy in elementary school. They hated each other at first but quickly grew to be best friends
  • Was expelled from college in her junior year (knifed a dude)
  • Dated Jasmine (Jasper) in high school, broke up with her at the beginning of college because their relationship was unhealthy
  • Spends too much time on Tumblr
  • Had a super long goth phase in high school. She studied the fuck out of occult history with a bunch of other kids, and for a brief time, Peridot
  • Born in Hawaii
  • Loves watching horror movies
  • Listens to metal, loves Evanescence and Avril Lavigne
  • Was diagnosed with depression and PTSD when she got out of college
  • Has two pet fish named Xavier and Edgar

Jasper

Name: Jasmine Quirós

Born: March 10, 1990 (27 years old)

Family: Amy Quirós (half-sister), Selena Quintana (sister), Carmen Noemí Medina (cousin), Iris Quirós (mother), Jeremy Quintana (father), Monty Quirós (step-father)

Jobs/Hobbies: Unemployed

Additional Information:

  • Currently in the hospital due to disease
  • Has vitiligo
  • Fell into a deep depression after breaking up with Alex in college
  • Often picked on Amy for being “dumb” and “unsuccessful”
  • Got great grades in all her classes in school and always bragged about it
  • Despite her constant bragging though, she was secretly stressed out and felt a constant pressure to succeed
  • Moved out of the house when she was 16 so she could live with Alex
  • Listens to the heaviest of heavy metal
  • Her and Selena are twins

Yellow Diamond

Name: Yelena Dimitrov

Born: April 1, 1952 (65 years old)

Family: Bluma Dimitrov (sister), Wilma Dimitrov (sister), Pilya Dimitrov (sister, deceased)

Jobs/Hobbies: Former College professor (teaches Government) (now unemployed)

Additional Information:

  • Has incredibly conservative political views
  • Shares minion memes on Facebook
  • Punishes students for almost no damn reason (”[sneezes during a test]” “GET OUT OF MY CLASS RIGHT NOW”)
  • Comes from a russian family
  • Super tall (like, over 7′2″)
  • Shit-talks her co-workers when she has lunch with Bluma
  • Voted for Trump
  • Fired from her job because she attacked a student for “talking back” to her
  • Currently in jail for attempted murder on Zella Dietrich (Yellow Zircon)

Blue Diamond

Name: Bluma Dimitrov

Born: April 1, 1952 (65 years old)

Family: Yelena Dimitrov (sister), Wilma Dimitrov (sister), Pilya Dimitrov (sister, deceased)

Jobs/Hobbies: Former College professor (taught journalism and writing), now High school principal

Additional Information:

  • Centered political views
  • Homophobic
  • Incredibly religious
  • Is tired of Yelena’s minion memes
  • Is the type of person to get incredibly offended if you say “Happy Holidays”
  • Hates The Beatles, loves Stevie Wonder
  • Voted for Clinton

White Diamond

Name: Wilma Dimitrov

Born: October 31, 1946 (70 years old)

Family: Yelena Dimitrov (sister), Bluma Dimitrov (sister), Pilya Dimitrov (sister, deceased)

Jobs/Hobbies: Retired

Additional Information:

  • old and salty
  • Is sick of Yelena and Bluma’s shit

Pink Diamond

Name: Pilya Dimitrov

Born: May 13, 1957

Died: May 13, 1997 (40 years old)

Family: Yelena Dimitrov (sister), Bluma Dimitrov (sister), Wilma Dimitrov (sister)

Jobs/Hobbies: Was elementary school principal

Additional Information:

  • Was murdered on her birthday in 1997 (shot to death)
  • Was racist and homophobic
  • Believed neurodivergent kids were just “dumb” or “lazy”
  • Rose was suspected to be her murderer, but there was no solid evidence that suggested she really did it
  • Jasmine thought she was an excellent principal when she went to her elementary school, but never knew of her bigotry
  • Was a huge Beatles fanatic back in her teenage years

Bismuth

Name: Bistra Marijana Smith

Born: August 3, 1969 (47 years old)

Jobs/Hobbies: Military drill seargant

Additional Information:

  • Is currently in the hospital due to stabbing injury while at work
  • Whenever she gets off work, she spends all of her time with Garnet and Pearl
  • Loves Pearl’s tea parties
  • Back when the band first formed in their late high school years, Bistra regularly attended the practice sessions and small concerts for The Crystal Gems. Sometimes she popped in to sing with Rose when Greg was sick or off doing something else.
  • Had a huge spat with Rose at the end of college

Holly Blue Agate

Name: Helen Beth Abbott

Born: January 31, 1966 (51 years old)

Jobs/Hobbies: High School Vice Principal

Additional Information:

  • Her hair is still ridiculous. in order to seem “cool” and “hip” with the kids, she’s died her hair two shades of blue, and tied it together in twin buns. nobody thinks she’s actually cool, though. all of the kids laugh at her
  • she acts as if she’s not even the vice principal. she acts like she’s head of the school district. she’s always in classrooms observing the teachers and how they do their job, and always in cafeterias and hallways trying to keep students in line. sometimes she’s straight up physical with them. Bluma (Blue Diamond) and the rest of the upper school staff are planning to fire her at some point, but are unsure if they should, fearing her reaction
  • she’s. basically umbridge. she’s fucking. professor umbridge. there’s literally no difference

Skinny Jasper

Name: Selena Quintana

Born: March 10, 1990 (26 years old)

Family: Jasmine Quirós (sister), Amy Quirós (half-sister), Iris Quirós (mother), Jeremy Quintana (father), Monty Quirós (step-father), Carmen Noemí Medina (cousin)

Jobs/Hobbies: Hairdresser and make-up artist

  • Jasmine’s (Jasper’s) twin sister
  • Like Jasmine, she has vitiligo
  • She and Jasmine are identical twins. the only major difference between them is that Jasmine is Buff As Hell and Selena is….Not
  • steals all of Jasmine’s make-up 
  • was closer to Amy than Jasmine was
  • despite how much Jasmine changed when they got older, Selena still loved Jasmine and treated her the same as she did when they were younger
  • Her hair is soft as hell
  • Always wins the prize for best costume at Halloween parties because her freaky skills at hair styling and make-up art

Carnelian

Name: Carmen Noemí Medina

Born: February 2, 2001 (16 years old)

Family: Jenny Medina (mother, single), Iris Quirós (aunt), Monty Quirós (uncle), Amy Quirós (cousin), Jasmine Quirós (cousin), Selena Quintana (cousin)

Jobs/Hobbies: Aspiring wrestler

  • her mother, Jenny, is one of the background Jaspers from “That Will Be All”
  • loves to play-fight with her cousins
  • loves to watch wrestling matches on TV
  • is besties with Ruby
  • REALLYYY hates Helen
  • calls Helen “Ms. Hell-Butt” when talking with her friends
  • gets in trouble a lot at school because she fights people too much

Aquamarine

Name: Audrey Martin

Born: March 15, 2004 (12 years old)

Family: Barbara Martin (mother), Dana Martin (father)

Jobs/Hobbies: Complaining

  • moved to Delmarva from Britain when she was 10
  • goes to school with Steven and Connie
  • snobby rich british white kid
  • “MUMMY, I WANT A PONY”
  • threatens to sue anyone who makes the slightest snide comment towards her
  • sometimes she tries to bribe teachers to raise her grade. it doesn’t work
  • she’s a huge bigot
  • literally almost nobody likes her
  • often makes unnecessary comments about how much she hates americans, and how confusing they are to her

Topaz

Name: Topaz Dalia Martinez

Born: November 3, 1991 (25 years old)

Family: Unknown

Jobs/Hobbies: Babysitter

  • Audrey’s babysitter. Audrey’s parents don’t trust her enough to stay in the house unsupervised
  • she likes to wear her headphones a lot. 90% of the time when she’s babysitting Audrey she just plays her music in her headphones because she honestly hates the kid and wants to deal with her as little as possible
  • she generally listens to chiptune music and Hayley Kiyoko
  • likes to cook. sometimes if the parents aren’t home for dinner when babysitting a kid she’ll cook dinner for the kid herself
  • lives solo in her own apartment, pays the bills with babysitting
  • friends with Peri and Alex. she went to school with them
  • she also knows Lars and Steven
  • she’s generally very quiet, and only really talkative around close friends
  • she more often than not enjoys dealing with kids. Audrey is one of the few kids she babysits that she actually hates

Blue Zircon

Name: Franziska Norma Cline (often referred to as “Ziska”)

Born: December 10, 1952 (65 years old)

Family: Zella Dietrich (wife), Helga Cline (mother, deceased), Oswald Cline (father, deceased)

Jobs/Hobbies: Lawyer

  • currently in the hospital due to a severe anxious breakdown
  • just tired and wants a nap, she’s too old for this shit
  • friends with Pearl and Greg, and that’s how she knows Steven, because they’ve both introduced him to her
  • always seen wearing a suit. literally nobody ever sees her wearing casual clothing, or even dresses. elderly dapper butch lesbian
  • she and Zella own a cat named Zircon
  • she overworks herself a lot. she does all the cleaning in the house, all the taxes. she also does that on top of being a lawyer, which, from my understanding, can be a pretty busy job a lot of the time
  • she and Zella have known each other since their childhood. back then they were friendly rivals
  • after they graduated high school, they got separated. Ziska went off to law school and Zella went off to wherever the heck you go to become a news reporter
  • they met again in their 40s at a highschool reunion and there they rekindled their friendship, which grew to romantic love. then they got married in 2007
  • her overworking was one of the main factors that led to her breakdown
  • other factors that led to it were the recent death of her parents and the attempted murder of her wife

Yellow Zircon

Name: Marcella Regula Dietrich (often referred to as “Zella”)

Born: December 21, 1954 (63 years old)

Family: Ziska Cline (wife), Harald Dietrich Jr. (brother, deceased), Lauren Dietrich (mother, deceased), Harald Dietrich Sr. (father, deceased)

Jobs/Hobbies: News Reporter (because when I first heard her voice, I thought she was a news reporter, and now I can’t get the idea out of my head)

  • currently in the hospital because someone tried to kill her
  • that “someone” was actually Yelena Dimitrov, after Zella had done a not-so-nice report on an outburst Yelena had had in class, in which she attacked a student for “talking back” to her.
  • she’s a smoker, and she gets a lot of shit from Ziska about her smoking habit
  • doesn’t do much work around the house, she mostly just sits around in her undies and watches soap operas while eating ramen noodles
  • she does all of the shopping and cooking though. and she takes a large part in helping take care of the cat
  • she fuckin loves soap operas. they are literally all she ever watches on TV. she Lives For The Drama
  • she and Ziska have known each other since their childhood. back then they were friendly rivals
  • after they graduated high school, they got separated. Ziska went off to law school and Zella went off to wherever the heck you go to become a news reporter
  • they met again in their 40s at a highschool reunion and there they rekindled their friendship, which grew to romantic love. then they got married in 2007

Padparadscha

Name: Priscilla Pascale Roux

Born: September 4, 2004 (12 years old)

Family: Sapphire Roux (sister), Frances Rousseau (adoptive mother), Ellen Roux (grandma, deceased)

Jobs/Hobbies: Aspiring teacher

  • She was diagnosed with autism and dyslexia when she was in 2nd grade
  • She has big processing issues, and is slow with observations and vocalizing her thoughts
  • She likes to go to the park with Sapphire because it’s one of the quieter places in town, and things that happen there normally happen very slowly
  • She often points out the little things she sees around her minutes after they’ve left or she’s noticed them. Like, if she first spots a butterfly flying down near the grass and then out of sight, about a minute after the butterfly has left, she’d poke Sapphire and say “Sapphire! Look at the pretty butterfly!”
  • She’s been held back a few grades in school because of her severe learning issues. She’s supposed to be in 7th grade, but because she’s been held back, she is still in 5th grade.
  • She really wants to become a teacher when she’s an adult. Sometimes in her room, she practices teaching lessons to a bunch of her dolls.

Rutile twins

Names: Ru Tan and Shu Tan

Born: May 29, 1996 (both are 20 years old)

Family: Mei Tan (mother, single)

Jobs/Hobbies: Aspiring nurses

  • Conjoined twins
  • College students
  • Their anatomical appearance is similar to that of famous conjoined twins Abby and Brittany Hensel
  • They are college students, both pursuing a job as a nurse
  • Although Ru and Shu share the same body, they do come off as two people with distinct personalities
  • that’s all i have for now

Fluorite

Name: Frances Rousseau

Born: May 29, 1947 (70 years old)

Family: Sapphire Roux (adoptive daughter), Priscilla Roux (adoptive daughter)

Jobs/Hobbies: Retired

  • big sweet grandmother
  • polyamorous
  • in a big poly relationship with 5 other people (names will be revealed if we ever find out what gems make up Fluorite)
  • that’s all i have for now

Rhodonite

Name: Rhonda Darlene Lister

Born: May 7, 1977 (40 years old)

Family: Unknown

Jobs/Hobbies: Elementary School Guidance Counselor

  • very sweet but also very anxious
  • all of the kids love her
  • she’s best friends with Garnet
  • She is, in a way, related to the Ruby and Pearl that compose her, but I can’t give any information regarding that unless we get more backstory regarding her

The Ruby Squad

Eyeball - Eva Ruiz (born on July 10, 1996, 20 years old)

Doc - Donna Ruiz (born on June 30, 1993, 23 years old)

Navy - Noelle Russo (born on July 20, 1999, 17 years old)

Army - Armida Ruiz (born on July 5, 1997, 19 years old)

Leggy - Leela Russo (born on July 15, 2001, 15 years old)

Shoulder Ruby from The Answer - Robyn Ruiz (born January 2, 1970, 47 years old)

Backhand Ruby from The Answer - Randy Russo (born February 20, 1974, 41 years old)

Fusions

Opal - Opal Amélie Perrot (born October 9, 1984, 32 years old)

Sugilite - Su-Jin Moon (born December 8, 1985, 31 years old)

Sardonyx - Saundra Patterson (born August 19, 1975, 42 years old)

Alexandrite - Alexandra Grahn (born June 25, 1953, 63 years old)

Malachite - Malaika Bousaid (born March 12, 1976, 41 years old)

Smokey Quartz - Sam “Smokey” Quinn (born August 8, 1998, 18 years old)

Stevonnie - Stevonnie (born January 15, 1990, 27 years old)

Sorry this is so long, I want to include as many characters as possible

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I’ve always kind of noticed how Sam was thinner in prison (even if that’s his fake flashback). You can see it in his jawline and neck, a huge difference! But I’ve never really thought about it. What struck me is that maybe he spent the two years with Rafe eating healthier and working out. Maybe Rafe even helped him getting in shape. Just think about how many luxurious gyms Rafe has got, how many climbing lessons they did together. Also jogging together, why not? And maybe Sam would also challenge Rafe in a race. Then again Sam would occasionally cheat on his diet, eating junk food, and Rafe would be extremely mad about it. I’d also bet Rafe gave Sam some fencing lesson but we didn’t get to see how Sam uses a sword, except from that “Avast, you dirty dog!” scene. So yeah, maybe spending 2 years with Rafe wasn’t that bad, right Sam?

I have not meta-ed in like a minute and I swear I will never stop thirsting for Alya/Chat SO 

  • Alya asks Chat Noir for an interview about being a superhero mostly just wanting to ask him a million questions about Ladybug. Adrien naturally assumes this is what any interview with Chat WOULD be about. 
  • They are both very confused when they accidentally get onto the topic of Chat himself. She blames him. He blames her. It’s actually the waiter’s fault for assuming they were on a date. 
  • (In the waiter’s defense, this interview is being conducted at a cute and trendy cafe and Alya and Adrien are both VERY ENTHUSIASTICALLY ANIMATED about the topic of Ladybug. They look pretty friendly, basically.)
  • Alya is like “nO” and Adrien is like “oh I’m not allowed to date”. 
  • Alya is like “… not ALLOWED?”
  • Adrien is suddenly regretting opening his mouth.  
  • Alya is like “oh my god how OLD are you under there” and Adrien is like “five thousand obviously ANYWAY BYE”. Alya is like “OH NO YOU DON’T” and grabs him by the tail and one very frantic/manic bickerfest later Chat Noir has accidentally BUT OFF THE RECORD-LY confessed that okay his home life is a liiiiittle controlling and being Chat is almost the only time he has where he gets to make certain decisions for himself and do certain things. Like. Lots of things. Many things. 
  • Alya is like “oh my gOD” again and Chat is dyyyyying. Seriously, OFF THE RECORD. HE SAID THAT, RIGHT?? LADYBUG IS GONNA KILL HIM IF THIS GETS PUBLISHED. 
  • “So what, you couldn’t even go on a DATE if you wanted to unless you were, what, TRANSFORMED?” Alya asks disbelievingly. 
  • “I–well–I guess?” Adrien says, turning red at the thought. “It’s not like, you know, I go around meeting girls like this. Aside from my lady and akuma victims, I mean. Obviously.” 
  • “Excuse you, I’m a girl!” Alya says, mildly offended. Adrien stares at her. She stares at him. Then they both simultaneously turn BRIGHT FUCKING RED and RECOIL. “I DIDN’T MEAN–” 
  • “Oh. Yeah, no, I mean! Of course you wouldn’t!” Adrien manages to blurt, and then Alya gets offended all over again although she’s not actually sure why SHE’S offended from him sounding like THAT. Then Adrien has a prior engagement he has to leave for (aka a fencing lesson) and Alya realizes she blew half the interview on stuff she CAN’T POST and is like “aghhhhh nooooooooo” and Adrien is like “… we could try again tomorrow?” 
  • and that is the story of how Alya Cesaire and Chat Noir have coffee at the same cafe four days in a row before Alya gets enough to make a proper, ON the record post on her blog, and also the story of how Adrien Agreste accidentally gets his first date. 
  • … first FOUR dates, actually, as they both are currently refusing to admit as they simultaneously do desperate mental gymnastics for a reason to have a fifth one. >> 

Her Sunday schedule was as follows:

Awake at 8 to stretch
Sex at 9 (Proust at 10 or 10:45 depending on which lover showed)
Coffee and the Color Spectrum for the next three hours
A ride around town in a stolen jeep after lunch followed by shoplifting from the stores of her enemies (then burning the items in an abandoned warehouse)
A brief stop at her grandmother’s for fencing lessons around tea time
And the rest of the evening in a combination of seances and philosophical debates between reckless spiritualists and smirking atheists before returning home at the head of a flood to sleep before the work week began on Monday.

En Garde

Another deleted scene style fic, around the time of 6x09. Emma hasn’t told her family about her visions yet, and decides that fencing lessons from Killian might improve her chances of defeating Gideon.  I’ve written Killian teaching Emma to fence before, fluffily, but it seemed a good time to update the headcanon with the added angst of those visions!  

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There was no time for a moving day; not when every day brought a new disaster, a new story no one was sure if they wanted to see the end of. A single chest of Killian’s belongings moved in the first day, set carefully next to a box in her closet, waiting for a quiet moment to be shared. His jackets mingled with hers in the closet, his boots sat neatly underneath the hung leathers and books and papers were gradually filling the empty spaces of their house. Sometimes Killian mentioned something that he would need to get from his ship and within a couple hours it would appear on the kitchen table. He suspected she was testing her magic on his belongings when he was not looking, but it saved him a trip and hopefully calmed her frayed nerves, so he simply thanked her with a kiss on the cheek and filed another hole in a still too empty home.

Two battered sticks joined her boots next to the door, growing more banged up each day as Killian and Henry sparred in the front yard in their spare moments. It warmed her heart to see them spending time together, but from time to time the sight filled her with sudden dread as wooden practice swords were replaced in her mind by sharp steel and unresponsive magic. She fought for her life without a sound, clasping her hand tight to hide her battle from her family no more than a few paces away.

Henry hugged her tight when her eyes were distant and Killian pressed her shaking hand to his lips with questioning eyes. She caught them glancing at each other sometimes, when she told them again that she was fine. They had finally stopped asking with their lips, perhaps hoping she would tell them eventually on her own, but their eyes ever begged her for an explanation that was not forthcoming. She refused to give voice to the whole story, refused to interrupt the happy illusion she had built for herself.

The stick flew from Henry’s hand once more and Killian laughed, leaning his own against the steps. “You’re doing better, lad. But I’ve the reach of my arm and a couple hundred years training head start.”

“Aren’t you supposed to let me win sometimes?” Henry grumbled halfheartedly, diving to retrieve his ‘weapon.’

“Never!” Killian insisted. “One of these days you will disarm me. And you will know for certain that it will not be because I let you do so. Now off with you, lad, your mother will end me if you’re late for school again.” Henry tossed his stick to Killian who caught it as the boy bolted for the bus, grumbling about how between two magical moms, shouldn’t he just appear at school?

Killian laughed and gave Henry’s pole a practice swing or two as he turned back towards the house, to his surprise he was met with the sudden appearance of a pole aiming for his head. He ducked by impulse, his arm moving before he’d the chance to identify the person on the other end of the attack. Emma grinned at him, blocking his swing with the stick he’d put down a moment ago.

“My turn, pirate. Someone ought to bring you down a peg or two!”

Killian smirked, breaking away and moving to circle her. “You think so? You may have the advantage with firearms and fireworks but swordplay… Swordplay is my strength, love.”

“You underestimated me the last time we dueled. Haven’t you learned your lesson?”

“I did. But that is not why you won.”

“Why did I win, then?” Emma retorted. She grew tired of waiting for Killian to make the first move and dove forward, seeking an opening that was gone as soon as she moved. Suddenly she was on the defense, pressed backwards step by step until her boot smacked against the bottom of their steps. She wavered for a moment and then fell backwards, only saved from a bruised backside by Killian’s hook, which had suddenly slipped through her belt loop and tugged her upright again.

“You won because I did not wish to see you die on that lakebed, my dear.”

“Okay… maybe I could use a few pointers,” she admitted.

“Why the sudden interest in fencing, love?”

“It couldn’t hurt to be prepared, right?”

“And you think a few tricks with a blade will make you better prepared?” He reached for her hand, which had begun to tremble.

His eyes were questioning her again and she forced a smile. “I mean why not? Things are crazy, and it doesn’t look like they’re gonna let up anytime soon And it’s an excuse to spend some time together, just the two of us. Wouldn’t you like that?”

“Of course, Emma. Perhaps once all this madness with the untold stories is ov- ”

“Not after. Now.”

“Now?” Her eyes were blazing with determination and he tilted his head to one side, studying her intently,

“Right now!” She held out her hand to him and he took it without question. Their house vanished and the smell of salt brought a smile to his lips. When his vision cleared they were on the deck of the Jolly Roger.

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