so i was lucky enough to snag one of @projectnelm’s commission slots for one of my OC’s. can i just say that i woke up to this and CRIED? (happy tears of course)
i cannot put into words how grateful i am for getting the chance to have one of my favorite artists do a piece for me of one of my characters. it’s such an awesome feeling to see one of my beloved characters plucked out of my imagination and depicted so perfectly.
So awhile back I picked up the first volume of the Danmachi spinoff LN in a buy two get one free sale thinking that it was a manga. I was initially disappointed because I didn’t really want a LN at the time, but since I bought it I figured I might as well go ahead and read it.
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s certainly not the pinnacle of fantasy writing, but I was engaged in the story and wanted to know what was going to happen next. I appreciate that in the spinoff it focuses on Aiz and her familia doing badass things in the dungeon rather than Bell being a newb and getting stronger. Aiz is already basically a god among men, and it lets the story go somewhere different than the original.
While the writing is for the most part fairly simple (though I suspect this is partly because of it being translated and also that LNs are typically aimed at a younger audience and tend to not use a lot of advanced Kanji, which probably translates to the somewhat punctual and simple sentences that LN translations seem to have) the author has a real knack for describing large scale tactical battles. Sure Aiz is pretty OP and well wreck things, but in the really lower levels of the dungeon if they don’t work together and have a strong battle plan they’re just gonna die.
I also appreciate that in the LN the world is fleshed out a lot more. World building is one of my favorite things in a show or book, and the Danmachi anime didn’t go into too much depth about the various things. The LN goes into much much more depth about how all the systems work, the various familia, cool little things about the world and so on. Also the dungeon is just fucking cool. Each floor can be completely unique, with almost no restrictions placed on what it has to look like or be which leaves the author with incredible freedom to dream up the wildest floors they possibly want.
I wasn’t really expecting to enjoy this book very much, but it’s a solid fun read. Something like a 6-7/10 if I’m going to give it numbers. If you liked Danmachi at all, or sort of liked it but wanted a different view of the world this is a nice book to pick up. Only the first volume has been officially translated, but they seem to be coming out with new official translations every couple months. I’m sure there are fan translations floating around too, but I haven’t looked for them.
So ya, fun book. There is an anime adaption scheduled sometime this year too. I think next season, but maybe the one after. That should be fun.
Finally got this bad boy done! I started before the Freshman chapter update and then I read the chapter update and it took me two days to recover LOL. But, anyway, I’m not completely happy with this but I hope it works. This is rated T for some sexually suggestive moments. And this fic is for the #ChoicesCreates Carnival currently being hosted by @hollyashton for the prompt “My heart finally told me to stop wasting my time.” Well…enjoy!
It was a warm, clear day but she wasn’t going to be able to
enjoy it. She gazed briefly out the window in disdain before turning back to
the computer screen.
She sighed in frustration as she continued typing, finding
herself deleting and rewriting the same line over and over. This novel was
going to be the death of her. She loved Professor Vasquez dearly and missed him
just as much. But part of her still couldn’t believe he’d tasked her with
finishing his book.
One more paragraph…just onemore was all she
needed. Then she would be ready for her next meeting with Professor Atiyah. She
would also be free to call up Zig before he had to head to work.
Things had been going well between the two of them since
they’d started dating a month ago. He was the most attentive guy she’d ever
been with. He always seemed to be able to tell when she was feeling down or
frustrated and knew exactly what to do to cheer her up. He regularly brought
her coffee and little baked goods from work. He’d learned quickly that the
strawberry scones were her favorite and he made sure she stayed stocked up. A
sly smile appeared as images of their last late night romp flashed through her
mind. He was no slouch in bed either.
As if on cue, the door to Professor Vasquez’ office opened
and there stood her boyfriend, looking anxious and worried. She got to her
feet, immediately coming toward him, an eyebrow raised in confusion.
“Hey, you. I didn’t expect to see you here. Is everything
He hesitated before responding. “Yeah. I’ve just
been…thinking about something.You got a second?”
She nodded, trying to ignore the knots forming in her
stomach. Her heart was pounding mercilessly in her chest. She’d never seen such
uncertainty in his expression before. It was unnerving and she braced herself
for bad news.
“Of course. What is it?”
He ran a hand through his hair and glanced down at the
carpet before finally looking back up at her. “So, I was thinking about that
scholarship. The one I helped Chris and Arjun with? I was thinking maybe I
might go for it.”
He still looked unsettled and she took both of his hands in
hers, fighting the squeal threatening to break free from the back of her throat.
“Are you serious?”
“I’m not totally sure but yeah, I’m thinking about it.”
“That’s great, Zig!” Her mouth split open onto a wide grin.
He nodded half-heartedly and her smile faltered. She led him
to a couple of chairs across from the desk. Something was obviously bothering
him and she intended to find out what it was.
“You don’t seem at all excited about this,” she observed.
He shrugged and blew out a frustrated breath. “I’m
just…worried, I guess.”
She squeezed his hands. “About trying?”
Another shrug. “Something like that. I’ve just spent a long
time struggling to stay afloat. Every time an opportunity to do something
better with my life came along, it was immediately squashed…sometimes because
of my own screw ups and sometimes because of things I couldn’t control. It was
almost like some cruel joke.”
She nodded sympathetically as he continued.
“Then I moved here and met you and you care about me just as
much as my family does. In fact, you’re the only girl I’ve ever dated who liked
me for more than just the physical stuff. And on top of that, this scholarship
appeared and I started to feel pressure because I don’t want to disappoint you
or my sisters or…”
“Yourself?” She finished for him.
He paused before giving one quick nod. She stroked his cheek
tenderly with her thumb. “Hey, you know I want this for you. But, I’m not
trying to make you do it. I’m happy you helped out Chris and Arjun with the
initiative and everything else. You’re a big reason this scholarship even
exists now and it’s going to help a lot of people. But you did that because I
wanted you to. All I ask is that you do this now because you want to.”
He gazed intently into her eyes before leaning in to kiss
her softly. When they parted, he still had apprehension in his expression, but
he appeared slightly less nervous. Still, he got to his feet and began pacing.
“I know. I just keep thinking I’ll mess this up too or
they’ll just say no to me. I don’t know if I can handle that…”
She stood, drawing him into a hug. She slipped her arms
around his waist and snuggled into his chest. He rested his chin on her head,
heaving a deep sigh as his arms nestled around her.
“I know this is scary and it’s a big risk. But whatever you
decide to do, I’ve got your back. Okay? No matter what, you’re not alone, Zig.”
He nodded again before leaning down and resting his forehead
against hers. Momentarily they both looked into each other’s eyes. He spoke
“Thanks. I’m grateful for you, you know that?”
She nodded, smirking. “As you should be. I’m a catch.”
He chuckled at her teasing and she smiled. It was just the
reaction she was hoping to get. Then he glanced at his phone screen. “My
shift’s starting soon. I’ll call you when I’m off, okay?”
“Please do.” She winked and he gave her a quick kiss on the
cheek before releasing her and disappearing out the door with a wave.
She collapsed back down in her chair at the desk, her
fingertips at her temples. Everything inside of her wanted him to go for this.
He’d been trying to hide it, but she knew just how badly he wanted to go to
school. She’d seen him pausing to glance at textbooks in the bookstore whenever
they stopped in. She’d noticed him eyeing the course catalog with a highlighter
to mark classes he was interested in. It stung her to watch him shove down that
desire and he seemed to be doing it to spare himself the disappointment and to
avoid his own feelings. But that’s not what she wanted for him. She would
almost rather hear him yell or scream if it meant she got to see him express a
genuine emotion about his future.
That’s why she hadn’t been fazed by his anger outburst in
the cafe back when Chris and Arjun had first proposed this plan. Although she
was upset to see him hurting, she was also happy to see the passion behind his
anger. To know that he cared about more than just keeping her safe. That he was
starting to consider caring about himself.
She returned back to her work, still with the image of his
troubled look etched into her brain. She hoped he would decide to put himself
first for once and go for this opportunity. She would be right there to help
him with whatever he might need. But, as much as she wanted to talk him into
it, she knew she would have to let him make this decision on his own.
Somehow, she found herself with a little alone time in the
suite on a Saturday afternoon. All of her roommates were off hanging out with
friends or each other and she was enjoying having the space to herself. Zig
would be coming by any minute which would make her afternoon that much better.
She still couldn’t help thinking back to the day they’d
talked about the scholarship. It had been a couple of weeks now and she’d
promised herself not bring it up but inside she was a ball of nerves. He’d been
so conflicted and tense that day, she was positive he wasn’t going to go for
it. She knew the deadline was fast approaching and it took all of her willpower
not to pester him about it. Everything would be fine in the end, whether he
went to school now or not.
She heard a quick knock at the door and jumped up instantly.
When she answered, Zig stood on the other side of the door, his signature smirk
on his face. He looked so sexy and she’d been craving him for the past two
days. Without a word, she yanked him through the doorway and slammed the door
closed, locking it behind him. Then she grabbed the back of his head and pulled
him toward her, causing their lips to crash together. She attacked him
hungrily, her kisses moving from his top lip to the bottom one and back again.
She was just beginning to deepen the kiss while slipping her hands underneath
his shirt when he reluctantly pried himself away, flushed and breathless.
“Woah, hold up there, tiger!” He teased, his hands raising
in mock defense. She narrowed her eyes at him and folded her arms.
“Seriously, Zig? I tell you we have the whole suite to
ourselves and you don’t want to do
anything?!” She didn’t even try to hide her frustration and he chuckled.
“Hey, relax. Of course I want to! I always want to. But I have something to show you first.”
He pulled out his phone and opened up his email. He then
scrolled to one particular message and held it out for her to see.
We are writing to
inform you that we have received your complete application package for the
Second Chances academic scholarship. You will be notified as soon as selections
for the upcoming school year have been made.If we should need any additional
information from you, we will contact you directly with….
There was more in the email but she could no longer
concentrate on the words. She couldn’t believe her eyes…he’d actually gone
for the scholarship on his own! She shifted her gaze to his and held it for a
moment, clearly seeing the excited glint in his eyes. Then she suddenly slammed
into him, wrapping him up in a bear hug. He stumbled backward a few steps with
the force of her embrace but quickly recovered, chuckling. She felt him stroke
her back, giving her a small squeeze back.
“Oof! Hey, babe, could you loosen up a bit? I can’t
After a moment, she pulled back, searching his eyes.
“So you did it, huh?”
He nodded sheepishly. “Yeah.”
“Why didn’t you tell me? I could’ve helped.”
“I wasn’t sure if I was going to go through with it. And
when I finally decided to, I really wanted to do it on my own. I also thought
it might make a nice surprise for you.”
She grinned. “It’s the best surprise ever. But, I have to
say…after that conversation we had, you didn’t seem like you were going to
“Honestly, I really wasn’t sure. It seemed like a long shot.
I mean, why would they pick me? I still feel that way now but something in me
just told me I need to stop wasting my time. This could be a new start for me.
So I went with it.”
She carefully placed her hand against his breast bone and
slightly to the left, her fingers splayed out across his chest. “Sounds like
you’re finally listening to your heart.”
He nodded, slipping one arm around her waist and pulling her
close. He placed his other hand on top of the one she had near his heart and
curled his fingers around her smaller ones.
“I already did it with you and that decision is turning out
to be my best one yet. So I just hope I’m lucky enough to have it happen
Her face heated up instantly and she smiled. This time he
leaned down toward her and gently pressed his lips to hers. He pulled back
after a moment, his eyes finding hers again.
“Thanks for being there for me through this.”
“Zig, you’ve been there for me since day one. It’s the least
I could do. And I really believe you can get this scholarship. So don’t worry
too much, okay?”
He smirked. “I’ll try.”
“How long until you hear back?”
He thought for a moment. “I think the email said they’ll
start notifying us in about a month or two.”
“Alright. So we need to figure out a way to keep you
occupied until then.”
An intensity entered his gaze as he leaned down to gently
kiss her neck. “I think you were on the right track earlier.”
He continued to work his way around with his kisses until he
reached the other side of her neck, settling on an area between her jawline and
earlobe. She felt her entire body shudder and a needy moan escaped her lips. Dammit, he knew exactly where her spots
“How much time do we have?” He murmured.
“A couple hours.”
He nodded. “Perfect.” Then, in one swift motion, he lifted
her up easily, one arm at her back and the other behind her knees. He made a
beeline for her room and she giggled as he attacked her neck with more playful
As much as she was ready for some one-on-one time with him,
she couldn’t help but think about how proud of him she was. He’d stepped far
outside of his comfort zone to apply for this scholarship and she could only
hope that his efforts would be rewarded.
But more importantly, he was finally going after his dream.
She couldn’t wait to be there by his side when he finally achieved it.
You go to work one day, flustered because you have a meeting and you’re running late. During the meeting, you’re introduced to him. You stand up to shake his hand. As you get closer, a prickling feeling takes over your body. You can see by the way he stiffens, he feels it too. You’ve never felt anything like this before. What is it? Could it be related to that night?
The right words came from an unexpected
source. “I had to kill my own brother,” Jaina said quietly.
Vestara looked over at the Jedi, listening, her eyes bright with
unshed tears. “I knew it was the right thing to do,” Jaina
continued. “I did it to save my own life and the lives of many
others. I still miss him. You’ll miss your father, too.” “I…
I had no choice.” “No. You didn’t. Other than be cut down
yourself,” Jaina continued. “It was the right thing for you to
do, too. But you’ll still miss him … and wish there had been some
other way.” Vestara nodded, looking at Jaina gratefully.
hands up if you would read a book about mages in a modern city being sucked down dark paths, doing dangerous blood magic and spirit summoning, all the while trying to pass their college classes, keep relationships afloat, find love, smoke and drink a lot and take too many goddamn selfies. main cast includes lgb humans and elves of colour.