summary: Ashton cheats on you and you forgive him, months after you still aren’t able to have sex with him until one day you finally give him and help him.
requested?: yes, I hope you like it Anon :) I don’t even know why but this was actually so hard to write so that’s why it took a little while longer for me to upload something. Don’t forget requests are open and I respond to all ❤😉
Request (anon): The reader accidentally finds Riz’s gift for her
Twenty-four hours. That’s how long you have left to spend with your boyfriend. Your boyfriend, who is sound asleep against your lap on the living room sofa. A movie, which has long lost your attention, is still playing quietly in the background. Despite having selected the movie, Riz fell asleep just twenty minutes in.
You know that part of his sleeping stems from him trying to cling to a normal sleep pattern before he has to leave home for a few weeks. The other part is pure exhaustion. In the past week, just as he always does before he has to leave, Riz has spent nearly every waking minute with you. He pouted each time you chose work over him, yet he was there to pick you up the second you were finished for the day.
Lightly brushing your fingers against his hair, you can’t help but smile at the sight of him curled up against you. As much as you hate to admit to him, this action is the one you’re going to miss the most from him.
“There are moments when humankind shocks me. I was supposed to fly to Paris on November 14. I’d already packed my bag when I saw the news about the terrorist attacks. It’s unimaginable to me how someone could get to a point where they want to kill as many people as possible. But overall, I look positively to the future. It’s part of our nature to look ahead and find solutions to our problems. Because this life is the only one we’ve got.” - Nikolaj Coster-Waldau for Red Bulletin (April 2016)
I got a prompt for you based on a pic set I just saw: Supergirl finds a stray puppy on a mission. The pup needs a home, who better than Cat to care for it. Bonus points if Cat refuses at first.
Alex and Maggie were on their honeymoon in the Bahamas, and Team Guardian had gone to Starling City to train with Team Arrow, so Kara had absolutely nothing to do during the weekend, and Supergirl was making the most of it. Although it was a slow day for National City, it was a productive day for the superhero. By 2pm Supergirl had already flown 2 ambulances to a hospital, stopped a robbery, sedated a bear, put out a fire, helped a family move, and entered a pie eating contest (needless to say she won). After her latest feat, fetching a little girl a band-aid with super-speed, she spoke into her earpiece yet again, begging for a new assignment. “What else can I do Vasquez?” “Ma’m, just like the last 5 times you asked in the past half hour, there is nothing to do right now” Susan replied exasperatedly “But I have no doubt that, just like the last 5 times I asked, you’ll find something.” “Don’t you have anything better to do on a Saturday afternoon?” “I was unemployed remember? I’ve completed basically my whole bucket list and watched enough Netflix for a lifetime. Why? Do you have something better to do? A hot date maybe?” “Ha, I wish; Lucy is still out of town, and I haven’t seen her in over a month. But I do have a beautiful mountain of paperwork waiting for me at my desk. Oh! I found something. There’s a stray puppy drowning in a river” “On it!”
Supergirl flew over, scooped the shivering pup into her arms, and coddled him in her cape. She heat visioned some water and after a minute in the warm steam, the puppy was perfectly fine again. “Who’s dog did you say this was again?” Supergirl spoke to the agent on the other end. “I didn’t ma’m. The woman who called it in said it was no one’s” Supergirl asked the family that stood spectating the rescue, and they affirmed that it wasn’t theirs, and there was no tag or collar to be found on the puppy. “Susan what do I do with him now? I can’t just leave him out here in the cold again.” “Well you can’t bring him here. You know the rules; no pets allowed in the DEO. Pam’s gonna have my head if I authorise him being brought here.” “He’s so cute though. I know Alex and Maggie would take him rather than put him in a pound, but they only get back in 2 weeks.” Kara heard the sound of faint beeping on the other end. “What is it?” she asked anxiously. “There’s a train coming in from Midvale and its brakes aren’t working. At this rate it will get to the National City station in 12 minutes, and if it doesn’t slow down by then, the impact will wreck the station and destroy the first 3 carriages.” “Alright I’ll stop it by then. I have to take care of this puppy first.”
Kara thought of all the people she knew in National City who might be willing to take a dog, and as she had done so often in the past few weeks, she thought of Cat. A few seconds later, Supergirl gently touched down on the CatCo balcony, and Cat made her way outside. “Supergirl” Cat sighed in that gentle adorning way of hers. “Oh god what is that thing?” She said with a snarl, pointing a perfectly manicured nail at the puppy in Supergirl’s arms. “It’s a puppy” “Yes I know that. My question is ‘what is that flea carrying, couch destroyer doing on my CatCo premises?’” “I thought you could look after it while I go stop a train with my bare hands.” Cat mouthed an ‘ooh’, as she visibly checked out Supergirl’s muscular arms and thought about them bulging as they held back a train. “I would much rather look at you when you’re doing your superheroing business” She flirted. “Carter has been saying he would really like a dog… I mean, or, so Kara Danvers tells me.” “He would, but I said no. I don’t do dogs. They ruin shoes, wreck your house, carry diseases, and they need care and walks that I don’t have the time for.” “Please” Kara pleaded with puppy dog eyes. Cat rolled her eyes sighing deeply. She opened her mouth to reluctantly reply, but was interrupted by a burst of wind, and Supergirl taking off at super speed. Cat found herself standing alone on her balcony, with a puppy in one hand, and her tablet in the other with the notepad open saying ‘Thanks, I owe you one. I’ll be back to get him off your hands later’.
Half an hour of train-stopping, and evil-person-who-woud-attack-a-train-punching (and confidence building pep talks from Vasquez that Kara would deny ever happening) later, Supergirl returned, only to find Cat inside an office now filled with dog toys, happily playing with the puppy. Supergirl opened the glass door, and stood quietly in the doorway looking in with a smile. She watched as Cat sat on her knees, her high heels nowhere to be seen, with a dog treat in hand, teaching the pup to roll over. “Roll over,” Cat instructed, “Roll over boy!”. When the puppy obliged she cheered and clapped, and handed him the treat. “Good boy!” She exclaimed. Kara couldn’t help but admire this beautiful woman in front of her, who never ceased to surprise her. Cat turned and caught Supergirl staring, and for a split second she looked mildly embarrassed, until she fixed her expression and stood up, wiping her palms on her skirt. “Stay.” She commanded the dog, as she walked towards the couch and motioned for Supergirl to join her. “He’s very obedient you know” Cat explained self-consciously. “Thanks so much for looking after him, I know it mustn’t have been easy.” “Well I’m a natural commander and an alpha, and clearly Sam understood that; I even got him to kneel.” “Sam?” “Yeah,” Cat replied uncharacteristically sheepishly, “I named him” “So… I think I owe you about half an hour now, do you think we can fit a dinner in half an hour?” Supergirl spoke the rehearsed line given to her by her fellow agent. “Are you asking me out Supergirl?” “I…” she trailed off, almost losing her nerve and calling it an interview instead of a date. She remembered Vasquez’s speech, and regained her composure. “Yes.” She said simply, with newfound assurance. “Brazen.” Cat looked Supergirl up and down, and back up again. “I like it,” Cat said with a smirk, “Yes, I’ll go out with you.” “Great!” Supergirl said, suppressing the instinctual motion to adjust her glasses. “Also, I filled out the paperwork to bring the puppy back to the DEO so he won’t take up any more of your time.” “Don’t even think about it.” Cat snapped, “I mean,” she continued, trying to recover her reputation, “the longer I keep it the more of your time you’ll owe me, right?” “Of course” Supergirl said with a cheeky, knowing smile. “I’ll pick you up tonight at 8” “You better be flying me to Paris to make up for putting me through this” Supergirl replied with just a wink, and took off. Cat took in the sight, and whispered to Sam “I didn’t mean it I’m so sorry.” Cat thought of Supergirl and her super hearing and, as much to Supergirl as to Sam, said “I love you.”
We have a long way to go to being the perfect couple, we certainly don’t live the fairy tale marriage, he doesn’t shower me with rose petals and fly me to Paris on weekends but when I get my hair cut, he notices. When I dress up to go out at night, he compliments me. When I cry, he wipes my tears. When I feel lonely, he makes me feel loved. And who needs Paris, when you can get a hug?
Consider Marinette and her influence on Chloé as Ladybug:
I think it would be interesting if, as Ladybug, Marinette realizes that Chloé idolizes her, and uses that to try to change her more negative qualities for the better. I think it would be an awesome way to bring about her “redemption” that fits well within the canon.
And when I say redemption I hope ya’ll don’t think I want this girl to become sugary sweet because to me that’s gross ew. Chloé functions perfectly personality-wise at her core, especially in relation to the story and other characters around her. She’s very mean and a downright bully and that’s not okay, but she’s assertive and carriers herself with confidence in a way that I think we can all get behind to an extent; she’s honest and goes after what she wants. Her love for Ladybug also saves her from being the overly trope-y popular girl archetype, and for that I’m grateful. It’s the most important fact to remember about her, in my opinion. It’s crucial. Alongside her friendship with Sabrina because that is HELLA important. It SEEMS exploitative at first, but if you think about it, it’s honestly beneficial to them both. Chloé is who she is; she THINKS everyone loves her, but honestly she doesn’t force anyone to be her friend. You don’t see her really making anyone hang out with her or threatening people to follow her around. As the mayor’s daughter she could honestly pull of some messed up shit if she wanted to. Sabrina stays by Chlo’s side because she wants to be there; she likes to feel needed. And Chloé likes to feel pampered, so it works for them. It might not be the best of friendships in YOUR eyes, but you have to admit it’s functional, consensual, and neither of them are complaining, so why should we?
SO BACK TO CHLOE’S “REDEMPTION”. I feel like if someone idolizes LB, they can’t be all bad. Ladybug is pretty yes, and cool, and I’m sure people love her for that as well, but she’s unwavering in her kindness and consideration for others above everything else. You can’t adore her and not care about that; it’s the core of what she represents for Paris. I want to see the origins of Chloé’s love for Ladybug for her POV so bad. My guess is it started when LB saved her from Papillon, but I want to know her THOUGHTS on Ladybug in that moment and all the moments afterward. Because I know she sees something in LB that she wishes she had, that’s what admiration is all about. She isn’t just a fan, Chloé seriously respects Ladybug and wants to BE her. She literally LARPs and cosplays as this girl in her free time in PRIVATE. That’s not something you do just because you want a selfie with Paris’s hero for your own reputation.
So that got me thinking: What if Marinette used this as a positive thing, instead of being super annoyed at Chloé and her clinginess while she’s transformed? Of course it makes for great comedic irony at this stage in the story, but as it develops I can definitely see an opportunity for Marinette to teach Chloé some life lessons via her idol. When she upset Chloé in Antibug, she apologized and Chlo was just like “Oh! Okay well I forgive you!” UM hello?! That’s AMAZING. Most people don’t just bounce back from being insulted/offended like that. Especially by the person they idolize. But with Chloé all of the resentment just disappeared with a simple apology.
Like honestly, that’s an amazing character trait to have. I actually really admire that. She’s extremely receptive to anything LB says, and that’s something Mari should notice and respond to I think. She’s absolutely stubborn with everyone else, but with Ladybug she’s completely open. It’s the perfect opportunity to fix things. Its easy to hate someone, especially when they’ve hurt you, but it’s really hard to forgive. And Mari is definitely a person who is quick to paint others as the “wrong” party (Lila, Chloe when she tried to help, Adrien when he was picking the gum off of her seat etc)
I mean even it we wanted to be super clinical about it, at the end of the day it’s beneficial to defuse Chloe’s mean streak in order to prevent more akuma, lol. We all know Chlo causes quite a few of them, so Marinette should at least talk with the girl more, if only to make her workload a little more manageable. Hang out with her a bit, try to nudge her into good social habits that aren’t so condescending and mean-spirited. This is me considering it just from Mari’s perspective, because I don’t think she’s warmed to Chlo enough yet to suffer through this for purely selfless reasons. Years of bullying are hard to just “forgive” for the sake of compassion.
But truth be told, I want it to come from a positive place. I’m sure Chloé has her demons, and whatever they are, insulting and bullying others helps her feel better somehow. If as Ladybug, Marinette could offer some support here and there, some advice, some guidance, perhaps a stern scolding as well, I think it would make a huge difference not just in her and Chloe’s lives, but the lives of their classmates. And hey perhaps Marinette could learn a thing or two from Chloé as well.
I think deep down, even though Chloé’s invasion of Adrien’s personal space is icky and not okay to do, Marinette wishes she had a BIT of that kind of confidence to approach Adrien and make it known how she feels. If it’s one thing Chloe isn’t, it’s shy. I think part of her dislike of Chloe comes from the fact that she does so easily what Marinette cannot seem to do without tripping and stuttering and embarrassing herself. Just like how Chloe’s dislike of Marinette is most definitely stemmed from how well-liked she is; how despite her flaws everyone loves her for HER, not anything like money or fame.
My favorite thing is this: picture Mari as LB confiding in Chloé about her crush (oh man if she knew it was Adrien I wonder what she’d do hahaha) and Chlo cheering her on like:
CB: “OMG girl you’re freaking LADYBUG, you just gotta go up to him and sweep him off his feet. Just be like “Hey there handsome, it’s me, the savior of Paris, wanna fly into the sunset on my awesome yo-yo?” (ahh yes the Ladrien)
LB: Pfft! Oh my gosh no WAY can I do that. I have to keep my identity a secret Chloe! And I am NOT going to use my hero status to pick up guys! -_-
CB: Ugh, why not?! You already save Paris like, all the time anyway, do something for yourself for once! Use them perks girl!
LB: I’m so awkward around him though…and he doesn’t even notice me in my civilian form…
CB: Ew! Forget that loser then. You’re Ladybug, you’re super pretty and you rock no matter what. Trust me, there’s this annoying girl at school named Marinette Dupain-Cheng who is BEYOND embarrassingly awkward, and tons of guys still like her, so that’s no excuse!
LB: *coughs loudly* W-what?
CB: Anyway, this is tré tragique, if you can’t get the guy, where’s the hope for the rest of us? What’s his name? I’m going to stalk him on social media to see if he’s even WORTHY of you. Want me to catphish him for you? I can totally-
LB: NO! God, Chloé do not use your status to mess with people anymore. Please. He’s allowed not to like me back, it’s not a crime! I’m just a huge coward that’s all…but thanks for sticking up for me. I wish I had that confidence…
CB: “Hmm well! You just need some girl power. Selfie sessions always do the trick. Now gimme the fiercest look you got girl! This filter loves you!”
And a few days later, when Chloe gave Alya the selfies for her to put on the Ladyblog so everyone would know she and LB were super close BFFS, Adrien Agreste definitely dID NOT download multiple pics of Ladybug by herself with the flower crown filter on. Nope nope nope
Right? Eh? Eh?? :D Can you dig it or can you dig it? Hahaha. I’m back at it again with the Great Wall of Text™ folks I know, apologies but this had to be said! I think Chloe and LB could be friends, and maybe even Mari and Chlo can settle differences in a big way. Not besties but, yeah. Definitely cool with each other. Like respect at least. Okay I’ve poured my feels out on this for long enough for now ahem. I need to get some breakfast. And also a life. LOL
Hi! This may be too personal, and feel free not to respond to this, but I wanted to reach out re: your commentary on the deportations post. May I ask why you were asked not to return, if you had the valid right to remain in the UK? I'm a bit scared of what's happening at the moment and want to learn as much as I can.
Sorry for the delay in response. It’s still a difficult subject for me.
I went to the University of Glasgow, and taught there following my graduation. I am a Scottish historian and folklorist, so those are the subjects I teach. My partner and I started a theatre company, which turned into a film company (you can see some of the posts today regarding what we have produced). During this time, I had been on a student visa, then a post-study work visa (which was scrapped, along with the Fresh Talent Initiative). I returned for some time on a tourist visa as I was teaching European history in Korea for a while. Then my partner and I decided to live in Ireland because the law (UK citizen must make over £18,600 per year on their own to sponsor a partner or spouse, so marriage is irrelevant) had changed, and we were no longer able to live there together because he didn’t make enough money. Since he is still attending university, he does not make enough even now - and the likelihood of getting a job that pays that amount in Scotland is difficult whether or not you are going to school.
When we were in Ireland, we found out about the Surinder Singh route. The UK citizen lives with their partner for several months in another EU country, thereby becoming an ‘EU citizen’ (which they already were), and then bringing their partner back. We applied for a family permit and were rejected. He had to attend university and I ended up back in the US. While in the US, I was told that I could apply from any country so I reapplied. I was then granted a family permit by the UK embassy in New York City.
Upon returning to the country, you must send this permit to the same place where you apply for the family permit so you can get your five-year residence card. These are supposed to be automatically supplied to people with family permits, for obvious reasons (that is, because you are the family member of a UK citizen). My partner and I have now been together for 7 years, own a house and a business in Glasgow, and all of this is easily documented online because we are in the film industry and therefore have a social media presence. Regardless, they wanted more proof, and a 200 page detailed document of everything we could think of (photos, Facebook conversations, and so on) were sent to the facility. It was one of the most invasive, nosy experiences of my life.
I received the letter. My residence card had been rejected - even though I had the family permit and had sent them what amounted to my entire life story along with my partner’s.
So I had to send in an appeal. They sent me a letter stating that they had received this appeal application. Around this time I was accepted to attend Cannes as a director - you can’t just go there, you have to apply and be accepted. I wanted to promote and hopefully sell our film, Burns Night, as well as represent Scotland at the world’s most prestigious film festival. I called the Border Agency and asked if this would be all right as it was only 10 days. They said it would be fine, but to keep all my paperwork with me.
I went to Cannes. It was wonderful. I returned very late at night as the flight was delayed due to the strikes in France. I went up to the immigration officer and was immediately detained, regardless of the paperwork I was carrying. I was grilled in a back office for many, many hours; I talked about Scotland, what it means to me, and about what I do for a living. The man there said he wasn’t going to make any decisions that night, because it was late, and he’d let me go into Edinburgh and come back in the morning. He told me to make sure I returned that day because he would be working the following night. He was from Glasgow, and seemed to have a positive reaction to the situation.
My partner met me in Edinburgh, and they asked him to go and get the 200 page document that was sent for my residence card. So he went back to Glasgow to retrieve it. I returned to the airport to discover the man I’d met the night before had called in sick. I was taken back into another room by a woman this time, and was grilled again. This lasted for several hours. Then they left me alone in a room with a camera, for a few more hours. On the table was a book about the detention centre, and that’s when I finally cried, I think.
She came back in and told me since there was ‘nothing in my passport’ proving that I could stay, despite the fact that: 1. I had a family permit and should have already been granted a residence card, 2. I had a 200 page document about my relationship, my work for the last 7 years (most of which is about Scotland or involved my getting plays and shows into Glasgow for the first time ever, or as world firsts), and 3. I had the paperwork regarding my appeal with me, and the BA said it would be fine to go to Cannes for ten days…
They said I had one week to leave the country. Then they guilted me about going to Cannes vs something ‘more important, like a funeral’, and also that I cried. I called my partner, who was waiting in another part of the airport, and said ‘They aren’t going to let me stay’. He started to cry and say ‘but I gave them everything they wanted. I gave them everything they wanted’ again and again.
I couldn’t go anywhere else during that week, just stay at the house, which was unfortunate because my show was a special guest at London Comic Con that week and it would have been my first convention appearance, although the cast/crew had represented the show at several others.
So I sat in our house and waited to leave. The cast and crew came to visit me, and I called immigration lawyers, friends who work with immigrants and refugees, etc. all of whom told me there was nothing they could do because the situation in the UK was not great for immigrants anyway. I personally know several couples who have had this experience, where the non-EU citizen is living in another country from their partner because of these laws.
At the end of the week, I went back to the airport. They were deporting me to France, not the US, because that’s where I had come from. They also informed me they ‘had no way of knowing if the French would put me into a detention camp’ but were sending me there anyway. I had decided to fly to Paris instead of Cannes because I had a friend there and purchased my own ticket, even though they bought one for me (I don’t know anyone in Cannes). Then I ran into more trouble because my passport needed to be renewed and you can’t get on a plane to France if you have less than three months on the passport - which, of course, I’d planned to renew in Glasgow as I wasn’t going to be travelling for some time because I wanted to wait for the residence card.
Eventually they forced one of the airlines to take me to France. I received letters from a European legal advice firm stating that the deportation was illegal. The EU Commission wrote and said that it wasn’t exactly illegal…sort of…but was highly unusual, along with the entire situation. I was also told that when waiting for a residence card appeal decision, which you cannot ask them about at all - you just have to wait - you may be waiting for up to 2 years without an answer, during which you apparently cannot work or travel.
I still have not heard from the residence card appeals people. After France, I went back to the US. Then Brexit happened, which further complicates not only my situation but that of EU citizens in the country. My friend in France just told me that one of his friends, a German national living in the UK, received a letter that their residence card was also rejected - even though that person had also been living there for many years. The two actresses I work with who are Swedish have both gone back to Sweden. Two Scottish MPs have written me, horrified about the situation, but their hands are tied because Scotland is still a part of the UK and was dragged out of the EU against the will of the nation. My sound tech just informed me that her friend, who is from Ghana and whose partner is from the UK, has almost been forcibly deported several times even though they too have the right to be in the country. One of my university supervisors, who is Canadian, was woken in the middle of the night, the police demanding his papers. An Australian woman who owned two houses in Scotland was also deported.
If you want to see more on the topic of UK/non-EU couples, you can watch a short documentary online at www.priceoflovedoc.com. The troubles of the non-EU citizens living in the UK are now becoming the problems of EU citizens too. The anti-immigration rhetoric there, which was nonexistent when I first moved to the UK, has reached a fever pitch. You only need to see the tabloids in every corner shop to see that, along with abuse and physical violence.
Right now, given my experiences, and those of my friends, I would advise anyone interested in going to the UK to choose another part of Europe instead. I love Scotland with all my heart, but until independence happens or things change, I would not wish this heartbreak on my worst enemies.
I remain in exile. I hope for Scottish independence so that I - and so many others - can safely return, and new immigrants can find a home where I have had so many happy memories.
“We have a long way to go to being the perfect couple, we certainly don’t live the fairy tale marriage, he doesn’t shower me with rose petals and fly me to Paris on weekends but when I get my hair cut, he notices. When I dress up to go out at night, he compliments me. When I cry, he wipes my tears. When I feel lonely, he makes me feel loved. And who needs Paris, when you can get a hug?” ― Cecelia Ahern, Love, Rosie
i love paris - ella fitzgerald // come fly with me - frank sinatra // la vie en rose - louis armstrong // the lady is a tramp - tony bennett + lady gaga // at last - etta james // let’s call the whole thing off - ella fitzgerald + louis armstrong // autumn in new york - billie holiday // danke schoen - wayne newton // oh, lady be good - fred astaire // stompin’ at the savoy - ella fitzgerald + louis armstrong // fly me to the moon - frank sinatra // how long has this been going on - ray charles // seven day fool - etta james
These are almost all editions in my Orwell collection! I have one more that isn’t included, though, which is Decline of the English Murder in the Penguin Great Ideas series. Since I’m about to write a term paper about this British writer, the picture above is also a sort of currently-reading/to-read pile for me :)