he seems like a nice fella

LISTEN I HAVE A QUESTION RE. ANDREW MINYARD:

so one day I was just minding my own business when tHIS JERK named freddie fox (his last name is “fox” guys I mean COME ON) decided to come out of the woodwork and get my attention. he looks just like how I pictured my guy andrew minyard looking and I need to know if other people might even feel kind of the same so

consensus??? 

(gif credit here and here)

♕ - competing for the same prize (w/ mafia!hoseok, racer!you)

This was not at all how you expected for your night to go down but… desperate times calls for desperate measures. Rejecting him more than fifteen times in a row, you decide to just fuck it, what’s the worst that could happen? Hearing the sounds of engines revving was what made you feel the most alive; the beautiful symphony as the gears switch, clutch in the mix and tires screeching across the tracks is something you can go on forever listening to. But when life is coming up with different circumstances for you to play with, finding a job in another industry was the only option.

Which is why you’re telling Jimin you’re a bartender now, not a racer.

But Jimin wouldn’t be Jimin if he didn’t remain stubborn and offered you a price that placed his pride on the line. So what happens when Jimin drops a cheque that doubles up your monthly pay? 

You take it, and you tell him to practice his smile of gloat when you receive the prize.

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SOTTCountdown Day 2 – Others About Harry x

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Kelly Osbourne: “Harry is a really nice, normal guy considering the situation that he’s in. You’d expect him to be a little more affected but he’s not.”

Rihanna: “It’s so natural for him. I had watched their videos and I remember thinking ‘wow he’s a star.’ He seems very sure– like he had been doing this before.”

Alexa Chung: “The thing is though he’s pretty amazing. He’s got a magnetic quality about him and if he looks at you it’s like you’re staring into the face of a lighthouse.”

Mark Rylance: “He is one handsome fella with an incredible smile and eyes.
What’s really surprised me is he’s really witty, really funny — he really makes me laugh. He’s been ever so brave, not making any fuss. 

Modern Deck Tech: Goblins

[you can see every deck tech here]

Hello & welcome to this weekly deck tech! I’m a little late this week because of work, but the time is always right for a good ol’ modern deck tech! This week we’re looking into an archetype that has been around for a very long time: Goblins. I don’t know if you guys remember when Magic Origins came out and they reprinted Goblin Piledriver? People were going nuts at first, seeing that as the second coming of Christ or something. The speculations were that Goblins would become one of the dominant decks. It didn’t. Is the deck good though? Yes it is. There’s a few interesting things about the Goblin deck; it’s VERY aggressive & can close the game fairly quickly, it’s very consistant, it’s very cheap (especially now that Goblin Guide got reprinted) and for some minor tweaks can be turned into a Legacy deck (sort of like the Merfolk deck we’ve talked about a few weeks later; I’ll try to explore different archetypes like those in the future). Let’s jump into it ad see what the deck is all about.

Big Chief

Let’s start off with the pay-off card. This is at the top of your curve, being at a huge 3 mana (the land can play between 18 to 20 lands). Pumping up your goblins is huge and turns your army of 1/1s into a threat that can finish the game in 1 turn. Plus, haste is awesome.

Master Chief

Your other high-end card is Rabblemaster. This consistently creates tokens to apply pressure and is pretty much a threat that needs to be answered right away to not get out of control.

Finisher

While your lords help you close-off  the game, Bushwhacker gives you a surprise attack that can very easily win you the game on the spot. Just give all your team a boost and crash through with all your haste creatures for the win!

Finisher 2.0

Same as the other Bushwhacker. Having a total of 8 of those effects is huge because it gives you so much consistency. For only 2cmc you can pump your team and steal the win; if you can cast 2 in the same turn you are ASSURED to win on the spot, seriously.

Guidance

Obviously a goblin deck would not be the same without our friend Goblin Guide! This hasty creature is just too good; applying early pressure and just being a pain in the ass for your opponent. Good thing it saw a reprint and it caused it’s price to go down a bit!

Wrestling Champ

This card caused an uproar in the modern meta when it saw print in Origins, even though it didn’t live up to it’s expectations, it still takes the goblin deck up a notch. This card becomes HUGE, like, CRAZY HUGE. It’s not AS good in modern than in Legacy because the amount of blue decks is not the same, but the card is still VERY good and becomes a very big threat that needs to be dealt with or it’s going to win you the game.

Loyalty

Just a great little goblin that gives you some extra protection. It makes so that your creatures can’t really be chumped, it gets around Bitterblossom/Lingering Souls strategies and gives you beneficial trades when your opponent wants to block. This card offers some well needed utility to your attacks and helps you plow through the defense line.

War Buddies

Even though this card doesn’t seem like much, it’s really good in the deck. It gives you some little goblins along the way to go just a big wider. It’s not insane or anything, but it’s a nice card that goes well with the deck.

Just an Average Denizen

This little fella doesn’t seem like much, but he gets really annoying for your opponent. It’s consistently getting pumped up and just beats down your opponent’s face. For only 1 mana! This card is surprisingly good, like seriously.

Mandatory Bolt

You’re playing a cheap red deck, there is no way you’re not going to play this.

Goblins Go “Boom”

This card is probably the mvp of the deck. Just sacrifice one of your 1/1s to deal 5 damage to your opponent. FIVE DAMAGE FOR ONE MANA!! Often, games will end up with you bringing your opponent down to 10 life with a mix of small attacks & their fetches and then BOOM double Goblin Grenade. I’ve even played a game where the guy play Krenko’s Command (the card is not in the deck tech but is seen in some builds, same goes for Dragon Fodder; you can play those cards over Goblin Chieftain & Rabblemaster tbh) following by FOUR GODDAMN GOBLIN GRENADES. I was just sitting there like…okay…I guess that happened…

Legacy

So that was it for the deck tech! Like I said earlier, the deck can easily be tweaked to turn into a Legacy deck, so you can have a 2-for-1. The eternal version is less aggressive and tends to have more expensive (CMC-wise) cards; stuff like Warren Instigator, Mogg Fanatic, Goblin Incinerator, Goblin Lackey, Goblin Matron & Goblin Ringleader. The deck relies more on cheating into play some goblins and out-value your opponent that way. They don’t really rely on Bushwhackers & such, but more on Piledriver, Rabblemaster & Chieftain. The deck does well in both formats and is really fun & simple to play, as well as being fairly cheap.

Wrap-Up

That’s it for this week! I hope you guys enjoyed the deck tech as much as I did. If I forgot anything let me know & I’ll see you guys next week for a Legacy deck tech!

Haha XD I’ve been shipping this two like a few short weeks after I made my FallenTale AU XD XD For me it’s darn CUTE!!!
Imagine my FallenTale Sans who seems to be all straight & tough and yet he grew a massive crush on his Alternate counterpart.
Sometimes, it’s nice to see a dominant looking fella who’s actually pretty submissive to another submissive fella XD XD (ya get what Im saying? XD)
Anyways, this is not really canon to my AU XD

Undertale © Toby Fox
This Fallentale © Me Check some more of my AU here!

So far, the ship names I’ve thought up are DoubleEdge & FallenEdge (I know it’s bad, still trying to find a good one XD)

anonymous asked:

so i saw that height difference ship of aoyachi and what do you think about the 2m guy (i forgot his name welp) and yachi!!

HONESTLY HE IS SO TALL

I THINK IT’S SUPER CUTE HE SEEMS LIKE A NICE FELLA BUT JUDGING BY YACHI’S REACTION I’M NOT SURE SHE WOULD AGREE LMAO

Drunk in Love

Pairing: Bucky x Reader

Words: 1.3K

Request: Can you make a imagine/one-shot where the reader is very drunk in a bar and Bucky (who is sober) come for pick her up a request for Steve and he has to put her it on his shoulders because she didn’t want to leave. The two didn’t know each other, barely speak each other and have opposite personalities. The reader confess that she have a crush on him and asks for Bucky (thinking he is Steve) don’t tell for Bucky that she has a crush on him. Something fluffy, please. Thanks! -Anonymous

Warnings: Drunk reader

Originally posted by enochianess

“Steve!” You let out a laughter as you staggered to him, before throwing your arm around his neck and smacking a kiss to his cheek. “How’s it going, Cap?”

“Y/N,“ Steve laughed, pulling you under his arm to keep you steady. “I see that at least you are having fun.”

“Oh, yes I am, sir,” you giggled, taking a sip of your drink, but fell into silence as your eyes hit the man Steve was standing with. You laid the drink carefully to the bar counter, deep smirk taking over your lips as you waved your hand to him. “Hey-aa.”

Bucky let out a laughter, glancing at Steve with amused smirk before nodding his head to you, smiling softly.

“Not very chatty, huh?” You whispered loudly to Steve, who laughed, rolling his eyes.

“Y/N- meet Bucky,” he nodded towards his best friend. “Bucky- this is Y/N. Believe me, she’s way more charming when she’s sober.”

“I won’t forget you saying that, Cap,” you winked, smiling then brightly to Bucky. “Pleasure to meet you, Bucksy- may I call you Bucksy?” You leaned closer to him, tilting your head slightly. “I prefer it more.”

“Pleasure to meet you as well,” Bucky laughed, shrugging slightly, “and yes, whatever makes you feel comfortable, sweetheart.”

“Oh, such a gentleman -I like him,” you chuckled to Steve, before noticing Natasha on the dancefloor. You clapped your hands together, grin taking over your face. “Dancefloor calling, see you later, fellas.”

“Have fun,” Steve called after you with a laugh, as you ran to Natasha, both of you cheering loudly for the reunion.

“Well, she seems nice,” Bucky chuckled, raising his eyebrow at Steve, who let out a deep laugh.

“Believe me when I say, she’s amazing when she’s sober. I’m sure you two would get along better than well.”

Steve frowned as he felt his phone buzzing at the pocket of his jacket and let out a deep sigh after reading the text-message. “I have to go -duty calls,” he grinned to Bucky. “Can you take care of her,” he nodded towards you, laughing as he saw you dancing with Natasha, your hands tangled into your hair and your body moving from side to side, “she might have taken one too many.”

“Yeah, I noticed,” Bucky laughed. “Don’t worry about that, I’ll make sure she’s safe.”


Bucky shook his head laughing, leaning to the bar counter and enjoying the show as you sang along with the songs, moved your body easily with the music and jumped up and down as the beat dropped. It had been an hour since Steve left, but you still seemed to have way too much energy.

Bucky finished his drink and walked to you across the dancefloor, pushing people gently out of his way. “Y/N”, he called your name with a laugh, laying his hand carefully on your shoulder from behind. “I think you have danced enough.”

“No,” you whined, without turning around. “Natasha tell Steve I don’t wanna go yet.”

Natasha laughed, shooking her head. “Y/N that’s not-“

“Please tell him,” you begged, blinking your puppy eyes, causing her to quit trying.

“She doesn’t want to leave yet,” Natasha nodded her head, leaning closer to Bucky. “But I think it really is her time to leave, can you please take her to her room? And- If I were you I would really pretend to be Steve -when she’s in that state she never listens to anyone else but him.”

“If she notices that I’m not him and kills me, I’m gonna blame you,” Bucky laughed, before grabbing your legs and throwing you over his shoulder, earning a surprised exclamation.

“I can walk by myself as well, you know,” you laughed, waving at Natasha as Bucky started to make his way to the elevators, your knees pressing against his chest.

“Yes, I am aware of that, doll, but that wouldn’t be very wise considering the amount of alcohol on your blood,” Bucky laughed, rolling his eyes.

“Good point,” you hummed for an answer. “I had a really great night.”

“I saw that. Wanna tell me about it?”

“Yes,” you nodded your head, with bubbling laugh that made Bucky chuckle quietly. “You know that friend of yours- Bucky. No, Bucksy?”

“Yes, I do know him,” he laughed, rolling his eyes.

“I think- I have this feeling that I- I fall –fell, I fell for him. Hard,” you giggled, playing with your fingers. “Don’t you think it’s stupid to say that you are falling in love? You are not really falling,“ you slurred, squinting your eyes. “Luckily. Otherwise I would probably be dead for I fell for him so hard.”

Bucky nipped his bottom lip between his teeth to stop the huge smile taking over his face. He knew that it was just a drunk girl talking, but she had to have a base for her words, right?

“Steve-o,” you called out, frowning, since he had been silent for so long. “Can you promise me that you’ll not tell him what I said,“ you let out a yawn, rubbing your face with your hand, “about the –uhh, the falling in love with him-stuff? I really don’t want to mess this one up.”

“I promise,” Bucky let out a soft laughter, opening the door of your room and carried you straight under your bedcovers, not bothering to turn on the lights. He leaned closer to you, pressing a soft kiss to your forehead. “Good night, doll.”

“Steve?” You whispered, wrapping your fingers around his wrist. “Can you stay?”

“I- uhh,“ Bucky let out a nervous laughter, rubbing the back of his neck.

“Please,” you begged, moving on your bed to make him more space to lay next to you. “Just until I fall asleep?”

“I guess I can,” he chuckled, getting to your bed next to you.

You buried your head into the crook of his neck and laid your hand to his chest, falling into a calm sleep with satisfied smile on your lips.


“Oh no,” you breathed out as you opened your eyes at the morning, seeing who else than the best friend of Steve’s laying on your bed right next to you. “No, no, no-“

Bucky snapped awake, pulling quickly further from you. “Oh Y/N, I-“

“Bucky?” You squeaked, burying your face into your hands. “What are you doing on my bed? Please tell me we didn’t-“

“Oh, no -no we didn’t, I promise,” he rushed to say, letting out a nervous laughter. “I –uhh I must have fallen asleep, I’m sorry-“

“It was you?” You breathed out, as you started to do the math. “You took me to my room?”

“Yeah about that-“

“So it was you who carried me here? So that means I told you how I-,“ you bursted into nervous laughter, burying your face back to your hands. “Well this is just great.”

“I kind of thought that you wouldn’t remember that anymore,” Bucky laughed, flashing you an awkward smile.

“Yeah, you have no idea how much I hope I didn’t,” you laughed, wanting to sink to the bottom of the deepest ocean. “Well at least it seems that you didn’t ran away from me as fast as you could?” You raised your eyebrow.

“I mean you were a little bit straight with all that “if falling in love would be literal, I would be dead for I fell for you so hard” talk,“ Bucky harrumphed, rubbing the back of his neck, but bursted into laugh as he saw you blushing deeply. “I’m just kidding, I have to be more than flattered when a girl like you talks about me in that way.”

“Oh, girl like me, huh?” You chuckled, bright smile taking over your face.

“I’m glad you told me,” Bucky nodded with a smile. “Otherwise I might never have gotten enough courage to do this,” he whispered, leaning closer to you to press his lips against yours for a soft and gentle kiss.

the-void-fish  asked:

Mother + What do you think of the friends he has?

“Well that Rex fellow seems nice. I think Laural found a good one. Patrick doesn’t like him. Before I get asked the question yes I knew. It was rather obvious. Patrick didn’t know, but his daddy is a little slow on the uptake sometimes. ( @rex-and-krox ) Not to keen on that Tynen. He seems dangerous. I can tell he’s hiding something. ( @tynen-nalo ) Teemo is a bit to dark for my tastes. That boy has troubles and I don’t know if Laural can fix em’. Though he thinks he can. ( @lastscoutstanding ) That Shadow fella is a dedicated sort. He doesn’t seem that dangerous. ( @shadowtheyodlehunter ) That Kiyn is a cutie. I’m glad Laural found another tailor friend. ( @theyordleweaver ) Poppy, bless her heart, is a saint. The way she puts up with his nonsense is admirable. ( @keeper-not-hero ) Despite being one of them Void critters you haven’t hurt him. So I can’t say to much against ya.”

anonymous asked:

Stuckony prompt? Super soldiers keep using their Brooklyn charm on Tony who can't help but blush because they are way to hot and sincere.

I live for Stuckony tbh

Steve and Bucky came as a package deal. Everyone knew this, the media, the team and basically anyone who watched them for more than five minutes. Thankfully, this closeness resulted in the duo having very similar tastes; In food, in literature and especially in their partners. The common factor in all their past lovers had been a fiery attitude, a quick wit and a sharp mind. And hell if the snarky genius who never backed down from anything didn’t tick every single box.

Tony Stark however was a man who enjoyed many things, especially the finer things in life. He enjoyed fancy rooftop dinners, exotic islands and equally exotic partners. Anything that took him away from his mind for a while. So when the team realised Tony had quite the thing for accents, well it wasn’t a surprise. But once an Italian man had charmed Tony with sweet compliments in a sweet accent enough to warrant a blush, a plan had been formulated.

At first, the soldiers thought it was just an accent that got Tony flushed and smiling- a look they wanted to see him wear more than his fancy suits, no matter how well they suited him. Bucky was especially good at dropping into his thick Brooklyn accent around Tony, so much so it seemed natural.

“Sure you don’t needa hand liftin’ that? Sure looks heavy for a little fella.”

“I’m not weak, Barnes.” Tony had snapped, batting Bucky’s hands away from the two boxes of parts he was carrying. It wasn’t until Steve spoke they realised what they should have been doing the whole time.

“Hey sugar, he didn’t mean nothin’. Just didn’t want a sweet guy like you getting hurt.” It had been a matter of seconds before Tony was red down to his neck and stumbling over his words.

“Oh…well I…thanks I mean, but I uh, I guess you could take the top box, if you really wanted.” He smiled at Steve, looking everywhere but his eyes. Behind him Bucky grinned.

Tony Stark- billionaire, genius and hero- turned to mush at compliments.

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perville  asked:

Once you get this, you have to publicly say five things you like about yourself and send it to 10 of your favorite followers. Spread the positivity ❤🌸❤🌸❤🌸

Oooh! I’ve actually done this once before but I’ll try to come up with five more -^^-

1. Um… I’m actually a decent cook! It’s not very intricate but I’m pretty good at finding cool flavor combos and a nice balance of sweet, sour, spicy and so on. And my cheesecakes have made many a friend happy. >w< I baked one for my tattooist and he was so moved omg that was the best thing

2. I’m such a joyous fella when I’m drunk. Like, I’m not the annoying kind of drunk, I’m everyone’s best friend kind of drunk. That’s a lot of fun. :D

3. I uhh…. Well there seems to be something about my looks, face, or the way I dress that makes people randomly smile at me when I pass them by! Which is great! I don’t care if I look ridiculous as long as the reaction is ⚙ᴗ⚙ and not ಠ_ಠ

4. If you’re a friend of mine and someone gives you shit I will break their neck fite them with my tiny fists

5. Generally I do a whole lot of things to make other people happy. That’s, like, my mission or something. I just wanna do whatever I can to help people have a little faith in humanity because lord in heaven knows we need that on this stupid gay planet

Yay go meeeee!

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

Now for the 10 followers… Oh it says I have to send it, not tag peeps on the post! Okie dokie, will do that then :D

I Thought You Were Different: Book 2 (Part 24/?) (Rogers/Stark x reader)

Part 23

“I’m sorry, babies, mommy kinda lost it for a minute,” you whispered as you lay each of them down in their cribs one by one, placing a soft kiss on their foreheads before pulling up their blankets.  “I’ll put extra in daddy’s swear jar, I promise.”

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anonymous asked:

Your wife looks like Felix in drag.

Wow Anon, ya sure seem t'wanna sleep in a SHALLOW GRAVE tonight huh?

But–another thing. Are ya tellin’ me Felix is ugly? Or that he WOULDN’T look nice in a dress? Felix is a pretty swell lookin’ fella, I doubt that he couldn’t pull it off!

Either way, if ya wanna be bumped off THAT BADLY anon, why don'tcha show yourself?

@ask-felix-the-cat

Even when violent men TELL US what they’re going to do, even when they POST ABOUT IT publicly on the internet, and even when they engage in a PATTERN of violent threats and sociopathic behaviors, the cops STILL say “oh, he seems like a perfectly nice fella to us!”

And that tells you everything you need to know about the level of protection we, as women, can expect from “law enforcement.”

Date me.

I have a lot of time on my hands as it would seem, and I’m not the type of person to just sit around and do nothing. So today, I went on a Tinder date.

Actually, let me rephrase that, it was not a date. I met with someone who had mutual friends with me for a coffee (who I met on Tinder). Hey, don’t judge, I’m bored and curious!

So I met up with this guy, he was a little older and works for a prominent media company here in Sydney. I’ll be 100% honest when I say that I have no intention of anything romantic with this fella, he just seemed like a very interesting person. We met up, we chatted, we talked about what we do, traveling, the city and our mutual friend, and we both went on our way.

THIS is what I’ve missed. I miss being in a city where you can just meet someone who is interesting, have a coffee and chat, learn about them and be on your way. I think I will catch up with him again (as mates), he seemed like a nice guy. Ahhh, to be back in the big city dating world again… Not that this was a date… You know what I mean!

[ @bettybonnett

This shy guitarist was the new kid on the block. new to the band, and they did treat him rather nicely. Even if he was shy, kept to himself and was a bit awkward, he was different. This wasn’t his first band, but it sure seemed like it to many people. More so playing in the studio with the unknown, he was apart of history as some would say. Not many of the young fellas got to say they were a session guitarist, but he could. 

As always they were at a gathering, a small gathering full with important people. But some would manage to sneak in and see the famous band. Soon he found himself wanting to connect with someone, or even have a meaningful conversation. His hair was tucked behind his ear for a short amount of time, before it swayed away and back to cover his ear. He was sitting along with a glass of whiskey

Colored folks is alrigt by me. My dad dont care for many negros or queer fags but they never did wrong by me. Heck I even watch som negro porno! Colored bitches got fatter bootiez! Lol. I like that. Theres a queer at my school im trynna warm up to but its just hard knowin he likes touchin other men in sin but he seems like a nice enough fella. Just as long as he dont try that fag shit on me! Lol. Woundt wana have to kick his ass but hed probibly like it. Heck im tryin! I wanna get along with everyone despite my upbringing and the way my dad views coloreds n queers. Just like that bob marlies says, “one love.”

anonymous asked:

I think the time as come... spoiler please? :) Oh and btw, you are quite amazing and talented! You know, in case no one reminded you today.

Season 4 - Episode 2 - ‘And the Dust Settles’

Spoilers

‘Late in the day’ by Supergrass

Oh Diary, it were like some strange slowly, calmly erupting volcano; all these buried feelings came out of him.  He didn’t cry, he didn’t show any emotion really, he just told me in this strange monotone.  It were like he couldn’t let himself feel anything cos he wouldn’t get it all out if he did. 

***

“Yeah I was getting the fucking job done last night.”  Chop bragged, “tore her fucking dress off!”  Archie and Finn cheered him loudly. 

“Yeah!”  Finn laughed and took another jelly totsie. 

“That’s a shame!”  Archie threw the plastic shot glass at Chop, hitting him on the forehead, “That were a nice dress.”

“Are you fucking serious?”  Chop asked him.

“You’re worrying about a fucking dress?”  Finn asked at the same time. 

“Maybe if you guys were ripping each other’s clothes off I’d be more interested!”  Archie shot back at them

***

On a beautiful Monday afternoon Rae found herself numbly walking up a hospital corridor with Chloe’s hand in hers. 

***

“What d’you mean?”  Archie furrowed his brows.

“I was thinking… wondering…”  Tom cleared his throat and looked away.  Archie had never seen him nervous like this and he grinned stupidly, enchanted by everything Tom did.

“Wondering?”  He prodded.

“Wondering…”  Tom turned his eyes back to Archie, “If maybe… you wanted to move in with me?”  Archie raised his eyebrows and stared at Tom for a long moment, “It’s ok if you don’t.”  Tom said softly and lowered his eyes momentarily, “I mean, we got plenty of time for that.”  He looked back up at Archie, “It’s just that those nights that you’re not here… those nights are getting harder.”  Archie opened his mouth in surprise.

“Seriously?”  Archie asked in disbelief.  Tom had always been a very free spirit, not to be held down in things like relationships.  Archie had known that before he’d agreed to go out with Tom.  Archie had known that even as he fell in love with Tom.  Archie knew that now, as his mind scrambled to realise that Tom had fallen as hard and as fast as he himself had. 

“Archibald Alexander Kristoff Milton,” Archie laughed and Tom grinned, “Will you move in with me?”

***

“I should have kissed him.”  She whispered to herself

***

“How has your week been so far?”  He asked her genuinely.

“Really great.”  She grinned, “Lots of time with the gang, and mum’s been buying me so many clothes…”  She bit her bottom lip and picked up the glass of wine, “You?”  She asked and took a sip.  “Hmm, it’s good.”  Rhys nodded.

“I thought you’d like a fruitier wine.”  He said thoughtfully, “But I got a couple of different kinds just in case.’  He lowered his eyes and chuckled at himself.

“You trying to impress me?”  She asked totally awe struck and bemused by the notion.

“Yes.”  He answered as he looked up at her.  “Why wouldn’t I try to impress you?” 

“I dunno… She shrugged, “I always think of boys impressing girls as them lying to make themselves look better than they are.”  Rhys nodded thoughtfully. 

“Lucky I’m a man then.”  He answered, “When I seek to impress you, I mean that I want to give you a good night, and display how well I’ve been paying attention to you.”  He answered, “To be clear and upfront, so you know what I’m doing.”  He held up his empty hands, “No surprises.”  She laughed.

“Well I give you permission to surprise me in the future.”  Chloe watched him lower his face, a pleased grin on his face. 

“I’ll keep that in mind.” 

***

“I think we girls have got a lot to talk about!”  Izzy said suddenly, “Pornos and hung men and…” She thought about the fact that she’d finally get to report about losing her o-plates and grinned, “All sorts o’ things.”  She finished with a sly grin and Chop furrowed his brow, knowing that he was going to be mentioned in some way. 

“So you lads can piss off and play Foosball!”  Chloe told them and Chop reached for the tequila, “No leave the tequila!”  Finn picked up the beer.

“Leave the sake bombs!”  Rae laughed.

“You’re not touching my fucking jelly totsies!”  Izzy told them. 

“Don’t worry lads, I got some Jägermeister in the kitchen.”

“Ooo, you can bring that through to us too!”  Izzy said.

***

“I’m living with me Nan now.”  He explained and Finn finally placed him: Mrs Dewhurst’s grandson. 

“Well that’s good!”  Rae grinned, “I’ll get to see you more again!”  James grinned and started to laugh.  He turned his eyes to Finn

“We used to run around the street together when I visited me Nan.”  He explained, “When we was little.” 

“Chloe had such a crush on you!”  Rae told him and he chuckled. 

“I hope she doesn’t still have a crush on me!”  He joked and his eyes lingered on Rae’s face before flitting over to Finn’s face.  Finn narrowed his eyes slightly, not sure how to read James.

“I think you’re safe!”  Rae laughed. 

“O’ course!  Miss Beauty queen’s probably moved on to bigger and better things than me!”  He laughed, “Like him.”  He nodded towards Finn, his eyes appraising him, “You got a thing for Chlo?”  He asked.

“Um no…”  Finn answered uncomfortably. 

“Oh right?”  James laughed, “You must be what, one of only about five guys who don’t want her?” 

“Aye, she not my type.”  Finn responded, wanting to always reassure Rae, his eyes found her face, but she was laughing with James. 

“You loved that I never liked her didn’t you Miss Earl?”  He laughed and she nodded her head.  Finn’s ears pricked at his use of ‘Miss Earl.’

***

“Alright.”  He answered unimpressed with her moodiness. 

“Don’t use that tone with me Arnold!”  She said as she started to make the bed and Chop groaned in frustration and looked up at the ceiling. 

“Baby girl, you’re fucking killing me today.”  He muttered to himself.  This was the third time they’d fucked today, and the eighth time she’d yelled at him about housekeeping.  “Sorry.”  He called out to her.

“Don’t bother saying it if you don’t mean it!”  She yelled at him. 

***

Finn handed the book back to Phil and Phillip shook his head.

“You didn’t even let her read it did you?”  Phillip lowered his eyes and looked at the book thoughtfully.

“No.”  Finn grinned sadistically, “I read it to her.” 

“Fuck off Lyn.  Big caveman like you wouldn’t understand it… wouldn’t even be interested.”  Phil shot him a dirty look but Finn just kept on grinning. 

“Oh come on Avril.” 

“Avril?”  Phil scoffed.

“It rhymes.”  Finn laughed before taking on a more serious demeanour.  “No really Phil.”  Phil looked at Finn suspiciously, “It were a great book.”  Finn continued, ignoring the look Phil was giving him, “you got great taste in literature.”

“I know.”  He answered sceptically; deeply suspicious of Finn’s words.  “Did you actually read it to her?”

“Aye.”  Finn grinned, trying to keep the sadistic edge out of his face, “I quite liked the poem ‘Nefertiti rides me.’”  Phil rolled his eyes.

“Of course you did.”  He shook his head.

“So did Rae.”  Finn finished suggestively, “Be sorry to see that book go.”  Phil narrowed his eyes, understanding what Finn was hinting at.  “Although the whole second half of it is quite… disturbing.”  Finn continued, “That Akhenaten fella is a wanker.”  Phillip scoffed and looked away.

“Yeah.”  He said softly. 

“Rae seems to enjoy disturbing stories like this so… good choice Philly me lad.”  Finn grinned sadistically as he watched Phil’s eyebrows furrow in confusion.  It would never not be fun messing with Phillip. 

“Did Rae tell you to play nice?”  Phil asked slowly.

“No.”  Finn answered honestly.  “I still really wanna smash your face in.”  Finn said with a happy tone of voice that confused Phil, “But fuck it, I’m in a good mood today.”

***

“I just wanted you to know that you have options.” 

“Oh I know I have options.”  There was a cocky ring to his voice.

“And I wanted you to know that I’m one of them.”  She looked at Finn with large vulnerable eyes, her hands reaching forward to his hands, but Finn stayed leaned back in the chair, almost lazily, as if this conversation bored him. 

“I know you’re one of my many options, Stacey.  I’ve always known.” 

“She never needs to know.”  Stacey said softly

“What are you suggesting?”

“She’ll never know I was here, or what was said… or what we do…”  Stacy leaned further forward, “It’ll be our secret.”  Finn stared at her for a good long time. 

“Are you suggesting I cheat on me girlfriend?”

“I’m suggesting that whatever happens between us, stays between us.” 

***

“Wouldn’t it be easier, Earl, if I’d died?”  His voice slurred horribly and Rae felt tears spring to her eyes.

“No.”  She answered honestly. 

“Cos you’d feel guilty.”

***

She looked out of the window at the rain dripping slowly down the glass.  She wrapped her arms around herself and sighed heavily.  Her mind wandered back to him, as it often did.  She looked back over her office; a mountain of paperwork waited for her, but her eyes strayed back to the concrete courtyard, the grey sky… grey people scurrying along with newspapers over their heads, umbrellas and one guy actually wearing a yellow raincoat.  She could almost imagine him wearing something like that and the thought made a smile caress her lovely face. 

She tried to fight this ever-settling sense of emptiness.  But it filled her innards so that she couldn’t eat.  It filled her lungs so that sometimes she felt utterly breathless. 

She forced herself to take a deep breath and walked back to her desk.  She looked down at the unfinished letter; the envelope already written out to a Stamford address.  She had tried to write this letter a dozen times today already.  But what could she say to them?

I’ve made such a mess of everything, and the longer I leave it in silence the harder it’ll be to…

To do what? 

***

Benji looked at Rae lustily but remembered she was with his lad Finn.  His eyes went to Izzy, but Chop had his arms around her as they danced to the music.  He watched Finn, Tom and Rhys returning with drinks and turned his eyes back to the only other girl with them.  Chloe.  She was quite a hottie.  Without a second thought Benji pulled her into his arms and planted his mouth upon hers passionately.  Finn’s eye widened as he saw it and he immediately look up to Rhys, his eyes taking in the scene.  

“Oh shit.”  Finn breathed, knowing there was no way he could hold Rhys back.

***

“D’you still have contact with Finn?”  She asked and Rae raised her eyebrows and opened her mouth slowly.

“Yeah.”  Rae answered awkwardly, “I still see him.”  She furrowed her brows, not sure how much to tell Olivia, “Quite a bit.”

“Great!”  Olivia beamed, “Can you tell him I’m sorry I haven’t gotten back to him, but with work and becoming an aunt I’ve been run off my feet!  But that I’m keen for the dinner date we tried to organise and that this Friday night at our place would be perfect.”  She grinned.

“Our place?”  Rae asked, “Wait, what?”  She shook her head, “Dinner date?”  Rae tried to keep the angry tone out of her voice.

“The restaurant we met in.”  Olivia said, “It was quite romantic really.”  She told Rae, “He’s a great listener.”  Rae nodded slowly. 

“So you guys are gonna get back together?”  Rae asked incredulously.

“I hope so.”  Rae took in her hopeful face and narrowed her eyes. 

***

Only two days after getting to London, one of Kelsey’s mates had made a move on him.  She had the most beautiful big brown eyes and he had been lost in her eyes for so long that before he knew it she was kissing him, her hands going down his pants.  He had stopped her moments later and she had sulked so much for the rest of the night that Kelsey had gotten cranky with her. 

The next morning Kelsey had sat him down and asked him why he hadn’t just gotten a free blow job.  He had poured his heart out about Rae to his sister and she had given him a huge hug and one sentence of advice:

“Get over her.” 

***

Archie was silent as Tom drove angrily, above the speed limit.  He didn’t know what to say. 

Eventually Tom realised he was driving dangerously and pulled over aggressively, slamming his hands into the steering wheel as soon as they were still. 

“I’m so sorry.”  Archie said to him, but Tom couldn’t look at him just yet. 

***

Her eyes were closed, the sun shone in through the window across her beautiful skin.  He looked up at the window; she had left the curtains open for the first time since Saul had attacked her. 

***

We survived.

She told her reflection silently.

And he’s not coming back

Her internal voice sounded firm and confident.

We’re safe.

***

“Thank fuck that year’s over!”  Finn raised his shot glass.

“May the next one be even better.”  Rae raised her glass.

“No fucking pain, we’ve had enough of it!”  Archie raised his shot glass.

“Filled with new beginnings!”  Chloe added.

“A year of healing and adventure.”  Izzy grinned.

“And fun!”  Chop finished and they all clinked their plastic shot glasses and sucked down their jelly vodka shots.