highland warrior

I wake up wanting you. I fall asleep wanting you. I watch a magnificent sunrise and can think only of sharing it with you. I glimpse a piece of amber and see your eyes… I’ve caught a disease, and the fever abates only when I’m near you.
—  Karen Marie Moning, To Tame A Highland Warrior

anonymous asked:

Modern Glasgow AU Jamie and Claire having to deal with their teenage daughters, maybe some boy trouble...

Anonymous said: For Gotham’s Modern Glasgow AU- few years in the future, someone catches teenage Bree & Roger on a “compromised” situation and Jamie goes full Highland Warrior father with them

Anonymous said: For the Modern Glasgow au. Someone surprising teenage Brianna and Roger together and Jamie giving them a serious talk

Modern Glasgow AU

Jamie Fraser eased his elbow out the open car window, humming tunelessly along with his favorite live recording of The Corries’ “Wild Mountain Thyme.”

It was a beautiful spring day. The sheep were lambing well – he’d had a good chat with Jenny about that this morning. The fields were just about ready to till – Ian was going to check on the tractors this afternoon. Claire had had an unusually quiet spell at the clinic in the village. Fergus and Marsali would be back at Lallybroch for a visit in a few weeks. Faith, Bree, William, and Julia were off school this week – he’d spent a good part of the previous night helping Julia select the next quadrant of the estate for her and Sinem to excavate over the next few days (so far they’d turned up a startling array of artifacts, from broken pipes to corroded ploughs to all sorts of animal bones to a beautiful string of what had to be, oddly enough, beads from the Mediterranean).

Now that the winter damp was finally dissipating, it was as good of a time as any to check the outbuildings on the estate – an array of guesthouses, storage sheds, and cottages where Murtagh, Suzette, the household staff, and various long-term visitors lived. Some had been winterized – might as well make a visit, open the windows, and air them out while the weather remained fair.

So, armed with a basket full of Mrs. Crook’s cock-a-leekie pie for lunch, Jamie found himself turning off the main road to look in on the stone crofter’s cottage that dated at least from the 1740s but which his father had lovingly restored into a guesthouse at least thirty years ago.

And frowning at the ancient red Morris Minor innocently parked near the front door.

Jamie cut the Land Rover’s engine and gingerly followed the fresh tire tracks to the car, which sported a cheery University of Glasgow bumper sticker.

His eyes narrowed.

Swiftly he approached the house and quietly pushed in the heavy wooden door – which he knew had to be unlocked.

Brianna’s coat lay crumpled in the entryway.

Then he turned to the left – to the room where he knew a large, comfortable couch sat before the old hearth that he, Murtagh, and William had repaired the previous summer.

All he saw was a tangle of red and dark curls, and a blur of pale flesh.

“Roger MacKenzie,” James Fraser growled. “I’ll thank ye to take yer hands off my daughter.”

Dr. Claire Fraser pulled her Volvo in between her husband’s Land Rover and Faith’s battered, yet dependable Volkswagen Jetta. She stretched as she stepped out of the car, and smiled as she spotted Julia’s blonde braids darting through the dooryard.

“Hello?” she called.

Eight-year-old Julia whirled backwards and ran to her beloved Mama, tackling her midsection with a tremendous hug.

“And hello to you too, darling. How has your day been?”

“We’ve got it all marked out and have started digging,” she replied, fishing in the pockets of her coveralls. “Found this so far. What do ye think it is?”

A small, corroded metal lump lay in the palm of Julia’s dusty hand. Claire gingerly picked it up, squinting.

“It looks like an old bullet,” she mused. “Wherever did you find it?”

“Oh, over in that plot behind the old coo barn. Da said his grandda told him that in olden times there was a smithy back there.”

Sinem emerged from the main house and padded over to them.

“Hi, Dr. Fraser.” Her voice was shy, her English still a bit hesitant – but clearly improving.

Julia turned to her best friend. “Are they still talking?”

“Yes – they’re still in the study room. But Mr. Murtagh was listening from the outside.”

“What?” Claire crouched down to be at eye level with the girls. “Who’s in the study?”

“Da and Bree and Roger,” Julia explained patiently.

“Roger? He’s here?”

“Oh, aye – Da found the two of them out in one of the cottages. Been holding them hostage until ye came home.” Julia paused, then produced a compass from one of her pockets. “Can we go now? The sun will set in two hours and we have a *lot* of work to do.”

Claire nodded, distracted, and walked as quick as she could toward the house.

She found Murtagh right outside Jamie’s study – just like Julia had said.

“What’s going on?” she hissed.

The older man’s busy eyebrows – long gone grey with age – rose in amusement. “He’s been tearing wee Roger a new one for acting improperly wi’ Brianna.”

“What?” Indignant – and wanting to defend her daughter – Claire raised her hand to open the door.

But was stopped by Murtagh resting a work-worn hand gently on hers.

“No need. They’re almost done. Jamie’s just about worn himself out wi’ warning the puir lad. And Brianna, brave lass – she’s been in wi’ him the whole time.”

Claire’s eyes bugged. “She *what*? Just what exactly were they doing out there, anyway?”

“Just fooling around – kid stuff. Roger swears up and down that nothing serious happened.”

Now Claire rolled her eyes. “A likely story.”

“Hush,” Murtagh whispered. “I think they’re almost done.”

“…no’ fair to punish me, Da. I’m grown – ”

“Seventeen is *no’* grown, Bree. No’ as long as ye live in my house. It hurts me to think that ye couldna have Roger here, to be open about it.”

“Because I wanted to avoid *this,* Da.” Claire could just picture the look of exasperation on Brianna’s face.

“Ye ken weel that I dinna want to hide anything about my love for Bree,” Roger added quietly. “I love her and she loves me and we’re proud of that. Only – weel. Only there are so many people in this house, Mr. Fraser. We just wanted some time alone to ourselves.”

“Ye could have just asked, lad.” Claire knew that tone of voice – and knew that Jamie was probably ruffling his hand through his hair as he spoke. “I ken ye love and respect my daughter. Ye just gave me the hell of a shock today.”

“I’m sorry – ”

“And for God’s sake I hope ye’re still a maiden, Bree. Because I swear if ye’ve lain together outside of marriage – ”

Knowing this was her cue, Claire innocently breezed through the door.

Jamie stood behind his desk, face flushed, hair all a mess, arms folded across his chest.

Brianna and Roger, seated in the high-backed chairs in front of the desk, turned to face Claire. Roger looked tired. Brianna looked annoyed – then relieved.

“Mama!” she exclaimed.

“Hello Roger!” Claire replied in her best cheery doctor tone of voice. “What a lovely surprise! I hope I’m not interrupting – ”

Roger rose to greet Claire with a kiss on the cheek. “Actually, Dr. Fraser, we were just finishing – I need to go soon, to get back to Glasgow. Just a quick trip.”

Bree quickly rose to take his hand.

“I’ll just go see Roger to his car,” she explained, dragging him out of the study and past her hysterically laughing godfather, lurking in the hallway.

Claire met her husband’s eyes, hands on her hips.

Waiting.

His eyes narrowed, seeming more blue than she had ever seen.

“If I find them again – ”

“And you’re telling me you *never*, not once, snuck off to a haystack with some girl, James Fraser?”

He pursed his lips. Swallowed. Sank weakly into his chair, burying his head in his hands.

Claire quietly walked around the desk, opened his bottom drawer, and pulled out the bottle of Laphroaig.

Jamie sighed, leaned his head back against the chair, and unscrewed the top.

The girl that stood...

on the hearthrug, hissing and spitting in defense of her paternity, flamed with the wild strength that had brought the Highland warriors down on their enemies like banshees. Her long, straight nose lengthened still further by shadows, eyes slitted like a snarling cat’s, she was the image of her father-and her father was patently not the dark, quiet scholar whose photo adorned the jacket of the book on the table.

~ Roger Mackenzie, Dragonfly in Amber ~ 

Originally posted by sam-heughan-daily

anonymous asked:

why are romance novels almost always set in scotland?? its literally "as we journeyed through the highlands i could faintly see my beloved through the mist, his untamed hair matching the fierce spirit of a highland warrior" XDXD

Because there is nothing as passionate as that of man with the fierce spirit of a highland warrior. 

latimes.com
Los Angeles Times | How 'Outlander' star Sam Heughan gets ready for all those shirtless scenes
By Los Angeles Times

Scottish lads in the 18th century were, by necessity, strong and fit. But they didn’t look like modern-day bodybuilders. Sam Heughan does, and“Outlander” fans don’t seem to mind. The star spends plenty of screen time shirtless as the Highlands warrior Jamie Fraser on the Starz show, which starts its second season tonight. He bulked up for the role with what he called “functional weightlifting and CrossFit type stuff.” But he still makes time for his first fitness passion: running.

How did you get into running?

It just started with strapping on a pair of trainers and going outside. I was traveling a lot as a young actor, and while in a new city I’d want to see the place, so I would just put on my trainers and go for a jog. And the more I did that, the more I found I was traveling longer and longer distances. I just fell into it.

What are some of your fondest memories from your travel runs?

There are so many. I was doing a tour of the Batman live stage production and I challenged the cast to join me to run. One time we were running in Switzerland just before Christmas and it was heavy snow. Another time we were running down the Seine in Paris on Christmas Day and we all had Santa hats on. And I remember training for the Paris marathon I had to get up really early and do a 20-mile training run. I was in Cincinnati and running all alone along the river and saw so much wildlife.

What was it that attracted you to marathon running?

I wanted to challenge myself. I am slightly competitive, but it was more about myself than competing against other people. I did my first one in Paris and loved the whole event: going to a different city, seeing all the sites, and for a space in time you feel like a professional athlete because people are cheering for you. You do one and then you want to do more.

Any other notable marathon experiences?

I did the Los Angeles Marathon last year, and that’s a good one. You get to see a lot of sites and I liked the idea of running to the sea; you can pretend that it’s downhill all the way. My best time is a 3:20 in Paris in 2010, and I trained to try for a 3-hour marathon in New York, but Hurricane Sandy hit and it was canceled. But I got to see New Yorkers band together and help each other out. A movement started called “Run Anyway” … so I did go to Central Park and ran. People were donating clothes and food to those who needed it. It was an amazing show of community spirit.

Tell me about the My Peak Challenge program you created.

I collaborated with my trainer in the UK and Bloodwise — a leukemia and lymphoma charity — and we created an event where I share my love of the outdoors. I’d been doing a lot of hiking in Scotland and discovering my country, so we built a charity that allows people to help themselves while they help others. It’s a workout program and the profits go to the charity. We’ve already raised over $170,000 in just three weeks. We have a whole community online now and it includes people from all walks of life.

Casual Classics: Documentaries on Youtube: Rome, Greece, and More

Hey everyone! Here is a brief (as always) list of some documentaries available to all on Youtube with Ancient Greece or Roman Empire related topics. I figured these would come in handy for people who casually like to learn about classics, or those of us who are frustrated by gaps in our own knowledge. Enjoy!

Bonus: I’ve decided to link some playlists from youtube user TheAncientWorlds to other ancient related cultures. I’ve compiled them all for easy viewing purposes. The differ quite vastly in quality and time made. It is a good study to examine a variety and find bias in each. Some are far from being of perfect quality.

Rome:

The Secret Lives of Rome’s Gladiators

Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire

Years of Eruption | Order from Chaos | Winds of Change | Years of Trial

Rome: The Ancient Superpower

Foundation of the Roman Empire: Engineering and Empire

What the Ancients Did for Us: Romans

How Christianity Ended the Roman Empire

Sex in Ancient Rome: Pompeii

Contributions to the World: Ancient Rome

The Battles Against Rome: Arminius Barbarians

Pompeii: The Mystery of People Frozen in Time

Ancient Roman Weapons: History of Swords

Spartacus: Behind the Myth

The Gladiator Graveyard: Timewatch

Scotland: Rome’s Final Frontier

The True Story of Hannibal

How the Germanic Tribes Beat the Romans

After the Fall of the Romans: The Mysterious Dark Ages

Greece: 

Ancient Greeks: Golden Age of Civilization

Ancient Greeks: Spartan Invasion

Ancient Greeks: The Revolution of Democracy

Ancient Greeks: Victory at Marathon

Who Were the Greeks? [2014]

Ancient Greeks: Crucible Civilization

What the Ancients Did for Us: Greeks

Athens: The Greatest City on Earth (In Ancient Greece)

The Oracle at Delphi

Others: History Documentary Series

Ancient Warriors [Assyrians Masters of War, The Celts, The Normans, Legions of Rome, The Macedonians, Soldiers of the Pharaoh, Spartans, The Janissaries, The Huns, Knights of the Templar, The Vikings, The Highlanders, The Irish Warriors, Maurya Warriors of the Elephant, The Aztecs, Samurai, Shaolin Monks, Hawaiians, Ninja Warriors of the Night, The Sioux

Barbarians [The Vikings, The Franks, The Lombards, The Mongols, The Huns, The Saxons, The Vandals]

The Great Egyptians [King of the Pyramids, The Real Cleopatra, The Queen who would be King, The Rebel Pharaoh, Ramses the Great]

The Roman Empire [The Rise of the Roman Empire, Legions of Conquest, Seduction of Power, Grasp of an Empire, Cult of Order, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Letters from the Roman Front]

Lost Treasures of the Ancient World [Stonehenge, Hadrian’s Wall, Pyramids of Egypt, Pompeii, Ancient Rome, Mayans and Aztecs, Carthage, Jerusalem, Ancient Greece, The Seven Wonders, Roman Empire in North Africa, Ancient China, Ancient India, Samurai Japan, The Celts, Dark Age, Empires in the Americas]

The Conquerors [William the ConquerorGeneral William HoweAndrew JacksonCortesJohn C. FreemontEl CidMarshal ZhukovSherman’s March to the SeaCromwellKing David]

CLICK THROUGH FOR LINKS:

The Secrets of Archaeology [Ancient Itinerary in Ionia, Visit of the Sanctuaries of Apollo, Cities of the Pharaohs, At the Court of the King of Kings, A Place Called Etruria, Egypt According to Cleopatra, Cities of Sea and Wind, Retracing the Tracks of Hannibal, The Roman Empire in Africa, Greek Cities in Italy, Pyramids of the Sun, Mycenaeans: The Civilization of Heroes,  Secrets of the Island of Minos, Athens: Western Splendor, Lost Cities of the Maya, Glorious Rome, Travels Through Greece, Pyramids Designed for Eternity, Sailing with the Phoenicians, The Roads to El Dorado, Roman Imprint on the West, Ancient Cities Bordering on Latium, The Fabulous Centers of Hellenism, The Ports of the Desert, The Forgotten Civilizations of Anatolia.]

Africa: A Voyage of Discovery [Different but Equal, Mastering a Continent, Caravans of Gold, The Bible and the Gun, Kings and Cities, This Magnificent African Cake, The Rise of Nationalism, The Legacy]

Secrets of Lost Empires [Stonehenge, The Obelisk, Colosseum, The Incas, Pyramids, Easter Island, China Bridge, Pharaoh’s Obelisk, Roman Baths, Medieval Siege]

Treasure Hunters [El Dorado, Golden Hell, Black King of Zimbabwe, Fire in the Stone, Rubies of the Golden Triangle, Doomsday in Port Royal, The Gold Fishers, Mussolini’s Gold, Diamonds of the Orange River, Mysery of the Old Slumach, Treasure of the Desert Fox]

Time Travelers [Death March of De Soto, Bells of the Bronze Age, Who Were the Israelites, Secrets of the Red City, Lost City of Zimbabwe, Clash of the Maya Kings, Fall of the Maya, Athens: Daughter of Egypt?, Women of Lesbos, Voyage of the Vikings, Search for Neanderthal, Myth of Masada, Last Days of the Philstines, Killer Quakes of the Bible, Death at Pompeii, Caesar’s Nightmare, The Apache, Return to Ground Zero, People of the Bog, The CSS Alabama]

Disclaimer: I have not watched many of these films in their entirety. I am sorry for any questionable content. If a link is broken please tell me. If you have questions about any of the above content, please let me know.