honors defense

Muddled - Three

College AU. Sleeping with an asshole wasn’t your intention, and neither was falling in love with him.

Part One | Part Two |

Pairing: Asshole!Bucky Barnes x Reader | Steve x Reader
Warnings: Moderate swearing. Mentions of sex and drugs, and faulty consent.
Author’s Note: The drama is so real. Tagging is closed*.

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ace attorney
  • defense: your honor i have proven that my client has an alibi and literally could not have committed the murder
  • prosecution: okay, but, your hair is really fucking stupid
  • the judge: the prosecution makes a good point. your hair is pretty fucking stupid. now, unless anyone who isn’t enough of a main character to have their own objection voice clip has any last-second testimonies they want to give that they could have given an hour ago, im going to have to give my verdict. I find the defendant,
  • someone who isnt enough of a main character to have their own objection voice clip: [OBJECTION but it's just the ping noise while the objection word bubble flashes across the screen]
  • me: [rapidly and exasperatedly jamming the A button as it shows the shocked face of Every Fucking Character In The Courtroom Except The Person At The Witness Stand at the World's Slowest Pace]
everybody was kung fu fighting!

[The Shaolin Monks] pursue spiritual peace through mastery of bare-fisted murder.  – The Simpsons, 16x12 “Goo Goo Gai Pan”

To fight is a concept with which every person on the planet is familiar. From the impoverished bowels of third-world countries to the highest echelon of wealthy societies, fighting can almost be heralded as the true universal language. People fight for what they love, against what they hate, for change, for honor, for glory, for money, to stave boredom, to get fit. Every day, wars are waged against both mental and physical obstacles to success. The most personally successful individuals are the ones who brave adversity and courageously do battle with what threatens to block or distract them from their goals. 

Challenging someone to a duel is not a foreign concept in the Western world, but conditions had to be met before making such a challenge was considered socially acceptable. Bound by a set of societal mores (the essential or characteristic customs and conventions of a community, by the dictionary definition), duels were usually made over questions of personal honor. At least superficially, the point of the duel (whether it be carried out with swords, guns, or mano-a-mano) was for each participant to demonstrate a willingness to lay their life on the line for the restoration of honor, either to themselves, their families, or some entity they represented. 

In the Chinese culture (the birthplace of kung fu and by proxy many hundreds of styles of martial arts), such a challenge is called gong sau, or “speak hand.” Plainly, it is a challenge made by one individual to another to test the skills of that individual’s school or style. It was often enacted in private and under relatively civilized conditions. Bruce Lee himself notably engaged in such a fight with the still-living Wong Jack Man at Lee’s school nine years before Lee’s untimely death. The fight was unrecorded and, following tradition, held in near-complete privacy. Performed in good faith, gong sau is meant to enhance a student’s knowledge base and physical versatility, not to harm or disgrace the opponent. These days, many reputable kung fu schools will actually have written policies either barring their students from challenging other schools for the sake of martial morality or greatly restricting the circumstances under which a challenge can occur. Martial arts is a business, and while injuries are common, injuries acquired by way of an outside challenge can potentially irreparably damage a school’s reputation.

Originally posted by feiyueshoes-sizechart

So what if the challenger wishes to challenge a member of his own school? Then it is not a question of style or the skill of instruction, but of skill. When does a match between fellow students cross the line of propriety?

Martial artists live by a code set forth by their masters and the school they are trained in. In a traditional martial art like Shaolin kung fu, the mind is trained as much as the body, and attitude is tantamount to effective absorption not only of the physical material, but of the headspace critical to becoming a respected member of the school community. Those students who embody every aspect of wu de (”martial morality”) are seen as pillars of the microcosmic society that is the kung fu school. Martial arts is indeed a sub-culture of the world-at-large, operating with its own norms, rules, traditions, and mores. There is a way a martial artist is expected to behave here, and while new students typically pick it up by power of observation, elder students have been known to correct them verbally when breaches of conduct are observed. It is the duty of higher-ranking belts to do just that, politely but firmly, to school them into the appropriate role of respectful, passionate student.

Enter the Tiger

Originally posted by dannythug9

Tiger is the youngest third-degree black belt in the school, a few years my junior but two full ranks (and many chambers) my senior. I do not know the exact timeline or details of his martial arts history, but he began his kung fu training a few years ago as a child, and earned his black belt in Taekwondo before that. He is a champion wrestler and world-champion kung fu competitor numerous times over, cross-trains in groundfighting arts, and is a highly skilled sparring partner. His athletic abilities alone make him somewhat of a marvel to newer and seasoned students alike, martial skill aside. But what makes Tiger truly admirable is his humility, coolheadedness, and unwavering willingness to help any student who asks for it. About martial etiquette he maintains and encourages a historically “traditional” frame of thinking and it comes across very obviously in the way he shows deference to other instructors, treats his students, and handles conflict. Though quite serious when it comes to matters of martial propriety, Tiger is fun-loving, amicable, and always game for a round of sparring. The rest of us students love the uncommon occasions Tiger is able to break away from his personal commitments and come train for the simple reason that he is fun to watch and his great attitude makes him a highly respected, but highly accessible role model. I know of no one who has ventured to disrespect him. In fact, I know of no one who is not completely awestruck at him.

So when, one evening, a white belt walked up to Tiger and challenged him to a fight, I imagine even Tiger was himself was somewhat taken aback.

Enter the White Belt. 

He’s a young man around Tiger’s age, give or take a couple years, with short, curly hair and big, shiny glasses. So fresh to the kwoon his perfectly black uniform still gleams under the fluorescent lights, he approaches Tiger and personally challenges him to a fight. 

I was not present at the time, engaged in a class that was simultaneously occurring. The school was crowded with students that day, and once class ended at 7:30 that evening those who had attended flooded to the back of the school, on their way to locker rooms or the carpet to stretch. As I walked by, equally purposed, I saw Tiger kneeling on the floor, the white belt’s head between his legs, the rest of him all but immobilized as he struggled to buck Tiger off. Tiger, of course, looked as calm and collected as ever, if not slightly irked. Having no picture of what was occurring, as I had just entered the situation, I only got the impression that this wasn’t a usual sparring match.

Fascinated, I reached out to Tiger after the fervor had died down to try and figure out what had happened.

Goat (me): He challenged you?

Tiger: Yes, he did. The issue I had with him was that I specifically told him there was a difference between sparring and challenging someone. I made it clear that if he wanted to spar I would… make it a learning experience. But if he’s asking for a challenge, it’s completely different.

In a martial arts community, I agree wholeheartedly: vernacular is important. Challenging someone seems to imply that the challenger wishes to do the other person some degree of harm to prove a point, barring defense of honor, which was not the context here.

Tiger: I told him that it was inappropriate for him to actually challenge someone at the school, especially at his rank and lack of skill. Said that at this point, he should be seeking help and guidance rather than walking around challenging black belts.

Which is apparently exactly what the young man had been doing. Prior to making his fatal mistake with Tiger, he challenged Monkey, Horse, and a handful of other notable students. With no previous martial arts training except for some summers spent with a grandfather who was apparently proficient in some form of Aikido, he really never stood a chance. 

Goat: Challenging someone to get better sounds exactly like some old-fashioned school-of-hard-knocks bullshit instilled by an overbearing (or at least misguided) father figure. 

Monkey, Dragon, and I got on the subject of the challenge while hanging out at home a few nights later. It was then I first found out the white belt had been challenging other black belts; Monkey revealed he’d been issued (and accepted) a similar challenge, as had Horse. Monkey, naturally, prevailed in the match. I was surprised to hear that after losing to two successive second-degree black belts the young man would bother trying to win against a third-degree, but then, a lack of logic had already proven a recurring theme. Dragon, interestingly, had not been challenged, and expressed rhetorical curiosity as to why. To me, it was glaringly obvious: either he hadn’t gotten around to it, or (more likely), the student was shying from Dragon because, well, Dragon’s a big, scary-looking motherfucker. Tiger and Horse are both of average height and relatively unassuming standing a crowd of students. Monkey is tall but thin. I speculated that the white belt had shown at least some intelligence picking opponents with a body type most similar to his own. Tiger, Horse, and Monkey may have all presented the illusion of being equally manageable.

When I had the chance to introduce myself to the young man (I try to do this with all new students), he told me that Tiger reminded him of his grandfather, who was a “fighter,” but seemed hesitant to share more with me, perhaps still shamed from his encounter with the black belt. Still, he kept a smile on his face when I asked him if he’d learned anything, replying yes, I got a lesson in vernacular. Before taking my leave, I asked him if he was still on his quest to challenge black belts to fights and he shook his head abashedly. 

Tiger’s account describes giving the kid a chance to rescind, or at least to re-consider what exactly he was asking for. As always, Tiger extended the offer to spar, to help coach the young man about technique while in a practice hand-to-hand scenario, but the white belt was relentless, insisting on a “challenge.” With his great reverence for martial etiquette at the helm, as well as the honor of the school in his hands, Tiger acted in defense of both and allowed the engagement. It didn’t last long, and while Tiger was not cruel, hurtful, or punitive, he did not show mercy with his technique nor offered any of the usual encouragement or helpful criticism that a student would be blessed to receive from him in the course of a training match.

Tiger: A challenge is a questioning. It questions my rank, my skill, my training and, most of all, my teachers. As a direct representative of their teachers, a martial artist can not take a challenge lying down. Some people might see that as an old-school mentality (the entire idea of someone challenging a martial artist is, by itself, pretty old-school), but I take it very seriously.

(Tiger, center, earning his third-degree sash last year.)

In researching modern opinions on gong sau (though this incident doesn’t completely align with the definition) I came across numerous opinions about the subject. Perhaps common-sensically, many martial artists advise against it unless certain criteria are met and rules set in place governing the fight. The best advice I read was simply this: just don’t go looking for a fight, because eventually you will find one and it will not end well. Moreover, it seems to me that if one’s mindset is so narrow and linear that it drives an individual to believing the best way to achieve the goal of becoming a great fighter is to continually challenge fighters of much higher skill, that student would be more suited to a Muay Thai or boxing gym than a kung fu school.

“The most dangerous time for any student of any discipline is when the student is at a point where ambition outreaches skill. This will serve to keep the student training, but can result in some harsh lessons.” - anonymous

Needless to say, I’m keeping an interested eye on the white belt’s development.

All Glory to the Cobalt Crown.

Or Else We Bleed.

No matter what @jukeboxx-and-wrekkord says, don’t believe them. This is entirely their fault and I will not be held responsible for it.

In seriousness. There is one thing that I think a lot of us, if not most of us, can agree on: Seto Kaiba has a lot of healing to do. He has so many different wounds, from so many different battles, and I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to say that the man could use a good cry.

It’s cathartic. It’s part of the process. It’s healthy.

But that begs the question … what would drive Seto Kaiba to tears? And with whom would he feel secure enough to let them fall?

I believe that I have found the answer.

It was a ritual. There was no other label that suited the grim suspense with which Seto went about the process of … revealing the truth.

The ritual hadn’t started as anything serious. Yugi had, in a moment of oblivious appreciation, simply asked why Seto didn’t “show off” more often. He’d meant it as a half-jibe, half-compliment. After all, it wasn’t like he could be blamed for noticing his boyfriend’s “attributes.”

It seemed to Yugi that someone as spotlight-hungry as Seto so often was, or at least projected himself to be, would take satisfaction in having people appreciate his looks, as surely they would.

But here they were, half past midnight, and Seto looked like he’d just come home from a funeral.

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When you trynna kill

But your sensei makes a knot with your limbs

anonymous asked:

|royaltygxm| 💧"Am i a bad person?"

{ Upon finding the gem in tears, Zircon is quick to react. Though, she had only gotten the chance to dash to her side, before the smaller queries her. To this, she retorts speedily. }

~{” N-No…! No, of course not! I… You’re not a bad person. . ! … Not to me at least? “}~

anonymous asked:

Hmm, well since you were already asked about him how about Roxas?

Oh darling yes let’s sit down and talk about Roxas.

My bae in Kingdom hearts

My reason for even giving KH a chance to be the awesome shit that it is~

put a character in my ask

character: hate them | don’t really care | like them | LOVE them | THEY ARE MY PRECIOUS

I love Roxy so much you have no idea. He’s suffered so much and it hurts my heart whenever I think of what DiZ did to him like fuck you asshole I’m glad you’re dead I hope you never come back. I don’t care if he’s sorry…I’m just sorry Roxas didn’t send y0 ass to the shadow realms that’s the place where he and Aqua are I like calling it that lmao

ship with: Oh oh oh I ship him with Sora!!! SoRoku all the way! I also ship him with Naminé because awwww that ship is sooo adorable -sniffs- and I ship him with Riku too! I’m not sure when that started but one day I thought to myself “Dang Riku and Roxas sure had a weirdly yaoi moment oh NO I NEED FANFIC” and that ship was born lol. I don’t ship him with Axel tho’–idk that ship rubs me wrong maybe because, to me at least, I didn’t see Roxas return those feelings Axel obviously had for him? Meh idk I brotp it tho’ so there’s that.

general opinions: Roxas deserves better. He deserves the world after everything he’s been through. Out of all the KH characters I swear Roxas is the one that suffered the most–got the short end of the stick. And I’m not talking about returning to Sora I swear him doing that saved him from more misery and disappointment. I…I don’t know…his entire existence had been a lie–fabricated by the Organization and he was manipulated again and again by nearly everyone he made contact with. Whether it was from OrgXIII to Riku and DiZ to his virtual Twilight Town–everything he’s ever known was a lie. The only thing that was good, for a moment, was Xion and Axel and their little ice cream breaks up on the tower–but even that ended tragically and when Axel tried to save him it just…it just pushed Roxas away. I swear the only thing that wasn’t a lie to him–that he felt was right–was Sora and trying to find him. He wanted answers hence why he left and it’s for that reason he found Sora and it became okay again. Ugh and my heart hurts because KH3D had Sora telling him what no one had ever told him before.

And I can never ever forgive DiZ or anyone that hurt this precious bae–hurt him so much that Sora could feel the pain and had to make it right again.

Because you know Sora is the only right thing in Roxas’ lonely world.

Oh gods Imma cry now wtf

Headcanon #27

Zuko won’t readily admit it because his relationship with Azula is so bad, but he thinks of Ty Lee as another little sister.

He’s always had a soft spot for her, since she was the nicest of them all, but it’s only grown since the war ended and she got put on guard duty. More often than not, if something is up, she’s the first to tell because of her aura sense, and he doesn’t like lying to her, so he ends up talking to her about things a lot.

She can also pretty much get away with anything. Just a smile and high pitched “pleeeeease” and he waves her off with a groan.

She’s even convinced him to give her piggyback rides, much to his dismay. 

Their relationship is really sweet, and something he missed out on as a kid, and if anyone were to make her cry, he would be very quick to go to her defense.

Woods & Herbs

I’ll be doing a series of in depth Tree Correspondences. I work with a lot of wood and often in nature, therefore I want to share some of my information with you in the hopes that it may catch your eye and help you too.

Trees by Days

This is great if you use a wand and need help selecting which type of wood you would like. It is also great for divination tools [runes/ogham], days to work specific magic with wood, and what kind of wood to place in spell bags along with herbs, etc.

Elder/Willow: Monday – Hecate/Crone Goddesses
 Holly/Elm/Cedar: Tuesday – Hunter Gods/Elves
 Hazel/Rowan: Wednesday – Goddess & Gods
 Oak/Pine: Thursday – The God
 Birch/Apple/Myrtle: Friday – The Goddess
 Alder/Hawthorn: Saturday – Fairies/Witches
 Ash/Birch/Laurel: Sunday – Elves/the Goddess

Properties of Tress & Shrubs

Use this to select wands and other tools; burn in candle spells; add chips to charms/spells, etc.

Alder: Water Magic, Strength, Foundation, Intuition, Knowledge, and Control.
Apple: Love, Spirit Food, Unicorns, Beauty, Perpetual Youth, Regeneration, Eternity (Immortality), Healing, Peace, Wisdom, and Prosperity.
Ash: Protection, Sex Magic, Study, Health, Enhance Magic, Peace, Rebirth, Awakening, Karma, and Underworld.
Aspen: Protection, Overcoming Obstacles, Intuition, Anxiety, Courage, and Otherworld Communications.
Birch: Fertility, New Beginnings, Protection, Purification, Blessing, Health, Wisdom, Witchcraft, and Vitality.
Blackthorn: Control, Stimulus, Chaos Energy, Obstacles, Friction, Challenges, Defensive Magic, Banish, Destruction, and Coercion.
Bodhi: Wisdom, Truth, Spirituality, and Magic.
Cedar: Longevity, Luck, Release, Reversal, and Prosperity.
Cherry: Accomplishment, Divination, Moods, Romance, Stimulation, and Deceit.
Chestnut: Protection, Justice, and Prosperity.
Horse Chestnut: Luck, and Healing.
Coconut: Chastity, Healing, and Purity.
Cypress: Past Life Workings, Defensive Magic, Honor, Influence, and Protection.
Elder: Healing, Prosperity, Protection, Cleansing, Grounding, Light, Life, Well-Being, Offering, Fairies, Changes, and Evolution (NEVER burn this wood).
Elm: Protection, Will Power, Pregnancy and Childbirth, and Sleep.
Eucalyptus: Healing.
Fig: Energy, Fertility, Health, and Strength.
Fir/Pine: Prosperity, Birth/Rebirth, Power, Nobility, Discretion, Objectivity, Fertility, Purification, Good Fortune, and Health.
Gorse: Opportunity, Wisdom, and Interaction.
Hawthorn: Cleaning, Marriage, Protection, Reconciliation, Purity, Fairies, Family, Fertility, Pleasure, Stimulation, and Misfortune.
Hazel: Wisdom, Creativity, Enhance Perceptiveness, Beauty, Clairvoyance, and Witchcraft Skills.
Heather: Success, Prosperity, and Gateway.
Holly: Enhances Magic, Balance, Challenges, Testing.
Ivy: Fertility, Love, Persistence, Development, and Tenacity.
Juniper: Protection, Learning, Transformation, and Harmony.
Lemon: Chastity, Divination, Healing, and Neutrality.
Lime: Chastity, Divination, Healing, and Neutrality.
Laurel: Fame, Fear, Visions, Willpower, Wishes, Determination, and Manifestations.
Linden: Immortality, Protection, Good Fortune, Sleep, and Love.
Maple: Abundance, Balance, Connections, Creativity, and Self-Work.
Rowan/Mountain Ash: Protection, Enhances Magic, Insight, Strength, and Cleansing.
Oak: Healing, Longevity, Money, Strength, Fertility, Power, Balance, Protection, Success, Truth, Courage, and Endurance.
Olive: Fidelity, Fruitfulness, Marriage, Money, Peace, Protection, Exorcism, and Security.
Orange: Love, and Marriage.
Palm: Strength.
Peach: Divination, and Love.
Poplar: Success, Recognition, and Fame.
Red Oak: Inner Transformation
Vine (Grape or Berry): Happiness, Introspection, Rebirth/Renewal, Transitions, and Ancestry.
Willow: Moon Magic, Psychic Power, Spirits, Death Passage, Intuition, Flexibility, and Crone Energy.
Walnut: Healing, and Protection.
Yew: Transformation, Psychic Awareness, Spirits, Death Passage, Immortality (DO NOT BURN)

partcfyouruniverse  asked:

"I'm sorry about what Yellow did to you." Blue Diamond

{ Zircon had almost instantaneously recognized her Monarch’s voice, turning to face and salute her respectfully as fast as she possibly could. }

~{” M-M-My Diamond. . ! I-I uh. .  I-It’s erm… It’s quite alright. “}~

{ Her expression quickly sullens, hands going back down to her sides, taking ease. }

~{” … I overstepped my bounds. I understand that it’s unforgivable. I-If you or Yellow Diamond eventually figure out a punishment for my behavior, I’m willing to take any form of consequence for my actions. I should not have let myself get so carried away…”}~


Juett Caudle of Franklin and Versailles, KY, was one of 116,500 Americans who died in World War I.  He was a member of Company G, 18th Infantry, and he served in the Cantigny and Soissons campaigns.  Caudle enlisted in the Army in December 1916, four months before the US entered the war.  He was killed in action on July 21, 1918, during the Soissons campaign.  Corporal Caudle’s family received a certificate from the Kentucky Council of Defense honoring his sacrifice.

Source: Military Affairs, Veterans’ Bonus claim #124719 box 482, Archives and Records Management Division, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

shadyserialkillers  asked:

“Fuse with me!” - Dem

Send in “Fuse with me!” for my muse’s reaction to yours asking to fuse.

~{” W-What… ? “}~

{ She scoffs, in genuine shock and partial disgust. }

~{” Are you INSANE? I could be shattered for such criminal act…! Do you even realize what you’re saying…?! “}~