how far can you take it

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Tobias: Nate…

Nate: What’s the matter? Do you need a handkerchief? Because I hear you sniffing.

Tobias: I’ve just… realized how far we’ve come. Do you remember the first time we visited this square? Things were different. We were young and crazy, having fun, taking an insane amount of selfies, and realizing how we’ve always felt for each other. And now look - we’re married, we have three lovely girls and a little man. They’re so grown already, with every passing day I explore their personalities more and more, and I love it. I love seeing us in them.

Nate: Sometimes you’re so sentimental that I just can’t resist smiling. You’re so right, we’re living a pretty damn good life with our little ones.

anonymous asked:

I'm sorry if this sounds odd in a way, but how would you describe Jihyo's relationship with each member? (e,g. like a mom/older sis figure to Tzuyu etc.) I'm a Jihyo Stan too and the lack of Jihyo ships can get really depressing at times. (Sorry if this came out wrongly, I don't exactly have a way with words)

I agree with you, there needs to be more Jihyo ships out there, my girl Jihyo needs some more relationship recognition. I tried my best to keep these descriptors ambiguous so you can take it in either a romantic or platonic context.

Nayeon (Nahyo): Nayeon and Jihyo are best friends, I would even go far enough to call them soulmates. Mom friend duo

Jeongyeon (Jeonghyo): Similar to Nahyo in how close they are, a little bit different though because Jihyo doesn’t try and look out for Jeong as much. They tend to be more goofy.

Momo (Mohyo): Jihyo really cares for Momo and watches out for her, so it’s pretty much “This is my giant human and I will protect her.”

Sana (Sanahyo): Suddenly gay. There’s so much sexual tension going on there

Mina (Mihyo/97 line): Soft, they’re the more quiet Jihyo pairing. They have a lot of deep but quiet conversations, they’re on a really similar wavelength.

Dahyun (Dahyo): Cuddly, they’re a really cuddly paring. Jihyo still goofs around with her a little, but it’s still clear that she’s focusing mostly on looking out for Dubu.

Chaeyoung (Jichaeng): So precious, Jihyo treats Chae like she’s a sweet tiny smol. Lots of head pats and softness

Tzuyu (Jitzu): Just sheer adoration, the amount of love Jihyo has for Tzuyu is unreal. Jihyo would lay down her life for Tzuyu probably

anonymous asked:

How would the Reaper, Ink, Error, Fresh, SF and UF Sans's react to waking up next to their S/O for the first time?

Reaper Sans

He’s just staring at you, completely amazed at how you’re still alive. Wait, you’re still alive right? He checks your breathing and sighs in relief. Assuming that he’s fully clothed, he just pulls you close and listens to your breathing. 

Ink

Ink can’t stop grinning. You look so perfect, so peaceful, that he grabs his notebook and sketches your sleeping form until you wake up. He shows you the picture and it’s a masterpiece. 

Error

He’s wondering how you got close to him in the first place. Error is honestly freaked out because he does not like anyone in his personal space so he moves as far away from you as possible. When you wake up, he lectures you to respect his space. 

Fresh

Literally, Fresh doesn’t have emotions. He has no reaction. 

Swapfell Sans

Black is smiling and takes a picture to tease you later. But really though, he’s happy that you trust him enough to not attack you in your sleep. He has to get to work, but he lays there for a few more minutes than usual because of how relaxed he is. 

Underfell Sans

Holy shit, Red doesn’t want to move. He’s afraid that he might accidentally wake you up and this moment will be over forever. He watches over you to make sure that you’re comfortable and slowly brings himself closer to you, nuzzling your neck. He soon falls asleep again. 

Follow My Rainbow

Summary: Bucky remembers someone important from his past, and when aliens decide to attack Earth she seems to be a goddamn great choice of a leader to help the avengers out.

A/N: The name’s cute but it’ll be pretty dark so don’t say I didn’t warn you. This was based in two video games I used to play A LOT when I was a kid and I’ll only say its names in the last chapter but if you can try to guess if you want.


Originally posted by poedanmeron

Originally posted by stupidteletubbie

“Run, Bucky, Run!”

    I hear a female voice shouting from not so far away. I get startled, scared of my surroundings. I can now hear a heavy march approaching too. I stand up from wherever I was, taking notice of the grey corridor I am in and how the lightning turned red as an alarm starts pounding. I had no idea what the hell is going on, but it frightens me.

“Bucky! Come on, you gotta leave!”

    A girl shows up, she takes my metal hand on hers and starts leadin me through endless halls. Running from whoever was marching behind us, I was just a little behind of her, due to the fact I was still perplexed. The feeling of being naive in what was feeling like a serious situation pissed me off. The way her black and red hair swayed from side to side as we ran felt familiar. I knew her. Just like I knew the man in the bridge. When we get into a small room she starts freaking out.

“Shit!” She curses while trying to open a high placed window.

    She starts searching for tools in this small cabinet. She asks me to look out for the door and I do so. As I am able to hear the rouch choreographed steps approaching panic consumes me. I suddenly hear a crash, looking back in the room, I see her with a sledgehammer in hand, breaking what was left of the window, even though it looked like she was struggling while holding it.

“Bucky, let’s go, you first!” She says taking some glass out of the way and cutting the palm of her hand in the process. She only hisses and don’t pay too much attention to it.

    I close the door and hesitate to get close to the broken window. She sees how scared and confused I was, coming closer and bringing her non-hurted hand to cup my cheek, she breathes slowly in a silent demand for me to do the same. I do.

“I know you’re scared, so am I, but we can’t take anymore, we gotta leave, okay? You’re gonna find Steve, the man in the bridge, right? And you’ll have a happy life as you deserve it, maybe even find a pretty dame and have kids!”

“I don’t want that!” I frown at myself for answering so quickly and harshly.

“Now’s not the time for you to think about me, I want you to be selfish right now! You gotta leave Bucky!” She screams trying to make me hear her through the alarm.

    Loud bangs start echoing from the door. Someone was trying to get in. We tense. The light goes out. Everything is black. The only comfort was being able to feel her body heat radiating to my body.

    And then, everything turns into silence for almost a minute - what it felt like eternity. But suddenly -BANG!- a gun shots… Y/N…

    I shot up from the bed with a scream. My body was covered in cold sweat. I have to calm down. Put your shit together, Barnes! I try to control my breath… Unconsciously like the girl made me do in the bad dream. I pull the sheets off and reach for my newest diary, writting off everything I could remember from that nightmare. That day was the day before my fight with Steve in that hellicarrier. I’ve seen that girl before, but only now I could feel how important she felt to me. She tried to set me free before they could whipe me off once more.

    Y/N

    Are you okay nowadays? I finally remembered your name, even though I’m happy I remembered it - and I know you’d be proud about it, I can’t help but worry and think about what did cost you to help me…

                                                                                       …I hope you’re fine.

“You okay, mister Barnes?” Vision asks bargaing in my room as I finish writting.

“Uhmm… Yeah, I’m okay”

“Do you need me to call Captain Rogers?”

“Punk still awake?”

“No, but he ordered me that if anything happened I could wake him up”

“Don’t bother, let him sleep”

“If anything’s bothering you, mister, I’ll be in the library, it would be no bother to have company”

“Thanks, Vis” He bows his head and leaves the room.

    I close the diary and lay down again in my bed, staring at the ceiling and just thinking about everything I saw, or relived since it felt so real. Oh, Y/N, what was your fate? You saved me at what cost? Was anyone there to save you, though?

anonymous asked:

Now to be fair that's not exclusive to Sonamy fanfiction. Sonic as a jerk is a curse that plagues almost all fanfiction that focuses on Sonic unless the author goes out of their way to write him OOC. Because very few people don't understand the destiction between cocky and confident with straight up jerkass. It's a shame really... I don't understand why so many people, even so called fans of Sonic, think of him as a jerk.

Yep.

There’s this quirk regarding Sonic specifically in both fanwork AND some official stuff that I’ve noticed in that his stance of heroism and the finer details of his character are either misunderstood or completely ignored. Which tends to strip the character of dimension.

And as you stated, authors who don’t know how to straddle the very thin line regarding Sonic’s self-confidence and how he usually conducts himself wand tend to write him as an unlikeable jerk. You can only take Sonic’s tease nature for instance so far before he becomes irritating. Balance is so key with this guy in particular.

It’s ironic. Because at their core, Sonic’s quirks and traits tend to be simple in nature yet are seemingly difficult to recognize for what they are and/or execute. You’d see it all the time with Penders and Flynn especially. Which contributed to making their….interpretations so loathesome.

anonymous asked:

How sadistic is Vp? And how far can she go on her s/o?

You realize how much it take you to stop her from beating the already dead Karis. 

Aisha was enjoying all the sounds that Karis made before and after she died. At first, you thought that it is normal when you fought side by side with Aisha and when you both defeated Karis. But when you hear Aisha laughing at the mangled body of Karis, you knew that you have to stop her.

“Aisha!” You grab her arm. “That’s enough.”

“What the hell you mean?” She hisses at you. “Karis the bitch needs to be punished! You know what she has done to the Villagers and the Priestess!”

“I know that! But Karis already has been long dead….You can stop now.”

Aisha breathes heavily as she lowers her staff and you sigh in relief. 

“Let’s go back ok?”

a-meme-loving-fuck  asked:

I see you're experiencing FMAB for the first time. How far along are you? (Like, what's the last thing that happened)

i am! i finished episode 26 last night, AKA Ed sees Al at the Door of Truth, and i’m still emotionally compromised over it

i’m pretty busy today, but i was really productive during my lunch break, so hopefully i’ll get at least one episode in tonight!

okay so after watching episode 11 for the second time i feel like i need to talk about viktor and what he might be feeling. this is going to be a long one, so take a seat, my dudes. 

we begin with viktor watching yuuri skate, and while he’s always been very active in his support, this time he was so much more into it. 

a fist pump and then even going so far as jumping with yuuri

(i know it’s a bad shot just work with me tho)

and by this and the way he watches yuuri you can tell just how much he loves him and loves watching yuuri skate

but as the show goes on, he starts looking at the other skaters’ with the same look of adoration and just as much excitement and determination as he watches yuuri with

now we’re starting to see a new viktor nikiforov. a viktor that’s not trapped in his career like a prisoner. a new man that misses the ice, that misses doing what he loves. he’s a viktor that is filled with a new passion for skating and he wants, he wishes that he was showing just how passionate about skating that he’s become. but what changed his mind on it? what made him want to skate again? helped him see the light?

yuuri did. coaching yuuri, watching him skate has shown viktor everything that he loved about skating and has caused him to miss it. and yuuri is beginning to see that.

yuuri has always been scared of dragging viktor down through his failures and now he’s seeing this new fire lit inside of viktor and he realizes that he can’t keep holding him back. he wants viktor to do what he loves and to be happy.and that’s why this:

is not the face of a man who is going to break it off with his boyfriend/fiancé/lover. this is the face of a man who is going to set his own dreams and goals aside for those of the man he loves and i, personally, cannot wait to see what the next episode will bring.

You will take this ship and Kat Morris’ poster from my cold dead hands.


Inspired by Kat Morris’ poster THE SHOW and featuring a shitty scan.

hey kids

you know why I like redemption narratives? because a redemption narrative says: no matter how broken or wrong or bad or stupid or ridiculous or harmful or sad or terrible, you can atone.

there is still a road back. it might be rocky and steep, complicated and messy. walking it may take all your life. you may lose your foothold, slip and fall back into the abyss, but the wall is still there. the ascent is still there. hard is not the same as impossible.

you are never too far gone. you are never beyond saving. 

How to make felt wings

You can make angel wings in a lot of ways and this is how I made a pair out of felt for my latest cosplay. This technique is fairly simple but takes a lot of time.

I started by drawing the shape of one wing on a piece of paper (One wing was for me around 33x26 cm). It is a good idea to also draw out how you want the feathers to be on the paper wing so you can get a hint on how big they should be.

For the feathers I used white hobby felt that I cut out in to six different sizes. This step is by far the most time consuming (it take a lot of time!) and I highly recommend making a pattern of the feathers in cardboard to make the process easier. I made around 600 feathers in total to cover back and front on both wings.

To make the feathers more stiff it is a good idea to coat them with mod podge. Just one coat makes a lot of difference and help the wings keep its shape. (I did not do this step with the smallest feathers since they did not need to be stiff).

To see how I wanted the formation of the feathers I placed them out on the paper wing and took a photo so I could check it later on.

For the base of the wings I cut out the shape of the wing in craft foam. Since I wanted the small feathers on the upper part of the wings to be a bit higher up I glued on some extra craft foam there.  

To hold the base up I used some black worbla that I twisted the lower part of to give them some angle so they didn’t lay flat. To make sure no color show between the feathers everything was painted white and a stripe of felt was glued over the worbla.

Next I started to glue the first row of feathers to each other. Since I did not want to glue them direcly on the foam wing yet I used needles to help mark the placement of the feathers on the next couple of layers.

When I was done gluing the bigger feathers together I took the foam base away and used some transparent paper to draw out the shape of all the feathers except the first row.

I then placed the paper over the foam base and made dots where the inner corners where the feathers on the lower row met. I then draw a line above it and cut along it. This was made because I realised that the felt feathers where a bit see through and the shape of the foam base could be seen. Higher up it were more feathers and harder to see it.

The base was glued to the feathers and was then flipped over and feathers where glued to that side as well.

For my cosplay I needed red stones on the wings. I used two glass prism, black worbla and some red and gold paint to make them. However this made the wings heavier then they needed to be so if you are making something like this, try to use a lighter material for this part.

And they are done! Time consuming but really light (even with the stones) and easy to make.

~Bubblefish

The Signs As Songs From Disney’s Moana

Shiny | Well, Tamatoa hasn’t always been this glam, I was a drab little crab once. Now I know I can be happy as a clam, because I’m beautiful, baby. Did your granny say listen to your heart; “be who you are on the inside”. Your granny lied! I’d rather be shiny. | Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Libra


How Far I’ll GoEvery turn I take, every trail I track, every path I make, every road leads back to the place I know, where I cannot go, where I long to be. See the light where the sky meets the sea? It calls me, no one knows how far it goes. If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me, one day I’ll know, If I go there’s just no telling how far I’ll go. | Gemini, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces


You’re WelcomeI see what’s happening here, you’re face to face with greatness, and it’s strange. You don’t even know how you feel, it’s adorable!
Well, it’s nice to see that humans never change. Yes, it’s really me, it’s Maui: breathe it in! I know it’s a lot: the hair, the bod, when you’re staring at a demi-god. What can I say except you’re welcome! | Aries
Leo, Scorpio, Capricorn

Garnet lied about Blue

When the latest batch of episodes leaked I could not for the life of me get over how different Blue Diamond was from how she seemed in The Answer. I mean look at this shit

In her story, Garnet portrayed Blue as as a calm, cold, ruthless queen who would had no issue with ordering Ruby’s death on the spot for stepping out of line, that’s a pretty far cry from the big moping blueberry that we got here.

Now you can go and say that this was before Pink Diamond was shattered, but look at Blue’s court. It’s all bluish and pinkish gems with none of any other color, and the rubies assigned to Sapphire didn’t have a diamond on their uniform to show who they were working for. This was right after Pink Died!

Now take a moment to rewatch how Garnet acted when Blue Diamond was involved. Garnet was scared, mortally terrified of Blue, to the point that she didn’t want to get anywhere near her.

Do you think someone this terrified could really have given an accurate recollection of what happened on the day she was sentenced to death?

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t doubt for a minute that Blue called for Ruby to be shattered, but I don’t think it was because Garnet broke some insane interracial love taboo. No, Blue had her sister’s murderer right there in front of her, and Sapphire had confirmed that she would face judgement…

AND THEN RUBY FUCKED SHIT UP!

Does this mean Blue Diamond was right to have Ruby executed? Fuck no it doesn’t, but all the same Blue here isn’t the insane, bigoted, love-hating tyrant that Garnet told us she was. She’s a deeply hurt, deeply flawed individual in a position of power struggling to hold it together after she watched her sister’s killer escape justice because a bumbling guard distracted everyone!

So yeah, she may still ordered an execution, but give Blue a break. At least half a break. This definitely was not in cold blood.

Watch Me Babygirl

this is my gif from my personal blog btw :)

A/N: I’m a ho for highschool!bts so I began writing a series literally nobody asked for so this is part 1 of ?

Summary: Jungkook is your brother’s annoying best friend. You can’t stand him but he just can’t resist teasing you. How far will he actually go?

Warnings: language, implied sexy stuff(?), fuckboy!jungkook 

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I’m really disappointed in the Fandoms I’m apart of right now.

1. Mcr Fandom has gone down hill so much. A “fan” attacked the guys because they have solo careers now and are happier than being in a band. Okay so they think they are better off like that. Either support them or fuck off.

2. There’s too many fans blaming youtubers for picking favorites. I literally just saw people complaining about how jack and mark pick favorites and don’t ever talk to certain people.
If you’re going to say that, take up some facts first please. Mark and Jack probably get thousands of messages all day. Did anyone see that video of Mark opening his dms on Twitter up?? That was ridiculous. They don’t pick favorites. THEY DO NOT PICK GOD DAMN FAVORITES. Understand that they cannot reply to every single human that tries to talk to them. Can everyone hear okay??? Okay.

3. #IStandWithEthan is all fun and games until people take it too far. That girl that did the game is getting attacked by Ethan and Mark fans as well as people are spamming Phil with the hash tag.

This is ridiculous. These Fandom are better than this what the hell happened???? Why are you guys being so fucking hateful all of the sudden. Can we go back to being nice? Sharing each other’s creations or favorite moments or something. All of these Fandom are better than this. No one should be uncomfortable with the Fandom.

Okay okay I’m done ranting sorry (but not really)

  • Naruto: So...
  • Naruto: You're leaving the village
  • Naruto: Again
  • Sasuke: Yes dobe, and don't try to stop me
  • Naruto: *shrugs* fine
  • Sasuke: Seriously, I might be gone for years. I don't know how far this road goes... Where this journey might take me... Maybe I won't come back.
  • Naruto: *examining his fingernails* sounds fun
  • Sasuke: Because I might actually die. I have no shortage of enemies, after all.
  • Naruto: Meh, it's your life
  • Sasuke: Exactly.
  • Sasuke: And nothing you say will ever convince me to stay.
  • Sasuke: So don't bother trying.
  • Naruto: You've made the clear.
  • Sasuke: ...
  • Sasuke: You're really not going to stop me?
  • Naruto: Of course not, bastard.
  • Naruto: So... Are we good to go? It's going to get pretty hot later in the day. Better to start early.
  • Sasuke: Yes, I'm good to-
  • Sasuke: Wait
  • Sasuke: What do you mean by 'we'?
  • Naruto: You can leave the villiage, Sasuke
  • Naruto: You can go wherever you want and maybe you really won't come back this time
  • Naruto: After all these years, I've learned my lesson
  • Naruto: I can't stop you from doing what you want to do
  • Sasuke: You didn't answer-
  • Naruto: Let me finish
  • Naruto: You can't stop me from doing what I want to do either. Let's go, teme.
  • Sasuke: But you said-
  • Naruto: That I wouldn't stop you. And I won't. I always keep my word.
  • Naruto: But this time, I'm coming too.
some yoi fans are going to get on my nerves

Okay but there’s a part of me that’s very frustrated with yuri on ice fans.
After episode 7 came out today I’ve seen some fan girls say “if they don’t have sex now I’m going to be so mad!” and “sex is the next step!! They need to include it!!”

Like no??? I mean what makes yoi so amazing is how different it is from the stereotypical yaoi or bl that I see so often.

The relationship that yoi staff has portrayed in this show thus far is revolutionary to anime!!!
You can clearly see that yuri loves victor and that victor cares right back without throwing them into a forced and awkward sex pool. They have gentle touches, intimate moments and challenges that come with real relationships.

Unlike yaoi relationships, real relationships take time, effort and patience. It is NOT just sex!! And it may not lead to sex!!It makes me very annoyed to see that many people just expect it to automatically go to that level.

Not only that but yuri has a very accurate panic attack like moment before his performance??? That affects victor and yuri’s relationship? I MEAN HOLY SHIT!! Neither of them know what to do when it involves someone they care about and to see this is breathtaking!!

It makes me frustrated that a good portion of the fans are just watching it for the love development into sex??

I hate to break it to some of you, but real life doesn’t have those “shut the person I like up with a kiss” moments. There is insecurity, hesitance, understanding and very clear fondness for each other in the development of victuuri and I wish more people viewed this show in that perspective.

LoS Part 1: Snippets from Tumblr

From tumblr:

1.  “Actually, it’s short for Maximum Lightwood,” said Magnus. “As in the most amount of Lightwood you can have.”

2.  Far below them the world spun by, a patchwork of summer-gold fields, green hills, and luminous, winding rivers of blue and green. It was beautiful, but Julian could not take his eyes off his brother. So this is the Wild Hunt, he thought. This freedom, this expanse, this ferocity of joy. For the first time, he understood how and why Mark’s choice to stay with his family might not be an easy one. For the first time he thought in wonder of how much his brother must love him after all, to consider giving up the sky for his sake.

3. And even odder, when Mark and Kieran had come into the library, Kieran had gone immediately over to Max and picked him up, delighted by his blue skin and his tiny horns.Max had stuck his hand into Kieran’s wavy hair and pulled. Kieran had just laughed. “That’s right, it changes color, little nixie-like warlock,” he said. “Look.” And his hair went from blue-black to blue in an instant. Max giggled.“I didn’t know you could do that on purpose,” said Mark, who had always thought of Kieran’s hair as a reflection of his moods, uncontrollable as the tides.“You don’t know a lot of things about me, Mark Blackthorn,” Kieran said, setting Max down.Alec and Magnus had exchanged a look at that, the sort of look that made Mark feel as if they had reached a silent and agreed-upon consensus …

4.  “You’re going to have to learn to live with it,” Jules said. “Even if it horrifies you, Emma. Even if it makes you sick. Just like I’m going to have to live with whatever other boyfriends you have, because we are forever no matter how, Emma, no matter what you want to call what we have, we will always be us.”

5. They threw their weapons down and hurled themselves toward the row of horses, one after the other — Livvy leapt at Julian, throwing her arms around his neck. Mark flung himself from his horse and landed to find himself being hugged tightly by Dru and Tavvy. Ty came more quietly, but with the same incandescent happiness on his face. He waited for Livvy to be done nearly strangling her brother and then stepped in to take Julian’s hands.And Julian, who Kit had always thought of as an almost frightening model of control and distance, grabbed his brother and yanked him close, his hands twisting in the back of Ty’s shirt. His eyes were shut, and Kit had to look away.He had never had anyone but his father, and he was sure beyond any words that his father had never loved him like that.

6. “Clary, what are you not telling me?”There was a long silence. Clary looked out toward the dark water, biting her lip. Finally, she spoke. “Jace asked me to marry him.”“Oh!” Emma had already begun opening her arms to hug the other girl when she caught sight of Clary’s expression. She froze. “What’s wrong?”

7. There was a long silence. Magnus sighed. “I have to hand it to you,” he said. “I never thought Jace and Clary would be topped by anyone else in terms of insane, self-destructive decisions, but you all are giving them a run for their money.”“I really had nothing to do with this,” Kieran pointed out stiffly.“I think you will find many poor decisions led you here, my friend,” Magnus said. “All right, you — all of you — wait here. And don’t do anything stupid.”He strode out of the room on long, black-clad legs, swearing under his breath.“He’s getting more and more like Gandalf,” said Emma, watching him go. “I mean, a hot, younger-looking Gandalf, but I keep expecting him to start stroking his long white beard and muttering darkly.

8. There was a commotion atop the pavilion, and a single blast from a horn shattered the murmuring quiet in the clearing. The gentry looked up. A tall figure had appeared beside the throne. He was all in white, salt-white, with a doublet of white silk and gauntlets of white bone. White horns curled from either side of his head, startling against the blackness of his hair. A gold band encircled his forehead.Cristina exhaled. “The King.”Emma could see his profile: it was beautiful. Clear, precise, clean like a drawing of something perfect. Emma couldn’t have described the shape of his eyes or cheekbones or the crook of his mouth, and she lacked Jules’ ability to paint it, but she knew it was uncanny and wonderful and that she would remember the face of the King of the Seelie Court for all of her life.He turned, bringing his face into full view. Emma heard Cristina gasp faintly. The King’s face was divided down the middle. The right side was the face of a handsome young man, luminous with youth and beauty. The left side was an inhuman mask, gray skin tight and leathery over bone, eyesocket empty and black, mottled with red scars.Kieran, bound to the tree, looked once at the monstrous face of his father and turned his head away, his chin dropping, tangled dark hair falling to hide his eyes.

9. When Emma came out into her bedroom, wearing sweatpants and a tank top and rubbing her hair dry with a green towel, she found Mark curled up at the foot of her bed, reading a copy of Alice in Wonderland.He was wearing a pair of cotton pajama bottoms that Emma had bought for three dollars from a vendor on the side of the PCH. He was partial to them as being oddly close in their loose, light material to the sort of trousers he’d worn in Faerie.If it bothered him that they also had a pattern of green shamrocks embroidered with the words GET LUCKY on them, he didn’t show it. He sat up when Emma came in, scrubbing his hands through his hair, and smiled at her.Mark had a smile that could break your heart. It seemed to take up his whole face and brighten his eyes, firing the blue and gold from inside.“A strange evening, forsooth,” he said.Emma put her hands on her hips. “Don’t you forsooth me.”

10. “It can’t last,” Emma said, staring at him, because how could it, when they could never keep what they had? “It’ll break our hearts.”He caught her by the wrist, brought her hand to his chest. Splayed her fingers over his heart. It beat against her palm, like a fist punching its way out of his ribcage. “Break my heart,” he said. “Break it in pieces. I give you permission.”

11. “I have always needed you, Kieran,” Mark said. “I have needed you to live. I’ve always needed you so much, I never had a chance to think about whether we were good for each other or not.”Kieran sat up. “That is honest,” he said, finally. “I cannot fault you there.”

12. Cristina spread her hands apart in bewilderment, and winced. Mark’s expression turned to one of concern.“You’re not in pain?” he said.“No,” she said. “Are you?”“You’re near me,” he said. “There is no reason for me to hurt.”

13.  “I know.” Mark brushed his lips across her forehead. Cristina could feel his heart pounding. “We’ll figure it out. We’ll fix it.”

14.  Kieran sat up rather reluctantly. The waves of his hair had lightened to blue; he turned around, and leaned back against Mark, rather as if they were on horseback and Mark was behind.

15. Kieran shook his head. “I cannot do it,” he said.“Kier —“ Mark began angrily, but Kieran had his head down, like a beaten dog. His hair fell, sweat-tangled, into his face, and his shirt and the waist of his breeches were soaked in blood. “You’re bleeding again. I thought you said you were healing?”“I thought I was,” Kieran said softly. “Mark, leave me here —“A hand touched Mark’s shoulder. Cristina. She had put her knife away. She looked at him, levelly. “I’ll help you get him over the wall.”

16. “Not one of my best,” said Magnus, to Kieran. “I apologize — I’m not a big fan of your father’s.”“My father does not have fans.” Kieran leaned against the edge of the table. “He has subjects. And enemies.”“And sons.”“His sons are his enemies,” said Kieran, without inflection.