i am the queen of math jokes

In the Jungle

Request:  How about a descendants imagine where you’re the daughter of tarzan and jane and you’re walking around on the roof of the school pretending you’re up in the trees of the jungle at home because you’re homesick, when Jay sees you up there and gets curious about you because who the heck would be on the roof? - @anixara

Pairing: Jay x reader

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A strong breeze blew against my (h/c) hair, stray strands falling across my rosy cheeks due to the bitter autumn air. This time of the year was one of my favourite seasons, the gorgeous amber leaves stray from their rightful places among the trees and to lay across the damp blades of grass.

Even in the jungle, there was never a tree left completely naked, deep emerald vines still hung from the branches, soft moss crawled its way along the thick tree trunks.

My father used to tell me stories when I was young about life outside of nature since my father was raised in the jungle, before I was born they relocated back to the jungle and away from society so that I could have the peaceful and fulfilling childhood that he missed out on.

Last year, my parents decided that it was time to take me back into the world of the Royals, starting by enrolling me in a prep school- Auradon Prep. Everything was so different compared to the peaceful existence in the wilderness; bustling crowds, blaring alarms to announce of somebody’s wrongdoings, continuous chatter which never seems to cease.

I never seemed to fit right into the school, learning is much better achieved when practicalised rather than reading out of textbooks and forward speaking.


My first day of school was definitely memorable, my father walked with me through the large overhead gates and towards the front gardens.
“Well hello, dears! You must be y/n! I’m Fairy Godmother, headmistress of Auradon Prep!” A kind looking lady with a warm smile introduced herself to my father and I, soft brown curls lapped across her shoulders and bounced past the collar of her light blue dress.

I replied with a shallow nod before glancing around the scene that we were standing in, vivid sun rays shone down against the ashen gray pathways and the jade green hedges outline the unkempt gold of the beastly statue placed among the center of the grounds.

My father snapped me out of my thoughts by nudging his arm against my own, I swiftly sent a smile over to Fairy Godmother so that I didn’t come across at overly rude

“Hi” My small voice rung out

She told me some of the set boundaries and rules that the school had in place, curfews, opening times of different parts of the school and dorm rules.

At this point, my father was edged to leave so that the headmistress and I could have a light chat and show me around the school,

“I love you, y/n, I know that this is a massive leap from the life you used to live but it’s for the best okay?” My father leaned down slightly so that he was now at my own height, his loving chestnut eyes looking into my own
“I know, I love you too” I mumbled, looking down at my hands and fiddling with a small silver ring that was on my middle finger

“I’ll see you soon, darling”

“Bye daddy” I smiled as I looked back up and gave him a slight hug before turning to go with Fairy Godmother.


Now, only a couple of months into the school year and I already wish that it is over, the bustle of school kids, the chatter of young princesses as they fawn over different boys.

“Come on y/n, it’s almost time for class” My best- and only friend, Lonnie. Since being raised in the jungle, I don’t really have much experience with social interaction and try to keep away from it at most costs but being a teenager in a boarding school, it’s quite difficult.

“Yeah, Math, it literally makes me want to run back to the jungle” I groaned, even the thought of our math class is horrifying

“Miss Hull doesn’t hate you that much” Lonnie joked with a slight chuckle to her voice
“And I’m the queen of Auradon”


And that is how I got to where I am at this point in time, the heavy bitter air sent chills down my body and the soles of my shoes became damp from climbing up the drainage pipes.

There was a crunch of gravel beneath me, not the kind of continuous noise you’d get from a rolling car, but the defined short crunch of a footstep- someone was following me.

My breath hitched in my throat as I quickened my pace and carefully stepped along tile to tile, looking across the next rooftop. A small incline was needed to continue my trip across the tiles but there was nothing else I can grab onto,

“Hello?!” A male’s voice rang out from under the overhang that I was standing on

I instinctively jumped up the incline and carried on my way, not eager to establish any sort of social interaction but just as I ascended up the unstable roof, my foot caught underneath a loose tile and up rose it as I began to fall down. My body smacked against the incline and fell down the slanted tiles towards a considerable drop down the pathed ground

“Woah!” The same voice exclaimed as my grip against the drains loosened and I could feel two firm hands grip around my waist, gently lifting me, placing my feet securely on the pavement.

Now I have no choice but to interact with whoever saved me, I even need to explain why I was up on the roof instead of in lessons where every other student and teacher should be right now.

“Are you okay?”

Glancing upwards, peering through my now clumped and sodden hair I saw the boy who saved me- Jay?

“What are you doing here?” I questioned him, now that he is no longer a villain, he is one of the school’s most valued students; he never skips lessons.

“Better question is what were you doing up on the roof?” He responded with a light chuckle to his voice, I swiftly stood up straight as I pushed my hair away from my face

“I needed to get away, this whole fitting in, making friends thing is not for me” I stated, pulling my musky green coat further around my body to try and keep out the icy wind.


“Trust me, I know what it’s like, it takes some time for everything to become natural around here”

“I don’t want it to become natural!” I snapped over at him, I know it wasn’t his fault nor was it anything to do with him but I just needed someone to take it out on… But now I sound like a bit of a jerk
“I’m sorry, it’s just, everything is so different and I’ve been thrown in at the deep end” I murmured my apology to the boy in hope that he didn’t take it too harshly

“It’s okay, I was once like you as well you know” He smiled back at me, gently raising one arm and placing it on my shoulder for comfort 

“How did you do it? I mean, how did you go from a stranger to all things good and easy but soon be loyally accustomed to it?”

He moved his palm from its place across my shoulder and ran it down his somehow dry, dark hair- Did I say something wrong? Now he hates me, well-done y/n! You’ve messed up your only chance of making someone else like you 

“Well, I guess, it’s easier when people have your back. When I first joined the school it wasn’t only me; I had Mal, Evie, and Carlos who were all going through the same thoughts that I had” He finally spoke, not taking it as a chance to vow his goodbye and leave me to sorrow with pity. But his answer still wasn’t much help for me.

“The only friend I have is Lonnie and I am pretty sure that she is off being an actual royal student whilst I got into an argument with our math teacher and ran out of class” My voice was laced with sadness as I began to turn around in an attempt to escape back up the drainage pipes and onto the courtyard rooftop but before I could make it two steps to our left, Jay’s hand reached out to hold onto my shoulder

“You know that isn’t true” He explained causing me to look back at him

“What do you mean?”

“Everyone here is so friendly, just have a go at socializing, I’m sure you have more in common with loads of people here” He smiled over at me, letting go of my shoulder and instead gently placing his palm against my cheek, the warmth of the contact flood through my body, my already rosy cheeks illuminated with a deep red blush.

My frosty cold fingertips laced onto his own causing a light frown to emit across his perfect features- I never knew why all the girls were so obsessed with this boy, but now I know. Not only is he one of the kindest, sweetest guys I have ever known but his every movement radiates perfection, from the cute smile to how his face crumples up in confusion- I think I’ve fallen for him…

“Let’s get you inside, not only are you absolutely freezing but people are going to be wondering where you got to” He spoke softly, sliding an arm around my waist and guiding me towards the large castle doors

“I’ll give it a try” Maybe a new school isn’t the worst thing

anonymous asked:

Hi! if its not too much trouble i was wondering if you have any book recs? I've read the queen's thief and I'm working on the magicians right now and I just thought we had similar book taste!

You know not what you have unleashed.  Giving book recs is my only joy in life.

I was going to joke that this is just a list of Every Book I Have Ever Liked but that is a lie as I am a voracious reader and that list would probably be in the several hundreds, if not thousands.  (I just did some sloppy math and at the rate that I read, it is totally possible for a list of books I have liked to be well over a thousand books.)

Books with a * are books I would die on a hill for.  Books with more than one * are books I would die on a mountain, or possibly a mountain range, for.

Books I just generally love:

*The Telling by Ursula K. LeGuin.  SciFi.  Anthropology and Linguistics and more gay than you originally expected.

***The Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie.  SciFi.  What does it mean to be a person?  (I hate picking favorites but this is.  The favorite.)

**Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee.  SciFi.  A level of space military tactics Ender’s Game only wished it could achieve.  (Fuck you, Orson Scott Card.)  (I love this book so fucking much, I just re-read it.)

*The Flora Segunda series by Ysabeau S. Wilce.  Fantasy.  A young girl and her dog keep fucking shit up in a place with great worldbuilding.  (So good that my friend I loaned the first book to turned to me after reading it and said, “Wow, I can really tell these books influenced you a lot.”  I picked up some mannerisms from the protag.  Also I picture the red dogs as Vizslas.)

*Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho.  Fantasy.  Regency-era magicians where the main characters are people of color and one of them is a Slytherin force for good.  (Really fucking good.)

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.  Fantasy.  Not quite as good as Sorcerer to the Crown (similar eras, somewhat similar themes) but there’s more of it so you can enjoy it for longer.

**Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.  Fantasy.  Cranky assholes work at cross-purposes and everything is way more complicated than you thought.  Not very much like the movie.

*Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones.  Fantasy.  Have you ever wished you could forget your embarrassing teenage mistakes?  Yeah, be careful what you wish for.  Somewhat uncomfortable age gap.  (Weird and complicated and great.)

*The Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeve.  SciFi/Speculative Fiction.  Social Darwinism taken to its logical, horrible conclusion.  Also: feelings about robots and family!  (Also: the typewriter scene.  Also also I cosplayed as one of the main characters for a pre-Halloween party.)

The Graceling Realm Series by Kristin Cashore.  Fantasy.  Angry women fuck shit up in a cool fantasy world.  I like the third book best, but the other two are very good.

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson.  SciFi.  I don’t remember this super well because I haven’t read it in ages, but I fucking loved it and cried my eyes out at the end.  Not that it’s hard to get me to cry my eyes out.

The Flavia de Luce books by Alan Bradley.  Mystery.  Normally I hate mystery novels, but these are really good–probably because the protag is a young, deeply nerdy girl instead of a grizzled middle-aged man or something.  She bikes around the countryside and terrifies adults.

The Pit Dragon Chronicles by Jane Yolen.  SciFi.  Yes, it’s SciFi with dragons.  I don’t remember them super well but the worldbuilding is really cool.

*The Wind on Fire series by William Nicholson.  Fantasy.  These are… very odd?  Kind of about faith and standing against conformity?  They’re so hard to explain but they’re VERY VERY good.

**Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones.  Fantasy.  Local Man Does Everything Wrong, Also Ends Up At A SciFi/Fantasy Convention, Then Does Some Things Right.  I really really love this book.  I actually read the sequel, The Merlin Conspiracy, first.  I felt like it had to be the sequel to something, but there was nothing about a previous book anywhere in that book.  Finally I found out the first book is Deep Secret, but they’re not sold together because Deep Secret is for adults and The Merlin Conspiracy is middle-grade.  The Merlin Conspiracy is also very good, even if I would be way better at the plant magic than Roddy, so there!  (The series is The Magids.)

The Claidi Journals by Tanith Lee.  Science Fantasy.  No listen that’s a genre and this series is in that genre.  Deeply confused girl gets an involuntary tour of her weird world.  Super bizarre but very cool worldbuilding.

The Elemental Logic series by Laurie J. Marks.  Fantasy.  You know that post that goes around about a gentle giant, but a lady?  With a tiny girlfriend?  This is that post, in book form.  This is supposed to be a quartet but no one seems to know if the fourth book will ever happen.  So if you don’t want to deal with getting invested in something that may always have some loose threads, stay away.  Really gay, although some of the gay does have an unpleasantly large age gap.

Books to read if you liked the Queen’s Thief series:

The Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud.  Fantasy.  Reason for recommending: snarky narrator similar to Gen in The Thief.  Alternate history where djinn are the source of all magicians’ magic.

Behind the Throne by K.B. Wagers.  SciFi.  Reason for recommending: complicated politics.  SciFi imperialism done interestingly.  Also, funny hair color mishaps.  Haven’t read the second book yet, can’t vouch for it.

The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin.  Fantasy.  Reason for recommending: complicated politics.  Young woman suddenly finds she’s in the running to be the next ruler of the land she lives in, but she knows something’s fishy.  Then stuff happens with gods.  And polyamory.

*The Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr.  Fantasy.  Reason for recommending: complicated politics.  (Can you tell I have a type?  I have a type.)  Faerie court politics done pretty damn well.  The first book seems like a godawful, poorly written YA fantasy with faeries instead of vampires–push through it, it gets so fucking good.  (These were some of the books, besides the Queen’s Thief series, that got me into SciFi/Fantasy books with a lot of politics.)

The Lynburn Legacy series by Sarah Rees Brennan.  Fantasy/Southern Gothic except it’s in England?  English Countryside Gothic?  Reason for recommending: more dysfunctional straight people.  This is a fun lark, with mind meld shit, which I like in fiction.

The Realm of the Elderlings books by Robin Hobb.  Fantasy.  Reason for recommending: Fitz and Gen would get along a little too well.  There are a bajillion of these books divided into smaller series.  Lots of fun politics, lots of fun characters, and cool magic.  (I want to live in the world of these books, except I don’t because I would probably die for having the Wit.  Because I would have the Wit if I lived in this world.)

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.  Graphic novel, Fantasy.  Reason for recommending: similarly plucky protags with dark pasts.  A young shapeshifter informs a supervillain she’s his sidekick now.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart.  Realistic Fiction.  Reason for recommending: have you ever wondered what Gen would be like as a modern-day teen girl at a private school?  Now you know.  Local Girl Gets Pissed About All-Male Secret Club, Does Something.  Don’t read it if you don’t have a high tolerance for privileged private school kids being ridiculous.

The Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black.  Fantasy.  Reason for recommending: complicated politics.  The original (or close to original) gritty urban faeries.  Definitely better than the shitty copies people made later.

The In The Shadow of the Bear series by David John Randall.  Fantasy.  Reason for recommending: main character would get along with Gen a little too well.  Adorable blonde girls wants to fight everything, dark magic is a hell of a drug.  Endgame romance has a moderate age gap, though.

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black.  Fantasy.  Reason for recommending: similarly mindfuck-y, also some complicated politics.  Faeries are real and people keep making bad decisions involving them.  Also there’s a hot dude in a glass coffin.

The Martian by Andy Weir.  SciFi.  Reason for recommending: snarky narrator similar to Gen in The Thief.  It’s pretty similar to the movie, but essentially: a crew of people go to Mars and the botanist gets left behind.  Now he has to survive.  On Mars.  No biggie.  I love this book because both my parents are botanists, and I’ve studied botany a bit.  (Although the movie Arrival wins re: People Studying What I Study Are The Heroes.  Also this one book called Cognate but the writing was only so-so.)

**Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein.  Historical Fiction.  Reason for recommending: [REDACTED DUE TO SPOILERS, JUST READ IT].  Two young women in World War II are a pilot/spy duo, and the spy has been captured–how did we get here?

Books to read if you liked The Magicians series:

The Kingkiller Chronicle series by Patrick Rothfuss.  Fantasy.  Reason for recommending: similarly cool magic system.  Dude is a Mary Sue but in a compelling way, for once.  Warning: this is supposed to be a trilogy but the third book has been years in the works.  Don’t start this series if you don’t like waiting.

*The Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix.  Fantasy.  Reason for recommending: similarly cool magic system.  A young girl becomes the Necromancer-in-Chief in a failing kingdom.  Ignore Clariel and Goldenhand, neither is very good.  Just keep pretending it’s a trilogy.  Read Clariel if you desperately want more, but Goldenhand sucks.

The Engelsfors series by Mats Strandberg and Sara Bergmark Elfgren.  Fantasy.  Reason for recommending: similarly cool magic system.  Kind of like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but a hell of a lot gayer, and frequently cooler too.  Actually now that I think of it, it’s like Buffy if everyone was Willow.  Except for the character who’s basically Cordelia.  (The ending of the series fucking ruined me but in a good way.)

**The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.  Comic book, Fantasy.  Reason for recommending: similarly dark.  Maybe not quite as dark?  Every ninety years, twelve gods are incarnated into the bodies of teens/young adults.  This time, they’re pop/rock stars.  This is still ongoing.  (I cosplayed a background character from this (kinda) for actual Halloween.)

The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix.  Fantasy.  Reason for recommending: I feel like there are some similar themes/tones, but these books are nowhere near as dark.  A boy almost dies of asthma, but is saved by the gift of a strange clock hand.  Suddenly, his world looks very different.  (Literally, haha.)

*The Dalemark Quartet by Diana Wynne Jones.  Fantasy.  Reason for recommending: I feel like there are some similar themes/tones, but these books are nowhere near as dark.  A series of interconnected books (what order you read them in REALLY changes how you see things) about the history of a world kind of like ours but with magic.  And weaving.

***The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane.  Science Fantasy.  Reason for recommending: similarly cool magic system.  Kids learn how to do magic, yell at Secular Satan.  I’m an atheist but the belief system of these books is the closest I get to a faith of some kind, even if I am really bad at remembering I’m trying to slow entropy.  I would recommend reading the reworked editions–I haven’t, because they’re only available as eBooks right now and I don’t super like reading eBooks.  She fixed the timeline in the new versions, plus some issues with how she portrayed an autistic character.  The first few books were written ages ago, so the series gets more diverse as it goes on, culminating in some Good Shit in the most recent book.  (There’s an asexual character!!!)

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.  Fantasy.  Reason for recommending: main character is a lot like Quentin.  Normal Dude Finds Dying Girl, Decides to Help her, Realizes he Fucked Up and is in Too Deep.

Watership Down by Richard Adams.  Realistic Fiction but about rabbits???  Reason for recommending: about as dark as the Magicians series.  Yes, it’s about rabbits.  Yes, it’s that dark.

*The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula K. LeGuin.  Fantasy.  Reason for recommending: similarly cool magic system, also some similar themes/tones, has a Magic School, main character is somewhat like Quentin.  This random goat-herding kid turns out to be a powerful mage and gets sent off to school to learn how to handle that.  Then he makes a lot of mistakes.  Like, a lot.