But can you imagine the difference between Laurent’s 21st and 20th birthdays? And actually all previous birthdays down to his thirteenth. Those birthdays were spent locked in elaborate games with his uncle who used the expected public entertainments to further undermine and isolate Laurent and enhance his own prestige, all the while neglecting him - or worse - in private as if his birthday had not even occurred. Laurent spent those birthdays alone and surrounded by hate.
On Laurent’s 21st, he is not alone. He wakes up besides Damen who has bought him several thoughtful gifts that are separate from the kyroi-approved ones that the King of Akielos will give the King of Vere in the official, public ceremonies later as a political symbol of Akielos’ good will. These are the private gifts from one lover: small, sweet, thoughtful and chosen by Damen himself. These are the gifts that say: ‘I am glad you were born. I am glad you are in my life. I am glad you allow me a place at your side. I love you.’ The last private gifts Laurent received were from Auguste on his thirteenth birthday.
The public ceremonies don’t differ that much from those he’s had since thirteen - minus the depraved sexual exploits his uncle had preferred - but they’re to different effect. They are intended to glorify, not condemn Laurent. To show that they are proud to have Laurent is their king: strong and willing and able to guide it out of the darkness of its war-torn past. Vere does not want another king.
For the first time in years, Laurent enjoys his birthday.
Summary: (Modern-Day AU) In which a two youngsters come to know how important it is to live your life to the fullest, leave an imprint of every single moment you’ve lived, on your heart, because you’re given the chance to live only once. [Movie AU]
Word Count: 2053
Pairing: Bucky x Reader (female)
Genre: RomCom (a wee bit of drama)
Author’s Note: I think I love marrying Bucky with everyone except the reader. But y’all will read it anyway, bc I know you guys love slow burn. So here’s my Road Trip au that I promised you guys! Enjoy reading and please give me feedback, bc I love reading your comments and opinions.
A special thanks to my wifey, Yvy ( @minervaem ) for reminding me and pushing me to write this and also for being my beta reader. You know I love you more than dinosaurs
Plot: Johnny (NCT 127) accidentally hurts your feelings in an argument and panics when you start crying
Pairing: Johnny x Reader
Words Count: 1,8k+
For Anon, I hope you like it cutie!
Gif isn’t mine, credits to the owner! ♥
‘Want to get some supper?’
‘Wanna watch a movie at my place?’
No no no was all you were getting from your boyfriend for the past month. The both of you had been together for only six months but it felt as if it was only two. Johnny was someone of your dreams. From his smile to his soft eyes, he was perfect to you. He expressed flaws but that was easily over looked because you honestly started feeling love towards him, but love that was getting hard to express. You knew the relationship with him would be tough considering him being an idol and also living in the dorms, but never in your life did you think it would be this hard.
Standing at the door of the dorms, you took a deep breath before knocking, ‘Coming!’
‘Just breath Y/N…’ You whispered under you breath before the door flung open and you were attacked with a hug.
‘NOONA!’ The person expressed, hugging you tightly and spreading a warmth you hadn’t experienced in a while from someone.
‘Hey Mark.’ You smiled at the younger, ‘I thought you were all going out?’
‘We are,’ He beamed, ‘We are just waiting for Taeil hyung, who is TAKING FOREVER!’
‘I can here you, you brat!’ Said male walked into the hallway, ‘Ah Y/N. How are you doing?’
‘Could be better.’ You knew you couldn’t lie to them.
The boys had become something of your brothers. You yourself was the same age at Johnny so everyone, besides Taeil, was like your little brothers. Even though you knew them for a short time, you loved and cared for every single one. Taeil had also become someone you tended to confide with over the past few months of being in their lives.
‘Well your prince charming is in his room,’ Taeil pointed out before shouting, ‘LET’S GO EVERYONE!’
‘Will you stop screaming?’ Taeyong cheekily responded, ‘We were all waiting for you to begin with.’
‘Yah you punk!’ The elder playfully grabbed him in a headlock before filling out after all the other members, ‘Good luck.’
‘Thank you.’ You smiled, closing the door and walking through the hallways and arriving at your boyfriends bedroom door.
The others went out with some of their fellow lablemates for the evening. Johnny opted to stay back and work on somethings for their comeback. You stood at the doorway and watched him hunch over the table and scribble something passionately on a piece of paper. Leaning against the doorway, you crossed your arms with a soft smile on your face.
‘Having fun there?’ You asked, seeing he got a slight fright but just went back to his business.
‘What you doing here?’ He asked, not even looking back at you.
‘Well I thought I could come see my boyfriend.’ You tried to lighten the mood by walking in and placing your hands on his shoulders.
He instantly tensed up before relaxing under your touch, ‘I am busy, Y/N.’
‘He said for the thousandth time.’ You narrated, turning the chair to face you.
‘What the f-’
‘You are always busy!’
‘Because I am,’ He rolled his eyes, ‘It’s not like I have all the spare time in the world.’
‘I am not asking for your entire day Johnny, but a measly few minutes would be appreciated.’ You looked at him, something sad in your eyes.
‘Well by the looks of it,’ He looked at his watch, ‘It have been about five minutes. There is your few minutes, Y/N. You know the way out. Goodnight Y/N.’
He stood up to get something from his shelf but you held his arm, ‘That isn’t what I meant.’
‘I am just busy Y/N, can you not understand that!’ His voice went louder.
‘I understand that Johnny, but I seem to be having more of a relationship with your voicemail then with you!’ You retaliated, ‘All I ask is for a few moments alone with my boyfriend!’
‘Is it a hug you want?’ He harshly took you in his hold, squeezing tight before releasing you, ‘Or maybe some alone time, because I do not know if you realised this, but we are alone and you are taking my time.’
You looked at the man before you and resembled the person you thought you were falling in love with, but this person was no longer him. He was no longer the happy chappy boy you wanted to spend the rest of your life with, but he was someone different entirely. The day you met him, you had been rushing university and he had bumped into you and caused all your belongings to scatter across the sidewalk. In a state, you apologised and then began to pick everything up but he had bent down and started helping you. That day was the day you met the most beautiful smile in your life.
‘Why are you being like this?’ Your voice was soft, tears threatening to brim.
‘Because I have a job Y/N! Something you are not aware of clearly. I know you don’t understand this but I work!’
‘I do work, Johnny!’
‘A part time job doesn’t count.’ He gritted his teeth.
‘Well what do you expect then!’ You throw your hands up in frustration, ‘I am still a student!’
‘That’s besides the point.’
‘Clearly, because my point is that I want to at least get a bit more time with you!’
‘I AM NOT YOUR FATHER, FOR FUCKSAKE Y/N!’ He screamed, ‘I can not just take off time just so you can be happy and get attention! You knew this from the beginning so why is it that you are having such an issue all of a sudden.’
‘IT ISN’T AN ISSUE!’ The first tear fell, ‘A simple hello would have been perfect.’
‘WELL HELLO!’ His facial structure became stern and strong, ‘Are you happy now?!’
‘Ecstatic.’ The tears now were falling as you took your hand to wipe them away, ‘I am sorry for taking up your time…’
The motion of you wiping your tears suddenly had him snap to realisation, but by then, you had already started walking to the door. You tried your best to hold back your sobs, but they just seemed to continue coming and echo down the long hallway. Slipping your shoes back on, you were about to open the door when all of a sudden you were spun around and hugged tightly. The tears doubled in quantity as you pushed the person away.
‘I am leaving, don’t worry!’ You shouted, ‘I am sorry for being such an inconvenience to you.’
‘Jagiya no-’ He tried to reason
‘Don’t you call me that! You have said what you wanted to and I am happy that you have said what was needed to. This spares me the broken heart.’ You tired to leave but he held your arm, ‘Let go of me! I won’t bother you and make you feel like my father!’
‘I didn’t mean that.’ He pulled you away from the door.
‘Really?’ You scoffed sarcastically, ‘Cause you sure sounded like you fucking did!’
‘I am just stressed Y/N, I honestly didn’t mean to snap at you. I really don’t know what has come over me, and I say this with all the honesty I can muster.’ He held both of your upper arms.
‘So shouting at me was you stress reliever?!’ You sniffed.
‘Yes, I mean no. UGH I DON’T KNOW!’ He said in frustration, ‘Just don’t go, please…’
‘Well why should I stay?’ You asked, pushing his arms away, ‘You clearly don’t want me around.’
‘This is going to sound stupid but during my anger I was fuming but as soon as I saw you crying….I-I panicked. There is something I vowed and that was to never make you cry-’
‘Well you clearly failed at that.’
‘Will you let me finish please!’
The moment you heard him comparing himself to your father, you were ready to run out of the dorms and never look back. Now you stood in front of your escape and with the man, who had you running for the hills, standing somewhat broken before you. He was expressing such apologies that one half had you wanting to reject him and just ending it all together, while the other had you wanting to run into his arms and forgive him.
‘I said I would never make you cry and I did. It was over a stupid things and I blame myself for every bit of this fight. I have been so busy and frustrated because I want to make you proud Y/N…I want to be the boyfriend who has you happy all the time, the boyfriend that you are proud to call yours…..the boyfriend who can provide everything for you.’
‘Johnny…’ The tears started to subside .
‘Please don’t walk away from me…please take a chance on me and I promise I will treat you better. Please Y/N’ He pleaded, his voice breaking as you noticed he was starting to cry. ‘They say perfection has no place in love, but I will do anything you want me to do just so you want leave me…’
Taking a step forward, you pulled him into a hug as he fell to his knees with you in tow. His head was on your neck as you felt him sob. Softly you stroked his hair, as his arms wrapped around you and held you close. Rubbing his back as well, you lifted his head up with both your hands and wiped the tears with your thumbs before he spoke up.
‘I don’t need someone who sees the good in me, I need someone who sees the bad and still wants me….and I hope you will still have me.’ He whispered, eyes closed as you placed a kiss on his forehead, ‘I am so so sorry Y/N.’
‘It’s okay but next time, could you not use me as a stress reliever in that manner? Your voice matched his.
‘Can we pretend this never happened?’
He opened his eyes and looked deeply into yours, ‘No, this is a reminder to me. A reminder to be a better boyfriend and love you with every once of my heart.’
‘L-love?’ You repeated.
‘I will say this to you my love, meeting you in this crowded world was the best thing in my life.’ He brushed his lips against yours, ‘I love you so much…’
I’m a fucking mess. I just watched the Supergirl finale, and…I knew what was coming. It was spoiled days ago. I’ve seen it all over my dash, but when it actually happened, I started sobbing. It hurts so much. This feels worse than the Flash or Arrow, maybe because I know Westallen and Olicity are going to be just fine. Barry will get out of the speed force, and everyone on the island is ok (well, maybe not ALL, but #FelicityIsImmortal). But Mon-El….😢😭 that felt like a real ending. He’s never coming back, and it hurts so bad.
Maybe in July 10th I’ll come back and surprise you all, give some of you a heart attack. But never say never. It’s my home, the club which has shown the most confidence in me. I’m young, nice, and friendly… I have it all. Who knows? Maybe in time there will be another opportunity, but in the next few years, no.
Luis Enrique on whether he’d consider a return to coaching Barcelona in the future.
Denny’s is your local, friendly diner open 24 hours a day every day of the year. A place to relax and enjoy a breakfast at any hour, a fulfilling lunch or delicious dinner. All are welcome at Denny’s, and it’s your safest location, provided you follow this very simple guide for the nightly hours.
Never close your eyes in a Denny’s parking lot.
Walk calmly to the door; you will hear sounds. Do not look behind you.
Always make sure the door closes behind you, unless it was already open when you arrived, in which case do not touch the door.
Never sit at the table farthest from the front door. Your server will sometimes try to seat you there. Politely refuse and ask for another table.
If you see a table with two salt-shakers, walk past it; that table is taken. Sit at the table directly across from it instead.
Eat your pancakes. Box any leftovers; it would be a shame to waste food. It might attract something.
Do not, under any circumstance, look into the eyes of your own reflection in the bathroom.
If your server’s eyes turn black, do not panic; order a coffee with extra cream. Do not ask for a refill. Do not stare.
Think you recognize someone who just walked in? Best to ignore it. It’s probably not what it seems. They will proceed to sit at the table farthest from the door.
If you are walking past a Denny’s and you see yourself sitting in the corner booth through the window, keep walking. Do not eat at Denny’s that night.
Did you tip? You better double check. It’s only polite to leave a tip.
Do not ask questions. They will Notice.
Your local Denny’s is the perfect place for a delicious meal at all hours of the day. Hope you enjoy your next visit to any Denny’s Diner!