For many decades, my father used to walk across town to do his food shopping on Second Avenue. He often shopped at a Gristede’s around the corner from Miss Hepburn’s town house on East 49th Street.
One day he suddenly came face to face with Miss Hepburn, who was also picking up groceries. He acknowledged her with a nod, and she responded in kind. He began thinking of her as a neighbor.
In 1983, my senior year at Bryn Mawr, Miss Hepburn’s alma mater, I was frustrated and was doing poorly, and at Christmas break, I decided to quit. I had the romantic notion of running away to Scotland to write screenplays. My father was frantic. My mother had died two years before, leaving him with all the responsibility for his headstrong daughter.
He knew that Miss Hepburn had gone through her own struggles at Bryn Mawr, so he wrote her a letter asking her to intervene. “She’s a great admirer of yours, and perhaps she’ll listen to you,” he wrote. On the way to the grocery store, he dropped the letter in her mail slot.
At 7:30 the next morning, the phone woke me up. I answered it and heard that famous voice, crackling with command. “Is this the young woman who wants to quit Bryn Mawr?” I said it was. “What a damn stupid thing to do!” she snapped. She went on to give me a lively lecture, the gist of which was that I had to finish my studies and get my degree, and after that I could do what I wanted to do. There was no arguing with her imperiousness. Then she said she wanted to meet us for tea.
The day of our appointment was gray and wintry. Walking the long blocks to Turtle Bay, my father and I didn’t speak much. It felt as if we were about to meet the Queen.
Miss Hepburn greeted us warmly. With casual hauteur, she provided us with tea and some of her famous brownies. Though she was in her 70’s, she had a youthful look, enhanced by her girlish clothes: a turtleneck, a black cardigan and shabby khaki-green pants.
We talked about many things, including Bryn Mawr. She said that she was miserable there and still had nightmares about it, but she was glad she went. At the end of the afternoon she told me, in a rather grim tone, “You’re smart.” It was a compliment, but also an admonition not to be foolish in the future.
My father was invited to visit her a few times after that. Once, he had heard that she was recovering from a serious car accident, and he stopped by to drop off a package of homemade brownies and a get-well note. To his surprise, he was ushered in and invited into her boudoir, where she greeted him in her nightgown. She sampled his brownies.
“Too much flour!” she declared. She then rattled off her own recipe, which he hastily wrote down. “And don’t overbake them! They should be moist, not cakey!”
I’ll always be grateful to Miss Hepburn for making me stick it out at Bryn Mawr and for giving me these rules to live by: 1. Never quit. 2. Be yourself. 3. Don’t put too much flour in your brownies.
ヽ(･ω･ゞ) Good evening, dear sinners~! This track got requested a lot, so here it is! Now that I finished Yuma’s DF route, I’m gonna start completing the random requests in my spreadsheets. _(┐「ε:)_ I’m not sure if this has been done already, so my apologies if it has (I searched around and didn’t find anything).
As usual, audio translating isn’t my forte, so I apologize if I misheard or anything.
Note: I used “You” throughout the translation’s action phrases that you’ll see in parenthesis. It was easier that way, so don’t hurt me please.
The mini drama is about 18min. ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ Enjoy these two rough mouths~
Noises; Wind’s Blowing As Subaru’s Flying)
you’re such a pain! I told you to stop moving. Don’t you
understand!? Someone as stupid as you should know what’ll happen if
you try to separate from me now. Hah? Well, if you wanna fall, be my
guest. Ahh, but it wouldn’t be bad seeing you like a squashed tomato
after falling to the ground. Heheh.
what’re you gonna do? *fixes grip on Subaru* Heheh, you should’ve
done that from the start. You really are a pesky woman. Oi, cling to
me more. Tch, more!
it. That’s better. Your neck’s finally close. Heh…Ah? Damn it.
Pisses me off seeing that guy’s fang marks. Hah? Don’t play dumb. It’s obvious what I gotta do. *bites and sucks*
So it’s kind of impossible for me to get the staff and the crown in selfies at the same time. But they’re both done! I need to finish some armor pieces and add butterflies everywhere now. Also I need better elf ears because I don’t love these.
I was tagged by @dexsnursey and @smokesforsterek to talk about what I’m writing and I don’t think I should admit to all these WIPS but the way I figure it, either one of two things will come from this, 1. I’ll feel bad about not writing 2. I’ll be motivated to write. and well, 1 is already happening so lets do this, by fandom.
Teen Wolf Stiles/Derek - WIP on AO3 Wayfaring Knight: the one where Derek is a modern day knight and meets his pack through a pilgrimage to improve himself and meets Stiles along the way - canon rewrite - secret agent au with techie Stiles/field agent Derek - Is Derek a professor or an assassin? Why not both? - Nurse!Derek is worried Stiles was an abuse victim as a child because of his scars and when he sees Stiles’ x-rays after Stiles is in a car accident he worries even more. Because surely Stiles didn’t grow up around werewolves like himself so there has to be a purely human reason for this right? - Castle AU with Stiles as the world weary cop and Derek as the happy-go-lucky writer - I just found one where Stiles has an eating disorder in college and Derek is his therapist that helps him get healthy again?? - Another chapter of shifter!Stiles - Another chapter of the Life of a Soldier series (PWP tho…) - Another possible sequel to the Secrets universe - Possible sequel to Nothing to Lose which is set in their college years since they graduated high school
Scott/Derek/Stiles - McHaleinski au with First Son Scott, Secret Body Guard Stiles, Grad student Derek and comedic misunderstandings over who Scott’s falling in love with. Spoiler: it’s both of them.
Check Please! Jack/Bitty - They eat a lot in the offseason and get thick - Bitty is actually very good at football and helps the Samwell team get better (probably going to be incorporated in that one ^^)
Dex/Nursey - Continue the car accident ficlet I posted on Tumblr -???????????????????????????????????????????
Hawaii 5-0 Steve/Danny - Danny gets pneumonia and Grace calls Steve for help - Steve wants to teach Gracie some self-defense and is pleasantly surprised that Danny has already taught her when he ends up flat on his back after she takes out his knees and runs away. - Everything is the same except Rachel divorced Danny because he agreed to go on a long term undercover assignment with the mob and the real reason they move to Hawaii is to get away from the mob after the bust goes down. - Everything is the same except Danny stays the smart, badass that he is in season 1 and isn’t a side-piece for Rachel. Pretty sure it’s going to be “Five times Danny didn’t need Steve to save him after all and the one time he does”
Original - Life of a Soldier rewrite with original characters - College story with one lonely man falling in love with his roommate who turns out to be a werewolf. It sounds like Sterek but it’s not?
Okay this was fun and I want to write but I’m still tired fam. Somebody pick one and come squeal at me to talk more about it?
Itch and scratch and stab at my scabs. Remind me more than I’ll believe, that I’m alive and not yet free, that there rests more out there for me. So I won’t waste my time all stressed, and take my pencil to the chest, I’ll write the words I need to hear but heed no warning I may fear. You say some things I bear in mind, repeat those thoughts, to pulp I’ll grind and tear them down to letters’ sound until the silence keep noise bound. I need some peace and quiet now but if I can’t, ear to ground and wait until the shock-wave come to leave me buried, nice and numb.
MY ALLURA WIG CAME IN! So as promised: full make-up, wig and (new) crown! There’s something very special about this crown, namely…
THE GEM IN THE CROWN GLOWS IN THE DARK LIKE THE CANON VERSION!
Keaton ( @butttoucherboy) and I came to this idea and worked it out together for our Alluras (I can’t wait to see his Allura omg), and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We can’t capture it’s glory, so I hope we’ll get to show you the effect in person <3
I edited my pupils for the accuracy hurrhurr Such a shame you can’t see my earrings….
NOW ALL I NEED IS THE DRESS!! Here are the unedited versions btw: