i think i may have to visit the aquarium again soon

Lost And Then Found — Ted E. Bear’s Grand Aquarium Adventure

Late one afternoon, Security Officers Sylvia and Kevin found a lost teddy bear belonging to a visiting school. After locating the owners, they took him on a tour of the Aquarium to pass the time before he could be returned. Here is the tale of Ted E Bear’s Grand Aquarium Adventure.

Don’t worry, don’t panic. This has happened before.

Yep—I’m just here by myself, alone on the floor.
I guess things aren’t fine, since no adieu was truly bid…
Oh my goodness, my gracious, just where is my kid?!

Maybe the teacher brought everyone back to the kelp?
Nope, nobody. OK, uh—yeah, I may need a little help.

Excuse me coral, apologies, I don’t mean to vent
But perhaps you know where exactly my kid went?

I guess I’ll just finish the visit on my own, that’s not so bad.
When you’re happy as a clam there’s no reason to be sad.

*Sniff* No, this really isn’t fun to be alone with the fish!
I want to find my kid! Please, I just have this simple wish!

- Hey little buddy! Aw—are you lost my dear?
- Yes! I can’t find my kid! I’m alone forever I fear!
- What’s your name? We’re Kevin and Sylvia and we care.
- Thank you so much for your help. My name’s Ted E. Bear.

- Not to worry, helping you get unlost is part of our job!
- Really? Oh wow, oh thank you—you’re most—oh *SOB!*

There there Mr. Bear we’ll find your kid, post haste!
Now let’s make sure your visit doesn’t go to waste!

- Check it out, I helped raise this little purple-striped jelly!
- Wow, it’s really beautiful—awesome job there Tommy!
- Want to give it a shot? I’ll bet you’re great at animal care.
- Wow, I don’t think I could—I’m just a little plush bear!

- Nonsense, you got this. Here’s a scraper—it’s all in the wrist!
- How’s that?
- Perfect! Look at you—you’re a budding jelly Aquarist!

- Whoa, what’s this class—I get to feed the fishes?!
- Yep! But to pass, you’ll need to wash the dishes!

- The control room is cool!
- You’re eating it up like a glutton!
- What’s this switch here?
- DON’T TOUCH THE RED BUTTON!

- Want to help us greet our guests—Jasmine needs an intern!
- Oh wow, a job at the Aquarium—it will be so much fun to learn!

Learn… Where do I remember hearing that word… SCHOOL!
My kid! I have to get back! But… working here would be so cool!

Oh me, oh my—I really want to help conserve the great blue sea!
And… being there for my kid is the way for me to fulfill my destiny!

- OK, let’s find my school—what assistance can I show?
- Oh, we already found them.
- Really, when?!
- About 8 hours ago.

- Well, then let’s get this show on the road!
Box me up, make sure I’m safe and stowed!
- Can do Ted E! We wish you the best on your journey!
Thanks for stopping by, say hello to your school family!

Dear Sylvia and Kevin, 
I made it back to class safe and sound.
The teachers were so happy to tell the kids I had been found.
Thanks for teaching me to find my dreams and in my heart carry ‘em.
Much love from your Beary-best friend, Ted- E, to the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

Thanks so much to Ms. Bizon’s class and the Sea Breeze School in Foster City for letting us host Ted E for the day—albeit accidentally! We hope to sea him again soon!

so i’ve been making monthly fic recs for a full year now! that’s so insane to think about honestly. thanks for all the support! my first monthly fic rec was for april 2016 and it had 10 fics on it. now they have upwards of almost 30 fics. that’s character development. anyway…

here are a bunch of fics I’ve enjoyed and loved reading throughout the month of march. I recommend that you read these great fics in april, if you haven’t already. 

(all fics with a star are my favorites and if there are two stars then it was a favorite favorite)


1. Perfect Storm (80k)*

What do you do when your best friend asks you and your (now) ex to be the best men at his destination wedding? You can either tell him the truth, tell him you’re not together anymore, and deal with the consequences, or you can pretend you’re still together and roll with it, just pray you don’t spiral. Fake it ‘til you make it. You know, for the sake of the wedding.

Harry and Louis choose the latter.

2. The Night Sky is Changing Overhead (124k)**

Harry is a tattoo artist, Louis is a drama professor, and they meet during an argument at a café.

3. All I Wish Not to Remember (71k)**

What happens when all you had, all you loved, all you held dear is viciously ripped away from you? When your inner core, once filled with love and hope and light, blackens to raw, dark hatred?

What happens when your soul is hopelessly consumed and no matter how hard you try, no matter how hard you attempt to shake yourself out, to rid your tormented mind of the opaque feelings that plague you, all you can see, all you can feel, all you can want is…

Revenge.

A modern adaption of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. A tragic tale of timeless undying love, merciless revenge, and selfless sacrifice.

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As readers have probably picked up from the tapir photo, I spent most of yesterday at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Overall it’s a facility I think well of - I think my earliest memory of an aquarium is their central tank, and I’ve visited multiple times over recent years and spent a lot of time chatting with staff and volunteers. However, there was one aspect of the visit that left a sour taste in my mouth that I want to talk about more at length. The way educators in the Wild Wonders presentation handle the concept of “reduce, reuse, recycle” left my companion and I incredibly uncomfortable, due to the presentation’s heavy association of the topic with law enforcement and the utter absence of alternate solutions for audience members not able to spend the money on fancy reusable items. It came across as authoritarian and out of touch with the potential socio-economic demographics of visitors - so much so that those issues overshadowed my ability to enjoy the inclusion of unusual educational animals like aardvarks and bald eagles in the program.

The premise of the show was this: a visitor arrives in a desert town where single-use items are illegal looking for interesting animals to see, but finds herself in trouble with the sheriff’s deputy showing her around because she uses disposable items such as water bottles and plastic bags. In between random animal appearances, the visitor is pursued and repeatedly arrested by the deputy for her single-use items, and then given something better to use instead. At the end of the show, after the visitor appears to have learned the error of her ways, the two sit down to eat their packed lunches together - the visitor is horrified to find she has packed her food in disposable containers, while the sheriff smugly pulls out an identical lunch that has been packed entirely in reusable items. There were a number of reasons that I found this messaging discomfiting.

For one, the main message conveyed regarding reusable items was very authoritarian. During the pre-show, the audience was educated about how much damage since use items can do, and then told to say a pledge along with the presenter in which they swore off all single-use items forever and affirmed a commitment to reusable items. That itself felt a little weird, but then the show took it even further by having the consequences of the use of disposable items be punative actions by authority figures. The visitor was not really educated about the ban on single-use items before going off on her adventures, and was arrested by the deputy for her crime without any dialogue that addressed her potential knowledge (or lack there or) regarding why disposable items were so bad. The deputy would then harangue her and give her an appropriate reusable item instead. This happened three times during the course of the show, in the same pattern: visitor would happily run off in an adventure with an inappropriate item, the dog playing the sheriff would “report” the illegal use to the deputy, the deputy would chase and arrest the visitor. This particular scripting effectively communicated to the kids in the audience that a) using disposable items is always bad, without exception b) it is totally acceptable and normal for authority figures to take punative action towards people using disposable items c) being chased and arrested is within the scope of punishment for repeated use of disposable items and d) ignorance of why single-use items are bad is not acceptable and will not be taken into account. That’s not how you convince kids to want to save the earth - that’s how you scare them into complying. (It also came off as insensitive and unaware of current events, as chase scenes, lassoing of “the culprit”, and arrests were played off for laughs by an entirely white cast).

For two, there was no awareness in the entire script of how income differences might effect the audience’s ability to comply with their conservation solutions. All the item offers as better solutions to single-use items were expensive: the pre-show involved replacing plastic straws with reusable metal ones, and items the deputy showed off were a reusable fabric tote, heavy plastic water bottles, recharable batteries, and a decorative fabric lunch bag and matching sandwich pouch. There was exactly zero mention of alternatives that did not involve spending money on eco-friendly items. I really expected some mention of how plastic grocery sacks or disposable water bottles could be saved and re-used instead of being thrown out, but there was nothing like that in the messaging - framing indicated that purchasing eco-friendly items was really the only acceptable action. I’m sorry, but not everyone can afford that, which means there are now potentially kids in the audience who may think their family is bad (and maybe potentially at risk for being arrested) for not owning reusable items because they can’t afford the up-front cost of purchasing them.

For three, I really don’t think public shaming of people for single-use items is an appropriate message to pass on to kids. The whole show kind of yucked it up, encouraging the audience to sympathize with the beleaguered deputy, placing them in opposition against the visitor who just didn’t get how awful and harmful her choices were. At the end, though, you saw the visitor sit down and pull out her lunch from a sack - just like many kids do every day. It’s been made clear the visitor has learned the value of reusable items from her multiple arrests. Then she pulls out her food, and sees how the packaging has failed yet again… and is not met with sympathy for a choice she didn’t realize was inappropriate when she made it. She’s shamed, yet again, and this time for a past choice she can’t rectify. How many kids do you think will sit down for lunch soon - maybe a packed lunch at a day camp that they have no control over - and see that it’s packed with disposable items and feel bad about that? I know the goal is that kids go home and talk to their parents, but there’s a couple problems - not only was that discussion never explicitly encouraged, not everyone can afford Tupperware or cloth sandwich baggies for their kids to take to school. The presentation set kids up to feel bad about how they engage in a common routine they may have no power to influence, and taught by example that it’s okay to shame and punish other people who use the wrong items.

None of the things listed above are good takeaways from an educational program. Compliance through fear of authority, compulsory spending to achieve moral status, and negative treatment of those who can’t or don’t act similarly are not acceptable messaging for door yo be teaching the kids who are in their audiences. This is especially true when the script of a supposedly animal-based program focuses more heavily on teaching these lessons than on the animals in the presentation.

What I was taught when being trained as as an educator is that motivating an audience to engage in behavioral change that is uncomfortable or inconvenient requires utilizing the power of positive emotion. You don’t go to the hassle of remembering reusable bags on every grocery trip because you’ll get in trouble if you don’t - you do it because you love leatherback sea turtles and want to reduce the number of bags that might be mistaken for delicious jellyfish when they end up in the ocean. While kids might change their behavior temporarily because the rest of their life has conditioned them to automatically obey authority figures, at some point they’re going to realize nobody is going to arrest them for not carrying a reusable water bottle, and they’ll stop caring - at best. At worst, they realize that they’ve been manipulated by the cool educators at the zoo with the animals they liked so much, and they’ll write off any future messaging as a result.

I was truly blown away by how much this program differed from my other experiences at Point Defiance. I’ve seen Wild Wonders shows in previous years and adored them both for their quality animal training and their strong conservation message. I got neither from this current script - overall impression was that the animals made quick appearances to keep the attention of the audience during transitions between scenes. I’m not sure why this year was so different - I don’t know the facility from anything but the public side, nor know staff there to ask, so I won’t hazard a guess. Overall, it felt like the whole production really missed an opportunity to use incredibly cool animals - hello, aardvarks?? - to inspire kids to get involved and to spread awareness of the ways people of all ages and income can modify their usage of disposable items to become more sustainable.

A Part of Your World

Bucky Barnes x Reader

Request: So, I wanted that Bucky went to the aquarium and in one tank he see a mermaid (she isn’t a real one but it’s her job to entertain the visitors but she can be a mutant with hydrokinesis so she can control water and can stay much more time than average under) and he starts to visit more frequently because of her and falls for her and then meet her and falls even more and they knows about each other’s powers after some time.

Word Count: ~1600

A/N: For my mermaid anon. It’s a little longer than expected and deviates a little from your request, but I hope you enjoy it anyway. Thanks for the request, love, and I hope this finds you.

A/A/N: I couldn’t resist with the title. Sorry. Not sorry.


Originally posted by tomhiddlestion-n-spiderman

HIM

The first time I saw her, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I mean, the girl had a tail. Although, in my world, it wasn’t so hard to believe that mermaids might exist.

She was beautiful, a string of pearls braided into her hair and the light catching each little sphere a little too perfectly. She was sitting on a rock in the center of the water, her eyes focused on some distant thing. She absentmindedly played with her hair, the end of her tail swaying in the water.

She glanced around after a few moments before her eyes settled on me. Then she smiled and waved. I returned both gestures as casually as I could, trying to hide the fact that I had just been staring at her. Her smiled widened as the lighting in the room changed and the water began to glow a bit. She shifted her position, waving at me one last time, before diving into the water.

I tried to find her after that, but no matter where I looked, I always felt like I was just missing her.

I bought a season pass to the aquarium on my way out.


YOU

“You were great!” Erin shouts as she enters the room.

The make-up artist is working on removing your tail.

“Although, you did seem a little distracted.”

You nod your thanks at the make-up artist once she frees your lower body from the tail.

“I was looking for someone.” You mumble, stretching your legs.

She sits beside you, “Who?”

“When I was waiting up top, there was this guy. I swear, with the way he was looking at me, you’d think he saw a real mermaid.”

“Well, what did he look like?”

“Broad shoulders. Long hair. I mean, I couldn’t really get a good look.”

“Maybe he’ll come back.”

“Yeah, maybe.”

You spend the rest of the night thinking of him; his face even makes its way into your dreams.


HIM

A week goes by before I get to go back. I go to where I saw her the first time, but she’s not there. After about thirty minutes of searching, I decide to ask someone, despite how crazy I might sound.

“Excuse me?”

The girl turns around, a smile plastered on her face, “Can I help you?”

“This might sound crazy, but I’m looking for a mermaid.”

Her smile seems to soften, becoming more genuine, “Come with me.”

She leads me through a series of hallways before stopping in front of a large tank that’s mostly devoid of life.

“You’re gonna want to look up.”

So, I do, and there she is, swimming down toward the bottom of the tank. I’m vaguely aware of the others with her, but she’s who I came for.

“Her name’s (Y/N). You must be the one she saw the other day.”

“She talked about me?”

“She mentioned you. May have even been a little disappointed the last few days when you didn’t come back.”

(Y/N) smiles, waving down at a little girl who’s been vying for her attention. She seems to be scanning the crowd, and when her eyes finally settle on me, she smiles.

A hand against my back guides me toward the glass. (Y/N) is on the other side, her hands pressed to the glass. I put my hands over hers, and her smile widens.

One of the other girls taps her shoulder, pointing up when (Y/N) turns to look at her. She nods and turns back to me. She waves at me and backs away from the glass.

“There’s an interactive area upstairs where they all go to take pictures with the guests.”

“Can you take me?” I ask, watching as (Y/N) swims away.

“Follow me.”

More hallways and then a set of stairs. I can hear the excitement coming from somewhere ahead of me. Outside the door, I stop, the nerves taking over.

“What’s your name?”

“What?”

“Your name?”

“My friends call me Bucky.”

“Well, Bucky, it’s nice to meet you. I’m Erin. I’ve known (Y/N) for years. All you have to do is go in there and introduce yourself. Don’t overthink it.”

“It’s nice to meet you, too, and thank you for all your help.”

“Oh, you haven’t seen the last of me.”

Then she winks and turns to go back down the stairs. I take a deep breath and push the door open, the chatter of excited children assaulting me as I walk in. They run from area to area, watching videos and playing the several interactive games. Watching (Y/N) with the kids brings a smile to my face. She wears the brightest smile as one-by-one kids run up to take pictures with her.

As the crowd in front of her begins to dwindle, I’m finally able to make my way over to her. She smiles softly as I approach.

“So, do I finally get to put a name to a face?” She says.

I smile; I can feel the blush in my cheeks, “James but my friends call me Bucky.”

“It’s nice to officially meet you, Bucky. I’m (Y/N).”

“The pleasure’s all mine.”

“You know,” she sighs, “I wasn’t sure you’d come back.”

“Work kept me away, but I’m here now.”

“Does that mean I’ll be seeing more of you?”

“If you want to.”

She nods her head and smiles again, “I finish up here in about an hour.”

“I’ll be waiting.”


YOU

An hour and a half later, you’re sitting across from each other at a local diner sharing a plate of fries and enjoying a couple of milkshakes. You’ve talked about pretty much everything, though both of you hesitate to bring up family.

Things fall silent for only a moment, but that moment is long enough for him to finally work up the courage to ask what’s really been on his mind.

“How do you do it?”

“Do what?”

“I’ve never seen anyone move the way you do under water.”

You smile, leaning toward him and lowering your voice, “If I show you, you have to promise you won’t tell anyone.”

“You have my word.”

You glance around the diner to find that it’s mostly empty; you’re basically alone. He watches you intently as you swipe your hand down the side of your glass, collecting as much of the condensation as you can. Once a decent little puddle has formed, you lift your glass and set it aside.

You touch your finger to the table, your mind focused on the water. Slowly, it begins to move toward you finger, forming a perfect circle around the tip of it.

You look up at Bucky, a look of astonishment clear across his face.

“It’s called hydro-kinesis.”

“How long have you been able to do that?”

You shrug, letting the water go and picking up a napkin to place over the puddle, “For as long as I can remember. When I was kid, I would make waves in my bath water, but that was about all I could do. As I got older, it got harder to control. My emotions played a big part in it. When I was about 14, these people showed up at my house. My power is a genetic mutation, and there’s a school for people like me. They taught me not only how to control my powers but how to control my emotions.”

“But why keep it to yourself?”

You shrug, sitting back in your seat, “It lets me be normal. It lets me a mermaid at an aquarium. It lets me puts smiles on the faces of the kids who come to see me.”

“But you could be doing so much more.”

“I don’t need more.” You look down at his left hand, still covered with that leather glove, “Now, I showed you mine. I think it’s only fair you show me yours.”

He nods, sighing heavily as he begins to remove his glove. The shine of the metal is brilliant in the fluorescent light. He begins to pull away, but you catch his hand, tracing the lines of the plates.

“It’s beautiful.” You meet his gaze steadily, “Why do you hide it?”

“It lets me be normal. It’s hard enough being so recognizable because of my career choice. Most people don’t see past the disguise, but the arm would just give it away.”

“So, you are exactly who I thought you were.”

“How did you know?”

“I’ve been to the Captain America exhibit, and I’ve read everything the wall dedicated to his best friend. For the record, I like the long hair. Somehow, it suits you better.”

When he takes you home that night, you share your first kiss at the door, and he promises to visit you at work again as soon as possible.


HIM

It’s been a few months. Things between (Y/N) and I are going well. I go to see her as often as I can, sometimes as many as three or four times a week.

I arrive just as her last show of the day is beginning. She blows me a kiss when I wave at her. I sit on a nearby bench, admiring her as I have every other day. A little girl with blonde hair and bright green eyes narrowed to thin slits crosses the room to me.

“Are you her boyfriend?” she asks, her little hands fisted and resting on her hips.

“I am.”

She tilts her head and her eyes finally widen, “What’s it like dating a mermaid?”

“It’s an adventure,” I look up, watching (Y/N) spin in the water, a cyclone of bubbles moving with her, “every single day.”


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A Massive Mckirk Rec List

Because I’ve dug myself in such a deep hole of Mckirk trash, I decided to make a short fic rec list. Well joke’s on me because turns out I’ve read a lot more Mckirk fics than I thought (and this isn’t even all of them)… Consider this a gift for the holidays.

Notes: all fics are listed alphabetically; ** = favourite


Ashes in Supernova by geishateahouse | 1.5k, T

Bones didn’t take Jim on the Enterprise because it was against regulation, Jim was grounded. It was the last mistake he would ever make. (I didn’t know my heart could smash into a thousand pieces in 1.5k words.)

Baby Can’t You See (You Belong With Me) by StilesInTheGlade | 2k, T

Leonard McCoy was one of those people who hated the very idea of high school. Holy shit, man. He wanted nothing to do with any of it. Until, of course, James Fucking Kirk, captain of the football team, decided Leonard was cute. (Just. Adorable.)

The Ballad of Jim and Bones by neko_fish | 26k, T

It was the summer of 1985 when young Jim Kirk’s life changed forever. After tumbling down a hill, deep in the woods, he ended up receiving help from the most unlikely people. (Okay the tree concept sounds absurd but I promise you it is sweet and heartbreaking and just amazing.)

By Any Other Name by canistakahari | >1k, G

Leonard is a barista. Jim frequents his coffee shop, but it’s not for the coffee. (Because every rec list has to have a coffee shop au right?)

The Damn Balcony Scene by neko_fish | 4k, T

Leonard gets to know his downstairs neighbour because of a pink and green polka dotted sock. (I love this fic so so much. Hilarious and sweet.)

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Crazy (About You) (Part 1)

Request: Hey could you do a one shot where Steve and the reader have to go as a couple for a mission but they hate each other but they almost die and realize they care about each other and then at the end it’s all fluffy? Btw love your blog❤️❤️

Can I request a Steve/Captain America x Reader imagine where you guys are best friends and the reader starts having feelings for him but thinks he doesn’t feel the same so they distance themselves from him and Steve gets confused and after talking with the rest of the avengers about it he decides to confront the reader and then like the reader confesses their feelings and then like something cute can happen :))

Blog Tag: @ssprayberrythings

A/N: I decided to pair these two together because they seemed to be nice together, despite the differences in relationship. I had to change it up just a bit, though. [S/T] means sports team, so any team you prefer. Kudos if you can figure out the hotel they stay in. :) Part one of two.

Warnings: None.

Word Count Total: 1329

Short Imagine #75

Title: Crazy (About You) (Part 1)

Originally posted by imagine-that-marvel

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anonymous asked:

could you please write a continuation of that 'genji's s/o is from an enemy clan' fic, because wow that was really fantastic and good. like maybe genji and his s/o have both managed to get away from their families for a few days, and have holed up in a hotel somewhere?

Here you go, part 2 and an added bonus part that takes place after Genji becomes a cyborg.

Direct continuation to this

Warnings: Mild nsfw

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Civil War Summer Read Along Week 3: Summary

Welcome to the third Civil War Summer Read Along summary post. If you’re not reading along, if you couldn’t find all the comics, or if you just want my take on the Civil War, read onward!

This week we read five comics: Civil War Frontline #2 and #3, Amazing Spider-man #533, New Avengers #21, and Fantastic Four #538. 

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Amusement Park-Camsten

Cameron just really wants Kirsten to have fun.


It was supposed to be Kirsten and the others’ day off. They had all been working so hard that Maggie decided they needed a much needed break, Kirsten especially. At least, that was what Kirsten thought until she was woken up at 8:00 in the morning by loud banging from right outside her door.

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