i think the title of my book of comics will be 'why i never do anything ever'

zarohk  asked:

So, I'm not totally sure the timelines match up, but do you think that Rachel's sisters (especially Sarah who is younger and more naive) could have watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer and decided that Rachel is the Slayer? Goes out at night, all hours, secret boyfriend who only visits her at night, can't tell their single mom, etc.

[First of all: the timelines do actually match up quite well.  In #20 there’s a brief mention of David’s dad (of all people) watching Buffy on TV, and although Animorphs started and ended first most of its run overlaps with Buffy.  Second, I LOVE this idea so much.  Rachel and Buffy are two of the people who were massively influential in teaching me and my friends that it was possible to be girly and tough at the same time.  Third… Voila.]

It starts as a way to distract her sisters, on the nights when their mom can’t make it home and their dad is too busy to call—Rachel will put on whichever Buffy episode she’s got saved in the DVR and all three of them will watch it together.  However, all three of them fall in love with the show over time, until they’re catching each episode live: Sarah laughs at all the puns and hums along with the theme song while Jordan waxes poetical about how dreamy Spike and Angel are.  

Rachel just loves Buffy herself, because there aren’t enough girls on TV that can look that fabulous and kick butt at the same time.  It becomes a weekly ritual, one that Rachel sometimes has to miss if Cassie or Jake calls with urgent news, but she’ll put aside anything short of the alien invasion to catch it with her sisters.

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Jordan meets Rachel at the door, which is a bad sign because their mom and Sarah are both asleep and Rachel herself went to bed six hours ago.  The mission was long, nasty, and exhausting, the way they always are, and Rachel’s too keyed-up from the adrenaline rush to think of a proper excuse for why she’s sneaking in.  

She and Jordan stare at each other in silence for a few seconds, Rachel leaning on the door frame, Jordan holding a comic book in both hands as she sits on the end table in the foyer.  Jordan becomes the first one to speak.  “Sarah and I were talking,” she says.  “And I think we figured it out.”  

Rachel feels her stomach churn.  She’s not as careful with her sisters as her mom.  She never has been.  “Figured what out?”

“It’s okay.”  Jordan clutches her comic book a little more closely, expression solemn.  “We won’t tell Mom.”

Rachel crosses her arms.  “Won’t tell her what, exactly?”

Jordan thrusts the comic book at Rachel.  The cover shows a girl—Buffy Summers, judging by the title—holding a wooden stake in one hand and a sword in the other, her blond hair whirling around her as she thrusts the sword at a spike-covered greyish creature in the corner of the frame.  

Rachel takes a step back from the comic, not sure whether to laugh or to cry.  

“It explains everything.  Where you sneak out to almost every night.  Why you’ve got blood under your fingernails half the time when you get home.  Why you’ve got a secret boyfriend who only comes out at night—”

“I don’t have a boyfriend,” Rachel says reflexively.

Jordan nods, eyes wide.  “Uh-huh.  So you definitely weren’t seen by half the school at last week’s dance with a mysterious guy who has blond hair and is never seen around town.  You don’t have a boyfriend, even though I’ve heard people talking in your room in the middle of the night.  And you always leave your window open, even—especially—when it rains.  Almost like you’re waiting for a secret vampire boy—”

Rachel snorts a laugh.  “Tobias isn’t a vampire.”

Which has exactly the opposite effect than the one she intended.  “Oh my god,” Jordan whispers.  “Tobias as in that guy who disappeared last year? Everyone thought he died—” She gasps.  “Unless he did die.  And now he’s back!”

Much as Rachel wants to laugh and keep laughing until she falls over, she understands that this conversation actually has serious implications.  With effort she sobers herself.  “Look,” she says at last.  “There are things… Things I can’t tell you.  You wouldn’t be safe if I did.”  

She looks Jordan in the eye.  Jordan is taking this conversation seriously—probably more seriously than Rachel herself, for that matter.  “I understand,” Jordan says.  

“As soon as…”  As soon as the war’s over.  “As soon as it’s safe.  I’ll tell you everything.  Right now, there are things I can’t talk to you, or to Mom, about.  But someday I will.  I promise.”  Rachel can’t be more honest than that.  

“Okay.”  Jordan bites her lip.  “I just wanted you to know your secret’s safe with me.  And if you ever need help, like, hiding a body…”

Rachel smiles, overwhelmed with fondness.  “Thanks.”  She yawns.  “Now, if it’s all right with you, Dawn…”

Jordan makes a face.  

“I’m wiped, so I’m going to bed.”  She walks past Jordan and up the stairs to her room.  

“Rachel!”

She turns around.  Jordan is standing at the bottom of the stairs, hugging her comic book against her chest with both hands.  

“On the show,” she says haltingly.  “They say a lot about how slaying’s a dangerous job.  About how most slayers don’t live to be twenty.”  There’s real fear in her eyes, as she looks up at her sister.  

Rachel grins, tossing her hair over her shoulder.  “Really, Jordan, you should learn not to believe everything you see on TV.  After all, it’s just a show.  No vampire’s gonna take me down.”  

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“You know, my sister thinks you’re William the Bloody.”

«Who’s that, a spokesman for Kotex?»

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She doesn’t get much input on the actual headstone; she’s too young for that.  She does, however, manage to put in a special request for the plaque on the statue they erect outside of Washington D.C., a proud grizzly bear rearing up to defend the Capitol.  

Rachel Daniella Berenson, the plaque reads.  She saved the world.  A lot.  

The Chris Evans Mini Series (One Shots)

Imagine Chris reading a bedtime story to your children. 

A/N: I had been planning to write this for a while now, but haven’t gotten around to it. Then I saw that Chris was going to tell bedtime stories?! That just made me sit down and write this, it’s just- ughhh whhhhhyyyyy? 

*Word count: 2,484 🙊 I think I can just safely say that all these mini series one shots are going to be that long ‘cause I can’t help myself. They are just such a good couple to write about, give me that life already. 

The nightly routine in the Evans’ household started at approximately 4:30PM. The kids would hang out in the backyard, or watch TV in the living room, while you and Chris prepared dinner. That was really the only time in the day where the two of you could catch up without any interruptions because your kids knew Mama and Daddy needed to focus when working with sharp knives and hot stoves. Bedtime was another, but that time was tried to use for something else. Those moments were becoming rarer and rarer as you both suffered from exhaustion on a daily basis; being in the Hollywood Industry as well as the parents of two excitable children with exploding personalities took a toll. You and Chris both agreed you were lucky to have the other for support otherwise there was no way you’d manage. 

After dinner came the clean-up; you and Chris always made the children help so they knew they weren’t entitled even though their parents were rich and famous. Then it was bath-time, and that was a lot more work than it should’ve been. Both Jack and Lola would run up and down the halls in their underwear, making you and Chris chase them. It was always fun, until it wasn’t. Chris would have to catch both of them and carry them into the bathroom, and you’d have to lock the bathroom door behind him so your little bugs couldn’t escape. You’d then leave Chris to handle bath-time while you went down to your study to get some form of work done, be it plotting out an idea or replying to some emails. It was incredibly busy around your house and you could only squeeze work in-between nap-time, playtime, bath-time, and bedtime; all the times, basically. You were a parent about ninety percent of the time now, a hundred if your husband had to leave the state to film a movie. You wanted to complain, but you couldn’t; you loved being a mom and you loved your adorably annoying, but also perfectly perfect kids. 

“Oh God,” you heard Chris enter your study and you swiveled your chair towards him. He was drying himself up with a towel, just like every other night; the kids could never keep the water in the tub or to themselves. “If I wanted to get this wet, I’d go ride Splash Mountain.“ 

"Don’t act like you don’t love it,” you laughed as you saved your documents and powered down your laptop. Chris coming down meant that it was time to tuck your children in; the two of you liked doing it together if you could. “Uh uh,” you stopped him when you saw him through your laptop reflection, lowering himself down on the leather couch behind your desk. “You’re going to ruin the leather.” He chuckled softly, holding up his hands in surrender as he made his way back to you. “I’m done anyway, we can go tuck the kids in.”

“Alright,” he took your hand when you got to your feet. “Let’s go fuck this shit up.” He said and you laughed, pressing a kiss on his cheek; he smiled in response as he led you out of the study and towards the staircase which was on the other side of the house. “What are we going to read them tonight?” You shrugged as your mind scanned through the titles you bought for your children’s bookshelves. “They’re still fairly excited, so I think we’re going to need either a long one or three short ones." 

"I blame you for their excitable personality.”

“And I blame you for their night owl personality.”

You both laughed and Chris squeezed your hand, smiling. “Can the quality of a night owl be a part of a personality?” You quizzed and Chris nodded. “Well- I’m sorry I like staying up late, it’s the only time I can think properly. It’s also the only time I can anything done around the house, considering I have three kids running wild in the day." 

"Dodger?” He quizzed. 

“Chris Evans,” you corrected.

“Ha ha,” he bit sarcastically and you laughed; he tried not to do the same by biting back his smile. “You knew before you married me that I’m like Peter Pan, I’m never going to grow up.” You nodded, chuckling. “And you yet still married me,” he teased you.

“Yeah, well- you have your moments,” you teased him back and he laughed, pulling his hand out of yours to wrap his arm around you. “Chris!” You laughed, trying to shove his damp self away from you; he only tightened his grip. “Great,” you chuckled, “now I’m wet too.”

“Sounds like we’re in for an interesting night then,” he whispered into your ear suggestively and you giggled, slapping your hand on his cheek ever so gently. “I’m going to go change into something drier so I don’t wet their beds,” he told you when you got the top of the staircase; you nodded. He released you and headed for your shared master, whereas you walked to your kids’ shared bedroom; you found Jack, Lola, and Dodger waiting patiently for your presences.

“Mama,” Lola pounced on your leg the second you entered the room; she hugged you tightly and you smiled, resting a hand on the top of her head. “We sprayed Daddy with water at bath-time,” she looked up at you, grinning cheekily.

“I saw,” you laughed and scooped her into your arms when she released your leg. You looked over at Jack who was browsing through his side of the bookshelf so he could find a book for you guys to read to them. “Bud,” you called and he turned to you as you sat down on the edge of Lola’s bed. “Did you find something?”

“Not yet,” he shook his head. “I don’t know, Mama. We’ve read all of these books already, I want something new.” He gave up looking and walked over to you, taking the knee that his little sister wasn’t on. You hugged him tightly and rested your head on the top of his blow dried hair, before turning to Lola to kiss hers. “Why can’t you read your writing to us?”

“I could, but I don’t think you’d understand a lot of it. It’s elaborate and it’s for adults to really think and reflect on their lives and issues that society possess,” you explained and they both huffed even though they didn’t understand what you told them. “And my love stories are a little too…” You couldn’t find the word; it wasn’t like it was Fifty Shades, but it didn’t have that childish nature Disney love stories carried. They were simply too young to comprehend any of it, perhaps when they reached double digits.

“There’s one love story we could tell them,” Chris interrupted from the doorway; he’d been standing there a while, just smiling at how perfect his family was. He entered the room and sat down on the floor next to Dodger, patting his bud’s head before finishing his sentence. “About an actor and how met the most beautiful writer.”

“Oh yay!” Lola hopped off your lap and jumped into her dad’s instead, resting her small head against his chest as he wrapped his big arms around her. He smiled at you as he kissed her head, eyes asking if telling your love story was a good idea.

“Is that the story of how you and Daddy met?” Jack asked you and you nodded, smiling at your husband. “We’ve never heard that story before, have we?” He quizzed and you shook your head. “So can we hear it?" He looked between you and Chris; both of you nodded at the same time. "Yes!” You lifted him up as you sat on the floor opposite Chris; Jack cuddled you, resting his head against your chest like his sister did with his dad.

“Take it away, Captain,” you told him with a smile and he looked genuinely surprised you wanted him to start. “I write and tell enough stories at work, I think I can let you do that at home.” You winked and he chuckled softly, nodding in agreement.

“Are my little pumpkins comfy?” Chris asked, but got no response.

You both look at Jack then Lola; you tickled your son for his confirmation, and Chris tickled your daughter for hers. It wasn’t until they both nodded, giggling, that Chris began telling the story of how the two of you meet. While you knew exactly how the two of you met, and have spoken about your first meeting with him numerous times before- it was going to be nice to hear what he was going to tell your children.

“Once upon a time, there was a very handsome actor.” Chris began, smiling when he saw you stifle your chuckle. “His name was Christopher Robert Evans and he had just gotten the role of Captain America.” Jack and Lola grinned excitedly, hearing their dad’s name and his comic book character. “He was starting on a path of great success and he should’ve been happy, but he wasn’t.” He did one of his half smiles and you pouted, making him chuckle. “He was thirty years old and he was still alone. He wanted someone to go home to, someone to love and love him in return, and someone to start a family with. He searched and searched, but he couldn’t find anyone. Until one day, at a Starbucks coffee shop-”

“You found Mama!” Both Jack and Lola squealed excitedly, making you and Chris laugh.

“Yes, I found Mama,” Chris nodded, sharing a smile with you; both were filled with so much love and adoration, your hearts ached. “I saw the most beautiful girl sitting by the window. She was eating red Gummi Bears and furiously scribbling away on a paper coaster. She had a bright red scarf on and her pretty hair was down, she had no makeup on but she was breathtaking. Absolutely breathtaking,” he emphasized for you and you blushed.

“Did you talk to her, Daddy?” Lola asked, looking up at Chris with wide eyes. You and Chris both chuckled at her innocent question, unaware that if he didn’t- they wouldn’t have been born. “Did you talk to Mama?” She repeated when her dad didn’t answer her question immediately.

“Hush, bug,” Chris chuckled, playfully covering her small mouth with his big hand. “We’re going to get to that, you just need to be quiet so I can tell the story. Can you do that for me?” Lola nodded, noising confirmation against Chris’ hand. “Okay,” he dropped his hand and patted her belly, “I did talk to her, I just didn’t talk to her right away. I was so mesmerized by her that I spent the first ten minutes just admiring her from afar, which was a dumb move on my part because Mama was in such a rush that she left before I could talk to her." 

"Oh no!” Your children gasped. 

“But it’s okay,” Chris quickly said before they could attack him with questions. “Like Cinderella, Mama left something behind. She was in such a rush that she didn’t notice she dropped the coaster she was writing her brilliant ideas on, but I did and I picked it up.” Jack and Lola clapped, cheering for their heroic dad. “I had no idea if I would see Mama again, I just knew I had to keep it so I could find her and return it to her." 

"Where did you find her?” Jack asked the question this time. 

“Well, bud.” Chris smiled at you as he continued, “I found her at Luna’s Bistro, a few doors down. It turned out that we were fated to be together, so I didn’t have to look very far. She was meeting Uncle Kevin for lunch, and Uncle Rob and I were going to that same lunch.” Your children gasped again, making you and Chris chuckle. “I gasped too when I saw her and her bright red scarf, I couldn’t believe my luck. I went over, returned her coaster, started talking to her and-” He met your gaze again and you tried not to start crying when you saw his eyes glisten, “we haven’t stopped talking since." 

"Yay!” Your children clapped then hugged the respective parents they were sitting with. 

You and Chris both hugged your children back, smiling at each other. “I love you,” you both mouthed simultaneously and chuckled softly. You could both tell your children still weren’t mentally ready for bed yet, but physically they were done for the day. They were yawning fairly consistently, but trying to hide it because they didn’t want their parents to leave them yet. So the two of you sat with them in your arms, quietly singing the Winnie The Pooh theme song as you gently rocked them to sleep. It didn’t take long, before you could finish the song- they were fast asleep. You and Chris carefully got to your feet and tucked them into their beds; you kissed Jack’s forehead while Chris kissed Lola’s, then swapped to kiss your other child. You both stood in the doorway and watched them for a moment before turning off the lights and closing the door behind you. 

“That was super cute,” you told Chris as you wrapped an arm around his waist; he smiled and wrapped his arm around you, kissing the side of your head. “Do you think we could pitch our love story to Disney or Pixar?" 

 "Oh, definitely,” he nodded. “But I think I’d rather keep our love story between us. It’s too magical and special to share, I wouldn’t want anyone stealing it and claiming credit.” You chuckled, but nodded in agreement. “Isn’t that why you haven’t done anything with the novel you wrote, about our entire life story?" 

"Kind of,” you shrugged. “I don’t know, I didn’t write with an intention to do anything with it. I wrote it because I liked reliving everything we’ve been through together as a couple. It also made me miss you less when you were away, which you said works for you too while I’m away.” He chuckled and nodded. “That and- I’d like our kids to have a copy to read when they’re older, so they know they should wait till they find someone special before they settle down." 

 "That’s so sweet, baby.” He pulled away from you so he could move in front of you and take your face in his hands. “Honestly- I don’t know how I got so fucking lucky,” you chuckled and wrapped your hands around his wrists. “You are just the best and I love you so much.” “I love you too,” you smiled as he drew you in for a kiss. 

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Joy

Pairing: Dean Ambrose/You

Summary: A selection of moments from the journey that is having Dean’s baby. A.n. I seem to write a lot of baby!fics. Ah well heres another for ya.

Tags: @the-geekgoddes @wweobsession1029

You pace up and down the hallway of the hotel. This must be your third or fourth circuit by now but you’re a little nervous. You’re almost certain you’ve got the right hotel and if Seth gave you the right instructions then you should have the right floor. The only hitch so far is that piece of paper in your wallet with the hotel information on says room 23 and the door in front of you says 203. You’re hoping the Seth just got the number slightly wrong or you wrote it down incorrectly, otherwise knocking on the door is going to be pretty embarrassing.

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Goosebumps Title Asks

Welcome to Dead House - Have you ever moved to a new home?
Stay Out of the Basement - Are you hiding anything…?
Monster Blood - How tall are you? Would you change your height if given the chance?
Say Cheese and Die - What is your favorite photo of yourself? Could you share it?
The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb - Do you believe in curses and bad luck?
Lets Get Invisible - Have you ever wished you could trade places with someone else for a day?
Night of the Living Dummy - Do you constantly try to one-up your siblings? If you don’t have siblings, do you constantly try to one-up other people? 
The Girl Who Cried Monster - Can you recall a time that people did not believe you about something, even though you were telling the truth?
Welcome to Camp Nightmare - What lengths have you gone through to pass a test?
The Ghost Next Door - If you could choose how you were going to die, how would you go and why?
The Haunted Mask - What do you consider to be a “symbol of love” in your life?
Be Careful What You Wish For - If you had three wishes, what would they be?
Piano Lessons can be Murder - Do you have any musical talent? What kind of instrument(s) can you play?
The Werewolf of Fever Swamp - Would you adopt a stray animal? Have you?
You Can’t Scare Me - What is your biggest fear?
One Day at Horrorland - Do you enjoy rides? What is your favorite ride?
Why I’m Afraid of Bees - Do you kill insects or let them outside?
Deep Trouble - Do you like to swim? A pool or the ocean?
The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight - Do you have any bizarre family/close family friends? What do they do that’s so out of the norm?
Go Eat Worms - Have you ever ruined someone else’s hard work?
Ghost Beach - Do you have any unusual hobbies that other people may judge you for?
Phantom of the Auditorium - Have you ever been to or been in a play? What play(s) have you gone to/been to?
Attack of the Mutant - Who is your favorite comic book Super-Villain?
My Hairiest Adventure - How did you react when you reached puberty? How about when you started to grow hair in weird places?
A Night in Terror Tower - Have you ever traveled to another country? Where did you go and what kinds of things did you experience?
The Cuckoo Clock of Doom - If you could go back in time, where would you go and why?
It Came from Beneath the Sink - How often do you compliment others? How often do you insult others?
The Barking Ghost - Are you a dog person or a cat person?
The Horror at Camp Jellyjam - Have you ever tried so hard to win something that you realized wasn’t worth winning in the first place?
Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes - Have you ever been accused of something you never did?
A Shocker on Shock Street - What is your favorite genre of movie? What is your favorite movie of that genre?
The Headless Ghost - Do you enjoy scaring others? Or do you enjoy being scared yourself?
The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena - Do you prefer the cold weather or the hot weather? 
How I got my Shrunken Head - Do you own any rare or bizarre artifacts?
Bad Hare Day - Are you into magic tricks? Can you perform any?
Egg Monsters from Mars - What is your favorite holiday?
The Beast from the East - What is your favorite outdoors game to play?
Ghost Camp - What is your favorite summer-time activity?
How to Kill a Monster - What are you allergic to (if anything at all)?
Legend of the Lost Legend - Have you ever gone treasure-hunting or geocaching? 
Attack of the Jack'O'Lanterns -  What is your favorite Halloween costume (that you’ve worn or seen someone else wear)?
Vampire Breath - Are you forgetful and often misplace important things?
Calling All Creeps - Have you ever received and answered a strange call from an unknown number?
Beware the Snowman - What is your favorite thing to do in the snow? 
How I Learned to Fly - Do you wish to be famous? Do you think being famous would ruin who you are?
Chicken Chicken - Have you ever done something that has caused you to regret it once you received the consequences?
Don’t Go to Sleep - What keeps you up at night?
The Blob that Ate Everyone - What kind of things do you like to write about (if anything at all)?
The Curse of Camp Cold Lake - Do you treat others with the same respect they treat you?
My Best Friend is Invisible - Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever gone ghost hunting?
The Haunted School - What is your favorite subject in school? What is your least favorite subject?
Werewolf Skin - Do you feel comfortable in your own skin?
I Live in your Basement - Are your parents extremely over-protective or are they under-protective?

Payed to Date (1)

(Based on 10 Things I Hate About You film)

Pairing: Bucky x Reader (eventually), College AU

Summary: As soon as Steve starts going to his new college, he’s infatuated with Natasha Romanoff, the prettiest and one of the most loved girls in the school. However she isn’t allowed to date until her ‘shrew’ older sister does and Steve is determined to find someone for her. Eventually, he does, but will his plan work? Or will it go down the plughole?

Warnings: swearing

Word Count: 1,127

Author’s Note: So, I decided to write a series based on the film named ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ but I changed the title because my ongoing series also has a similar name. The POV will alter every now and then. And god damn it, it was a great movie I loved it so muchhhhhh!!! AAAAAAAhhh!!! Anywayssss, as always, enjoy and I hope you like it! (By the way this gif suits this part perfectly im so happy omg)

Originally posted by thestackieshow

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Steve’s POV

“Oh wow, nine school in nine years.” the guidance counselor Maria Hill’s eyebrows formed a two-sided triangle as she read the paper in her hand. 

“Yeah, my dad, uhhh-” Steve stopped mid-talk, looking for the right word to continue his sentence, “Is a migrant worker. We always move-”

The counselor shrugged stopping him, “I don’t care. You can tell those fairy tales to someone else.”

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Dream a Little Dream with Me (Chapter Five) - SociallyAwkwardFox - Multifandom|Archive of Our Own
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

RatingMature
Archive WarningsGraphic Depictions Of ViolenceRape/Non-Con
CategoriesF/MM/M
FandomsDCU (Comics)Batman - All Media TypesRed Hood and the Outlaws (Comics)Red Robin (Comics)
RelationshipsTim Drake/Jason ToddRoy Harper/Koriand'rBarbara Gordon/Dick GraysonPast Roy Harper/Jade Nguyen
CharactersTim DrakeJason ToddStephanie BrownKoriand'r (DCU)Roy HarperOriginal CharactersBarbara GordonDick GraysonBruce WayneLeslie ThompkinsBart AllenKon-El | Conner KentVicki ValeDamian WayneArtemis of Bana-Mighdall
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Summary: For years, they’ve shared dreams and nightmares with one another. Glimpses of the other’s life, but never a look at who the other person is. When the nightmares become more frequent, Jason searches for answers at Kori’s instance and does his best to continue helping the kids that come into his shop. Meanwhile, Tim struggles with getting the board to take him and his proposal seriously. Perhaps fate has a reason for drawing them together.
*WARNING: Description of panic attack.*


The door to the small bookstore stood out compared to the plain glass doors most of the shops lining the street had. The faded wood gave it a homey feel without him even knowing what the inside looked like. Stephanie had assurance him it was exactly the type of place Tim liked to spend his free time before he stopped having free time. From the outside, he could see exactly why she would say that.

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The Bookshop (Bilbo X Thorin)

It was that guy again.

Soldier uniform, neatly pressed.  Body always upright and tense. He opens the door and enters as if the shop were his domain, then pauses, as if he suddenly found himself in an unfamiliar territory.

Which it shouldn’t be, really. The man came to his shop for about a week in a row, if Bilbo is not mistaken. He should know the place from top to bottom, with the amount of staring he does.

Never touched any of the books, however. Never picked up a single book neither glanced at a single page. Bilbo wondered, frowning, if the man knew how to read.

He stayed for two hours, always, never deviating, then turned his back and marched outside without a second glance. Bilbo wasn’t even sure the man was aware of his presence.

He asked around a bit and was told the man was not from these parts. Nor was a platoon positioned nearby. Most of the people of his village hadn’t seen a soldier before, here in the Shire.

So what was the man doing, staring at titles and walking around in neat square patterns, yet not touching anything?

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The Hunters

“Here again, Fenton?”

Danny glanced up from his leaning point on the wall as his Math teacher stopped in front of him.

“Oh, I just needed to see Lancer about something…” he lied, hand creeping to the back of his neck. The teacher raised an eyebrow and moved her head from side to side in an exaggerated ‘I’m looking but I don’t see anyone,’ gesture.

Danny sighed, before lowering his gaze again. The Math teacher remained where she was for a moment before shaking her head and moving on. It seemed every teacher in Casper High was aware of Danny’s frequent trips to the Vice Principal’s office. A lot of them had actually sent him there.

The teen’s lips twisted into a sad smirk. One day he’d get out of all this. One day he wouldn’t have teachers breathing down his neck constantly while he was trying to save people’s lives.

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Some Thoughts on Story

By Dean DeBlois

I was asked to write a short essay regarding storytelling [for the Artella audience], and while it’s flattering to think that anyone would want to hear what I have to say on the subject, it also comes with a disclaimer. These are ideas and techniques that resonate with me. They, by no means, represent laws of storytelling. 

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Settling Down - Phandom Big Bang

Title: Settling Down

Author: thatsmistertoyou

Artists: veolentnighthawk - art & realityisnoplacetolive - model

Beta: ginatheficster

Read here by brdlyficrecs

Word count: 9800

Rating: PG-13

Warnings: alcohol

Summary: Dan and Phil go to an arcade and get to talking about kids and commitment. They then get drunk with other YouTubers, who force them to reconsider their relationship. 

Author’s Notes: Massive thanks to Gina for being a fabulous beta; couldn’t have made this what it was without you! Enjoy ^.^ [Read on AO3 if you prefer.]

Dan and Phil ambled down a relatively crowded street in London. They had never been to this particular part of town before. That wasn’t unusual, really - London was a huge city and they barely left their flat -but nonetheless, they were excited to explore a new comic book store and arcade. (If you could look past the fact that they were two grown men and it was a Friday afternoon, their anticipation was perfectly understandable.)

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Why Batman vs. Superman reviews are... irking me.

Spoiler-Free.

I’m a shameless comic book nerd. Most of my followers probably already know this, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone to know that I went to see Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice Friday afternoon. Before I went, I had heard something vague about a bad response from critics, but I decided to be optimistic and open-minded.

I came into the movie with a pretty good mindset; after all, I enjoyed Henry Cavill’s performance in Man of Steel, a movie that, admittedly, had a couple moments which rubbed me the wrong way. I had decided to give Ben Affleck a fair shot at winning me over, and I was ready for wherever the film might take me.

What followed was nearly three hours of what felt like an out-of-body experience. The downside of seeing a movie on opening day was that I ended up stuffed between a seven-year-old boy on my right (whose mother loudly cautioned him to cover his eyes during the “kissing parts”), and an incredibly large gentleman on my left who overflowed into my seat and had a habit of heavy mouth-breathing. Despite all this, I was transported. Darth Vader’s Ventilator and Little Boy Wonder couldn’t make a dent in my enjoyment of DC’s latest blockbuster. I barely noticed how long the run time was, and I felt completely immersed in the world Snyder constructed on screen. 

It took me about twenty minutes to realize why Dawn of Justice felt a bit… different. Once I put my finger on it, though, everything became clear. 

Dawn of Justice is not paced and framed like a traditional Hollywood movie. It reads– or watches, your preference– like a comic book in movie format. It only lacks the speech bubbles. For anyone who is familiar with and loves that form of media, this is like a wet dream come true. It resulted in some bold choices, some traditional movie tropes being abandoned, a few plot twists that seem to come out of nowhere if you’re unfamiliar with the source material. This is not a movie that panders to brand-new fans; it can be somewhat confusing if you know nothing about the DC Comics universe. To be honest, though, I found that beyond refreshing. I’m tired of easily palatable superhero movies, films that are simply a relaxing way to spend an hour and a half, no hard thinking required. I’ll be going back to see Dawn of Justice at least a couple more times, if only because I know there are details I’ve missed in the first viewing. It is a massive, complex, beautiful beast, and it kept me on the literal edge of my seat the entire time. The plot stayed pretty tightly focused on the central conflict, with just enough Justice League foreshadowing and Wonder Woman screen time to tease and tantalize hopeful nerds everywhere.

I already knew Cavill would be excellent in his reprisal as Clark Kent/Superman, but he exceeded my expectations, showing a depth of emotion rarely seen in the character, who is often portrayed as a bit of a stoic, all-powerful hero. As a result, I believe he’s made me finally fall in love with a character I previously felt lukewarm towards, at best. 

Ben Affleck was far better than I ever could have imagined, with a versatility that blindsided me. Fans of previous Batman movies know that one of the most difficult aspects of this role is believably and smoothly portraying both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Affleck nailed it. He conveyed the perfect level of disconnect between the dual sides of his personality, while leaving the two tethered together in a way that had me wondering if his performance can ever be matched by a future Batman. 

Jesse Eisenberg was as good as I had hoped as Lex Luthor, and though some of his minor choices for the character surprised me, it was all positive. I was more than satisfied with Gal Gadot’s characterization of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, and I look forward to seeing her in future movies when she has more time to really shine. 

I also have to add, regarding Amy Adams and the romance between Superman and Lois Lane: There was a lot of improvement in between Man of Steel and this movie. In MoS, I felt almost like the relationship was forced, but Dawn of Justice banished all my doubts. An easy chemistry flowed between the two characters, and Lois Lane proved herself a valuable player in the story, rather than just a love interest/damsel in distress. The feminist in me approves.

Overall, I don’t really have anything negative to say, which is why the critical reception of the film is beyond disappointing to me. I don’t usually put much stock in critics, anyway, and this movie illustrates perfectly my reasons for doing so. I read several of the so-called critics’ reviews, and what I found made me irrationally angry. 

Almost every critic-written review uses overwhelming negativity, ad hominen (personal) attacks, and buzz words to disguise the fact that the reviewer has little to no familiarity with comic books, only with other superhero movies. The complexity that I so admire, the divergence from Hollywood stereotypes that I applaud? Critics loathe these things, apparently. One of the most common takeaways, I found, was that Dawn of Justice should have been more like, or tried to emulate (insert generic superhero movie title here.) The critics show almost no originality in their thinking, and honestly, I’m not having it. 

I’m not the only one, either. The audience reviews rate this movie at 75% positive, compared to the critics’ 29%. I browsed the audience reviews, and out of the negatives, most of the reviewers sounded as if they had never picked up a comic book in their life. One had the audacity to claim that the movie “wasn’t true to DC lore.” I’m not even going to touch that one, other than to say that it is patently untrue. Another person said that they didn’t like Batman as a vigilante character. Um, have you heard of Batman before? The guy who introduced a nine-year-old boy to vigilante crime-fighting as his sidekick? I’m beginning to have flashbacks to when Deadpool was released, and thousands of outraged people demanded to know why it wasn’t family-friendly. The answer is simple: The filmmakers decided not to pander to new fans. Instead, they made a film that comic book nerds like myself will cherish for decades.

The audience in general likes this movie, and I think it’s time the critics caught onto that. The days of trying to be cool and edgy by spreading negativity to everything you touch ended a long time ago. Get the memo, people. In the meantime, I’ll be happily enjoying a wonderful film that hundreds, if not thousands of people, dedicated years of their lives to. 

"Marked" RPNAU Omegaverse HiJack Fic - Chapter 6

Okay so I have a lot of free time on my hands and the inclination to write a lot the last couple of days… THEREFORE, SURPRISE! HAVE ANOTHER CHAPTER ALREADY! ALSO HAVE A HIRO! This is my first time writing Hiro but hopefully I did alright. :D

This one is 100% SFW, no smut at all! XD No worries, I have another fic to post after this that’s porny for you, so you’ll get your NSFW anyway lol.

Warnings: [this whole fic is top!Hic]

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MARKED
Chapter 6
By Senashenta

“You should have heard everyone talk. It was like a gossip grenade exploded all over the walls of the school. Word shrapnel everywhere, man. Seriously, I think there might have been some actual, legit casualties involved. We’re talking bomb-squad level stuff, here.”

“And thanks for that stunning imagery. Really, Hiro. Thanks so very much.”

“Hey, I’m just saying. If you wanted to avoid rampant rumors you probably shouldn’t have fucked the top alpha in our school in the nurse’s office. Literally everyone in the building could scent it. Every single person.”

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Stucky Fic Rec List November 2014

Alright a friend requested another one of these, and I don’t remember which were on the old list so this one may contain ones you’ve read before.

Complete Chaptered: Longest-shortest (300K-10K)

180 Days and Counting: Teen. 283K. Bucky Barnes needed out of his current school. Luckily, his old college buddy, Natasha Romanoff, knew of an open position at her elementary school. This is the story of Bucky adjusting to his new workplace, the fantastic and crazy teachers who also work there, and how difficult it is not to crush on the art teacher across the hall. Morgan’s note: I know it’s long, but it is one of my favourite fics Iv'e ever read

To Be Vulnerable Is Needed Most Of All: Mature. 118K. Steve is a shy comic book artist and meets his new neighbour, Bucky Barnes. In which there are awkward longings, meddling best friends, comic conventions, heartache, lemons, video games, dorkiness, dancing and two cute boys.

A Pretty Boy With A Bird Tattoo: Explicit. 100K. Bucky Barnes is the wholesome, handsome boy next door, complete with the engineering major and the beloved younger sister (or three). Steve Rogers is the punk artist loner with an unkindness on his arm and a never-ending fight against the world. His best friend, Natasha, is best left unmentioned, though there are rumors that if you kiss the Black Widow’s spider, she’ll give you a tattoo for free. But she never said where or what. They shouldn’t work together, until they do.

Politics and Animals: Explicit. 74K. When Steve Rogers, the new Team Lead at the VA, first looked across the street and spotted the gorgeous guy with the cute dog, he never planned on becoming emotionally invested. It was just supposed to be a no-strings night of pleasure. But Bucky Barnes turns out to be far more complicated than Steve ever expected. Is it even worth the effort? Light Dom/Sub.

Unwanted Celebrity: Teen. 72K. Fifteen years ago, a skinny kid from Brooklyn went to an arts summer camp, where he met child movie star Jimmy Barnes. Their unlikely friendship faded as the years passed. But now, a threat to Barnes’ career brings Steve back into his life, in the most unexpected of ways. Or, the one where Bucky is a smooth celebrity, right up until Steve the snarky photographer shows up, and Bucky’s whole world gets blown to pieces.

Young Turks: Explicit. 69K. When Bucky inherits his aunt’s house in Brooklyn, he immediately finds himself drawn to his cute neighbors over the road. Thing is, Bucky’s still recovering from a bad accident and a worse breakup, and he’s not looking for a relationship, even if it’s a challenge when Steve is adorable, musical and obviously into him. Bucky’s determined to just be friends, but with the encouragement of his old band members, and Peggy’s persuasiveness, it’s really a matter of time before he gives in to temptation.

Cake Walk: Explicit. 65K. Steve Rogers runs a small bakery in Brooklyn with his friend Peggy. When his neighbours Natasha and Sam announce that they are getting married, Steve is immediately commissioned to make the wedding cake. He’s more than thrilled, but gets more than he bargained for when asked to co-ordinate with Bucky Barnes - Natasha’s highly attractive and charming wedding planner.

Going Yard: Explicit. 41K. This is the love story of shortstop Steve Rogers and pitcher Bucky Barnes, estranged childhood best friends about to be reunited on the same team. This is a love story about New York's other baseball team, the Avengers, and their quest to claim the National League East division title. This is a love story about going home and new friends and team bonding and first loves and how the people you’re the closest to can also drive you the craziest. But mostly, this is a love story about baseball and the boys of summer who play it.

Critical Feline Mass: Teen. 40K. Adjusting to civilian life is hard for any military veteran — especially for one ex-sniper with a cybernetic arm, a classic Harley, and friends who keep trying to ‘help.’ When Sam Wilson at the VA sends Sergeant Barnes to rent a room from the hottest guy in the DC area, Bucky thinks maybe civilian life is worth it after all. Sam was a huge help to Steve Rogers when he left the military. In the spirit of ‘pay it forward,’ Steve decides to rent out his basement room to a vet in need. 

Capstagram: Teen. 36K. Bucky is a fashion vlogger. Steve is an art vlogger. And Steve may or may not be just a little bit in love with Bucky. After Bucky mention’s Steve channel in a video he work’s up the courage to talk to him and they spark up a conversation and possibly something more. Slowish build. Quite fluffy.

This City Bleeds Its Aching Heart: Explicit. 35K. The one where Steve and Bucky pose as a happily married couple while on a mission for SHIELD, to catch an international arms dealer hiding in a suburban neighborhood.

LinesExplicit. 34K.Modern day au where Steve Rogers is un-serum’d and is looking for work. When Tony and Bruce save his ass from certain-broken-nose, Steve finds himself coaxed into a world of tattoos, science, and a guy named Bucky Barnes.

Through the Open Window: Explicit. 29K. Steve Rogers gave up on joining the army and worked for Stark Industries writing policy letters by hand. It’s a dull job, right up until the office across the fire escape is given to an attractive stranger with one arm and no personal boundaries.
Was going to be PWP but then there was like… a little plot? Steve and Bucky if Steve & Bucky never met as kids, I guess.

Til The Cows Come Home: Not Rated. 24K. Steve loves his town. He loves the people, the narrow streets and faded houses. He loves the scraggly weeds that spring up in the sidewalk cracks and trundle into driveways. This place is his home and he loves every square inch of it.That is, until a certain city-slicker rolls into the picture and throws Steve’s world upside down. Everything Bucky knows, he’s learned from the streets of Brooklyn. So why…why he had to be dragged from those bustling streets and dropped here, in the middle of fucking nowhere, is a mystery to him. Because Pukesville (he refuses to call it anything else) is shitty. This house that they’re holed up in is shitty. Everything about this situation is goddamn shitty and nothing can convince him otherwise. Until he meets Steve Fucking Rogers. “If you’re not interested in pig’s balls, then you’re not cut out to read this fic to be perfectly fucking honest.“ Farm Town AU.

For Sentimental Reasons: Mature. 20K. Bucky Barnes works at Lucky Leo’s, a 40’s-themed diner in Brooklyn, and he hasn’t seen Steve Rogers for nine years. When they meet again, Bucky barely recognizes the guy who used to be his best friend.

On The CuspMature. 19K. Bucky is a rich kid. Steve is his butler. It doesn’t stop them from being best friends.

When I Kissed the Teacher: Explicit. 18K. Teacher Bucky. Hot dad Steve with a daughter named after Peggy. 

Leaves of Grass: General-Explicit. 17K. Steve and Bucky are oblivious. Their teachers are not. They devise a plan to bring them together. High School AU.

I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend: Explicit. 13K. Bucky (the appallingly punk kid) gets drunk and accidentally breaks into Steve’s (the outrageously hipster kid) apartment. Honest mistake! He was trying to break into Natasha’s next door. Romance happens. (Somehow.)

Nice Work If You Can Get It: Mature. 13K. Bucky Barnes and his best pal Steve Rogers stumble into a situation that leaves Bucky feeling tongue-tied, out of his element, and convinced that Steve—Steve!—has more experience with the ladies than he previously let on. It’s terrible. (Pre-serum Steve, pre-war Brooklyn, befuddled Bucky, and showgirls, for your pleasure.)

A Fucking Written Invitation: Explicit. 10K. "Jesus, Steve, I just had to explain to a ninety-something year old ex-killer that it was normal to *have dreams* and *wake up with unusual physical attributes* and, and listen, we have to get him a male GP, a, a man, because when I asked him why he hadn’t just called her to discuss this he looked at me like I’d suggested he slap her in the face.”

Like a Good Neighbor, Steve Rogers is There: Explicit. 10K. The one where Steve Rogers answers calls at State Farm and Bucky is something of a repeat caller.

Extra: Not Stucky but wonderful: For Those About To Tech (We Salute You)Teen. 14K. “I dub thee Hawkeye,” Tony declares solemnly, tapping a kneeling Clint on either shoulder with a mic stand. “Now rise, Hawkeye, a full-minted member of S.T.A.G.E.” In which the Avengers are long-suffering student technicians who work at Nick Fury’s theatre. They’ve survived manic sets, difficult directors and really bad avant-garde drama - but can they take on Loki’s Musical of Doom?

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S is for Steve Rogers is a Little Shit: Explicit. 24K.  Five times that Steve Rogers was a dirty cocktease and the one time Bucky got the best payback possible.

Uncharted: Explicit. 15K. Steve gets curious and it’s Bucky’s civic duty to help him out. There’s a chart.

I’ve Been Careless With A Delicate Man: Mature. 9K. Steve lets SHIELD think he and Bucky were boyfriends so they’ll let him see the Winter Soldier in medical.

Bent My Knees Cause I Love You: Explicit. 7KWarning for cross-dressing, if this isn’t your thing, this fic definitely won’t be. Steve discovers a secret about Bucky, and it quickly snowballs into something much bigger. Set post wake up/winter soldier.

Brevity is the Soul of Lingerie: Explicit. 4K. Unrepentantly silly, fluffy porn involving lingerie, important questions about ducks, underpaid evil minions and boring meetings.

In Any Language: Explicit. 3K. "I’m right here. I’m not going anywhere and there is nothing you could do or say to push me away, and if I need to learn how to say that to you in every language there is for you to believe me, then I’ll do it.“ Or: Bucky works through a few issues of his time as the Winter Soldier with Steve’s help. And a lot of sex.

I’m Seeing Stars (and they’re all in his eyes): Explicit. 2K. It’s summer. A long hot day in summer and Steve is just trying to peacefully watch a film with his friends; except he can’t because Bucky is sitting opposite him doing absolutely obscene things to a popsicle.

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Gravitation: Explicit. 18K. "He couldn’t remember when he first started feeling the pull. Perhaps it was too long ago, or perhaps it had been gradual, something that crept up on him. But by the time he was sixteen, Bucky knew that the axis of his world spun around Steve Rogers in the worst possible way.”

One Day We Won’t Have To Be Scared: Explicit. 13K. Steve and Bucky are at a gay bar in the 30s, and some guy offers them money to take pictures of them as they fuck. They need the money, they say yes, and pretty much forget about it afterwards. The pictures come out years later.

Pure as the Driven Slush: Explicit. 11K. He should have worked it out sooner. But then, Steve always was a sneaky little bastard—had to have been, just to survive this long. "Steve is quite experienced while Bucky’s never gone beyond second base with anyone".

Body Studies: Explicit. 10K. Bucky wants Steve to draw him. Bucky’s bored enough to model, and that’s – that’s – “That’s – a fun idea,” Steve supplies, fingers tight around his pencil. “I mean, we could try that if you wanted to.” Is his palmsweating on the pencil? “It’d be pretty boring for you, though, I guess.”

First Kiss: Mature. 7K. Steve’s and Bucky’s first kiss as teenagers, preferably with some sort of Spin the Bottle inclusion, with a happy ending please - since you usually are all angsty and stuff" (That’s so true, by the way; can’t deny that.) Steve’s fifteen, and though he’s never played this game before, he’s pretty sure this isn’t how the rules go. Morgan’s Note: this fic is very good but will leave you with a hole in your heart for Steve Rogers, as usual. 

Eight-PagerExplicit. 6K. Steve gets a job drawing dirty comics. Bucky thinks he needs help coming up with sketches. Not that Bucky minds posing in ladies’ underthings.

Kiss Me Hello: Mature. 6K. Bucky and Steve take to kissing each other hello, goodbye, goodnight. It’s all very platonic until it isn’t.

Every Picture Tells A Story: Not Rated. 5K. Bucky worked the bag a while longer before collapsing on the floor, chest heaving, lips glistening as he licked them. This was provocation, Steve was certain. If he couldn’t get Steve to admit to his perversion, then Bucky would find a way to tease it out of him.

My Kind;s Your Kind: Mature. 4K. Steve’s beginning to get self-conscious of the fact that he’s never been kissed.

Filthy Words: Explicit. 1K. Steve hides in the wardrobe while Bucky fucks a girl. Morgan’s Note: so so so good

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Buck Me: Explicit. 32K. Steve’s been friends with Bucky for fourteen years. Unfortunately, he’s also been in love with him for nearly just as long. He’s been pretty good at hiding that over the past few years - until he follows a porn link one night and accidentally discovers that his best friend is secretly a camboy. Steve really shouldn't watch those videos… Not with the filthy things Bucky does to himself that gets him screaming every time he comes… He shouldn’t… he really fucking shouldn’t. But Steve’s only human.

I’ll Raise You Like A Phoenix: Explicit. 17K.When you’re two punk kids in love, sometimes it feels like the whole world is trying to tear you apart. Steve and Bucky aren’t giving up without a fight.

Legs as White as Sugar, Candy on the Window Sill: Explicit. 15K. Steve’s a fucking little tease. The worse part is he knows it. ‘Cause Steve’s still got those fucking black-rimmed glasses on, but the beanie’s gone and his hair is perfectly styled like one of those rich kids whose parents could afford to send them to prep school. Bucky’s zipper scrapes against his sudden and uncontrollable erection when Steve walks onto the stage wearing a motherfucking schoolboy uniform – white button-up tee shirt and tie and fucking crest and everything.

Escape From New YorkMature. 12K. On Monday morning Thor parades bare-ass naked around the Tower; it all goes downhill from there. Or, the one where New York gets infected with alien sex pollen, Steve appears to be the only sane man, and the things that ensue include hilarity, fake zombies, pining and surprise makeouts. And a bear trap.

Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me (I wanna Be Dirty): Explicit. 11K. On stage, Steve owned that outfit like he’d been fucking born in it. All self-consciousness he’d previously shown in his body was non-existent, as he strutted around with his hands on his waist like a model on some sort of catwalk; popped his hips from side to side and gave these playful, almost sinister-looking grins to the cast and the rest of the crowd. It was so unexpected, but there was also something sexy about seeing Steve up there, acting like that. It was like some free-spirited sex kitten had possessed him or something. Goddamn it, it had Bucky fucking confused.

Cruising Kids: Explicit. 7K. Bucky takes Steve for a drive. It’s the 1960s, the Chevy is a piece of art, and anything could happen.

All Night: Explicit. 5K. Sam had warned him to be careful who he talked to. "Prettyboys like you goin’ out alone on that side of town and lookin’ as sad as you are get attention from a very particular type.“ Prostitutes. He had meant prostitutes.

Hotel Service: Explicit. 5K. "The one where Bucky is one of the reception staff in an upmarket hotel and Steve’s a wealthy businessman who stays there regularly. They’re involved in a heavy flirtation but neither of them have quite gotten up the courage yet to take the next step.”

Deep as a Secret Nobody Knows: Explicit. 4K. To be fair, Steve is moderately drunk the first time. Not smashed, but drunk enough to make Tony and Clint’s ideas sound brilliant and hilarious. Or: “the story where steve gets dared to call a phone sex line and of course bucky is on the other end. and then feelings happen.”

Librarians at Tattoo Parlors: Mature. 4K. Bucky goes in for a tattoo, Steve looks like a librarian who got lost on a Sunday stroll, and Bucky really wants to know if there’s anything hiding beneath the polished exterior.

Clean Up On Aisle 3: Explicit. 4K. “Think the cops come by Walmart arresting people for indecent exposure often?” The dark-haired man spoke, voice thick with arousal as he let his hands ghost up Steve’s shirt. Steve hissed at the contact, focusing on not dropping his groceries on the floor as a thumb flicked his nipple into a hardened nub. “God I hope not.” Steve all but purred in response. (Meeting at a Walmart at 2am AU)

Layers: Explicit. 4K. Steve likes to wear skirts, and it drives Bucky up the wall.

At The Other End (of the line): Explicit. 3K. Bucky should have known better than to call the number Clint gave him.

I’m With You On The End Of The Line: Explicit. 3K. Bucky tries to call his friend and ends up calling a guy named Steve by mistake.

Cause You Look So Much Cuter With Something In Your Mouth: Explicit. 3K. Steve is more than a little intrigued when he hears the rumor that Bucky Barnes has a dick piercing. High School AU.

In Poison Places, We Are Anti-venomMature. 1K. From what I gather, it pretty much works like ordering a pizza,“ Sharon says, completely straight-faced. Bucky is honestly not sure which one of them feels more like knocking themselves unconscious to escape this conversation.

Yet again, an extra fic: Now or Never: Explicit. 8K. Men are, by and large, a waste of Peggy’s time. Oh, certainly, there are a few who aren’t entirely useless, and some of them aren’t bad to look at. But she’s never been very interested in what they have to offer. She has more important things to do, like win the war. That’s why it’s so frustrating that she can’t stop thinking about Steve. She should have better control over herself. Steve is the only man who has ever caused her such trouble. That is, until James Buchanan Barnes opens his mouth.

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The Gentleness That Comes: Mature. 8K. Steve Rogers never really views the things he had to do to get by before the War with any sort of shame or embarrassment. People ask him for his opinions on modern issues in interviews, but Steve has gotten good at talking around those types of questions. Fury insists that there’s no way to answer them without casting a shadow of controversy across the reputation of the Avengers, and that’s the last thing Steve wants. But then a sex tape is released featuring Tony Stark in bed with another man, and Steve can’t stay quiet any longer.

New Words for Old Desires: Mature. 7K. "After the dust settles, after Bucky is found and taken in and his brain is as fixed as it’s going to get, according to everyone who is paid to know about that kind of thing, there’s really no question of where he’s going to live." Or: Bucky uses unusual coping mechanisms, Steve pines in what he thinks is a very subtle way, and literally everyone else in the world is like GOD just KISS ALREADY.

Let’s Do Some Living After We Die: Teen. 6K. In which Steve decides to jump before he falls. Road trip AU.

Someday, Somebody from Somewhere: Teen. 5K. Steve tries to set Bucky up, Bucky has a problem with second dates, the Avengers end up staging an intervention and a fake date turns out better than expected. Or, how Steve Rogers got his groove back.

The Steven G. Rogers Guide To What You Missed The Last Few Years: Teen. 5K. Steve’s got the hang of this 21st century thing.

The Future’s So Bright (I gotta wear shades): Teen. 3K. Things Bucky loves about the future.

Young Hearts, Out Our Minds: Teen. 2K. Bucky posts a selfie of the two of them in bed to his instagram. He hashtags it #goodmorningamerica. Sam Wilson and Pepper Potts retweet it to their twitter accounts.

Sleep Away The Toils of Battle: Teen. 1K. Steve, who usually woke up at five in the morning as a rule, or as an old habit, went for a jog, returned to the Tower, showered, dressed, and was in the kitchen looking ready for the day by eight at the latest. Steve, who none of them had seen the torso of unless he was sparring for too long and got too hot, or his clothes were otherwise ripped in battle, or they were swimming. Steve, who, at the moment, was clearly not showered, as his hair was a blonde mess that he ran his fingers through nervously as they all unabashedly stared at him.

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Five Times Steve Scared the Ever-living Shit Out of Bucky, and the One Time Bucky Finally Did Something About It: Mature. 8K. ‘Steve smiles against him, still getting his kicks with the whole thing. Because he might be a truly wonderful person, but he can also be a little shit if he wants to be. “Never fucking do that to me again,” Bucky says, but it lacks venom. “I won’t.” Steve says. But Bucky knows he will because he’s Steve.' OR: Whether he’s doing it on purpose or not, Steve consistently scares the crap out of Bucky, who is already trying to deal with his looming feelings for the little punk. It’s giving him gray hair.

Most of All: Teen. 7K. Five times Bucky dances with Steve. (In which there are Lindy Hops, waltzes, drunken nights, fake boyfriends, a 21st century gay club, a pair of ridiculously expensive suits, and eventually it all works out.)

Peppermint Hot Chocolate: General. 2K. "It’ll be worth the money, he mentally repeats to himself as he walks home with two peppermint canes and two bars of chocolate tucked into his coat, arranged carefully so that they don’t melt or break on the walk back." (Or, the one where Steve spends his emergency money on hot chocolate and candy canes, because it’s an emergency.)

  • High School AU:

I’m a Fool With a Curse and a Crush: Teen. 15K. ”He is, of course, slightly confused as to why Steve has been so willing to hang out with him, considering Steve wears khaki pants and tucks his shirt into his belt, but figures if Steve is weird for hanging out with a kid who wears smudged eyeliner and metal studded leather around his wrists, then Bucky is also weird for voluntarily spending time with a skinny as fuck asthmatic who shines his shoes and combs his hair into place every morning.“ Morgan’s Note: this is one of my favourite fics ever, the one you read when you can’t sleep at night, you know?

How The Kingdom Lights Shine: Mature. 8K. Junior year. Steve Rogers navigates high school, dating, and falling in love with his best friend.

You Stand Alone to Every Record I Own: General. 7K. Bucky Barnes is eighteen, a senior in highschool, and totally in love with his best friend. It’s okay. He’ll either get over it or sleep with every hipster twink in college who’s in a band. At least, that’s what Natasha says.

Ain’t Nothing Punk About That: Teen. 6K. Bucky tries not to get involved with high school drama shit. Steve Rogers is just another kid who gets beaten up in corridors. Until he’s not. In which Steve Rogers gets punched a lot and Bucky Barnes is getting a little sick of it.

Into The Lion’s Mouth: Teen. 6K. All Bucky wants to do is finish out his senior year at a new school without anymore trouble. But he apparently attracts trouble, and this time it goes by the name of Steve Rogers.

I’ve Been Searching for Something: Teen. 3K. The one where Steve is scrawny, asthmatic, and prone to illness and Bucky is basically Judd Nelson and nothing sad happens.

Be Not Too Rough With Me: Mature. 2K. Imagine your OTP having to sit next to each other in sex education. Also, imagine all your OTP’s teachers shipping it hard enough to make their curriculum highly related to male genitalia and gay sex.

Jersey: General. <1K. Bucky tries to keep a straight face. Really, he does. Gives it 110% and everything.

  • College AU:

What a Wonderful World This Would BeTeen. 29K. Steve Rogers isn’t about to let some frat boy jerk like Bucky Barnes show him up, even if it means having to kick Brock Rumlow in the balls. Morgan’s Note: Read this entire series, they are so good!

The College ExperienceTeen. 16K. Steve is looking forward to college. Like "really freaking super duper excited” about college. College is going to be different from high school, everyone says so. They’ve had talks from current students, students that have left, and a handful of other people, lecturers and professors and tutors, and they’ve all said that college is so different to high school. More independent learning, new people, new sights, new responsibilities. Steve has never been more looking forward to it in his life.

I Have Seen The Sun Shine Without Burning: Teen. 16K. It’s an accident. Really, it is – when Bucky’s baseball goes off target, and he watches in horror as it strikes the back of a blonde head. And he’s broke as shit, okay? He can’t afford health care for a concussion– and races forward. Or: where Bucky is on the varsity baseball team purely for scholarship and misses engineering like breathing and well, shit happens.

The Poem Which I Did Not WriteTeen. 15K. See, here’s the thing: Steve has a problem. His problem is embodied in almost six feet of cocky smiles and toned muscles and tattoos and it starts three weeks into the school year when his life drawing professor announces that they’re finally moving onto studying the human form and says, “This is James. He’s going to be our first model.” And the guy steps up onto the platform in the middle of the room and undresses without a lick of self-consciousness, smirking all the while, and Steve thinks, Oh, hell. OR: Steve is an art student and Bucky is a figure model and a lot of pining happens.

Children of the SunMature. 8K. "Bucky is watching Steve pour himself a bowl of gluten-free Chex when it hits him like a sledgehammer. Steve is scrawny and short with a half-buzzed head, hipster glasses, and an array of avant-garde tattoos, and Bucky is so in love with him that it hurts.“ Bucky has a final exam tomorrow, has just realized he’s in love with his best friend, and Natasha won’t stop calling him an idiot.

Do Me A Favour: Not Rated. 5K. punk!bucky, Protective Bucky Barnes, preserum!Steve, First Meetings, First Kiss, Natasha is perfect as always, they’re all secretly nerds, Star Trek References, Tolkien References

I Don’t Have Much In My Life (but take it, it’s yours): Explicit. 4K. He waves a hand towards Bucky’s body. “You should talk forever, and never wear a shirt. Like, ever.” He giggles, and says he’s not really that much to look at. But Steve has none of it, and tells him that he’s like something stolen from one of those Chapels in the Vatican, but not with the little leaf for a dick. “At least,” Steve laughs. “I hope not.” Bucky rolls his eyes, but tells him he hopes he’s into lettuce.

Odd Rivalries: Teen. 3K. Stealing a rival fraternity’s house dog. TFM.

How Bad Is It?: Teen. 3K. Bucky just really wanted some candy - NOT to be mauled by a boobytrapped vending machine in the middle of the night…

ShenanigansNot Rated. 2K. It’s not like he’s a starving artist just yet. The guy he’s falling for, on the other hand, is exactly that. Or, Bucky is pining and Clint’s not completely useless for once.

This Is Not A Drill: Not rated. 2K. “So this sucks,” a gravelly voice says beside him. Steve looks over and sees the guy from across the hall, somehow managing to look even more cold and miserable than Steve himself feels. But it’s probably because while Steve’s in his flannel pajamas and a jacket, this guy’s only in a pair of faded grey boxer shorts. Morgan’s Note: Fire drill au, legit my favourite thing!!

  • Neighbor AU:

(Are You aware) The State I’m InMature. 28K. Bucky’s newspaper keeps going missing.

If All My Mistakes (Led Me To You)Teen. 23K. Sam’s plans are always the worst plans and now a newly single Steve has to scramble to find a plus one for Peggy’s big day after being spontaneously dumped. Luckily, he doesn’t have to look very far.

The Pomeranian Effect: Mature. 18K. Take Steve, Bucky, one nice neighbourhood, one prying landlord and the Pomeranian pup from hell. Mix well. Bucky is still pinching himself over the outcome.

You Were Standing There: Mature. 18K. Bucky accidentally breaks into the wrong house while drunk. The wrong house happens to belong to Steve Rogers.

Knock On Wood: Teen. 5K. Steve Rogers lives a quiet, steady life, until his next door neighbour moves in and starts having incredibly energetic sex every night.All Steve wants is for him to move his bed away from the wall so the damn headboard doesn’t knock a hole through his wall.

And If The World Comes To An End (I’ll be there to hold your hand): Teen. 4K. Steve slowly opens his eyes only to come face to face with a frying pan. He shoots up, trying to sit upright and failing miserably and only becoming more tangled in the blankets. He looks up to find the man holding up the frying pan defensively, with a bemused expression on his face.

Just A Loser In Boxer Shorts: Not Rated. 4K. When Steve wakes up, it’s to the smell of something burning. Morgan’s Note: This fic made me mildly anxious, so be careful, but its sweet.

I Spoke About Wings, You Just Flew: Teen. 2K. Bucky Barnes lives downstairs from Steve Rogers and embarks on the clumsiest seduction known to man.

  • Random AUs:

This Is Not A Drive ByNot Rated. 24K. "God, he can’t stop smiling, and it must be infectious because a slow grin is stretching across Steve’s face, and now he’s the one looking at Bucky from up under his eyelashes and asking, “How have we not met before?” And, really, that’s the question isn’t it." Otherwise known as: The Bucky Barnes Hot Dad AU or The One Where Steve Crashes All Of Bucky’s Dates Without Really Trying

Night Light: Explicit. 20K. Bucky’s a beat-up rentboy in need of a place to stay.

Broken Dicks and Bloody Noses: Mature. 13K. Steve and Bucky meet in the ER, and then keep meeting in the ER because they are both knuckleheads who keep getting beaten up by other people.

At Ease: Mature. 12K. Steve frequently sends out care packages for the troops, and when he learns about the penpal program, he’s quick to fill out an application. He’s assigned Sargent James Buchanan Barnes. Everything grows from then.

Never Gonna Find It (If you’re looking for it): Teen. 12K. Clint has a roommate named Bucky, who Steve has never really met. When Clint and Natasha decide to take the next step in their relationship, Steve is in need of someone to help him pay the rent, and Bucky is in need of a place to stay. Tiny Hipster Steve, who owns a tattoo shop, and war veteran Bucky find that they share much more than just a living room, and fall in love the way stupid kids usually do.

Fantasmic!: Teen. 11K. It’s Steve’s second summer working at Disney World when he meets Prince Charming (aka: Bucky Barnes, college kid from Brooklyn whose ass looks absolutely devastating in his Prince Charming slacks) and maybe starts to feel a little Disney magic in his heart. Morgan’s Note: Disney fic, fav fav fav!

Flying Too Close To The Sun: General. 9K. In which Steve is a flight attendant and Bucky keeps showing up on his flights and they fall in love without meaning to.

Do You Wanna Know How We Keep Starting Fires: Explicit. 8K. "What happened?” she asks, following the source of the smoke to the kitchen, where all the windows are thrown open. The smoke stubbornly refuses to dissipate, probably suppressed by the humid morning air outside. The guy’s still coughing, and every so often from behind him Bucky can hear the hiss of the inhaler as he fights to breathe. "I tried to make breakfast is what happened,“ he says, between puffs on the inhaler. He’s wearing, of all things, black lounge pants that proclaim him to be a Gryffindor, despite being approximately Bucky’s own age. "Breakfast didn’t cooperate.”

Steve’s A Fuckin Hot Ghost: Not Rated. 7K. It’s that time of year again. Changing leaves. Hay rides. Haunted houses that scare Bucky so much that his friends have never been able to get him to set foot in one. It would be fine if it wasn’t a yearly tradition…being within arm’s reach of entering the house and then having Bucky wimp out at the last second. But this year is different. This year he’s going to prove to himself that he can do it, even if he’s doing it by himself. Or maybe, he realizes after nearly fainting from the new presence of one Steve Rogers behind him, he doesn’t necessarily have to be alone.

If Your Bones Make It Home AlrightTeen. 6K. Making it back from the war is not the same as making it back alive, but it’s a start. Mechanic AU. The first day on the job, Bucky hits the ground every time an engine revs; his hands shake when he holds a wrench. But something about the grease and the smell of gasoline feels like home.

So I Go (But we know I’ll see you down the line): Teen. 6K. Wow, drunk-Bucky is an asshole. It’s landed him in a fair few fights before, got him kicked out of bars, but this? This is possibly a first. He looks closer as Steve - it is Steve, right? - picks out a pencil from behind his ear, deft fingers scribbling something in the margin of his book before he sticks the thing in his mouth, and oh shit - Drunk-Bucky isn’t just an asshole; he’s a total cockblock. In which Bucky Barnes accidentally falls in love on a train.

My Love, He Laughs Like The Flowers: Teen. 6K. where Sam hadn’t thought that buying Steve a flower crown would have escalated into what Tony dubs the great flower crown stint during which my tower turned into a hippie commune, Steve finds creative ways to confess his feelings and Bucky is entirely too happy to be at the receiving end of it. Also, Clint is regretting that he doesn’t have SHIELD insurance anymore - his teeth might start to rot at some point soon.

Captain Hot Perfect TeacherTeen. 6K. Steve is a fifth grade teacher. Bucky is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, whose son is in Steve’s class. They meet at a parent-teacher conference. There’s blood involved.

Straight From The HeartMature. 5K. Bucky is a chef, and this “American Foodie” is ruining his life.

Gravity: General. 4K. Bucky Barnes was just walking along the park and minding his own damn business when a bundle of blonde hair and skinny elbows slammed into him from above. In which Steve is being all noble and rescuing shit from trees of questionable stability and Bucky is the unsuspecting schmuck who happens to be passing under him. There’s a pick-up line for this. Right?

The Dog Likes Him Better: General. 4K. Steve manages to find a dog walker in New York for his Husky 'Cap’ only to become aware that his dog loves the new walker more than he loves Steve.

Apartment 409: Teen. 4K. Steve Rogers meets the repairman for his building one day and now he’s running out of things he can 'accidentally’ break. Luckily, Bucky doesn’t seem to mind the house calls.

It Took A Year: Teen. 4K. Bucky watches the hot blond guy on his run every day. And he’s quite happy to watch from afar. He’s not pining. He’s NOT.

From America With Love: General. 3K. He just really wanted to say 'You look very nice’! THAT WAS ALL. Steve should really keep in mind that going out of good old American soil does not mean people can’t possibly know English.

How Exactly Should I Phrase It?: Teen. 3K. Bucky is pretty sure the guy at his gym is the same guy he blew at a party when he was a teenager, but he’s got no idea how to ask that question. His best friend is no help at all, and in the end, it’s pretty easy.

Clean Up On Aisle 14: Teen. 2K. The au where Steve Rogers works in the local grocery store and is tormented by an—rather attractive—asshole who insists on sitting heads of lettuce in random places throughout the store.

3am Airport Coffee Is The Way To My Heart: Teen. 2K. In which steve and bucky bond over delayed flights and sharpie tattoos.

Egg and Bacon and Relish Bake: Teen. 2K. He barrels into him with surprising force. Like, sure, people bump into each other at clubs, it happens. Steve knows that. But in this case, he’s just standing there, off to the side of the room where no one is really dancing, and there are fewer people, and this guy literally careens into him outta no where, staggering slightly as he has the nerve to balance himself on Steve’s shoulder as if he’s just an object, and steady himself on his feet before folding himself in half and laughing and saying something to Steve. Literally bumping into each other AU.

Finally!! I finished it! This took me an entire day of work and it doesn’t include the work-in-progress fics I’m reading right now but it’s done. Also I am so sorry it’s so long, but hey, here are 113 stucky fics that you might have not read yet. enjoy!

After Jamie, Matt and I finished our run on Marvel’s Young Avengers we were planning to return to our own Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl. In fact, we were planning on doing them simultaneously, but stupid old the-human-need-to-sleep got in the way.

I was up late one night thinking, and dropped Jamie a mail. It basically said “let’s not do that.” One of the many points of Young Avengers was the creation of the new, engaging with the world of 2013 in as clear a way as possible. We had no interest how the book would be looked at in five or ten years time. Fuck legacy. This is art, not a pension scheme. Own the moment. The future will look after itself and the past will just try to choke you. The idea of returning to work I conceived of over a decade ago, that’s set in 2009 and was mainly written in 2010 seemed a betrayal of everything we’d been shouting from the pages on a more-than-monthly basis.

Young Avengers was hopelessly ambitious. Some of it worked, some of it didn’t. It reviewed spectacularly, had a strong showing in end-of-year lists, connected us with a completely different group of readers, won awards and all that jazz. I suspect it got the most critical respect from peers of anything I’ve ever worked on.

It wasn’t as good as I needed it to be.

I wrote the last pages of Young Avengers on the morning of my Dad’s funeral.

Much of my work in the previous 18 months had a recurring motif: trying to reconnect with our parents before it’s too late.

I had the idea for The Wicked + The Divine in that week after I discovered my Dad’s cancer was terminal.

The theme of The Wicked + The Divine may be pretty fucking obvious.

It doesn’t matter if you have two years or twenty or three-score-and-ten. Death sits there waiting, without even the polite offer of a game of chess before unceremoniously showing you the exit. (At which point I realise Scott Walker’s The Seventh Seal isn’t on the Wicked + Divine playlist. Added! bit.ly/WicDivPlaylist )

I always raise my eyebrow when someone answers the question “what do they most dislike about their body” by saying “their ankles.” What I most dislike about my body is that it’s going to stop working at some point in the next seventy years. That’s incredibly rubbish.

The question becomes how do you chose to spend that infinitely brief, precious time?

I decided to be a creator. Or artist, if you’re being wanky, and I do so love to be wanky.

In which the question becomes “Why be an artist?”

Hmm.

The Wicked + The Divine is an inverted Phonogram. Phonogram was about being a consumer of art, about an individual’s relationship with art, how it makes them better, how it makes them worse. The Wicked + The Divine is about what you do to become a creator of art, and what you do when you get there. There’s a decade between the nervous, frenzied 28-year-old-afraid-of-being-30 who wrote Phonogram: Rue Britannia and the nervous, frenzied 38-year-old-afraid-of-being-dead who’s writing The Wicked + The Divine.

This is about everything I’ve everything I’ve ever done to turn from obsessive lover of pop culture to creator of pop culture, and all the people I’ve met along the way. Those I’ve loved, those I’ve hated and those who hungrily hatefucked one another to pass the time.

It’s also a pop song.

In a real way, the cast are all awful people I’d have killed to be, at any point in my life. And I’m taking those fantasies and dreams and putting them through living hell. I’m going to see if I can get over myself.

We sort of envisaged The Wicked + The Divine as out Ziggy Stardust. In the end, I suspect it’s more out Black Parade. I’ve always been a bit TMI. The Wicked + The Divine is basically about everything I’ve experienced since getting into comics.

The Wicked + The Divine is basically about everything. The Wicked + The Divine basically has a far too long title.

Sigh. I’m sorry.

I look at my work, and I think “I think too much.”

I look at my life, and I think “I think too little.”

This is an ongoing in the manner of a Vertigo book (or relevantly to my work, my run on Journey Into Mystery). The end is out there. Stick with us, and we’ll get there.

Basically, for the last year, I’ve wanted to start screaming and never stop.

The Wicked + The Divine is me trying to turn that into a pop song.

I love you all.

I wish we had more time together.

—  The amazing kierongillen in the back of the latest issue of The Wicked + The Divine. Really good stuff here. It really sums up being/wanting-to-be an artist. It’s a bit long, but I’d recommend reading the whole thing.

Sebastian Stan On ‘The Martian’ And How He Wasn’t Sure He’d Be A Part Of ‘Captain America: Civil War’

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In The Martian (which we reviewed here) Sebastian Stan plays Chris Beck, an astronaut who’s part of the team that mistakenly leaves fellow astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) behind on Mars after thinking Watney has died. The Martian is a delightfully light movie, especially considering it’s about a guy stranded on a desolate world with very little hope. But as Stan explains, the film has gone through a few changes.

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Why don’t I sue @DCComics over uncredited characters appearing on #TheFlash?

That’s the question I’ve been asked since I posted about the Miraculous Incarnation of Caitlin Snow on my Tumblr blog earlier this week.

There are two reasons why I won’t be suing DC Entertainment over Caitlin Snow, or Power Girl, or Jason Todd. One reason is practical and legal; the other is moral and ethical.

Let’s take the moral and ethical reason first, because it allows me to tell a story, and as a storyteller, that’s my favorite thing to do.

I call this “The Parable of the Honest Hollywood Producer.”

Once upon a time, Roy Thomas and I were screenwriting partners. For a brief but magical period in the early 1980s we were A Warm Property in Hollywood (not quite hot, but still being sought out) due in no small part to the reputation earned by our first draft of a movie titled (then) “Conan, King of Thieves.”

We wrote that script for the producer who owned the film rights to Conan, a man named Edward Pressman. Working with Ed and the director he brought on board the project, Roger Donaldson, Roy and I crafted a kick-ass fantasy film script that I remain proud of to this day. (Parts of our original story can be gleaned in the film that was subsequently made, “Conan the Destroyer,” if you squint hard enough.)

As part of our contract to write the script, Roy and I were given a fairly substantial “back end” deal. A back end deal involves payments to the credited writer of the final screenplay when a film is produced. In our case we had a very good deal based on an unusually fair definition of “producer’s profits.” Why Ed Pressman gave us such a good deal, I can’t imagine. But he did. And then he sold the entire project to Dino de Laurentiis.

Fans of science fiction and fantasy films have complicated feelings toward Dino. This is the man who produced the bizarre camp fest that was “Flash Gordon” (title song by Toto!) and the weird half-movie remake of “King Kong” (Jessica Lange in her first role! Carlo Rimbaldi mechanical ape!) – but he’s also the man who let John Millius make “Conan the Barbarian” and allowed David Lynch to do whatever it was he did with “Dune.” (I’ve never decided whether I love Lynch’s “Dune” or hate it passionately.)

When Dino took over “Conan, King of Thieves” from Ed, my heart sunk. I wasn’t thinking about our deal (though I assumed Roy and I would be dropped). I just felt we’d lost the chance to do something great with a character I cared about. But then we met with Dino in his bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel (how Hollywood, right?) and our story took a strange turn.

Dino was…pretty cool.

Oh, I don’t mean he was creatively cool– he had terrible ideas for the story, and a leaden approach to fantasy, and awful ideas for casting.

No, I mean he was cool as a person. He treated us like actual human beings. He gave us expresso and chatted about art and talked about food. He seemed like a nice guy. I liked him.

Now, here’s the thing about Hollywood producers, and it’s the reason this story becomes a parable:

Hollywood producers make it their job to be likable.

Not all Hollywood producers, of course. Some make it their job to be as unlikable as possible. (Looking at you, Jon Peters.) But, as a general rule of thumb, you’re more likely to encounter a “likable” producer than an unlikable one. At least, that’s my experience.

You’ll notice I put quotes around “likable” in the paragraph up there. That’s because, while Hollywood producers may make it their job to be “likable” they rarely succeed. And that’s because, at bottom, it’s just a job. They don’t really like you. They’re just pretending they do. And they’ll keep pretending as long as you and they have a working relationship or the possibility of a future working relationship.

Roy called it a “run of the contract friendship.”

It can be emotionally draining to work in Hollywood.

Dino, as a Hollywood producer, did what he could to be likable. As far as that went, he did his job. We liked him. And, given our experience with other Hollywood producers, we didn’t expect anything more from him than pleasant conversation and expresso while he gave us soul-crushing notes that would turn our script from the moderately-entertaining first draft that got Arnold to sign on, into the depressing hack monstrosity that was eventually released as “Conan the Destroyer.”

But Dino surprised us.

As we were completing our work on the sixth (seventh? eighth?) draft, Dino approached us to write the screenplay for another movie he planned to shoot back-to-back with “Conan the Destroyer.” (That movie was “Red Sonja.”) But, he told us, he couldn’t give us the same generous back end on that second script that we were due to receive on the “Conan” script. Basically, he wanted to amortize the two scripts together, and, in effect, off set the money from the first script by applying it to the second script.

Our agent advised us we couldn’t take the deal– in Hollywood, you never take a new deal that’s worth less than your current deal. (That’s because your current deal is your “quote”– the minimum amount your agent asks for when he’s negotiating your next contract.) We told Dino we couldn’t make such a deal. And Dino did something that, to this day, still strikes me as remarkable.

He was honest with us.

“Boys,” he said (Roy and I were way younger then), “boys, I wanna protect you on the Conan script. But I need you to help me. I can’t lose money on this. Please, boys. I like you. Let me protect you.”

(Imagine this being said in a fairly thick Italian accent, with the vague air of Don Vito Corleone explaining his deal making technique, and you’ll have an idea of what Roy and I experienced hearing this.)

We turned him down.

And Dino proceeded to fuck us.

Well, “fuck us” is a loaded and unfair description of what Dino did. What he did was standard operating procedure (more so now than then, maybe): he replaced us with a writer who wrote a new final draft that was close enough to our final draft to avoid setting the production back, but sufficiently different from our final draft to enable the second writer to claim screenplay credit during Writers Guild arbitration.

Since our back end deal was dependent on Roy and I receiving full screenplay credit on the final film, Dino was able to avoid paying us the money we might have been owed otherwise.

Which is pretty much what he’d warned us he’d do.

Like I said, he was that rarest of rare, exotic creatures: an honest producer.

Which is why I never once resented him or felt angry about what he did. (And why, truthfully, I can’t really say he fucked us.) Dino was a man of his word, an honest man, who was up front with us, who established the rules of the game and played by the rules.

If I’d ever had the chance, I would have worked for him again in a heartbeat.

Contrast that behavior, if you will, with the behavior of DC Entertainment as a corporate entity.

I said there were two reasons I won’t sue DC, one legal and practical, one moral and ethical.

The legal and practical reason is simple: DC is within its legal rights to do what it’s doing. I, and everyone else who wrote or drew a comic book for DC under the work for hire contract, have no legal recourse to sue DC for creative rights. The creator equity program is a purely voluntary program that operates exclusively at DC Entertainment’s discretion. They’re under no legal obligation to give any creator a share in any financial rewards derived from our efforts. From a legal point of view, I’m pretty sure I have no chance of prevailing. (To be clear, most of my writing was done for DC after the work-for-hire contracts removed any legal ambiguity from the creator-publisher relationship. Cases like the Jack Kirby lawsuit predate the contracts I operated under.) The law is on DC’s side here.

But there’s another reason I won’t sue, and it’s the same reason I’m furious with DC Entertainment for their behavior in manipulating the concept of “derivation” to avoid paying any creator anything for a character like Caitlin Snow:

It would be unethical and immoral.

If I sued DC Entertainment I’d be claiming they broke a deal with me– and that would be dishonest. I wrote my scripts for DC Comics under the standard work-for-hire contract of the time (with the exception of books like Firestorm, which were written under the slightly better creators contract). That contract explicitly sold all rights to my work to DC for a flat fee plus royalties. I can’t deny that truth. To deny that truth by filing a lawsuit would be unethical and immoral and I won’t do it.

By the same token, however, DC Entertainment is also denying a truth– the truth that for thirty plus years the company operated under an implicit understanding with creators that, while DC was under no legal obligation to offer a share of profits to creators, it would do so anyway in recognition of creators’ vital contribution to the company’s continued success.

While DC has no legal obligation to deal fairly with creators, for decades it accepted a moral and ethical obligation to do so. And, in recent years, it’s betrayed that obligation.

Which returns me to “The Parable of the Honest Hollywood Producer.”

If you’re going to fuck me, DC, at least be honest about it.

Stucky Fic Rec List: July 2015

Here are some more! Enjoy!

Chaptered Complete: Longest-shortest 

The Proposal: Explicit. 111K. Steve Rogers works as an executive assistant for his demon of a boss James Barnes, at Pierce Publishing. Everyone HATES working with James Barnes, the epitome of Satan himself in every way possible. But when his Visa for immigration is denied, James quickly hatches a plan and drags Steve into a plot to thwart the United States Government into thinking they are engaged to avoid deportation. Thus follows the weekend from your wildest imagination as boss and employee learn about themselves and what it means to be truly happy.

Undertones and Overtures: Explicit. 107K. In which Steve is deaf and Bucky is an amputee.Bucky Barnes is studying for his masters in Music Composition at Juilliard when he unexpectedly meets skinny little artist Steve Rogers in a book store one Saturday. They both have their issues and it’s going to take a lot to understand each other, but with a little help from friends and family, they might be able to make this work.

Is It Pretending If I Already Want You?: Explicit. 85K. Based on prompt: Pretend Boyfriends AU where one of their families is always wondering why they’re never in a relationship, so the other offers to pretend to be their boyfriend for some family event" Basic Steps to Getting Yourself In a Pickle With Both Your Family and The Guy You’ve Secretly Crushed On For Five Years (A Guide).

Am I Enough?: Mature. 80K. Steve may not be the small, skinny boy he once was, he may not be invisible anymore, but that doesn’t mean he is noticed, that doesn’t mean that the gorgeous brunette who comes in for coffee knows his name, that doesn’t mean the brunette he watches from a far will ever, could ever like him back, that doesn’t that he is good enough for the man with the soft smile and loud laugh.

Rock and Roll Chose Me: Mature. 71K. In which skinny!Steve–cosplaying, comic reading, anime loving, all around geek–is studying for his Masters in Art at Pratt university and happens to bump into Clint Barton, an old friend of his who’s now roommates with Bucky Barnes, the lead singer of a pretty kick ass punk rock cover band, the Winter Soldiers. So what does happens when vivacious geek meets shy punk rocker? The first answer is a lot of sex. The second answer…

Casual Encounters: Explicit. 66K. “You have never once been careful in your entire life.” Bucky huffs out a laugh. He looks away. “Maybe I’m offended you didn’t think to ask me.” He says it like a joke, but he can’t bring himself to laugh again.“Bucky,” Steve says, scandalized. “You’re my friend. I’m not gonna use you to experiment sexually.”

Band on the run!: Teen. 60K. Bucky Barnes leads the viral sensation rock group De Corday to Kings University to shoot a pair of music videos. On the way, he finds a cover of one of their singles, performed on solo violin by Steve Rogers, and he maybe falls a little bit in love on the spot.Then they get to Kings and the leader of the chamber orchestra that’s going to play with De Corday IS Steve Rogers. Duets, emotions, unexpected news, and a passel of De Corday-themed teddy bears ensue.

Nice Guys Finish Last (Unless Your Steve Rogers): Mature. 42K. Bucky said, “I think he’s too nice for me.”
“Barnes,” Natasha sighed, “are you really trying to talk yourself out of dating Steve?”
“Well, I… don’t think we’d be compatible.”
“How do you know that?”
“Cause he’s all… he… y’know…”
He’s too good for me. Or: Bucky Barnes finally realizes that bad boys are no good, so he ditches them and dates the nice guy instead.

The Steve Rogers Problem: Mature. 37K. Bucky doesn’t consider his Steve Rogers problem as a problem so much as the solution he hadn’t realized he was hoping for to help him through the transition from the Bucky Barnes he’d been before his accident to the new, shiny version of himself.No, the problem isn’t with Captain America and The Howling Commandos fandom.The problem is the amount of porn Bucky managed to write and draw about Captain America before finding out that he’s less than one degree of separation away from Steve Rogers. ‘Less than’ as in he’s sitting across the table from him.

This Is For Real: Explicit. 37K. It was just Bucky’s luck that he would meet his soulmate on a night when he was blackout drunk.It’s a good thing Steve’s quick to forgive.

20 Featherbeds: Mature. 34K. Prince Bucky’s search for a true princess continues to go sour, until one cold, rainy night.Stucky AU. Loosely inspired by “The Princess and the Pea.”

Not Your Average Hookup: Explicit. 33K. Bucky Barnes is home from the army on two weeks R&R and going crazy. His friend Natasha suggests that he get laid and convinces Bucky to get the Grindr app. Gorgeous tiny blond artist Steve stands out among the profiles and, as nervous as he is, Bucky goes over to his apartment. But he’s pretty sure that Hook-ups are not meant to be like THIS.

I’ve Never Felt Young (But For You I’ll Try): Mature. 32K. Bucky has been working at Clint’s bakery ever since he left the military. He’s happy with his life, and adjusting to his missing arm. But when tiny, argumentative Steve Rogers walks into the bakery one day, his life will never be the same…

Lights, Camera, Action: Teen. 30K. Steve gets a job as costume designer under Nick Fury for Shield Studios, where he meets movie star Bucky Barnes, and it all unravels from there.

Upload Your Video: Teen. 28K. It’s Youtube Match Making Month and big name Youtubers have been matched based on location and interests, and assigned the task of making videos for one another. At least two videos a week, for a month, for a complete stranger. No other communication is allowed. When Steve and Bucky are matched, will it be a disaster waiting to happen?

Claws and Cannolis: Teen. 22K Cats. Can’t live with them, can’t let them live without you. Is it possible to be an unwitting partner in a cat timeshare? Not without meeting the other person who has stolen her heart…Or, the fic whose working title was Catbutt.

Never Say I Don’t Get You Anything Nice: Explicit. 18K. "Buck up soldier, it’s time to get you laid for the disabled kids of America!“Steve groaned, wishing he had taken Tony up on his earlier drink offer. "There will be no getting laid,” he grumbled, his voice hushed in case someone might hear. “This is a charity dating auction, not a prostitution ring!"Peggy smirked at him through the mirror. "Don’t say that before you see who wins you,” she teased with a wink. “You might get lucky and land a fella who’s crazy about you.”

Two Body Problem: Explicit. 16K. Steve is a fine arts student who’s taking physics to fulfill requirements. Too bad he’s terrible at it. Bucky is his TA who’s determined to help him pass. Too bad he has a massive crush on his student.

Possibly, Maybe: Teen. 6K. Bucky is apartment-sitting for Natasha when he meets Steve. They spend the next four weeks embarrassing themselves.

Milk and Two Sugars: Teen. 5K. “He’s American?” Bucky looked questioningly at Natasha who shrugged in response. “So Captain America, what do you teach?” Bucky asked, the corner of his mouth tugged up in a crooked grin, his gleaming blue eyes staring into Steve’s making his stomach flutter and a pink tinge creep up his cheeks.“Um… Art.” Bucky snorted derisively, rubbing his hand over his stubbly chin. Steve felt himself blush furiously.
Steve Rogers has moved to England and become an art teacher at a secondary school, where he meets Bucky, the English teacher, who is a bit of a git (at first). Then feelings happen.

Smutty One Shots:

History Through Art and Propaganda: Explicit. 8K. You knew he’d be probably the youngest teacher you’d have. You were expecting the short stature and the ugly sweater and the friendly smile as he introduced himself. You were not expecting the scuffed up Docs or the full lips or the Frodo fucking blue eyes or the most gorgeous hands you’ve ever seen on a man.

When You’re Around: Explicit. 7K. Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes have incurable crushes on each other.AKA the Zookeeper AU that no one asked for (but really needed to happen).

I Want You (We Can Bring It On The Floor): Mature. 4K. "Nothin’ wrong with you, Steve. If I thought you were inclined my way, I’d put my mouth on you every chance I got.“ He stood behind him, real close, both arms folded around his waist, struggling a little as he navigated the zip to the top of the fly. "Now. Any other problems, or are you good?"Steve was going to hell and if Bucky moved his hand down just a little -"Yeah. Good.”

Regular One Shots

  • Post CA:TWS:

A Day Without Rain: Teen. 8K. They create structure, between them; they lean on each other, carve out a life together. They have a routine, and Steve revels in it, relishes the way he walks in and there’s Bucky: always Bucky, right there. Waiting for him.So when Steve gets home unexpectedly early and is greeted by an empty apartment and a mysterious StarkCal appointment with aDoctor Spehdahté as the only trace of Bucky’s whereabouts, he automatically assumes the worst.He really needs to stop doing that.

Single and Looking: Mature. 6K. "Bucky held his place with his index finger and turned the magazine over to check the date on the cover. It was brand new, just out this month. An unexpected cord of anxiety tightened in Bucky’s chest. Single and looking? Frantically, he flipped back to the article. What exactly was Steve looking for? According to the article, Steve’s dream girl should be intelligent, altruistic, well-versed in current events and have a wicked sense of humor. Oh, and he had a thing for high heels and red lipstick. Bucky’s stomach churned as he re-read the article. Was that really what Steve wanted? Make-up and stilettos?“A slightly sappy tale of two utterly besotted super-soldiers who excel at miscommunication.

Gonna Dress You Up In All My Love: Mature. 2K. Recovery means a new wardrobe.Or, laundry mishaps, borrowed hoodies, and dick pics. Steve thinks Bucky’s gonna be okay.

Sunday Is Laundry Day: Teen. 1K. "That’s what Clint’s doing one Sunday when Barnes shows up with a man bun, a sheepish half-smile, and two baskets full of dirty clothes.”

#nohomo: Teen. 1K. In which Clint teaches Bucky a new saying, and Bucky is a little shit.

  • 40′s:

The Role We Are Cast In: Teen. 7K. Bucky Barnes loves his daughter just as much as any man ever did. He expected to be the most important man in her life for a lot longer than 5 years old, when she comes home to tell him that her teacher is Captain America, shrunk down in a Nazi plot.
But the war is over, and Bucky’s got a bum arm and a job working in the office of the docks he worked as a lad, and he really doesn’t give it too much thought.

Like Herding Cats: General. 3K. Steve has a soft spot for the cats that live in the alley next to his apartment building. So when an unexpected blizzard hits New York, he does exactly what you’d expect him to. Bucky isn’t very thrilled.

  • High School AU:

Could a Sexy Vampire Ever Love a Hipster Werewolf: Mature. 12K. Steve Rogers tries to manage coming out, avoiding the school bully and being in love with his best friend.

Kiss The Boy: Teen. 5K. He’s heard about friends practicing kissing together but he always suspected it was just an urban legend or something.“You want to kiss me,” he says, disbelieving.“I want to save your sorry ass,” Bucky corrects him. “But if you don’t want to… If you’re too chicken, perhaps…”

  • College AU:

The Daily Rogers: Explicit. 32K. College AU. May contain exchange students, a Starbucks addiction, daddy issues, anger issues, closets and how to get out of them, the ever-ominous influence of social networks, various levels of betrayal, awfully poor life choices, but also, ultimately, real chunks of love.

Pahar: Explicit. 22K. Steve and Bucky have been friends forever and now they go to the same University– Steve for Art and French and Bucky for History and Russian. They might not have many classes together, but they do share a room and every other moment in between: flirting, bickering, going out to dinner…not to mention just being generally adorable.Or, a fluffy slice of life fic to ease the pain of finals.

Work Study: Mature. 18K. Tumblr prompt: A and B both go to the same university, but never talk to each other. A got there on a scholarship of your choice. B has to work multiple jobs to keep up with tuition. One day A goes to talk to the professor about something and finds B cleaning the class alone. What happens next?Steve and Bucky need to stop meeting this way…

Lay Me Down in Streetlight: Explicit. 14K. Sure, Steve knows Bucky Barnes. They had a class together last semester. They’re kind of friends now. It’s not a big deal. It’s not like Bucky fits into an empty place in Steve’s heart that Steve didn’t even know existed. It’s very casual.

Breadth Requirements: Teen. 9K. Steve’s never met his Psych TA in person, but he’s a little obsessed with their snarky, flirty email conversations.Steve’s never made any headway with the hot guy who sits in front of him in Psych, but he’s a little obsessed with his mouth.

Before Sunrise: Mature. 7K. Steve and Bucky meet on their last day while studying abroad for separate colleges.

The Rhythm in the Rush: Teen. 6K. Steve Rogers: anthropology major, president of Americans for Informed Democracy, in love with his roommate, exasperated dungeon master.

Dude, My Roommate Sucks: Teen. 4K. Tumblr otp-prompt, Person A and Person B have both been kicked out of their dorms by their roommates – who both are having sex, either separately or with each other – and have to stand awkwardly out in the hall with one another.

You and I Are Kinda Like: Teen. 3K. Maybe he’s a little nervous. But money is money, and if all he’s gotta do is kiss someone for a shitty internet parody video, then why the hell not? He’d’ve gone in for the ‘homophobes hugging gay people’ one too if that weren’t just a tiny bit beneath his dignity.

You Know What You Need To Do: Not Rated. 2K. Sam and Steve have spent the past three Christmases on campus in their shared dorm room, with their own little artificial tree and their own half-assed home-cooked meal and their own favorite Christmas specials on the TV. Which is nice.But this year Natasha, Sam’s scary Russian history TA, invited him to her off-campus apartment for some kind of dinner party. And she told him to bring his “roommate,” with some kind of eyebrow raise that means she still doesn’t believe he and Steve aren’t together. Like just because Sam thinks the sun might actually shine out of the kid’s scrawny little ass, Sam must be in some kind of non-platonic love with him.

Just Marry an Engineer: Teen. 1K. The night before a big exam, Bucky’s roommate decides it’s a great time to bang his boyfriend in an enthusiastically drunken fashion. And so Bucky finds himself knocking on every door in the dorms trying to find someone who will let him crash on their floor for a few hours. The only person who doesn’t immediately tell him to fuck off is one asthmatic Steve Rogers, Art Major.

  • Neighbor AU:

Let Your Heart Be Light: Teen. 21K. Bucky looks like he’s had a difficult month, what with the eviction notice and all, but that’s not the reason Steve gives for allowing him to stay on his couch.“You have somewhere to go?” Steve questioned, crossing his arms and attempting to look casual, not like he was worried for Bucky. He stepped into the apartment, ignoring how bare it was.Bucky paused and gave him an exasperated look. “I’m not completely hopeless.”

Meet Uncute: Teen. 5K. "Uh- hi.“Steve looks up to see 214 looking down at him, and he gives a small smile, lips twitching, before he turns back. Oh god. It’s not hard to remember that the last time he saw this guy he was holding a chinchilla in a makeshift blanket bag in nothing but his underwear. He blushes jut at the thought, and turns away."Hi.” He returns.

4am: Not rated. 2K. There is alcohol and there are annoying birds in a treeIt’s 4am.It’s 4 am and the sun has only just started to peak over the horizon, even the birds are still fast asleep and Bucky Barnes has just been violently woken up by his asshole of a roommate.

  • Random AUs:

A Long Way From The Playground: Explicit. 27K. “Actually, I am dating someone.” He says.What ends up happening is, he says the first name that comes to mind.What ends up happening is, he blurts out, “Steve Rogers.”Without thinking, obviously. Because if he had been thinking, he would have thought of something better than this.And that’s how Bucky ends up bringing Steve as a date to his sister’s wedding.

Crush: Teen. 23K. Steve knows that the world looks at him as 6'2" of muscle and more muscle, blue eyes, golden locks and apple pie smile. He doesn’t necessarily like it, but he’s used to it. He’s not really going to go out of his way to correct the usual between the lines straight-as-a-die assumption that goes with it. The physical description is, he knows, correct, it’s something he has worked hard on. But in reality he’s 6'2" of giant-gay-marshmallow-puff, all fluff and feels. And yes, he knows he needs to spend less time on the internet, especially tumblr.

We Should Imitate the Bees: Gen. 17K. Steve operates a fruit & veg stand at a farmer’s market. Bucky keeps bees and has started up a honey shop just opposite. They’re failing to get along. Steve gets along a lot better with the anonymous friend he’s been writing letters to. In fact, he’s rapidly falling for him.

His Unspeakable Mercies: Mature. 15K. Natasha gestures to his shoulder. “The scars. The stump. Put some art on it.”
“Oh, sure. Great idea. Point me to the magic markers and we’ll make a day of it.”
“Cap the sass, Barnes. I mean like a tattoo.”***Natasha convinces Bucky to cover up his scars with a tattoo, and she has an obnoxiously, offensively perfect artist in mind for the job.

I See Your Macarena, and I Raise You an Electric Slide: Teen. 14K.Bucky needs a date for Becca’s wedding, and for appearance’s sake, Steve fits the bill.Taken from the Tumblr otpprompt: Person A and Person B are both single, and A asks B to be their date for a wedding on the grounds that they RSVP’d plus one and need someone last-minute who can stand there and look pretty for a few hours. It maybe doesn’t go terrible.

A Shoebox of Photographs with Sepia-toned Loving: Teen. 13K. Steve, and Bucky—It’s kind of complicated.(A modern AU in which Steve and Bucky are nurses who share an apartment, and nothing has changed.)

That Which We Call A Rose: Teen. 11K. He’s still looking through Steve Rogers’ Facebook pictures when Natasha comes home, drops her own gym bag onto the couch and comes into the kitchen.
“Who’s that?” she asks, lifting a bottle of spring water to her lips.
“Just some guy I met at the gym,” Bucky mumbles.
“Just some guy?”
“Yeah, y'know…you just…sometimes you meet people…”

The Amazing Adventures of Bucky Barnes: Teen. 11K. Steven G. Rogers writes and illustrates the Amazing Adventures series, a set of super obscure children’s books about superheroes. Bucky’s daughter thinks these books are the best thing to grace the earth since hot chocolate. Unfortunately, they’re nearly impossible to find. But when Nat asks for a signed copy of the new book for her birthday, Bucky promises to do whatever he can to make it happen.It all sort of escalates from there.

Off The Record: Explicit. 9K. “This is a serious coup, James. Steve Rogers has never sat down with a member of the press and given an interview. Ever. Do you know how rare that is for the fourth-string star on a cable reality show, much less the biggest movie star in the world?”

Starbucks is Canon: Teen. 8K. Bucky’s been trying to book Captain America actor Steve Rogers on his show for longer than he can remember. But when the actor does agree, he’s not expecting their first meeting to be quite so… well documented… by social media.

Of Love and Lightsabers: Mature. 8K. Steve isn’t particularly happy that his friends have hired him a stripper for his birthday, until said stripper turns out to be dressed as a Jedi…

Nothing to be Nice: Teen. 8K. Steve thinks that maybe his date with Natasha wasn’t a total failure, but after dialing the number she’d given him at the end of the night, it looks like he was so, so wrong. The guy on the end of the line though, seems to need a little bit of help and it costs nothing to be nice…

A Happy Accident: Gen. 7K. Running into Bucky was a complete accident, but it’s still Steve’s fault. And that’s just the beginning of his day.

Brooklyn In Bloom: Teen. 7K. Steve Rogers works as a florist. Yes, a florist.
He’s pretty used to spending his time with colourful flowers and not a lot of people, when one lazy day a man walks into his shop and changes everything.

Fake It Until You Make It: Teen. 7K. Steve Rogers has been on more failed blind dates than anyone he’s ever even heard of - but he just can’t say no to his boss when he’s set up on yet another.
However, when his date arrives, Steve just knows it isn’t going to work out - and they hatch a plan to stop their well meaning friends from interfering in their love lives!

Nurse Rogers: Mature. 6K. He’s turning the corner headed back to the ambulance bay where Clint is waiting for him in the truck when he rams into this tiny figure in blue scrubs pants and a white undershirt, the kid is cute, blond and blue-eyed, barely reaching Bucky’s shoulder and so slim that if Bucky didn’t have amazing reflexes and reached for him in time the kid would be on the ground from their encounter.-
Where Bucky is a cocky paramedic and Steve is a tiny nurse.

I Literally Cut Myself Out of My Pants. Waste. Of. Money: Mature. 6K. Hey friend of Sam’s can I get an opinion on this outfit? Bucky texted, attaching the selfie taken in Sam’s bathroom mirror.He received an answer almost immediately. Bucky was almost expecting a lecture, or at least a concerned question about who had stolen Sam’s phone.He got neither.New text from Steve:
What do you want it to say?Or: Bucky strikes up a flirtation with a stranger over text message in the month leading up to Valentine’s Day.

Simple Braids for Single Dads: Teen. 6K. Steve needs help - his daughter Louise is being teased at school for her messy hair and he’s completely clueless at how to do even the simplest of styles. Luckily, neighbour Natasha gives him a link to an online YouTube tutorial with the hottest dad on the planet…

Suits You, Sir: Teen. 6K. Steve is waiting on his Blind Date showing up - he’s got two things to go on.
1: He’s good looking
2: He wears a lot of blackAnd damn… yes on both counts!

Something Beginning With…L: Teen. 5K. The telescope was just supposed to help him with the fine motor functions of his prosthetic - his (not that kind of doctor) Doctor had even suggested it. So when he looks through the scope and spies someone looking back at him… someone kinda cute… Well, it’s not his fault if things escalate, right?

Signature For Delivery: Mature. 5K.Bucky is a delivery man, and a sickly housebound Steve starts online shopping beyond his wallet to see him. Written as a one-shot.

Strange Journey: Mature. 5K. Bucky is stuck on a long train journey from Boston to New York and can’t help but find the guy he’s eavesdropping in on more than a little intriguing…

Mighty Morphin Captain America: Teen. 5K. Bucky Barnes is sitting outside of a haunted house because he’s to scared to go inside - and meets the worlds most hilarious Mighty Morphin Power Ranger.
It’s just a shame he’s got no idea what the guy looks like.

Flowers In The Window: Teen. 5K. Bucky tried to readjust to civilian life with a little help from his friend Natasha. As he went to work in her flower shop he learned that he’s actually a natural. What he never expected was the gorgeous blonde that came in every week to pick out a bouquet.Bucky hated how he felt his heart pound every time the guy walked in to the shop. Hated how someone he hardly knew could plague his dreams at night. He didn’t even know the guys name for crying out loud and besides, it didn’t matter. A man buying flowers on a weekly basis was definitely not single, especially when they looked like he did.

He Totally Has A Type: Teen. 4K. Steve’s been rail-roaded into a Speed Dating event by all of his ex-girlfriends. It wouldn’t be so bad, but he actually meets someone before the event starts…

Laughs in Flowers: Teen. 4K. It’s gotta be some kind of cosmic joke that the guy most likely to be allergic to air gets stuck over a damn flower shop.

Expressive Force: Teen. 3K. AKA the “You punched me in the face while gesticulating wildly to a friend” AU

The Start of Something Good: Teen. 3K. AU - Bucky meets Steve for the first time when Steve accidentally spills his drink on him at an NFL game, and things go downhill from there. Meanwhile Sam thinks he’s the ultimate wingman, even if he is a bit drunk.“Holy shit, Steve.” Sam whistles under his breath. “I think you broke his nose!”

Agate: Teen. 3K. The guy, admittedly, was really, really fucking cute. Tall, broad shoulders, smile bright as the sun, and sandy blond hair that had natural highlights in it to go with the sunburn fading across his cheeks. Plus these bright blue eyes that almost glowed.Jesus, Bucky hadn’t been standing at the booth but for ten minutes and he already had a crush. Way to fucking go, Barnes.

Have a Dapper Day: Not Rated. 3K. Bucky Barnes sings lead in the barbershop quartet known as the Dapper Dans down in Disneyland’s Main Street, USA and has the biggest crush on the artist in Fortuosity Shop window. Unfortunately, the rest of the Dans decide to help him out

Pictures of You: Gen. 2K. Steve Rogers runs an art blog. Bucky Barnes follows his blog. They become friends, which wouldn’t be a problem, as long as Steve can stop himself from having too big of a crush on Bucky.

(Not A) Christmas Angel: Gen. 2K. Steve really thought he could get a Christmas tree up a five story walk-up.

Thank You Grandma Barnes: Teen. 2K. Now Bucky knows he isn’t a saint, not by far.But he figures he’s a good enough guy. He pays his rent on time, doesn’t play his guitar too late, and hell, even smiles at the old ladies he passes on his morning run. So he really doesn’t understand why God, or whoever the fuck is up there lookin out for him, has chosen to abandon him in this, his time of greatest trial. Because Bucky is standing smack dab in the middle of Tony Stark’s black tie Christmas mixer, sporting his Grandma Barnes’ hand-knitted, navy blue, snowmen-clad, extremely hideous Christmas jumper. And he’s starting to get looks.

Rowling does NOT regret Ron and Hermione's relationship.

In some ways Hermione and Harry are a better fit”

Thats it. Thats all she said.

It is official, the sunday times and hypable are jerks. The full wonderland article is available to read now and though some of the quotes that were released ARE actually said, they were taken completely out of context with the initial ‘sneak peeks’. 

But more importantly all the sites and news reported this story with the headline rowling 'REGRETS’, putting a negative spin on the entire thing and sparking massive fandom wank. Even the sunday times article was titled 'JK ADMITS HERMIONE SHOULD HAVE WED HARRY' 

she does no such thing. she regrets nothing. and I feel I was totally correct in assuming it was a publicity thing. Imagine the spikes in traffic these news outlets got from their totally false headlines. So A+ sites, you not only took it out of context but used words and phrases she never used herself. And Emma too! It was reported that Emma agreed with her, when you read the article (below) it comes off like the opposite. It seems to me thats she’s just as much a Romione shipper as she ever was.

And can I just take a moment to applaud Emma’s reluctance to filming the tent scene? Whether you liked it or not, it DID imply harmony when there was none and i think its a good job on Emma for not wanting to do something that was so different from the book just because the filmmakers wanted to. So even tho Heyman and Kloves weren’t trying to keep Jo’s story the same, at least someone was. SO ANYWAY,

Jo has been massively criticized, the fandom boarded ship and went back to war, everything was chaos for a few days,

Congrats, Sunday Times, Hypable, you are both literally Rita Skeeter. And oh yes I blame those two. They are the root, they’re where it started and they are the ones that chose the headlines and set the tone for everything that followed.

Click the read more for the full interview (i’ve left in the stuff not related to the ships too), if anything whats actually said makes Hermione and Ron’s relationship more real. Because most people knew they’d need some work, but that they’d make it anyway.

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This is something I wrote last year and I think it bears repeating every once in a while.

This is a reminder and encouraging post to experienced and new cosplayers alike. And as a disclaimer off the bat - I do not see myself as an authority in cosplay. I only call myself an ambassador because I wanted to steer away from other superlative “titles’ given to me by a myriad of sources over the years. I know of MANY ambassadors for cosplay, people who do a lot of good in the community and are positive influences. I strive to be more like them.

I’m speaking to you simply as a cosplayer who cares about this unique great thing a lot. And I see the community in turmoil right now. This amazing community that gave me so much happiness and wonders over 14 years. So, I want to talk about some hot topics in cosplay. Right now. Me, talking to you. In all honesty. My true opinions.
This is a hobby. An art form. A career for some. A social pastime for others. Cosplay is not a sport. There is no rule book, commandments, or memo on HOW you should cosplay.

If you want to buy a costume, go for it! Enjoy wearing it! Many cosplayers I know commission costumes from experienced costume makers and it is a wonderful relationship to witness. My friends get to make costumes for a living, and someone out there feels like they can take on the world with an awesome custom fit costume for them. It’s beautiful.
If you want to make an elaborate costume and put hundreds of hours into it, go for it! Love the process and cherish the creative outlet that it will give you. Craftsmanship is the driving force behind all of my costumes, and I speak loudly about my love for craftsmanship and how it should be important to those who want to make costumes. Because caring about something pushes you to explore further, be bolder, try more things. It is a JOY to be hands on while making a costume, and I want to share that feeling with everyone.

If you want to dress like a sexy character, go for it! Cosplay is a great confidence builder and for some, a motivational tool for eating healthier and leading a more active lifestyle. You can’t diss anything that can help you live a longer, healthier life.
I have dressed as some very sexy characters in the past, from Felicia to Jessica Rabbit to Power Girl to Ank-su-namun from The Mummy. Before cosplay was in the mainstream’s eye, the main audience for it was other cosplayers and con-goers! Many understood that you were portraying a character that was designed specifically to be vivacious, sexy and a fantasy. The amazing thing about those female characters is that no matter how they dressed, they stood on their own, fended for themselves, and were confident, powerful women. I think the attractiveness to characters such as these is their validity as a person BEYOND just being female.
Now, cosplayers are judged at face value, often by folks who have never heard of the games, comics, or characters before, and don’t know that they were designed that way.
Well, I’m here to tell you, that most sexy characters WERE designed by someone in the professional entertainment field, we are here replicating those designs.
Also, if you ever wondered why so many female cosplayers dress so provocatively, consider the notion that maybe as young girls, we grew up reading these comic book characters’ stories, watching Princess Leia kill Jabba the Hutt despite being in a SLAVE outfit, and admired Jessica Rabbit’s loyalty and love for her husband despite being the embodiment of male fantasy. Maybe, as young girls, we were inspired to pay tribute to these characters. Maybe we also wanted to be strong like them. It takes courage to walk out in public in a costume. It takes even more courage to walk out in a revealing costume.
Additionally, consider this fact: Revealing costumes can be more difficult to fit! The less fabric you have on, the more fitted and well-sewn it needs to me, because there is no hiding flaws!
Lastly - GUESS WHAT?! You can have craftsmanship AND sexy all within the same costume!! Some of the sexiest costumes I have seen in my life required countless hours of hard work, meticulous details and a combination of various techniques. In fact, sexy and craftsmanship should go hand in hand, and I commend all the cosplayers out there who work hard on their sexy cosplays. I’m right there with ya!

If you want to dress as a character that looks nothing like you, go for it! There is so much judgement on race, gender, weight, size, height and other things that CAN NOT BE CHANGED in cosplay - it has never made sense to me. Just like anyone should be able to collect an action figure of their favorite character, or wear a T-shirt of their favorite superhero, anyone should be able to show their love for a character by cosplaying them. People get so wrapped up in how THEIR ideal real life version of a character should look like that they forget that they are talking about REAL HUMAN BEINGS. With feelings. I cosplay as tall Caucasian characters all the time. You should cosplay whatever character you want. 

Lastly, I just want to reiterate one very important reminder for all of us. Cosplay should be about friends. Surround yourselves with like-minded people who will support you in your way of cosplaying, and who will join in with as much enthusiasm as you will. I value the friendships I have acquired through cosplay very much, and I have always viewed the life-long friends I have made through cosplay as one of the biggest rewards from this pass-time.
That’s what is important, guys. Support your fellow cosplayers. Support your friends. Each of you may cosplay for different reasons, and have different focus, but we’re all in this together, making and dressing up as fictional characters. In the end, it is all about having fun and being creative.