if you think i can survive after this

i think sometimes ppl on here (myself included) have to accept that you can’t change everyone’s opinions and i know it can get so personal when it comes to intra community issues but sometimes all you can do is talk about how you feel and support your own beliefs with sound reasoning and sources.

but the important thing is that you don’t have to respond to every little thing you see that you don’t agree with and your time and energy could likely be spent on more productive things than arguing the same discourse fight you’ve been having for the past 3 years. it can be so emotionally draining to constantly expose yourself to views that you know will upset you. i try to avoid lesbophobic circles on here as much as possible because even though i think it’s important to counter that rhetoric i can’t emotionally survive seeing that bs all the time.

all im saying is that we need to look after ourselves and also be wary of how we exert our energy. i promise it will make you only happier and will only make your activism better.

CANCER: Lately it seems like everywhere you look there’s another promise shattering at your feet and you can’t even think about cleaning it up yet because that makes it official. That makes it irreparable. You want to hang onto the person you were when these pacts were made, when you still believed that the people you loved were incapable of hurting you. I know it’s difficult to accept that the summer night buzzing with cicadas in your chest is going to fade to autumn, and then to winter. But sometimes you need to let things die in order to try again, and that doesn’t mean you’re giving up. It means that you’re choosing yourself over the shards at your feet.

LEO: It’s terrible that no matter the length of time that you manage to hold onto something beautiful, it always takes twice that amount of time to forget about it. It’s been weeks since your heart was ripped from your chest and you’re still dreaming nightly about icicles and dark movie theaters and other things that can’t stay. I know that this is something you’ve heard before and have refused to believe, but you deserve people that don’t leave. You deserve people that know what to do with everything that you give them. You deserve more than what you think you do.

VIRGO: You’re starting to wonder if you really made the right decision, all of those months ago. Forgetting the love that you buried under an unmarked gravestone has been more difficult than you thought it would be, even with your cement-infused heart. How long has it been since you’ve washed your mirror? You should know better than anybody that trying to evaluate yourself under a sheen of dirt is next to impossible. It’s okay to go back through the photo albums just like it’s okay to discard anything that makes you feel as though you’re trying to run through quicksand. Choose for yourself.

LIBRA: There’s a big part of you that wants to climb atop the nearest mountain and scream until your voice gives out. Scream until your efforts make a difference. Scream until your family decides to let you make your own choices. Scream until the world notices you. Scream until something, anything, works out. I don’t blame you for feeling angry or upset, or as though you’ve been shorted happiness that you deserved to get back. Things haven’t been working out but you need to remember that it isn’t your fault. It isn’t always your fault. Don’t bottle up your frustrations.

SCORPIO: You’ve brushed so much under the rug that it’s become noticeable. There’s now a lump to avoid in the center of your floor and the only thing left to do is confront it. But it’s been so long since you’ve let yourself ruminate on the cobwebs in your memory that you’re scared to acknowledge the spiders that made them. There’s no telling what’s waiting for you, and putting it off is so much easier, I know. You’re so much stronger than you think you are, though. You survived the mess its first time around and you’ll survive it throughout its victory lap. The house will feel so much safer once you get this done.

SAGITTARIUS: The best and worst days of your life tangle up so often that you’re beginning to wonder if they’re secret lovers. It seems like you can only ever be rewarded after something is taken away, like your happiness is a set of scales that somebody with a bad sense of humor is in charge of regulating. The fact that you manage to prosper despite these odds is a reason to be proud of yourself each and every day. I know that you don’t hear this too often, but I mean it when I say that you’re doing incredibly well despite the moonless nights you’ve had to endure. Don’t be afraid to let joy run rampant in your life. She’s kind.

CAPRICORN: The future feels like an avalanche that’s barreling towards you without any sign of slowing down and lately laying down in front of it has been looking like a better and better option. I know that it’s discouraging to see people younger than you are putting their life together without an instruction manual, but it’s okay to not know how everything is supposed to connect yet. You have so much time to determine who you want to be, and where you want to be it. Anybody that pushes you to think faster isn’t worth the effort to think about them. Stand tall when the storm hits, you’ll be surprised by how much you can handle.

AQUARIUS: It’s difficult to mask your impatience when it comes to personal reinvention. You’ve been waiting for so long to feel this free and susceptible to the world, you want your skin to pick up its pace: shed and regrow into something that feels more like a home and less like a body. You’re forgetting that everything meaningful takes time to reach its zenith. You know, you deserve something that doesn’t bite back when you try to feed it. And this time the universe is actually attempting to give you that. Good things are here, embrace them.

PISCES: You’ve been feeling more grateful than ever for the experiences you’ve had and the people that you’ve met, and I’m so happy that you’ve been feeling that type of light. Too often you’ve found yourself in situations not worth remembering and with people not worth your friendship, but not now. It’s okay to let your guard down, to bask in the rays of what you’ve sown. It’s improbable to believe that you will never again feel the wound of sadness, but it’s okay to live as though you won’t. You’re allowed to be happy about what you have.

ARIES: You’ve never felt this free before. It’s almost as if the past few years were all just leading up to this current era of your life. With all of this change I know that it can be difficult to decide what you should keep in your life versus what you should discard, but you have to trust yourself and your instincts. It may be easy to prioritize the happiness of those around you but prioritizing yourself should always come first. If something is causing you great stress, you’re allowed to get rid of it. You’re allowed to do what’s best for you.

TAURUS: Lately the past has been digging into you like a shovel to the earth and you’re tired of waking up with new reasons to remember what you’ve been trying to forget. The good news is that these incoming negative thoughts are no longer a cruel surprise. The bad news is that these incoming negative thoughts are no longer a cruel surprise. Sure, the distance between you and the last person you gave a piece of yourself to might be endlessly fluctuating and uncertain in its boundaries, but that doesn’t mean its grip is powerful enough to stop someone like you from thriving. Go on a road trip. Control your own space. Tell yourself that it’s okay to let go of what’s already let go of you.

GEMINI: You’ve been finding yourself on your own a lot more than usual and this isn’t something you’ve been coping with in the healthiest of ways. It doesn’t seem fair that you always have to wonder about your expiration date, about how long it’ll take for people to deem you rotten and toss you in the trash. I don’t want to lie and say that this will definitely be the last time that you lose someone you believed to be permanent, because it most likely won’t be. But I can assure you, the people that are capable of meshing with your vibrant personality will know how to stick around. You don’t have to worry about being alone forever.
100 Dialogue Prompts
  1. “Where the hell did that baby come from, Marissa?!" 
  2. “Did you destroy the world AGAIN?”
  3. "What do you mean you’re a serial killer?”    
  4. “Listen, you can’t just keep shoving people off the sides of cliffs.”
  5. “Oh my god. I thought you were dead.”
  6. “That wasn’t there before”
  7. “So what now?” “I have no idea, I thought that would kill us”
  8. “I can’t believe you’re married to death, again!”
  9. “Assassination would seem to be a better career, with your skillset.”
  10. “It’s not my fault that the snails committed mutiny!”
  11. “It’s situations like this that make me question why I follow you anywhere.”
  12. “Where did this dog come from?”
  13. “Did you remember to take the skin off?”
  14. “I was going to ask what you’re doing, but at this point, I don’t think I want to know.”
  15. “Why is there a corpse in the bathtub?”
  16. “What in tarnation”
  17. “I love you, I’ll make you love me too”
  18. “This would be a lot easier if you sat still.”
  19. “You see, it all began when it spoke back.”
  20. “This is the pit where we keep the cube that screams.”
  21. “Why did you steal my door?”
  22. “Why didn’t you just listen to me…”
  23. “Hey, you finally made it!”
  24. “Wait, there were only three of them. Why are there now four?”
  25. “How do you ‘accidentally’ hit someone hard enough to rip a hole through time and space?”
  26. “Why is there bloodstains on the floor, honey?”
  27. “… Why are you… eating tacos at 3 AM?” “Why not?”
  28. “Why would you train your gerbil army to take over the world and enslave humanity?!”
  29. “Are toasters supposed to float?”
  30. “Honey, did you eat the dog”
  31. “Hey bro, where’s our sister?” “Um… we don’t have a sister.”
  32. “Wanna help me steal a giraffe?”
  33. “I told you that you would regret it, now we’ve ended up like this.”
  34. “Why are your clothes all wet? Why are you covered in glitter? Why does your sister have wings? Ah- get off the carpet! It’s getting all wet!”
  35. “You’re not actually sure, are you?”
  36. “What do you expect me to do? I’m a magician, not a wizard!”
  37. “Dad? What are you doing here? This is a spaceship.”
  38. “Mom says I can’t burn the city hall with you. She said that we’re going to my aunt that day.”
  39. “You….you just don’t understand..”
  40. “Okay, so. No more caffeine for you, that’s apparent.”
  41. “Where were you last night?”
  42. “Okay but have you seen what my hair does?! I kills people!”
  43. “I don’t think you understand the term 'dead or alive’, because I don’t know if this thing IS dead or alive”
  44. “What do you mean, ‘there wasn’t a murder weapon’?”
  45. “Time flies, but I can fly faster.”
  46. “You just crashed with MY podship into that wall and all you say is »It’s just a scratch«?”
  47. “Now sweetie, don’t get scared when you hear the gunshots, okay? Just don’t come to the house.”
  48. “and… why do you have a gorilla in your room again?”
  49. “Okay, last question: why is there an owl in the fridge?”
  50. “Well shit, you’re hotter than i was expecting.”
  51. “It turns out, space isn’t actually the final frontier”
  52. “If I had hands right now I would choke you.”
  53. “…why did you think it would be a good idea to set that on fire?”
  54. “Close your eyes, sweetie. They can’t get you then.”
  55. “That tiger, that tiger eats humans”
  56. “I swear, if ONE more person comes at me with their hot dog buns–”
  57. “If you would have just kissed them, we wouldn’t be in this mess! Now we’re tied up on traintracks about to be smushed like bugs!”
  58. “Do I want to know why your'e in my apartment wearing only sport shorts which are quite tight?”
  59. “What do you mean that woman wasn’t you?”
  60. “Why is there a dog on the couch?!”
  61. “Stop dude stop, you scared the dogs.”
  62. “What on earth made you think the banana was a good idea?
  63. "Do I want to know whats in the box”
  64. “Wait, no! Please don’t leave me here, it’s getting dark. Have you not heard the stories of the things in these woods?”
  65. “Those were shoes yesterday”
  66. “Can I at least put on my socks first?”
  67. “Why is the Devil in your living room?” “It’s Saturday, Tom. Date night.”
  68. “John, get your damn death ray off of my cat’s bed. You’ve given poor Fluffy radiation poisoning!”
  69. “I get it, you think I don’t care about you. You think I want nothing to do with you… And you’re right.”
  70. “No. Not after last time.”
  71. “What made you think you could survive this?”
  72. “No! I never said you could reenact General Sherman’s Total War tactic from the Civil War! We’re gonna get arrested!”
  73. “Why does our 8 y/o daughter think that THAT werewolf is her pet dog?! He’s been terrorizing our entire town!!”
  74. “Have you even bothered to consider your options before deciding to bungee jump into the Pacific?”
  75. “That is NOT how you bury a dead body, Jared!”
  76. “Do you know where the cat is? I haven’t seen it in two weeks…”
  77. “You did what?!” “It’s not that big of a deal” “You killed a man!”
  78. “But you love me, don’t you? So you’ll forgive me.”
  79. “I don’t care.”
  80. “You’re a fucking asshole, you know that, right?”
  81. “You’d be surprised how flexible a sloth can be.”
  82. “Oh great, the world exploded…. again”
  83. “I dressed up for THIS?”
  84. “Why? And how?”
  85. “Would it hurt you to tell me exactly where we’re going?”
  86. “You can’t take back those words anymore. Or everything else you did.”
  87. “he didn’t do anything I fucking told him to do!”
  88. “When they came, why didn’t you fight?”
  89. “What are you doing here?” “I was about to ask you the same thing…” “Well, it’s called the hanging tree for a reason.”
  90. “__, please come down from the tree, i’ll treat you to pizza.”
  91. “You can… seriously? Oh my gosh, teach me teach me teach me!!”
  92. “I wasn’t aware that 'monster’ was a term of endearment.”
  93. “Yes, I’m sure your flower pot really is trying to kill you, Debra.”
  94. “Why is our child on the roof?”
  95. “Do you want a hug? Will that help?”
  96. “How could you sign us up for this without reading the fine print?! It says right there that we have to give up everything!!!”
  97. “And it’s been stuck in there how long now?”
  98. “I learned I can’t trust you when the world was "fine”, now tell me one reason not to place a bullet between your eyes and listen to you.“
  99. “Why the hell are you naked in my room?”
  100. "Having criminals line up against their will and you killing them is not community service!”

100 prompts. Amazing. Thank you for sharing your ideas and contributing to our community.

Let’s make a new list right now! Leave a reply and don’t forget the double quotes “”! I will use the first 100 prompts for the next list. One prompt per amigo please!

Creating Conflict

Or, as I call it, causing ~drama~

The key that keeps readers interested in your story is conflict. If nothing is at stake, then there is not much to see. So, here are a few general tips to cause some ripples in the ponds of your characters’ lives.

“Prioritizing”: Your character has two main motives that they have been working towards, but they end up in a situation where they have to sacrifice one to save the other. Depending on how easy or hard the choice is, this range from “disappointing” to “devastating” in the sacrifice. 

Character Flaws: As I talked about in my cornerstones post, every character should have a flaw. Flaws are flaws and not strengths for a reason- they get in the way. Have your character have a moment of weakness, where they lose their values and give in to temptation or get carried away.

 In addition: Even without their key flaws, characters can sometimes just… be wrong. Maybe they miscalculated. Maybe they misunderstood. Maybe they made the wrong guess. They did what everyone does: They Done Messed Up, and now they have to deal with the result.

Liar, Liar: Someone is lying, or even keeping secrets, and now, it’s causing problems. They can’t go forward without the truth, or worse, they are making mistakes due to a warped perception of the situation.

Draw backs: Let the good things come at a cost. One key rule for worlds with magic or superpowers is that all power should come at cost- equal to or greater than the power itself. 

“Because I Said So”: Don’t forget, there are other characters in your story, and even if they are on the protagonist’s own side, they are not always going to just merrily go along with whatever the protagonist said. Maybe they disagree. Maybe they are powerful enough to get in the protagonist’s way, and maybe it’s that important to them that they try. If fighting an enemy is hard, fighting a friend is harder.

Take It Back: Your character makes a decision that seems right at the time. Maybe it was the obvious choice, or maybe it was taking a risk. But uh-oh…now there are unforeseen consequences. 

Or, the opposite…

Decisions, Decisions: Maybe your character has to make a decision where there is not an immediately obvious choice. Make sure that both/all the options have both positive and negative possible or certain outcomes. There is no obvious right or wrong choice. Bonus, it’s funny to watch the fandom debate it later. 

Strip Them Down: Remove your character’s greatest strength. For whatever reason, your character’s most valuable asset is not available, and now, they have to live without it. Bonus mode- it would be really, really helpful if they had it right now!

Or, do the opposite…

Boss Fight: Maybe, instead of your protagonist getting weaker, it’s your antagonist that gets stronger. Strengthen the opposition and see if your characters can adapt to survive, or if they lack what it takes. 

Change of Plan: The rules of the game have changed. This can mean different things depending on your story. They could be literal rules, or more general. Think Hunger Games- did I say two tributes? I meant one, after all. Fight to the death now, please.

Amplify the Emotions: … And the results that come with. People do crazy things in the heat of the moment. You can’t think straight when all you can do is feel. Blinded by anger, sadness, or even joy, your character makes a bad choice. 

*Pile It On: You know what a full plate needs? Even more stuff. Your character is already juggling, trying to balance a variety of responsibilities. So add one more ball. Do they crash and burn immediately? Does it take a while? Do they succeed?  Any which way, the stress is high.

*Note: this one can be difficult on the author, too. Make sure that with all these plot lines, you’re not losing track, yourself.

“Murphy’s Law”: Simply stated, this is a plot tool that says, “whatever can go wrong, will.” I’m just going to say right away… be careful with this one. It’s really frustrating for your audience to watch the characters fail or lose or face misfortune over and over and over again. It makes it feel like nothing will ever come out of rooting for them, so you may as well give up now. Murphy’s Law can be great in the proper proportions, please, let your characters have some victories, or there’s no point to it.

And hey, don’t forget about your inner conflicts. You never know when those are going to have the opportunity to cause trouble. 

Give ‘em hell, kids!*

***disclaimer: you do not have to be a kid to give them hell.

~Penemue

My kid does 13K in damage to studio equip, we handle it like lunatics.

[Part 1]

Some background:

I’m an audio engineer and score arranger full time in my self-owned business. It’s how I provide for myself, my fiancée (also CF), and my mother. I record, mix, and master for bands, voice-overs for local commercials, and write music for people’s weddings, college films, indie games, etc.. It was my passion since I was a child and every day I ask myself why I get paid to do what I do.

You know, until today.

I had a woman schedule to come in because she wanted me to record her monologue for an acting class. I thought it was going to be easy enough. I set up a mic and a music stand in the sound booth and got my workstation prepped for tracking. She was supposed to show up at 3:30, so when 4:00 came around, I called her to ask her if she was still coming. It was my last contract for the day and I was wanting to get home to my fiancée, dogs, and dinner.

“Oh, sorry sweetie, I’m going to be there soon. I just had to get my son from ex-boyfriend.”

Uh oh.

4:12, she showed up with her child.

To preface, I’ve never really wanted kids, and don’t really hate them either. But I’ve been childfree of mind for a decade now in league of several bad child experiences in public.

Anyway, I sat her down at the conference table and tried to talk to her about the contract and billing, etc., and just couldn’t because of the six-years-old pile of ovary droppings next to her.

“Mommy it’s cold in here.” “Mommy, I’m bored.” “Mommy, that guy has girl hair.” “Mommy, I want to play on the phone.”

The incessant whining went on for the entirety of the discussion. She did nothing about it. I had an ache in my stomach that this might be a rough session.

I was right.

I showed her to the sound booth, positioned the mic at face level, told her the basics of mic use, and then she floored me with a question.

“Can my son stay in there with you while I do this?” I insisted that he wait in the conference room (across the hall from the control room) because the control room wasn’t a very kid-friendly place considering the 120K of equipment at arms reach.

“But he’s a little angel.”

I shouldn’t have taken her word for it. I SHOULD NOT have taken her word for it. This kid was ANYTHING but. I let him in, told him to sit in one of the office chairs and don’t touch anything. Needless to say, he touched. I queued the recording arm and signaled her to start. She got three lines into her take before I hear a deafening screech and crash.

That little shit machine had just knocked over a $4,000 Korg into a rack with $9,500 of equipment. Completely shattered the touchscreen on the Korg, busted the dials off of half of the effects, and totaled my distressor that I use for almost all the vocals I track.

All of this, by the way, was the room’s length apart from where I told the crotch goblin to stay.

The kid, because of the loud noise, started full-lung screaming. Not crying. Not yelling. Screaming.

The mother, with no hesitation, ran over to the control room and DEMANDED to know what I did to her child. She cussed at me and accused me of hurting her little snot monster. Threatened to sue and even swung at me. When I told her that her precious angel had just racked up at least twelve grand of damages, she said “good”, spit on me, then stormed out, slamming every door on the way. So I pulled the security camera footage and had filed a police report. Grand total: $13,504.25. I also mailed her the bill for her session for good measure.

Of six years in the studio, this is my only truly terrible experience. Fuck mombies. Fuck having children. Thanks for making my vasectomy decision that much easier on me.

[Part 2]

Keep reading

ddadds hugging hcs

because i really love headcanons for the way people hug i think theyre super cute

Craig:
- The strongest, most secure hugs ever. Makes you feel like you could survive an apocalypse so long as brodad is hugging you
- Does that thing where he picks you up a little when he hugs you
- Somehow always smells fresh even though he’s working out always

Mat:
- Firm hugs that always last a little longer than normal but never in an awkward way
- Always smells like coffee and cafe pastries, even on his days off
- Keeps a hand on your shoulder for a bit even after the hug is over

Damien:
- Always asks if he can hug you before he hugs you, like a gentleman
- Very gentle hugs, like he’s worried he’ll break you if he hugs any harder
- You’d think his Victorian style clothes would be kinda stiff but theyre actually really soft to the touch

Joseph:
- Either smells like fresh cookies or grill smoke, no inbetween
- Gives you soft pats on the back while hugging
- Jesus himself has blessed this hug probably

Brian:
- A hug can’t get any softer than this
- Like Craig, probably picks you up when he hugs you. Good chance of spinning in a circle if he’s really happy 
- The most classic Dad Smell™ of some combination of old spice, irish spring, and home depot

Robert:
- Usually very short, but fulfilling hugs
- Does that thing where he goes for a handshake and then pulls you into a quick hug 
- Gives you a really solid Two (2) pats on the back

Hugo:
- Usually very gentle hugs, unless he’s super excited about something then he’ll just pick you up
- Smells like old books all the time
- The kind of guy that’ll hug you every time he sees you once youre close enough

Aliens react to Murderers/Humans who love to kill

Ok so I just spent my entire day reading the Humans are space orcs/earth is space Australia fandom and I wanted to add to it.

Aliens react to the SUPER HUMANS.
Imagine being an alien who has had many deadly encounters with pissed off humans beforehand encountering someone with incredible bloodlust. Like, they would have noted that when searching/hunting , humans would stay quiet. But then when hiding in a closet from the strange human, the human starts fucking cackling. The human just acts so animalistic the alien cannot even believe some humans can act like this. Just thinking about how terrified that alien would be if he survived and just goes to his friends and tells them about it like “HOLY SHIT GUYS, YOU KNOW HOW IN ANCIENT HUMAN LEGENDS THEY HAVE THESE THINGS CALLED BERZERKERS WHICH ARE JUST HUMANS BUT EVEN MORE INSANE”?! THEY EXIST AND I ENCOUNTERED ONE"!
and after this humans have to explain that some humans are born with extreme differences which cause them to act animalistic and without care towards social norms.

This results in the Humans being listed as: EXTREME DANGER; SOME HUMANS ARE MUTATED TO LOVE PAIN AND/OR LOVE THE SLAUGHTER OF OTHER LIVKNG BEINGS.

So as a former smoker (I haven’t smoked in over 2 years. Double majoring was stressful, okay?) I’d like to remind all you current smokers that standing right next to a building’s only entrance, especially like a grocery store, to smoke is inconsiderate and defeats the fucking purpose of going outside to smoke. People have no choice but to walk past you. Go to your car or to the far corner of the building. Even e-cigs. You Thomas the Steam Engine assholes are no better. Away with you.

Also, as a mom-to-be in less than a month, (holy shit, I need to post some stories before then) I’d like to remind smoker family members/friends of those with infants and children that 3rd hand smoke exposure is a thing and has a link to SIDS. This includes any residues or lingering odor.

And let’s be honest: you stink. You probably don’t smell it, because that’s how your olfactory system works. Everyone else, especially a new mom, can smell it, I promise. Don’t think that drenching yourself in body spray is going to help either. If you’re going to visit someone with a new baby, just don’t smoke prior to coming inside the house. Shower/wash your hands, put on fresh clothes, transport yourself, visit, and wait until you’re gone to light up. They don’t want you over long, anyway. You’ll survive an hour or whatever. No one wants their brand new crotch fruit smelling faintly like a dive bar, after you’ve held them. We want them to smell only like crotch fruits for a little while. Be considerate.

SO

i would JUST LIKE to point out a few KEY THINGS:

1) Finn gets stabbed TWICE and is thrown across the drop pod during a thunder storm while foaming at the mouth

2) MURPHY????

3) Jasper is speared then hung up on a tree and then later got his neck sliced into

4) Raven is shot with the bullet pressing on her spine and loses feeling in her bottom half of her leg after going through multiple *life threatening* surgeries with no pain medication, she also suffered head trauma 3 times & bone marrow extraction w/ a drill and no meds????

5) fREAKinG MUrpHY

6) Bellamy is hanging upside down BLEEDING INTO TUBES FOR HOURS

7) Maya is exposed to radiation and comes back and SO DOES JASPER

8) Lincoln dies like three times and was a dang REAPER

9) Clarke was beaten to almost death all throughout the series

10) Indra gets SHOT over and OVER AGAIN

11) Abby AND MARcus are trapped underground after an explosion, then 2 cave ins and fucking GET OUT after Marcus already died

12) M U R P H Y

13) Jaha floats himself with no cord across the freaking outer space with HIS HELMET BUSTING BEING EXPOSED FULLY TO THE SPACE VACCUM, makes the landing, and flies down to earth in a broken piece of JUNK

14) EMERSON???

15) THEY LIKE ALL SWALLOW AI’S?? AND SURVIVE THE KILL SWITCH??

16) um…. all the people who surVIVED THE BOMBS IN THE FIRST PLACE

AND YOU THINK THE *COMMANDER* CAN BE TAKEN DOWN BY *ONE SHOT* BELOW THE CRITICAL TORSO AREA WTF SHE SLAYED THE QUEEN OF THE ICE NATION BY CHUCKING A SPEAR AT HER FROM ACROSS THE BATTLE GROUND, SHE’S FOUGHT SO HARD AND IS SO STRONG AND YOU THINK YOU CAN JUST KILL THE ONLY PERSON/BEST FRIEND/LOVER THAT NEVER STOPPED LOVING CLARKE FOR A SECOND, PLEGED HER LIFE TO HER VOWING TO PROTECT HER NO MATTER THE COST AFTER EVERYTHING SHE DID AND PUT 100 % OF HER TRUST IN HER EVEN AFTER LOSING COSTIA AND OPENED UP TO HER AND PROTECTED HER EVEN AFTER DEATH this is such bullshit

did i miss anyone ELSES INSANE COMPLETELY IMPOSSIBLE NOT PLAUSIBLE SURVIVAL?   

Ask and ye shall receive!

what if Evan followed Conner and stopped him from killing himself? then they got together…. (sorry i’m tree bros trash)

((Don’t worry I am too))

“Fuck this, I’m outta here.” Connor crumpled the paper into his pocket and ran out of the library. Evan stuffed his laptop in his backpack and dashed out after Connor.

“Fuck, fuck, fuck, Connor!” Evan yelled, running to the student parking lot to see Connor crying, leaning against the tree. “What are you doing?”

“What the fuck do you want, Hansen? You want more dirt on me to let people know I’m crazy? Well here’s the biggest piece of information I have–” he took out a pocket knife and held the blade to his arm. Evan’s eyes widened.

“Woah woah woah hey, wait!” He struggled, but managed to pull Connor’s arm away from the blade. Connor was weak, letting out wracking sobs.

“No one cares, no one would blink a fucking eye if I were gone.” Connor threw down the knife. “Everything’s always about Zoe. How perfect she is, how wonderful she is. Nothing I do ever matters.” He covered his face, falling down to the ground. Evan burned red from embarrassment.

“I didn’t–I don’t. I didn’t write the letter because you were in the library. I wrote the letter for therapy. They’re supposed to be little pep talks. Dear Evan Hansen, today’s gonna be a good day and here’s why. Zoe’s someone I look up to because she’s in jazz band and she’s pretty, yeah. But don’t think for a second that I wouldn’t be heartbroken if you were gone.” Evan said. The two were in Bio together and made snarky remarks about the teacher to each other. “B-before you say anything, I know how it feels to think that no one would care if you were gone.”

Connor sniffed. “You do?”

“How do you think I got this cast?” Evan stumbled over his words.

“You fell out of a tree, I got it. The saddest thing I’ve ever heard.” Connor winced at how snarky the comeback came out.

“No. I climbed a tree, a really, really tall tree.” Evan breathed in a laugh. “I looked down, and I let go. I wanted to die, but I have this six week reminder and scars all down my left side that I survived.”

“I-I’m sorry..” Connor said after a moment of silence. Evan shrugged, wiping away a tear.

“It’s in the past, I guess.” Evan whispered. “I don’t think you’re crazy.”

“You don’t?”

“Why would I? I’m the one taking medicine up the ass, and I fell out of a tree.” Evan laughed, making Connor chuckle. “I got some mad splinters though. Hey, if you can answer the door, we can order in a movie and a pizza, I don’t want you being alone tonight.”

“Oh you don’t have to–”

“I insist.” Evan grinned. “I can help you with your English, and we can watch something funny to keep your spirits up.”

Connor was already glad Evan helped make him decide to stay.

Shipwrecked

Context: As part of a new storyline after a wizard got retired, the bard and monk got shipwrecked on an island and rescued by a warlock.

Warlock: I can lead you to the nearest city if you like.

Bard: Sure, how far away is it?

Warlock: About three days. (Laughs) unless you can make a boat out of all this scrap wood from your ship.

Bard (ooc): (laughing) I wanna try to make a boat out of all this scrap wood.

Dm: (amused sigh) Okay, bard. Roll…survival, I guess?

Bard: *Nat 20*

Monk (ooc): I think we just broke most of what we were gonna do today.

Bard (ooc): (laughing) I didn’t think it was gonna work! I just wanted to be a smartass!

Long story short, the DM threw a giant octopus at us out of spite. We got inked.

60 Tips for IB - from a 45 pointer

A lot of people have been asking me about general tips for surviving IB and how I got 45 points. If I’m honest I think the difference between 40 and 45 points is just pure, dumb luck, but at least here are some tips to getting up to the 40 -points level :D

This is a list of tips my friend and I wrote right after our IB exams. We were feeling quite high at the moment, so I had to edit some of the tips so you could actually take the advice seriously…

1. HAPPINESS FIRST DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO KEEP YOURSELF HAPPY

2. Don’t do “homework” at home!!!

3. Find a study buddy

4. Proceed to ignore everyone but your study buddy

5. Not your dog though

6. Escape from your family / responsibilities (e.g. do your homework abroad, in someone else’s basement, coffee shops, libraries, group rooms at school, sneak into university study halls etcetc. The possibilities are endless)

7. Set yourself a time limit for doing the TOK Essay. (Don’t do it two weekends in a row, you will go crazy)

8. Don’t attempt to finish the EE in one day

9. Remind your science teacher about the IA. It’s for your own good.

10. Whether it’s 5am or 2am, figure out when you work best and stick to it.

11. Don’t think you’ll learn stuff in class. Seriously. Read the books instead, and use classes as revision / sleep time / relaxing time.

12. Mark schemes will be your best teacher. 

13. Write syllabus notes FROM THE VERY START.

14. You won’t understand TOK but at least try to have fun with it.

15. Don’t forget about CAS, but don’t spend too much time on it either.

16. Install “StayFocusd” but don’t go nuclear option for a week

17. Memorize the opening hours of the public study areas in your vicinity 

18. Listen to Christmas music if you’re sad

19. Get a whiteboard for revision

20. Physics students: buy the Tsokos revision guide

21. Chemistry students: YouTube Richard Thornley 

22. Biology students: YouTube Alex Lee

23. Read the language books during the summer

24. Don’t give a fuck about English B…but TAKE ENGLISH B IF YOU CAN

25. Don’t choose science as your EE subject (unless you have a super smart and helpful and amazing supervisor)

26. Love your teachers, see them as your friend. They’re adorable.

27. Love yourself too

28. Making a plan (without necessarily following it) will help calm you down

29. 8tracks have amazing playlists

30. Dictionaries are cool

31. Thesaurus.com is cooler

32. Watch TV shows all year round to get your mind off things, just not season finales right before the exams

33. Cry it out

34. Shout it out

35. Drink it out

36. Just don’t get too drunk or violent that’s bad

37. Your nerdy classmates are your friends and teachers

38. Bring coffee / tea to school, if you make it to school

39. It’s OK to skip school for school

40. Waste money on school shit, you’ll earn it back in the future

41. If you can afford it, go to Lanterna summer course. You might get friends from other countries who’ll be able to help you throughout the year, by exchanging resources etc.

42. Make puns about nerdy stuff (like, about life, the universe and everything)

43. Be proud of being a nerd, everyone knows it already

44. EAT

45. SLEEP (sometimes it’s worth skipping school for)

46. Some teachers are nice about students sleeping in class

47. Concentrate when doing IA experiments though, take notes, or even better: film it

48. By the way, FILMING can reduce a lot of errors in science experiments. Write that as an improvement in your evaluation part!!

49. Question banks can be found, if you know where to look

50. Don’t care about other people’s grades

51. Don’t care too much about your own grades either. You’ll survive either way. Calm down. “Chillax”. 

52. Don’t do TOK presentation alone.

53. WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER (uni will be a piece of cake for you. also u can puke out a 4-paged-essay, proof-read and everything, in less than an hour, handwritten. amazing)

54. IB therefore I BS

55. Decorate your wall with IB gems

56. You’ll learn a lot from teaching others / making up games / doing past papers. Don’t just read books and highlight. Don’t just listen to the teachers. You won’t remember shit that way.

57. I repeat, DON’T JUST TRUST THE CLASSES, READ THE EFFING BOOKS

58. You’re allowed to protest sometimes

59. Don’t think too much about TOK / the uncertainty principle / relativity / astrophysics / DNA / nihilist bullshit from the language books. Stick to your reality and be happy. Have fun. Enjoy life. Stop giving so much fucks. Lower your expectations. (I honestly spent IB preparing to fail and start a bakery or something. Life is full of pleasant surprises that way)

60. Your Non-IB friends will laugh at you. Your siblings will laugh at you. Your teachers will laugh at you. You will laugh at you. But it’s okay, 2 years will be over in a flash ^^

3

One Piece ワンピース [Water 07 Saga / Enies Lobby Arc] : Cipher Pol Number 09 (CP9) vs The Straw Hat Pirates

Nico Robin : “First with Aokiji..and now, I’ve involved you twice! If this is to continue forever, no matter how kind and compassionate you all are…someday, it will be too much of a burden. Someday, you’ll betray me and cast me aside! That’s my greatest fear.. That’s why I didn’t want you to come rescue me! If I’m going to die someday anyway..I want to die here! 
Chief Spandam : “I see, that makes perfect sense! Hahaha! Look at that symbol Straw Hats! It represents the unity of more than 170 nations…it represents the World! Do you realize how frivolous your resistance is?! Do you understand the sheer power of the organization that is after this one woman?!
Captain “Straw Hat” Luffy : “I totally get who Robin’s enemy is. Sogeking. Shoot down that flag.
“Sogeking” Usopp : “Roger. Hissatsu Firebird Star!”
Chief Spandam : Are you crazy?! Do you really think you can survive now that the entire world is your enemy??
Captain “Straw Hat” Luffy : “Bring it on!! Robin! I still haven’t heard it from your lips! Say that you want to live!!”
Nico Robin : *Live? I didn’t think I could wish for that. No one..ever allowed me to wish it. If it’s really okay..to make one little wish..I..*  “I WANT TO LIVE!!”
Captain “Straw Hat” Luffy : *heh* “Let’s go!”

A.U. where CP9 are secret paramilitary police like the Nazi SS & the Straw Hats are a (gang) crew in high school. My 2nd all-time favorite moment in One Piece! The Water 07 Saga was a superbly written storyline in OP. The twist of the Cipher Pol Number 09 members, the story of Cutty Flam & Shipwright Tom, and the clashes between the two groups blew me away. The Enies Lobby arc also revealed the Straw Hats in their peak conditions, very similar to the “Sasuke Recovery Mission Arc” from Naruto, these are my favorite kinds of arcs when you get to see many key characters fight to their full potential. Nico Robin was such a beautifully written character and her backstory was precious. I’m kind of sad to see her thrown on the backlines in the New World because she deserves better. Also, Sogeking was a huge development for Usopp, really pushed his character forward in the series. And of course, Blueno vs Luffy & Rob Lucci vs Luffy were some of the best fights in the series. Gear 2nd!

: Haikyuu!! - Makko Shobu

Supercorp and Sanvers Fix-it Fics/Missing Scenes, 2x18

Alex sees what a Bisexual Mess Kara is with Lena and she Knows – https://queercapwriting.tumblr.com/post/159967899744/i-would-love-to-see-an-fix-where-alex-sees-kara

Kara comforts Lena on The Couch (how it could have ended) – https://queercapwriting.tumblr.com/post/159967437094/could-you-pls-fix-the-supercorp-couch-scene

Lena doesn’t push Kara away after Kara tells her about Jack – https://queercapwriting.tumblr.com/post/159966814114/fix-it-fic-of-the-scene-where-kara-tells-lena

Kara is turned on by Did I Mention I Was a Luthor – https://queercapwriting.tumblr.com/post/159964776874/can-we-get-a-fic-about-how-kara-was-turned-on

Lena tells Kara why she saved Supergirl instead of Jack – https://queercapwriting.tumblr.com/post/159963194109/after-this-last-scene-whit-the-secretary-and-jack

Maggie goes with Kara to the restaurant instead of what’s his name – https://queercapwriting.tumblr.com/post/159961031099/hey-cap-could-you-possibly-do-a-fix-it-of-alex

The Superfriends intervene with Winn when they notice Lyra’s abusive behavior – https://queercapwriting.tumblr.com/post/159978751064/intervention-for-winn

The double date Lena wanted, Supercorp and Sanvers style – https://queercapwriting.tumblr.com/post/159968538024/can-we-have-a-fix-it-fic-with-both-sanvers-and

The Thursday morning Sanvers sex we were all thinking about – https://queercapwriting.tumblr.com/post/159966280924/can-you-maybe-write-something-about-what-alex-was

Maggie joins Alex for (actual) Thursday morning knife practice – https://queercapwriting.tumblr.com/post/159964099434/ok-but-what-if-maggie-joins-alex-for-her-knife

Alex and Maggie comfort Kara after she survives the car explosion – https://queercapwriting.tumblr.com/post/159962264179/i-would-love-to-see-alex-and-maggie-comforting

Bonus:

On Alex’s propensity for being terrifying and torturing people, and Maggie finding this unacceptable – https://queercapwriting.tumblr.com/post/159979747474/alexs-rage

I never got over you. Over time it began to hurt less, our memories no longer flooded my mind, and I began to be myself again. I was so lost in you, so lost in figuring out ways to make you come back. You took pieces of me when you left, and during the grieving process I lost more pieces of myself but with time I began to find them. Each day I would find a new pieces and each day it got easier. I realized I could survive without you. I still think of you here and there, and I think I will always have you buried within my heart after all you are still holding on to pieces of me that I will never get back. Love is funny like that, when you truly love. You can move on, but you never get over someone. You hold on to every peace they left behind.
Lexa mentions in Season 4
  1. 4.01: Clarke: Lexa killed him
  2. 4.01: Bellamy: We recognize Ice Nation rule, and you honor Lexa’s Coalition, including the 13th Clan
  3. 4.01: Echo: Killing Lexa in soulou gonplei was to be your triumphant return, but you lost
  4. 4.01: Clarke: Lexa called it Praimfaya
  5. 4.01: Clarke: I loved [Lexa], Mom
  6. 4.01: Roan: Until another ascends, Azgeda honors and will defend the coalition of the last true Commander Lexa kom Trikru, including the 13th clan
  7. 4.02: Roan: My mother’s ambition, her disregard for Lexa’s alliance got her killed.
  8. 4.02: Echo: If I may, why do you insist on ruling as Lexa did when it’s not what’s best for our people?
  9. 4.02: Octavia: Lexa kicked your ass without a bullet in your chest.
  10. 4.02: Roan: I honor Lexa kom Trikru. We are stronger together. 
  11. 4.05: Roan: You grieve for Lexa, yet you’ve learned nothing from her. She was Trikru, but she rose above loyalty to clan. 
  12. 4.06: Niylah: Lexa would be proud of you. We’re all your people now. She believed that, too. She lives on through you. 
  13. 4.08: Roan: Nightbloods. You’d think I’d learn my lesson after Lexa
  14. 4.08: Roan: You were born for this. Lexa knew it, and so do I. You don’t back down when things get hard. 
  15. 4.09: Indra: The only reason [war] wasn’t happened before now is that Lexa commanded it. 
  16. 4.09: Clarke: There is room for 1,200 people in here. We could share it equally. All of the clans can survive. That’s what Lexa would have wanted. 
  17. 4.09 (cont.) Indra: You’re right. [Lexa] would have. And if she were here, the clans might actually have obeyed her.

i guess the 12th house is like a silent scream and the 8th house is like courting death like a seducer 
the 12th house doesnt know where it hurts, i think the 12th house is like a message in a bottle, that just like, lost in the oblivion of the blue ocean and you have to search to find it but its so hard because its dissolvable amongst its surrounding but you dont survive unless you find it. i think its as demanding as saturn. and materialises in that same intangible, indwelling shadow like an emptiness that is so full and overbearing its an everything-ness that is interpreted as nothingness
i dont think the 8th house cares to be or can be ‘found’ or ‘explored’ in the same sense, it will just erupt out of nowhere and inflict chaos and people remain oblivious but its had its effect and thats all it cares about. the 8th house is like the moments the skin and organs atrophy from the body after death, the chemical purification process, that nauseas unappealing breaking down of what is the illusion of us the 8th house like self harming trying to gash away the bad parts of you
12th house people i know are quiet and when i have tried to talk about their astrology with them struggle to communicate their feelings, they respond with a lot of ‘i dont know’s  but really express a lot more intrigue than 8th house people. the 8th house people can be casual in their play with death and flirting with madness. sometimes a little reckless, sometimes indulging in what scares them, sometimes they can identify too much with the demons. but the 12th house people just wither away slowly with an eating disorder like 12th house people are swamped incrementally unless they relieve the pressure but the 8th house at risk if responding to the urges. its like the 12th just descends into psychosis and the 8th is like fuck you dying is taking too long
12th house people also have the remorse consideration of loved ones 8th house people dont, because anyway, so much of their life has lead up to death. on one level, death is sad for these people, its a loss, on a deeper level, its more of a graduation. for the 12th house how can this be salvation when they are already there?? drenched in it anyway and  they don’t know where they want to go because in essence they are already there but nobody else there. theres no where else to go. i would feel desperate too.
at least the 8th goes in conviction of safety
the 12th contemplates the realisation its them. i guess both are exploring the unseen. they are both an access point for contact with the dead.  
what the fuck is dying going to do.
12th house is so full the fullness dissolves into nothing and creates the illusion of being empty

Piano

Draco took a deep, shaky breath, hoping that Harry wouldn’t notice how nervous he was. He had been struggling with crowds since the war, and the combination of meeting the Weasley’s and the huge amount of people at King’s Cross station made him anxious as hell.

Hundreds of people walked, ran, waited or strolled around the main hall. In the distance he could already see the little coffee shop where the entire Weasley family sat, waiting to go to platform 9¾. The entire corner seemed to have a red glow due to all the ginger haired people gathered in it.

“Dad! I need to go to the bathroom!” Whined Lily.

“Just follow the signs sweetheart, it’s over there I believe.” And Harry pointed at the far end of the hall.

“But what if I get lost? Mom always walks with me…” Lily pouted.

Draco rolled with his eyes and suppressed a smile. The girl was a Slytherin for one hundred percent. Ginny never accompanied her to the lavatory since she wanted Lily to be more independent, and rightly so since she was eleven years old already.

Harry however, always melted for his daughter’s sad pout and cute face and Lily made good use of that.

“Sorry honey, duty calls.” Harry pressed a quick kiss on his lips. Merlin, he would never get used to that feeling. Draco was a complete sucker for Harry’s quick, domestic yet loving kisses. Before he knew it he’d agreed to walk James, Albus and Scorpius to the Weasley’s all by himself while Harry left with Lily.

His eyes drifted to the coffee stand again. There had to be at least twenty five Weasley’s present, even Charlie who didn’t even have kids was there.

“Well then, let’s greet the family.” The family that will be seeing me today for the first time since they heard Harry and I are dating. Draco shuddered at the thought.

Scorpius grabbed his hand and squeezed it. “You’ll be alright dad.”

Sometimes Draco hated that he couldn’t hide behind his mask anymore. It turned out fatherly love, or any kind of love really, destroyed your ability to wear it.

He squeezed his son’s hand back. “Of course Scor. Nothing to worry about.” And he began to make his way through the crowd with three children in tow.

As soon as he came within twenty yards of the coffee stand he knew he couldn’t do it. Ron, George, Percy, Charlie and Bill were huddled together on the side, and judging by the looks they shot at him he was in for a serious talk. A serious “mess with Harry and we’ll murder you” talk.

Draco thanked the heavens when Albus asked “Why is there a piano in the middle of the station?” He pointed at the grand piano standing next to the coffee stand.

“It’s there so people can play it.” Answered an elderly lady who’d overheard his question. “Do you play?”

“No…” Albus shot a sad look at the piano. It was currently being abused by a four year old who seemed to be banging the keys without any real purpose.

“Dad plays!” Said Scorpius enthusiastic. “He’s really good as well. Do you want him to play for you?” Albus’ face lit up, and he cast a hopeful glance at Draco.

“Would you?”

“Of course.” Said Draco for the second time that day, though this time he actually meant it. Anything better than joining the twenty five Weasley’s at the stand, five of whom looked ready to flay him alive.

Albus beamed at him, and took off towards the piano with James and Scorpius. By the time Draco reached it they had cleared the stage for him. The father of the four year old seemed happy enough to pull his kid away from the instrument.

“Can you play something fast?” Asked James. “I don’t like those slow depressing bits.” And he pulled a disgusted face.

“No problem. Fast is my favorite.” Even more so now that the Weasley firing squad was approaching the piano. If he played something soft they might try and talk to him despite the music.

Draco sat down, cracked his fingers for an extra dramatic effect, and began to play.

He started fast, loud and with closed eyes. His fingers danced over the keys and soon enough he had to bite his bottom lip to suppress a smile.

Oh, if his father could see him now…

He remembered vividly how angry Lucius had been when he found out his son, his only son, was playing a muggle instrument.

How happy he had been when he found an old, dusty piano in and abandoned classroom at Hogwarts. The hours he’d spent trying to find tuning spells in the library….

And then, of course, the time his aunt Bellatrix had caught him playing, resulting in a punishment that had nearly turned him into Frank or Alice Longbottom. How even after that he hadn’t quit because how could he give up the only thing that enabled him to make something instead of break it?

He opened his eyes to see a small but growing crowd standing around him, a crowd that was there because of something he voluntarily chose to do. A crowd of people who didn’t know him or his past, but just enjoyed the notes flowing from his blood stained hands.

But the blood had dried up a long time ago, and for the first time Draco fully realised that. He was aware that to these people he was not an ex-death eater or even a Slytherin, but just him. A guy with some talent for playing the piano, who tried to brighten other people’s day a bit by producing a colourful tune.

He quite liked being ‘just him’.

Someone standing behind him brushed a lock of hair from his face. A hand squeezed his shoulder. “I had no idea you could play like this.” Whispered Harry in his ear.

The line almost caused Draco to slip. He was a sucker for Harry’s whispered words as well.

The Weasley’s who had gathered around the piano as well looked baffled when Draco bent his head backwards to kiss his boyfriend. “I still have some secrets left in my closet, after all there’s a lot of room there since my sexuality came out.”

Harry laughed. Merlin he had the greatest laugh.

The man wrapped his arms around Draco as the last tunes from the piano died away. “That was nearly as beautiful as you are. And I’m sorry for abandoning you, I forgot the entire family was coming.”

“Well.” Whispered Draco in Harry’s ear as the crowd burst out in applause. “I think I’ve managed to survive these five minutes without the saviour at my side.”

And after a brief pause he added; “Of course, you still have to make it up to me later, but we have until Christmas for that.”

Harry turned bright red, but still pulled Draco a little closer as they walked towards the others. Draco couldn’t suppress the smile on his face this time. Even the judgemental glances of the Weasley’s couldn’t make him do that.

“Other dad, can you teach me how to play the piano?” Albus nearly bounced out of enthusiasm. Draco nearly did too, this was the first time Harry’s youngest son, the one who had struggled the most with the divorce, had called him dad.

“Of course, other son.” Draco shot a hesitant look at Harry, he didn’t know if his comment was out of line or not. But it wasn’t.

“Congratulations, other dad.” Harry kissed him. “Looks like you’re stuck with us now.”

Somehow Draco found that he didn’t mind being stuck with Harry and his kids.

Not one bit.


Slowly the train started pulling out of the station, taking Lily, Albus, James and Scorpius with it. Draco missed them already.

“Even after everything we’ve been through, it’s still worth it don’t you think? Life?” Harry was blinking against his tears. The departure of even his youngest kid weighed heavy on him, but at least he wouldn’t be returning to an empty house.

“Yeah.” Sighed Draco. “They make it worth it.” And he nodded at the train. James was still hanging from the window, waving at them. “They and you.”

Ron, George, Percy, Charlie and Bill watched as Harry kissed Draco again. Draco pulled Harry close, and together they watched the train disappear out of sight.

It looked like Draco didn’t need that talk.


So I imagined Draco playing Beethoven “Moonlight” Sonata op 27 # 2 Mov 3 but that doesn’t have to be your music for this of course. If you know any other piano music that might fit please tell me I love piano music!

I don’t know if public piano’s are a thing everywhere but here in Holland and in GB they are. It’s basicly a piano where passe by’s can play on to make waiting more fun.

Also I have never been to King’s cross and I don’t even know if that station has a main hall, but  it’s fanfiction, so I don’t feel the need to be geographically accurate, sorry

bzfd.it
Congressman, Staffer, And Police Shot At Republican Baseball Practice In Virginia
A gunman opened fire as members of Congress were practicing at baseball fields in Alexandria, Virginia, early Wednesday morning.
By Jessica Simeone

Republican congressmen and their staffers were at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park baseball fields in Alexandria when a shooter opened fire shortly after 7 a.m. local time.

A Senate staffer who was at the practice, but asked not to be identified, told BuzzFeed News that the alleged gunman asked someone there if those assembled were Republicans or Democrats. When told they were Republicans, the gunman opened fire, reloading two or three times, the staffer said.

House majority whip Steve Scalise and a staffer to Rep. Roger Williams were shot in the melee.

Scalise was shot in the hip and transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center for surgery, his office said in a statement. He is in a stable condition.

“We ask that you keep the Whip and others harmed in this incident in your thoughts and prayers,” Scalise’s office said.

Chief Michael Brown of the Alexandria Police Department confirmed that five people were taken to hospitals for treatment, but he did not provide details about their identities or extent of injuries.

The suspect was also shot and was among those taken to a hospital.

Rep. Jeff Flake told reporters that Scalise was on second base when he was shot.
“We were doing batting practice, there were a number of members and staffers fielding,” Flake said. “Steve was on second base and we heard a very loud shot. The gunman was by the third base dugout with a clear view of the field.”

Flake said that Scalise “dragged himself about 15 yards off of there near second base on the field, laying motionless out there.”

“But we couldn’t get to him until the shooting stopped,” Flake said. “After time, another staffer ran in with a leg wound. He was shot in the leg.”

He also said that two Capitol officers — a man and a woman — were shot and one of them was airlifted to the hospital.

Congressman Roger Williams confirmed in a statement that one of his staff members was shot and “is receiving medical attention.”

Flake said he got a glimpse of the alleged gunman. He described him as a white man in his 40s or 50s with dark hair wearing a blue shirt and jeans. He said he believed the gunman had a “lot of ammo.”

Chief Brown told reporters that two of his officers returned fire.

According to reports, multiple shots were fired. Flake said “50 shots would be an understatement.”

Senator Rand Paul told CNN that after 10 shots in a row quickly rang out, “Everybody was hitting the dirt.”

“I saw Scalise go down at second base,” Paul said, adding that at least 50 or 60 shots “had been fired from the shooter.”

“I can tell you that I think with absolute certainty nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill police,” Paul said. “They saved everybody’s life.”

The Republican baseball team holds practice every morning at 6:30 am local time at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Williams said in his statement.

This is a developing story. Check here for updates.

anonymous asked:

So if kaneki is aging very rapidly, I guess it's right to assume the same is happening to the other experiments like Seidou and Kurona. If that's the case, wouldn't the same apply to the Oggai and possibly the Quinckes? To add on this, is Kanou aware of the aging? (not that he probably cares) Maybe after all this time, he could provide a solution to this issue (again, not likely but there's that chance) leading me to wonder if they'll be forced to ask for his aid.

Hello! Yes, it is indeed very likely for at least Seidou (since he was tortured like crazy by Kanou to “make a new Kaneki”), if not for all the other artificial OEGs of the series to have a similar issue to Kaneki’s, although I think the Qs are different, because they are protected by the different frames around the kakuhou that they release one after the other.

 And yep, Kanou definitely is aware of the aging problem but he doesn’t seem to care as long as he can experiment…

So it’s definitely not good news for Seidou :/ (which is why I’m hoping he and Akira and Amon will talk before it’s too late). Kurona is probably in a similar state, when you see how crazy she was until the Rushima arc

Amon apparently cannibalized to survive however…

so he’s probably less at risk than the others for now, if Nishiki’s reasoning is accurate. 

Finally about the Qs, the way they were operated on certainly is peculiar and taught Kanou a great deal…

so it’s possible that Kanou might have found a different way to create artificial OEGs without the aging problem. At this point, I’m thinking that the frames that the Qs have might be one solution to the issue, since unless they completely break through the frames around the kakuhou, they can eat human food and remain with a stable Rc cells rate (which is why they’re not described as OEGs in the first place). 

Besides, Kanou certainly improved when you see how the Oggai are made…

not with 5 frames, but only with two (A and B, switching from one kakugan to two).

Going further, it’s just a theory of mine at this point, but maybe Kanou and Furuta have been getting along for a while, because ultimately Kanou is trying to find a way to solve the aging issues for the hybrid kids who are from the Sunlit Garden (seeing as Furuta is one himself and we know they’re bound to be slaves to the CCG). 

You see, Kanou once explained this back in TG…

so we know that his research is linked to “the regenerating and propagating abilities continuing as long as the nutrient supply isn’t eradicated”, which directly ties to the telomere issues for the artificial OEGs like Kaneki…

…since Kaneki, because he’s originally human, can’t keep on regenerating forever because it’s speeding his aging process along (although, note how Kanou refers to Kaneki as a model to recreate, so again, between that and Eto giving him a gift after the Roze arc, I’m pretty sure there is something to uncover here). 

I intend on rereading TG and :Re for all the biological explanations during next week if I find the time, so my ideas will surely be more refined then, but basically, this is what Kanou once said to Kurona…

And I think that Kanou’s ghoulification research is probably about finding a “cure” to the following problem…

…because most of hybrid beings suffer from this (seeing as cases like Eto, who are naturally born as one eyed ghouls and thus not having the aging problem, are very rare) and it also represents the supposed inability for ghouls and humans to coexist with each other, which in turn is the reason why the world is locked in a twisted cage.

Remember that V was apparently formed to eradicate the threat of the previous OEG (who was surely a naturally born one eyed ghoul, like Eto)…

and ever since then, without any OEG until Eto, the world rested onto a twisted “equilibrium” (apparently enforced by V): ghouls and humans being two different parts of the same world but never being allowed to mix, and even if they did, the hybrid children resulting of this union wouldn’t live long anyway. 

So I’m thinking maybe Kanou, to break free from the twisted cage built along with this “equilibrium” (aka ghouls and humans can’t coexist because too different), is trying to find a way to reduce/eliminate the differences between ghouls and humans on a biological level, so that the pretext that they are two different species unable to live together won’t hold anymore.
Which in turn will make way for coexistence, especially if Furuta makes sure to become a super villain that needs to be defeated by a big hero (Kaneki).

And guess who is the ghoul who’s currently pregnant with a hybrid baby? 

Somehow it all ties back to a similar plot thread. There is a link between humans and ghouls, but there are also differences to understand before coexistence starts being possible, and I think that’s what Kanou’s awful experiments were about from the beginning.

As I said though, it’s a very big theory and I need to refine it a little by rereading every part about TG biology next week if I find the time.
…All that to say there is a high chance that Kanou isn’t this senseless asshole that everyone made him to be and, if Furuta and him have been pals for so long, it’s probably because they see eye to eye about this world being twisted and not the way it should be…

And it would explain why Kanou really disliked how the CCG used to do things back when the Washuus were still the ones having power, which is why he betrayed and went as far as to join Aogiri to keep experimenting. 

Hopefully, it will be made clearer soon if I can reread all the things I want to reread before next weekend. Sorry for all the rambling, I hope it answers your question.

Have a nice weekend!