is it a happy ending

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chamomile, rose water, and other unlikely intoxicants

written by callmearcturus. cover art by nightcigale.

“I do swear by Skaia’s guiding light to eschew ambition and direction to serve in the holy retinue. I will lay my head in the safety of the bower and pay penance in thought and deed. For the King of All Winters and the Undying Prince, I will provide succor and balm, and yield my being to ease the burden he carries for us all.”

An off-the-cuff jamfic for the Strilondes discord that spun rapidly out of control. In which Dirk plays the role of resigned god-prince of Skaia, locked in a twisted version of the Year King fable. His life is a sorry routine until one year, he receives a very bold, strange offering from the heir to House Harley, Jake.

A story about cycles, and how to break them, and the patterns left in the scattered pieces afterward.

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happy conclusion to admin enma’s prompt for admin adelheid:


- admin Adelheid

Dino knew something was wrong. He didn’t know what it was but he knew it for certain.

He had tried to call home several times but Laura had kept him busy. Before he knew it it had been three days.

“Laura…” he asked, tired to the bone and practically asleep on his desk in his hotel room. “Aren’t we done here yet? I wanna go home~!”

“Now, now, Boss,” his secretary and bodyguard crooned as she came behind him and started massaging his shoulders. “Just a little bit longer.”

Dino groaned in misery before standing up, forcing her to let go. He didn’t like that that Laura’s being too touchy these past few days. “Who’s next?”

“You are to meet with the head of the yakuza Family currently in power in Shinjuku.” She replied, reluctantly stepping back.

“Alright; better get to it. The sooner we get this done the sooner we go home.” He replied as he began walking out of the room.

Laura started to chase after him. “But, sir, if you’re feeling tired you can just rest; I’m sure we can reschedule―”

“No; I’ve had enough of this.” Dino replied coldly, his eyes blazing with resolve at his decision. “It’s either they want an alliance with the Vongola or they don’t. Whatever their decision is they’re making it today.”

“B-but, sir―”

Dino ignored Laura for the rest of the trip and arrived at the restaurant the yakuza Family owned. But as soon as he opened the doors he stopped and blinked at the sight before him.

Because right there in the middle of the restaurant, standing among the unconscious and bloody forms of the yakuza gang he was about to meet was Hibari Kyoya, still clutching at the yakuza Boss’ shirt collar, his bloody tonfas in his other grip.

Dino smirked and leaned against the doorframe with his arms crossed over his chest. “I see we’re up to our old hobbies, eh, Kyouya?”

“Ah!” Kusakabe hurried to Kyoya’s side, his eyes on Dino’s. “Cavallone-sama! What are you doing here?”

“I was supposed to be meeting with those guys you just beat up.” Dino jerked his chin towards the Boss held in Kyoya’s bloody clutches. “So what did they do to irritate you?”

“This herbivorous fool thought it would be interesting to ambush and kill the Vongola representative they are coming to meet today. I was not aware that representative was going to be you.” The Vongola Cloud Guardian threw the enemy Boss at Dino’s feet, completely ignoring Laura who was bowing from behind Dino respectfully. “More importantly, why are you still here?”

“What?” Dino asked with a laugh. “Didn’t I just tell you?”

“I would have thought you would have gone running the moment you heard your wife has been critically injured after an enemy attack.” Kyoya replied, throwing his victim down carelessly. “Perhaps I was wrong.”

Dino felt light headed all of a sudden. As though things had turned white and all noise had turned into white fuzz. “What…?”

Kyoya stopped and stared at his former teacher even as Laura paled behind the blonde. “How could you not know? It happened a few hours after you left Italy.”

Dino stumbled. He didn’t even know he was moving. His stomach was cold and he felt like heaving.

“Boss!” Laura called out in alarm, running and reaching out to him but he shook her off.

With sheer determination Dino turned around and grabbed for his phone still inside Laura’s handbag and started dialing. “Hello? Romario?”

The voice on the other line could not have chilled him more than if it had been the devil himself who had answered. “Romario’s sleeping; I taught you how to figure time zone differences, didn’t I?”

“Reborn…?”

“So you finally called.” Reborn glanced at your sleeping form, your heart monitor beeping slightly in the dim, quiet room. “Don’t worry, she’s in a coma. She doesn’t know you cared so little for her that you couldn’t even phone in to check on her when she got shot.”

“I’m coming home!” Dino snapped into the phone, his feet already moving. “I’m coming home rightnow!”

“Boss Dino, wait, please calm down―”

Dino pinned Laura with blazing, agonized eyes, his whole body trembling and Laura felt as though she had been pinned on the spot. “How can you possibly tell me to calm down?! My wife could be dying! How did nobody tell me about this?! Now book me the next available flight back to Italy!”

“Don Cavallone,” Kusakabe stepped forward and bowed in deference to the raging stallion. “If it’s transportation then let the Foundation help.”

Reborn and Romario were in your room when Dino arrived. Both of them watched the devastated expression on the Cavallone don’s face as he caught a glimpse of your broken form.

“It was a good thing Tsuna asked me to come over and give your wife some extra security or they would have taken her body with them as a souvenir.” Reborn said, pulling his fedora down over his face, hiding the expression on it as he observed his former student. “Sorry I couldn’t get to her in time to keep her unharmed though.”

Dino could have heaved out his insides at the thought of you in those bastard’s hands. What more could they have done to you had you been their prisoner. “Yes…”

“It’s not good, Dino,” Reborn frowned, now noticing the paling woman who had followed you into the room. “The doctors said that if she doesn’t wake up soon there might be no hope for her.”

Dino felt like the ground had fallen underneath him. He had to hold onto the back of the chair placed by your bedside to keep himself steady.

“About the Famiglia who had done this,” Romario, also bandaged from head to foot and leaning on a crutch, piped in. “They have already had a taste of the Vongola Decimo’s rage. The only reason why he has not taken out their Boss yet was because he thought you might want to take care of it yourself.”

“He’s right,” Dino replied woodenly as he stepped into the room, his eyes never leaving your form. “Tell my little bro thanks, will you?”

“Yes, sir.” Romario hesitated but then took a small, scorched box out of his pocket and handed it over to his Boss. “She… she bought this for you on our way home that day, Boss. Please take it.”

Dino did. As soon as he opened the box the sight of a broken, expensive watch peeked right out of it. He lifted it out of its cradle and turned it in his hand, his mind already imagining the expression on your face had you been awake to hand it to him personally. When he read the message you left for him at the back it took everything he had not to break down and cry right then there.

~I give you my Time. My Forever is yours. I love you, Dino.

“Romario,” the older man took a step back as his Boss’ enraged eyes pinned his right hand man in place. “Why did no one tell me about what happened to my wife?”

“What? I- I did call you! I called you the moment we got to the hospital! You weren’t able to answer the phone but I left Laura the message to let you know how she was doing every day.”

Dino blinked. The woman had been acting unusually almost as soon as they arrived in Japan. She had been too touchy, too intimate. And if he put two and two together…

“I-I’m sorry, Boss!” Laura cried out, reaching out to Dino with supplicating hands. She could still get out of this, she just knew she could! Dino was a kind Boss who would never lay a finger on a woman. Wasn’t the reason why she fell in love with you?! “I just thought it would be best not to give you any distractions while you were in those important meetings! I was only thinking about the Family!”

“You can stop acting, this isn’t my first experience with lying, deceitful women,” Dino replied, not even turning to look at his secretary. “The fact that you had failed to report something this important to me after three days and had kept me from completing my appointments as early as possible already proves you had a hidden agenda.”

Laura felt something cold skitter down her spine at his words. “B- Boss…?”

“It really doesn’t matter if she dies, Laura,” Dino turned towards the woman with a sad smirk on his face and his eyes looking like frozen gold in the morning light. “I still would never love you.”

Laura fell on the floor on weakened knees, realizing this was the end for her. She scrambled out of the room hoping for escape.

“Romario.”

“Yes, Boss.”

“She knows too much of our affairs to let her go. Dispose of her accordingly and send her parents our condolences after her funeral. I don’t want to be dealing with her any longer.”

“…Yes, Boss.”

Reborn nodded, pleased at the way the blonde had managed to tie all ends of the matter. He decided to make sure his former student’s plans all fell through. “Don’t bother, Romario. I’ll take care of her myself. Just make sure your disposal unit’s ready.”

“Ah? Yes, thank you, Reborn!” Romario replied with a bow and followed the hitman out of the room.

Dino practically broke at the sight of you unconscious on the bed, your whole body bandaged up. His hand trembled as he reached for your hand but he couldn’t bring himself to. He felt unworthy to be touching you. Instead he sat on the chair he had been holding onto and buried his face in hands that were grasping each other as his elbows rested on your bed.

He had never felt this scared in his life. Was this what it meant to love? To fear more for someone else’s well-being than his own? Was it always meant to make him feel this week? To feel as though that he was this much of a failure?

“I’m sorry… I’m so sorry…” he whispered into your hand as he closed his eyes and prayed. “I should have been here… I should have been from the start. I’m so, so sorry…”

Suddenly the familiar feeling of fingers running lightly through his hair made him stop mid sob. Half afraid that he was dreaming he looked up to see your tired but smiling face looking back at him.

“Crybaby… What are you crying about…?” you whispered as your hand lovingly touched his cheek. “Everything… is going to be alright…”

Dino let his tears fall as he pressed your hand harder against his cheek and stared at your face.

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Here are some pics of what the spider tree (as I now call it XD) looks like all lit up, along with my star projector for added effect. Isn’t it pretty? :D (Feat. Logan the cat because he is a major busybody)

we push and pull like magnets do 

by larry_is_mine (17k)

Published : 2017-04-22

He’s reluctant to even think about it but Louis has got to admit that maybe, probably, having Harry Styles tutor him isn’t a completely horrible thing. He was still an insufferable prick that seemed to be constantly looking for the best way to have him in everything they discussed – well, everything except Potions, obviously, considering Louis was the highest grade in that class, but point made – but it was the first time in months Louis was actually able to get through more than five pages of reading material without imploding from stress while actually learning something from it all.

or Louis finds himself struggling with dealing with exams and has to deal with somehow getting stuck with Harry Fucking Styles of all people as his tutor.

Chaptered

Note : Recreational Drug Use, Grief/Mourning, Past Character Death

can i just say i paid for a feel good fluff game where i could potentially romance this closeted suburban masc-twink daddy but noooo instead i got a batshit crazy christian cult leader slash murderer who, under more fortunate circumstances, still dumps me for his wife, after screwing me on his own romantic private yacht surrounded by whales