is that what i'm supposed to tag her as

brienne is good.  she’s very good, and she learns quickly.  it’s that, more than anything else, that makes arya glad that she was training with her and not the master at arms.  the master at arms was a good man, and had his hands more than full teaching children and girls who’d never held a bow in their lives how to shoot.  arya could have swept the floor with him.

but not brienne.  brienne’s big, but she’s quick too.  that’s what makes her so powerful.  and it’s not long at all before she’s started to read arya’s little tricks.

arya’s good–she’s trained hard for years now.  the feel of needle in her hand is right.  she refuses to use a broadsword when sparring brienne; she trains with it separately, but with brienne she is testing herself, testing them both. needle is a part of her in a way the way other steel never truly will be.  jon gave me needle.  needle, which had gotten her through anything.  she wishes he were here.  if i’d come straight here instead of going to the twins…but she hadn’t known…

the flat of brienne’s sword smacks her side and she lets out a cry.

“you’re distracted,” brienne barks.  arya crouches and lets out a growl and this time, when brienne swings, she dodges easily.  no distractions, she reminds herself.  she wasn’t allowed distractions–not ever.  it’s why she was good, it’s how she’d survived.  never letting herself give in though gods only knew how the world had tried to make her.  she steps aside as brienne swipes and snakes needle through the woman’s outstretched arm.  brienne pulls away, and arya presses forward.  quick as a cat.

oysters clams and cockles! she’d been a girl named cat once–cat for her mother.  her mother had once watched her chasing bran through the yard and–

“you’re distracted,” brienne repeats, knocking needle from her hand.  the steel spins across the courtyard and brienne’s sword swings for her chest, halting just short of it.  “you’re not usually distracted.”

she’s not.  it’s true.  she looks around the courtyard and her eyes fall on needle.  i’m home, she thinks.  home, except home’s not quite right.  sansa’s the lady of winterfell, and bran doesn’t smile anymore, and jon’s not here.  and robb, and rickon, and mother and father… somewhere deep down inside her, that old hole in her heart aches.  it’s strange being here without them.

in all the years she’d dreamed of coming home, the years of empty bellies and lies and fear–gods, so much fear–she’d not really imagined what it would be like to be home.  and not like this.  

she bends down and picks up needle.  the sword is the size of a toy in her hand, and much smaller than brienne’s valyrian steel blade.  she closes her eyes for a moment and remembers for just a moment the way it was, when father had been alive, when jon had been here…

she opens her eyes and turns back to brienne, sinking back to a guard stance.  she’ll fight for that.  fight for how it was, fight for how she remembers it, because if she can do that, then it’s not over, not truly.  winterfell beats in her heart so long as she lives.

I love the Dirk Amanda dynamic because they’re always pushing eachother, all the time from the very start. Those 2 are not willing to let the other get away with shit.

I mean…

“if detectives dont look like detectives how do you know what it is you aren’t supposed to look like?”

“if the disease is inside you, why can’t you go out?”

I wonder if part of the reason amanda warms to dirk so quickly is because he treats her like a normal person after he finds out about her disease. He doesn’t tiptoe around it or make allowances.
Keep Me Running

pairing: Steve Trevor/Diana Prince
wc: 2955

[READ ON AO3]

Within two weeks of settling into his new condo, Steve’s got a nice little routine going.

He gets home around eight or nine P.M., grabs a quick bite to eat, gets some more work done while he’s waiting for the food to go down, and then at around eleven, he laces up his shoes and heads to the gym, towel draped over one shoulder. He hits the machines, gets a nice sweat going, heads back to his condo for a quick shower and falls into bed, his limbs steeped in the pleasant ache of hard athletic use.

As far as routines go, he’s really happy with this one. There’s never anyone else around by the time he shows up for his workout. He gets free access to all the machines, without having to worry about skirting politely around someone else for fear of someone attempting to start some neighbourly conversation.

That little gym is the one place he feels like he can finally tune out all the chaos of life, and get a quiet minute to himself.  

And then one day, the routine gets shaken up.

He doesn’t even notice her till she’s on the treadmill next to his, legs already pumping in long, sure strides and a finger on the speed adjustment buttons.

His head whips back and forth in a sharp double take, feet almost tripping over one another in an awkward one-two step, struggling to maintain their pounding rhythm on the machine.

She glances sideways, her eyes flicking to him. It’s completely cursory; they’re back on the speed readout within a split second. All the while, her treadmill continues to speed up, the low whine faintly audible even through his earphones.

Once he’s regained control of his rhythm, he chances a proper, subtle look at her out of the corner of his eye.

She’s… she’s gorgeous.

She’s tall — can’t be more than a couple inches off from his own height. Under her fitted tank and compression leggings, her tanned skin is warm, glowing golden even under the stark white fluorescent lights. She’s got her dark hair pulled back from her face, twined into a tight braid that sits securely on the back of her head, the few inches of the braid that extends out from her nape whipping between her shoulder blades as she runs.  

God. The way she runs. Her limbs power forward at an unrelenting rhythm, her posture perfect and ramrod straight, her almond-shaped eyes set on some invisible point straight ahead.

He’s seen Olympic gold medallists with less purpose.

[read the rest on ao3]

Supergirl episode 2x13 was a very weird episode, to say the least. What’s even weirder is that Mxyzptlk (I totally copied and pasted his name) wasn’t the strangest thing that happened during the ep. I mean, skipping the whole shooting at Supergirl scene, where you can clearly see the people behind her that didn’t give a shit about the gunshots - which, I mean, I know America has a huge gun problem, but I don’t think that’s quite how it works -, or the flying car that went on fire immediately after hitting the ground (my friend has been in a car accident where the car ended up upside down, and she would be dead if cars were so easy to explode)… Leaving all of these things behind… what the fuck was that?
Don’t get me wrong, good for Winn who now has a girlfriend (#winnforthewin!)(<– yeah, don’t comment that), although she seems fled from Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and her whole entrance and then their relationship development was freaking rushed (they might as well proposed to each other in perfect Mr. Mxyzptlk style at that point), and awesome for Sanvers, even though they hadn’t so much screentime this time either (which they kinda promised to us, but I guess Mon’Ew closeups were somehow more important…), but the whole episode felt like a patchwork thing to me.

I have to say that Kara’s happiness is my happiness (and damn, how incredibly gorgeous she was in this episode), so I’ve sadly accepted that is extremely unlikely that she’s gonna end up with Lena (what a waste of chemistry, though… ugh, it pains me), but that said, Flann’El is really such a poor choice. In this episode in particular he behaved like a total douche, all testosterone a no synapses, just straight up trying to punch the guy, practically demanding his execution and then challenging him to a duel for what? Kara’s hand? In which century does he think they are??
I didn’t like that he was completely ignoring the fact that Kara is a strong woman - like… super strong -, perfectly capable of handling a random idiot - although provided with insane powers -, and he kept whining about this guy, while doing and saying such stupid things, only because he felt threatened. This is such typical of straight man, the pulling up a chaos because their pride is hurt or threatened and they have to show to the girl that they’re strong and bla bla bla. This is so wrong in any scenario, but in this one? In this one it’s nuts. That’s Supergirl, you idiot! She stops planes and missiles! She’s bulletproof! She flies, for Rao’s sake, she ain’t a damsel in distress and she told you! You can fill me with all the reasons why he behaved like that, like that he cares so much to Kara that he lost it, but that’s still incredibly immature and he ain’t a teenager: he’s supposed to be an adult.
I just hate to see women having to keep the men on the right path ‘cause they can’t keep their shit together by themselves and they have to be schooled all the time.

Anyway, zero Lena’s mentions in this Valentine’s episode. We had Luthors for the real Valentine’s Day, so I’ll pretend that’s enough…

naruto characters as people in group projects
  • Naruto Uzumaki - won’t show up to group meetings unless it’s near places where he can get food, problems basically revolve around food
  • Sasuke Uchiha - secretly likes group projects because that’s his only way of communicating with people but pretends to hate everyone
  • Sakura Haruno - everyone asks her questions on what to do because she’s the default brain of the group, loves to do the referencing work
  • Shino Aburame - does the most work, is acknowledged for 0.5 seconds then is back to being forgotten
  • Sai - everyone is always surprised by the amount and quality of work he does for some reason
  • Kiba Inuzuka - tries to rile up the group into doing work but is actually the most distracted
  • Hinata Hyuga - is always apologising to her group members in case she brings everyone down even though she doesn’t
  • Chouji Akimichi - the grandma who always brings food during group meetings and will make sure you eat if you’re not doing work
  • Ino Yamanaka - straight up bossy and tells people what to do and people are annoyed over this but they listen to her anyways
  • Shikamaru Nara - is always complaining over doing assignments and just wants to finish high school/university
  • Neji Hyuga - has no mercy and will tell people if their work is shit
  • Tenten - knows what to do but will message group members at 4am in the morning about stuff she doesn’t know
  • Rock Lee - provides never ending praise on people’s works and tries to see the light on everything
  • Karin Uzumaki - doubles her work effort if there’s a hot guy in her group
  • Suigetsu Hozuki - “… what? we were supposed to do that as well? i thought we only have to do this?”
on 3rd March that year Margaret [Tudor] had married her young lover, Henry Stewart, whom James created Lord Methven, ‘For the great love that he bore to his dearest mother’. Margaret’s brother Henry VIII, by contrast, would continue-with sublime disregard for for the proverb about pots and kettles-to call Margaret 'a shame and disgrace to all her family’
—  Game of Queens, Sarah Gristwood

anonymous asked:

Yeah but "haha um apparently you were playing matchmaker for me and your friend but I'm actually in love with you, sorry..." headcanon?

Jason shifted nervously as Percy and Annabeth continued their sparring match, completely unsure if he should leave or stay and attempt to continue what was supposed to be his date with Percy. He pushed his glasses back onto the bridge of his nose just as the waitress came by with refills, her smile bringing a light blush to Jason’s cheeks.

“Tag along on your friends’ date?” she whispered, trying not to disrupt the rhythm that Percy and Annabeth had built. 

Jason glanced at Percy and Annabeth, then back at the waitress. “Actually this was supposed to be my date but uh… I suspect I may have been a pawn.” 

The waitress laughed and Jason felt his heart flutter in his chest. 

“True love always finds a way, doesn’t it?” 

Jason smiled wide as he tried to process all the beautiful colors reflected in her eyes. “Yeah… I guess it does.” 

anonymous asked:

Oh my goodness I was so shocked to hear about the Cassandra Clare plagiarism thing, I've only just started reading her books. The mortal instruments characters are supposed to be parallels of the Harry Potter characters, from what I gather, but I can't really find many similarities? Please explain. It's awful that she plagiarized for her fanfic but could you pretty please explain how it connects to her published work because I'm really confused and would like to know the truth before reading mor

All righty i’m off mobile and back on my laptop so here goes. Like I’ve said in some tags, please don’t feel like you can’t enjoy her works! It’s just good to know their origins.

Here’s some posts about the current law suit against her, which alleges that her entire Shadowhunters premise and the main cast of characters have been stolen from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series:

  • A post that includes links to the full court document, which outlines in detail every aspect Kenyon alleges Clare stole from her series. The ‘similarities’ fill up close to thirteen pages and are far too close to be just coincidence. I highly recommend at least skimming the whole document, so you can see them for yourself. They’re outlined pretty clearly by being put side by side.

  • This post which discusses what the outcome of the lawsuit could be.

  • The post that broke the news, and which includes this gem of a line: “The Dark-Hunter Series and the Shadowhunter Series are so similar that CLARE’S own publisher mistakenly printed 100,000 copies of a Shadowhunter Book referencing the DarkHunter Mark on the cover.”

And now we delve in to the dark days of the Harry Potter fandom, where Clare’s fame began, and where she was first called out for plagiarism:

  • An introductory summary from fanlore.org: “The Draco Trilogy was posted in instalments over a period of six years (2000-2006). In each instalment, Cassie deliberately inserted unattributed quotes from various science fiction television shows and may have expected her readers to identify them, but many readers were not aware that the quotes were not her writing. Not everyone thought that this practice was ethical. Matters came to a head in 2001 when Avocado [a reader] identified extensive sequences of action, description and dialogue from Draco Sinister, Chapter 9, as having been lifted from The Hidden Land, an out-of-print fantasy novel by Pamela Dean. Cassie was subsequently banned from Fanfiction.net for plagiarism.”

  • This link has a full rundown of the paragraphs and lines Clare stole from Dean. it’s about as damning as the court document issued by Kenyon.

  • @alli6​ has written an absolutely glorious post which sums up the plagiarism and the consequent cyber-bullying.
    This paragraph of hers excellently conveys my thoughts on the issue: “The problem with the TMI series isn’t that it’s based on a fanfic, but that it’s based on a fanfic that was about 90% plagiarized. CC was hailed for all her clever dialogue and how original she was with The Draco Trilogy. The problem was that all those witty one-liners probably came from someone else. She would give really vague disclaimers that led the reader to believe that most of the writing was original with just an idea borrowed or one line used when in reality it was entire paragraphs and entire conversations that were being copied with either no or very little change to the original source.”

  • You’re right in saying that similarities between the TMI characters and the HP characters are hard to see, and that’s because Clare travelled so far from the source material in her fanfic. 
    This is explained well by The Draco Trilogy tvtropes page: “It used many of the same tropes found in The Mortal Instruments, and deviated wildly from Harry Potter canon because it was begun before the fifth book was released.” “Notable for beginning the Draco in Leather Pants phenomenon, the story took Harry’s rival Draco Malfoy and turned him into a sarcastic, leather-clad Anti-Hero”

  • From the fanlore article on Cassandra Claire (her fandom alias): “Clary and Jace are based on Claire’s fanon versions of Ginny and Draco. Additionally, one passage from Draco Veritas, which tells the story of Draco’s pet falcon, appears word-for-word in City of Bones; the only differences are minor punctuation changes and the amendment of “Draco” to “the boy” (now referring to Jace).”
    Anyone who’s read TMI knows how important that scene is in regards to Jace’s background and character development; the fact that it’s lifted straight from Draco’s story speaks volumes to the fact that the characters are essentially one and the same.

  • A stack of reviews on the City of Bones Goodreads page testify to the similarities between Clare’s versions of the HP characters and the cast of TMI:
    “But here’s the problem. Jace is really just Draco from DT [Draco Trilogy]. Simon is really just Ron and Harry amalgamated into one. Clary is really just Ginny. The bad guys seems too much like good ol'Voldie. The plot is painfully similar to DT. It was like reading her old work all over again. And I think, because she was really just redressing her old characters, she didn’t even both to give them any growth in this story.”
    “It is painfully obvious that your dopey red-haired ingenue and snarky blond asshole were essentially Ginny Weasley and Draco Malfoy in Original Character clothing. Ditto Simon being a hybrid of Harry/Ron and maybe Isabelle being a slutty Hermione. But wait, you didn’t stop there! Hodge is Lupin/Peter Pettigrew 2.0 and Luke is better known by his other name, Sirius Black, and I am not entirely sure why you didn’t just call Valentine by his true name - Voldemort. And seriously, though, why not just call the Mortal Instruments by their true name - the Deathly Hallows? But wait, it gets better”
    “She borrowed so heavily from Buffy, Harry Potter, and Star Wars that it sticks out like a sore thumb. It reads like altered fan fiction. And I love fan fiction, make no mistake, but it’s not attempting to make a buck off someone else’s world, either. Which is essentially what the book is. Cobbled fan fiction that has no cohesion.”

  • If you’d like to read The Draco Trilogy and see the similarities for yourself, you can find the three fics here, here and here.

A disclaimer:

I don’t have an issue with the fact that Clare took a successful fanfic and turned it into a novel. I’m all for fanfic writers having their talents recognised and getting published!!

And in the spirit of full disclosure: if my novel ever gets published, some of you will notice that it includes scenes and dialogue that also feature in my Skateboards and Snapbacks fic. But the difference is that all of that writing - the scenes, the dialogue, the small character interactions - came from my own imagination.

Clare’s dialogue and scenes were plagiarised, and that’s the issue. She branched so far from HP canon that it’s almost unrecognisable, but in the process she stole lines and scenes from other sources, and it’s those aspects that are still present in The Mortal Instruments, works which she is profiting from. That’s the core of the problem.

tl;dr: 

The characters of The Mortal Instruments have their origins in Clare’s old Harry Potter fanfiction. Jace, particularly, is her sympathetic anti-hero version of Draco, as evidenced by his backstory and some dialogue being transplanted line for line from the fic into the published book. (This would be fine, in and of itself, if that fanfic didn’t consist of dialogue and individual scenes that were plagiarised from sources like Pamela Dean novels and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.)

And the plot and character relationships are so similar to Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series that the parallels are enough to fill a thirteen page court document.

So really, there’s nothing all that original about Clare’s Shadowhunters universe at all. 

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A Captain America and Winter Soldier video, or Steve and Bucky, if you will (:

Illustrations all done by Minuiko, who is obviously very good at what she does if she can make me have a burning desire to edit for a fandom I’m not even really in, haha. Her images already had life, I just gave them some movement ;)

Vimeo link for those who can’t view it on Youtube!

OK may I just point out one thing:

Ash has all these people (and countless friends who are not in Kalos) rooting for him

While Alain has only her:

And it’s sad.

anonymous asked:

I getcha on Bayonetta. Most people I know talk about how she's ~subverting~ the trope of being objectified and so on, but ... one of the moves with a female bodied NPC involved a common bondage device. She has to be naked to do a lot of stuff. What, it HAD to be a hair suit? She's constantly sucking on a lollipop (but it's SMALL, someone yells from the back) and moving sexily. The game is fun and I like her personality, but I roll my eyes every time someone paints her as a Feminist Icon.

Yeah, pretty much.  The main crux of my original point was that the character designs in Bayonetta are cartoonishly grotesque.  But even if I liked the game’s aesthetic, I wouldn’t call the character empowering.   I totally get why people enjoy the over-the-top-ness of it all, but I feel like critiques of Bayonetta’s portrayal are very legitimate.

Am I the only one who takes hollyhark’s Children Wake Up series as canon?

And I don’t mean that literally, of course. I don’t mean I actually believe that her creation is a real part of the Star Wars canon. I mean for myself, in my spare moments, when I can sit down and get lost in something so utterly unattainable, yet somehow incredibly real. It’s a work that I not only enjoy, but believe in fully and completely.

The Children Wake Up series was the first kylux fanfiction I ever read. Someone on here recommended it to me when I first made this account, and I was completely taken by surprise. It’s not just the writing and the structure that’s good; it’s the complete and total respect given to the characters. I have yet to read (or write) another fic that hits the nail so hard on the head with Kylo and Hux’s characterizations.

Even the things we don’t know for sure, like inner monologue and personal histories, are written so beautifully and realistically. Honestly, I’ve never read a fic where I’ve felt satisfied both as a trashy fan girl AND as a fan who respects and loves the canon. Children Wake Up is the perfect balance.

I don’t know exactly why I felt the need to write this? I think it’s because I felt down today, and the only thing I really wanted to do was curl up in a blanket and get lost in that amazing universe again. That’s true, powerful writing.

This kind of turned into a really long fic rec, but seriously. If you haven’t read it, and you’re looking for new Kylux material, I will recommend this fic every single time. If someone asks me what I think kylux really, TRULY is at its core, I’ll give the same answer.

I just really love it you guys ok rant over wow that wasn’t funny wtf aren’t I supposed to be a humor blog???? now I have to make a joke??? uh, 69, 420, hi hungry, I’m dad

consular-sevasy  asked:

“Treasure Chest Opened! You Acquired _____” A stack of paper

Jade raised a brow as took out the paper from the chest and sat down to see if it had anything written in it. 

Nothing. 

There was nothing written in any paper sheet. ‘Well that’s disappointing.’ She thought and sighed. For a moment she was excited at the possibility of having found a book. What was she even supposed to do with a stack of paper now? She couldn’t just leave it there or put it back in the chest, more than likely someone else would get to it and set it on fire. That or it would simply rot away.

She sighed and and looked around some more, even took a second look inside the chest to see if there was anything else. And there was. An inkwell and a beautiful blue quill. 

She smiled and placed the things on her backpack. The quill and inkwell in a box, so they would not break during her travels. 

She had always wanted to write a book of her own, what better time for that than in between adventures?

6

“Where’s your mother?” “About a few months after you, she took off. Dropped me off at my grandma’s and went to go ‘find herself.’ I guess she’s still looking.”

Sword Oratoria

So awhile back I picked up the first volume of the Danmachi spinoff LN in a buy two get one free sale thinking that it was a manga. I was initially disappointed because I didn’t really want a LN at the time, but since I bought it I figured I might as well go ahead and read it. 

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s certainly not the pinnacle of fantasy writing, but I was engaged in the story and wanted to know what was going to happen next. I appreciate that in the spinoff it focuses on Aiz and her familia doing badass things in the dungeon rather than Bell being a newb and getting stronger. Aiz is already basically a god among men, and it lets the story go somewhere different than the original. 

While the writing is for the most part fairly simple (though I suspect this is partly because of it being translated and also that LNs are typically aimed at a younger audience and tend to not use a lot of advanced Kanji, which probably translates to the somewhat punctual and simple sentences that LN translations seem to have) the author has a real knack for describing large scale tactical battles. Sure Aiz is pretty OP and well wreck things, but in the really lower levels of the dungeon if they don’t work together and have a strong battle plan they’re just gonna die. 

I also appreciate that in the LN the world is fleshed out a lot more. World building is one of my favorite things in a show or book, and the Danmachi anime didn’t go into too much depth about the various things. The LN goes into much much more depth about how all the systems work, the various familia, cool little things about the world and so on. Also the dungeon is just fucking cool. Each floor can be completely unique, with almost no restrictions placed on what it has to look like or be which leaves the author with incredible freedom to dream up the wildest floors they possibly want. 

I wasn’t really expecting to enjoy this book very much, but it’s a solid fun read. Something like a 6-7/10 if I’m going to give it numbers. If you liked Danmachi at all, or sort of liked it but wanted a different view of the world this is a nice book to pick up. Only the first volume has been officially translated, but they seem to be coming out with new official translations every couple months. I’m sure there are fan translations floating around too, but I haven’t looked for them. 

So ya, fun book. There is an anime adaption scheduled sometime this year too. I think next season, but maybe the one after. That should be fun. 

hey so I haven’t done any Ghostbusters stuff in a while but

Abby and Patty go on Disney dates. like, every time a new Disney movie comes out they are THERE, in the wayback of the theater with their jumbo popcorn and smuggled candy, laughing and inevitably crying and probably swearing at animated characters. 

(quiet swearing, because of the kids, but still. it’s a good thing they didn’t know each other when Frozen came out, because their collective reaction to The Hans Thing would have gotten them kicked out.)

and it’s like their Thing, because Erin doesn’t really care for kids’ movies (no matter how many times Abby tries to explain that “It’s not for kids, it’s for people who like joy. Do you not like joy?”) and Holtzmann is waaaay to fidgety to be comfortable in movie theaters no matter what’s playing. so it’s just Abby and Patty having a blast and getting a kick out of having a buddy to go with. Abby used to go to Disney movies alone and feel like a weirdo, and Patty used to have to borrow her neighbor’s kids, and they’re just really stoked that they have each other to hang out with now.

an exercise in colliding headcanons

Sometimes emi doesn’t feel like rescuing headcanons at all, really.

Cynical Anna AU meets Student/Teacher AU.

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Elsa blinked at the clock on the wall. It said that, if she wanted to make it to Arendelle High School on time to teach her first period class, she needed to get out of bed.

She cast a glance at the nude figure beside her and sighed. She’d need to get Anna up too. The senior didn’t have a class first period, but she still had to get to school at some point.

Her hand hovered over Anna’s freckled shoulder for a long moment. She held back a sigh. She wasn’t supposed to sleep with her students.

Elsa shook the young woman’s shoulder. “Anna, I’m hopping in the shower. I need to get to class.”

Bleary eyes blinked up at her. “Mkay. Morning, Elsa.”

She looked adorable. Elsa glanced away. She wasn’t supposed to fall in love with one of her students either.

She hesitated too long before taking her hand off of Anna’s shoulder. A sleepy smirk flashed her way and Anna chuckled. “Did you think I’d be upset if you left without waking me?”

She was an adult. She knew better than to see someone whose feelings were not commensurate to her own.

“No, I knew you wouldn’t be.” Elsa stood up and walked over to the bathroom. Anna wouldn’t care, really. Because what they did wasn’t about love for her.

“Last night was tiring. I’m gonna go back to sleep for a bit,” Anna said. Then she smiled, full and cheerful. “I hope you have a good day, Elsa. I’ll see you in fourth period.”

She wasn’t supposed to board a student in her home, even if that student’s parents were in the middle of a caustic divorce and fighting constantly.

“I’ll see you,” she said, stepping into the bathroom and starting a hot shower.

That bright smile had been part of what first attracted her to Anna, against all her better judgement. Then she’d found the cheeriness only went so far. She wasn’t supposed to fall for people who didn’t believe in love.

Anna had a way of getting her into things she shouldn’t do.

Elsa stepped into the shower and let the water rinse away her guilt and hope.